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Bumblebee Australian release date is December 20, 2018
Bumblebee Review

Bumblebee is the latest film in the Transformers franchise and comes directed by Travis Knight who some may know for his work on Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, Jason Drucker and Pamela Adlon.

This Transformers film, it isn’t really a continuation of the previous films we’ve seen in the series, but instead goes back into the past to 1987 when Bumblebee first arrived on Earth. In some ways, this film acts as a prequel to all others in the series. This is good for those who haven’t seen any of the Transformers films at all as you can enter into the franchise with this as your first film quite easily.

When first going in to see Bumblebee I was quite excited about it, but hadn’t had my expectations super high. I like the Transformers franchise, but have not really considered many of the recent films to be great lately. Bumblebee is a little bit different to the previous films as well because where the previous films I’ve always thought were aimed at audiences who were teenagers or older, this film is actually friendly enough that people under 10 could handle it and there were many kids that age and younger in the session I was in watching this one. But I thought this change in audience was actually quite good, I came out of the cinema enjoying Bumblebee much more than I thought I would and this movie made me excited about the franchise again.

The plot of this film is centred around Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who has just turned 18 and is looking to get her first car. Not having enough money to buy one brand new like all her rich school friends, she find a VW Beetle in the dump and starts fixing it up, little does she know that, that VW is actually Bumblebee and her new best friend. But not all is good in the world and some evil Decepticons are hunting Bumblebee as the war on his home world is about the spread to Earth and Bumblebee is the only Transformer on the planet to defend it. The two characters will need to work together to stop this incoming threat to the planet.

I thought that the plot of this Transformers film was actually rather good. There was a lot of character development on the Charlie character and by the time the film ends, I felt that audiences really do get to know her quite well. Hailee Steinfeld did very well in this film with her character and her performance here makes Bumblebee her best film at the moment. I do hope that there is some future for this character in this franchise as I’d like to see her come back were there to be a sequel.

Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

The special effects in this film are good and for a kids movie, it’s probably better than most other films out the moment that kids can go and see that are similar to this experience. Bumbleebee is very well animated and his design and his movements in this film are very well done and it looks realistic throughout the film. The villains were also well animated and done quite well. These things will all definitely impress the kids, especially those who might have been too young when the franchise started and are just coming in now to see Bumblebee as they’re now old enough now for it and I think they’ll really enjoy it.

Overall Bumblebee is surprisingly better than most who are familiar with the franchise might be expecting. I was not expecting a story with a strong central character like Charlie and I was not expecting a film that would have good character development on its main character, but I did get that from Bumblebee and it was great! Travis Knight did a great job directing this film and did well to balance the tone of this one in making it something friendly for kids to watch, but also something that adults can enjoy as well, plus also fitting into the Transformers franchise without it being too different. Hailee Steinfeld did a great job with her character and did impress me with her performance, Bumblebee might be her best film yet. I’m happy to recommend seeing Bumblebee at the cinema this weekend.

 

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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