Resident Entertainment https://residententertainment.com.au Always something to read or watch Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:32:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 138582933 Alita: Battle Angel Review – Spoiler Free https://residententertainment.com.au/alita-battle-angel-review-spoiler-free/ https://residententertainment.com.au/alita-battle-angel-review-spoiler-free/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:16:47 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24364 Alita: Battle Angel is a film which comes directed by Robert Rodriguez who some may know as the director of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For or Spy Kids.The film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Conelly, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. Alita: Battle Angel’s screenplay comes written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez. Alita: Battle […]

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Alita: Battle Angel is a film which comes directed by Robert Rodriguez who some may know as the director of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For or Spy Kids.The film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Conelly, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. Alita: Battle Angel’s screenplay comes written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez.

Alita: Battle Angel was teased with many trailers throughout much of 2018 and each time I would see one of them, I thought wow that movie looks great! But the release date was always so far away that I was left waiting for such a long time to see it. Going into the cinema last week to see Alita: Battle Angel, I was quite excited to finally get a chance to see this film.

There are very few films out there that I can say have truly good cgi and while I could tell this one was looking good from the trailers that I had seen, I really had no idea what I was in for once I saw the whole thing on the big screen. After coming out of the film this week, I have to say, that Alita: Battle Angel has probably the best CGI and special effects I’ve seen in any film in recent years and I doubt anything released from any of the major blockbusters this year will look better than Alita: Battle Angel, in fact I doubt anything will even come near. Watching the film and seeing Alita alongside some of the real life actors, you really can believe she is standing right there with them. It’s amazing how far this technology has come in recent years.

The film takes place in a futuristic cyberpunk dytopian world in which humans and technology have become essentially one and the same thing. There are people walking around with body augmentations and special abilities. There are also cyborgs, which is what Alita (Rosa Salazar) is. The story of the film is that Alita is a cyborg who was found in a dump essentially destroyed, but is revived by Dr. Dyson (Christoph Waltz). Alita doesn’t really remember who she is and the film is basically a story where Alita needs to go on a quest to discover who she is and what her past was.

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel

I thought that the story of Alita was a very interesting one. In these big blockbuster films, it’s rare actually that I come to actually care about the the character that is in one. There’s usually not much effort put into a characters backstory or development as the film progresses as this is often let go in favour of action set pieces of long special effects sequences. Alita: Battle Angel has every opportunity to ditch its character building in favour of special effects sequences and it can easily do that because it has the best effects I’ve seen, but it doesn’t do that. The writers and the director of the film have ensured that there is a solid blend between the two. This makes Alita: Battle Angel quite a good film experience. I loved the character of Alita and I loved seeing her discover who she was and watching her fight as she went on her journey in the many action scenes she participated in. It was awesome!

Rosa Salazar is Alita in Alita: Battle Angel

Rosa Salazar is Alita in Alita: Battle Angel

The acting in the film is quite good. There are some great actors in Alita: Battle Angel including both Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali who both do very well in the film. The two were amongst the few non cgi actors in the film. But it was Rosa Salazar who I thought did exceptionally well as Alita. The actress is basically all cgi because that’s what Alita is, but her voice acting and movements were all recorded to make the character move and talk. Rosa did bring Alita to life and as character on the big screen, she really stood out and made Alita one of my favourite characters in recent years. This film probably cost a fortune to make, but if they can make another one, I’d be very happy to see a sequel and Alita on the big screen again.

Overall I really enjoyed seeing Alita: Battle Angel at the cinema this week and I highly recommend for you to go and see it as well. It’s got a great cast of actors including Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali, all of which were very impressive. The story is well told and the character of Alita is very likeable and well developed. Where the film really does stand out though is with its special effects, which I doubt will be topped by anything else in 2019 and probably well past 2020. It’s rare that you get to see truly good cgi in a film which is also very well made. A lot of care went into making this by its filmmakers and it shows. Alita: Battle Angel is definitely a film worth seeing at the cinema this weekend.

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On The Basis Of Sex Review https://residententertainment.com.au/on-the-basis-of-sex-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/on-the-basis-of-sex-review/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:21:20 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24359 On The Basis Of Sex is a film which comes directed by Mimi Leder who some may know as the director of The Code (2009) or Deep Impact (1998). The film stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates. On The Basis of Sex is a film based on a true story […]

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On The Basis Of Sex is a film which comes directed by Mimi Leder who some may know as the director of The Code (2009) or Deep Impact (1998). The film stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

On The Basis of Sex is a film based on a true story of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg who is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The film focuses on an earlier time in her life when as a person, she was fighting for equality and the inclusion of her gender in American society.

When first going in to see On The Basis Of Sex, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this film. At first I thought maybe it was going to be a very political film, which was maybe filled with propaganda, which occasionally happens. But actually I found this film to be quite educational.

I have really no clue when it comes to American law and what happened in the past with the law and the two genders. I did not know that there were actual laws that kept women from doing certain things in society, for some reason, I often thought it was more of a cultural thing, but actually much of it was written into law. Undoing these laws, was quite difficult to achieve because it involved breaking cultural customs which had been long standing that women should be at home and the men go out to work.

The film takes us through the legal process that Ruth Bader Ginsburg went through to start overturning some of these laws against women in society participating as they would like to. Oddly enough, what causes these laws to come undone is that there was a law out there preventing a man from doing something if he was unmarried and of course this needs to be overturned. It’s an interesting story and one that I think is worth watching just for the trivia of it all.

Felicity Jones who plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg did quite well with her role in this and played the character in powerful way. Her arguments on screen were compelling and I enjoyed watching her and her character work through the case. Other actors such as Armie Hammer and Sam Waterston were also equally good.

I also rather enjoyed the directing of this film from Mimi Leder. While the topic of the film and the nature of the story could be rather boring, the director did manage to find some charm and humour in it all. It was rather entertaining much of the way through.

Overall I feel that this is a good film to go and see if you are interested in gender studies or anything surrounding that topic. It is very US centric and we probably had different things going on here in Australia at the time, but it’s interesting nevertheless. The performances from the actors are quite good and the director did well to make this one not too boring. I came out of the cinema after watching this one learning quite a bit I had not known before and had never even thought about. As a film, it’s certainly very educational and thought provoking and I like that about it.

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Part 2 Australian Release Date https://residententertainment.com.au/the-walking-dead-season-9-part-2-australian-release-date/ https://residententertainment.com.au/the-walking-dead-season-9-part-2-australian-release-date/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:10:07 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24356 The Walking Dead Season 9 Part 2 Australian Release Date is Monday, February 11 at 2.00pm AEST with an encore prime time screening at 7:30pm AEST, with each weekly episode streaming on Foxtel and screening on Fox Showcase, express from the US. The Walking Dead Season 9 Part 2 Trailer

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Part 2 Australian Release Date is Monday, February 11 at 2.00pm AEST with an encore prime time screening at 7:30pm AEST, with each weekly episode streaming on Foxtel and screening on Fox Showcase, express from the US.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Part 2 Trailer

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Ships More Than 5 Million Units Worldwide https://residententertainment.com.au/kingdom-hearts-3-ships-more-than-5-million-units-worldwide/ https://residententertainment.com.au/kingdom-hearts-3-ships-more-than-5-million-units-worldwide/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:01:57 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24354 Today Square Enix let us know that Kingdom Hearts 3 has already shipped 5 million units worldwide, both physically and digitally. The game is so far the fastest selling title in the franchises history. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the third title in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but is one of many titles if you include […]

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Today Square Enix let us know that Kingdom Hearts 3 has already shipped 5 million units worldwide, both physically and digitally. The game is so far the fastest selling title in the franchises history.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is the third title in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but is one of many titles if you include the many Kingdom Hearts spin off games released after Kingdom Hearts 2. Kingdom Hearts 3 tells a heartwarming story about the power of friendship and light vs. darkness, as players follow a young Keyblade wielder named Sora, who is joined by Donald Duck, Goofy and his friends to protect the universe from an evil force known as the Heartless. Set in a vast array of worlds including but not limited to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6 and Hercules; Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.; and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Sora and his friends unite with iconic Disney and Pixar characters to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness invading their worlds.

Source: Square Enix

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Resident Evil 2 Review https://residententertainment.com.au/resident-evil-2-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/resident-evil-2-review/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:45:58 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24341 Resident Evil 2 is a remake of an originally released game by Capcom of the same name which first came out in 1998. The game allows you to play through its story as one of two main characters to choose from, either Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield. The two characters try to survive the […]

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Resident Evil 2 is a remake of an originally released game by Capcom of the same name which first came out in 1998. The game allows you to play through its story as one of two main characters to choose from, either Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield. The two characters try to survive the night, in a police station filled with zombies.

I’ve bee very keen to play this game for most of last year as I was quite drawn to the art style and the overall presentation of the game in general. Along with my interest came the frequent teases throughout the year from Capcom’s marketing team which intrigued me more and more each time. I was further excited about the game after playing the demo of it a few weeks ago and you all know on the site what my thoughts on that demo were.

After playing through the game last weekend and completing Leon’s story and this weekend completing Claire’s story and having finished them both now, I have to say that this game was the most fun I’ve had in this genre of gaming for a very long time. It’s exceptionally well put together and very well made by the developers.

Resident Evil 2 looks exceptionally good. On the PC on the higher settings if you can run them, this game is one of the sharpest and best looking games I have in my collection. On the original PS4, things also look great too, but we’re at the point in the current console generation where PC games are once again starting to push ahead slightly in the graphics department compared to consoles. Things do look noticeably different as you switch platforms. But, differences aside. The game looks decent on no matter what platform you choose to play it on.

Claire Redfield - Resident Evil 2

Claire Redfield – Resident Evil 2

Gameplay wise, Resident Evil 2 is exceptional. The horror genre is a difficult one to get correct and lately many games in the genre have failed in this area. Resident Evil 2 has your chosen character move through the map rather slowly, either by slowly walking or a light jog. When aiming, your character will have further reduced movement. Aiming while moving isn’t ideal as bullets (which are rare items) will be wasted and will likely miss their targets. The slower pace to the gameplay makes the scripted sequences in which a zombie or a boss is coming towards you, all the more scary.

One of the things I liked the most about the gameplay and this is an odd one, is the way the characters reloaded their weapons. Some weapons are quick to reload, but many are not and at times reloading your weapon can be quite the hindrance when out in the field. The animations during the reloading and the sound effects each weapon made during this process were much appreciated.

Leon S. Kennedy Resident Evil 2

Leon S. Kennedy Resident Evil 2

Apart from the action side of the gameplay, the other side of the gameplay experience will have you as either Claire or Leon venture around the map collecting items such as keys, health, booklets, ammunition, weapons, key cards and other valuable items to get you through the game.

The inventory your character can carry at a particular time is limited by the item slots available in their hip pouch. As you go through the game, you do unlock additional hip pouch slots, but I always found mine to be full. If your pouch is full you cannot pick up any more items unless you discard one of your current items and discarding items is permanent. Having your inventory managed like this meant there was some strategy to what you decided to carry into certain areas and what you did not during the game.

As Resident Evil 2 is a game based on an older game from 1998, the game utilises manual save points, which the player can access at various check points. I thought that this was quite good and a much missed feature in gaming. Now I know auto saving is convenient, but manually having to save the game at certain points as I progressed added some urgency and also danger. Now I do know it does autosave at certain points, but I’m not too sure what these were so I often relied on manually saving my progress as I went through the game.

At the save stations there’s also a big storage box, much like a chest in Minecraft, which you can store your excess inventory from your hip pouch, allowing you to keep your items and free up slots for the next section of the game you will go through. This is useful as your pouch is limited and there are countless items spread throughout the game’s levels to find and keep.

As for the story in this game, generally the plot is quite linear. Claire and Leon get separated and they spend the initial parts of the game looking for one another. But as they go through the police headquarters, they get diverted into their own individual plot lines. I don’t want to really spoil the story, but I do applaud Capcom for not having the characters simply play through the same story as each other. I had initially thought before I played throhgh both characters and I did Leon first, that if I pick Claire next, I will get an identical story and experience just with Claire’s character. But actually while the second playthrough was similar in the beginning, Claire’s and Leon’s stories are completely separate. Save points, weapons and items were all different for Claire during my second playthough after completing Leon’s story and I loved that.

To be honest with my readers, I actually found my second playthrough to be a little more scary than the first. As I had become used to the police headquarters after spending ages there with Leon. I thought the old building would be the same for Claire, but running through the police headquarters turned out not to be a great idea early in the game. I got quite the shock when I ran into one of the game’s bosses, The Tyrant, very early on. All the comfort I had from my first playthrough was now gone. Hearing that monster’s footsteps in my second playthrough terrified me as I had no weapons at all and really didn’t know what I was meant to do for a while and I loved that feeling.

Once you finish the game, you unlock additional modes to do a second run through of the game. Overall it took me 6 hours to finish Leon’s story and it took my another 7 hours to beat Claire’s story on my second run. The reason why my second run was a little slower, was that I spent a long time unlocking all the rooms, collecting all the items and visiting everywhere I didn’t visit during Leon’s first run, as I had more of an understanding of what opens what in the game. I’m quite happy with the length of Resident Evil 2 and I’m keen to play through the game again very soon.

Overall Resident Evil 2 is one of the best games of 2019 so far and a game that I quite enjoyed. During both my playthroughs of this game, I did not really want to leave my seat and I didn’t leave my seat. The gameplay is captivating, the graphics are impressive and the tone of the horror in the game is set just right. Resident Evil 2 will be a great game to add to your collection and one that I highly recommend adding to it.

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review https://residententertainment.com.au/dragon-ball-super-broly-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/dragon-ball-super-broly-review/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:06:51 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24333 Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the latest film in the Dragon Ball Super series and in this film, Goku and Vegeta go up against one of the most powerful foes they’ve ever faced, Broly. Dragon Ball Super: Broly has been one of the movies I’ve been most excited to go and see in 2019. Being […]

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the latest film in the Dragon Ball Super series and in this film, Goku and Vegeta go up against one of the most powerful foes they’ve ever faced, Broly.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly has been one of the movies I’ve been most excited to go and see in 2019. Being a massive Dragon Ball Super fan and having thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Ball Super last year until it ended, I’ve been wanting more for months. When this movie first got announced, I was so excited to see it, that I’ve now probably watched the above trailer at least 100 times. Coming out of the cinema on the weekend, having finally watched this title, I have to say that I was very impressed with the film.

(There are spoilers in this paragraph, minor discussion of the plot) Dragon Ball Super: Broly spends of of the early parts of the film building up its plot and adding in extra lore into the Dragon Ball universe by having the audience visit Planet Vegeta in a time before Frieza blew it up. In this film we finally get some back story about the chain of events before the planet’s destruction and why Goku was sent away in a pod to begin with and why Vegeta was not on his home world during its destruction. But this film centres in and focuses on the newly introduced character of Broly. It turns out that Goku was not the only Saiyan sent in a pod away from his planet and so too was Broly. But unlike Goku, Broly was a saiyan exiled from the planet because he was identified to be too powerful to be near anyone at all. Years later he returns and is full of rage and vengeance, he wants to get even with the remaining saiyans, Goku and Vegeta.

Overall I thought that the plot of the film was generally rather good. I love when the lore of these series’ is expanded and we get more depth to the universe. But what I liked even more, was that the Broly character actually had a solid development path. The character is developed as the story progresses in a way that you don’t feel he’s just a random brute Goku and Vegeta fight. He’s got a history, he’s got his own issues and as things keep going, as an audience member I started to really like this new character of Broly. If the series did return in its usual TV format, I would be more than happy for more appearances from the Broly character in the future.

The animation in this film is probably the best I’ve seen from the series so far. Now the final episodes of The Tournament Of Power had some great animation, but this film somehow seemed to outdo what’s been in the series so far. Also comparing this film to previous Dragon Ball Super films, it’s definitely far superior than what we had previously.

Overall I was very impressed with the animation in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. I was even more impressed by how much this film expanded the lore of the Dragon Ball universe and also that it put some effort into developing Broly as a character I would love to see more of should the film return. This is definitely a film to go and see if you’re a Dragon Ball fan and as one myself, it was everything I wanted it to be. If you’re watching this, this weekend and you’ve never seen Dragon Ball before, it could  still be fun but there are literally hundreds of episodes of the TV show you’ve missed out on, but possibly after seeing this you’ll want to see more from the series. If anything though, the action oriented fights should be more than enough fun for any viewer out there.

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The Mule Review https://residententertainment.com.au/the-mule-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/the-mule-review/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 02:24:49 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24325 The Mule is a film which comes directed by Clint Eastwood who also stars in the film alongside Bradley Cooper, Manny Montana, Taissa Farmiga, Michael Pena, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne. The Mule is a film based on a story which appeared in the New York Times called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule”. […]

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The Mule is a film which comes directed by Clint Eastwood who also stars in the film alongside Bradley Cooper, Manny Montana, Taissa Farmiga, Michael Pena, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne. The Mule is a film based on a story which appeared in the New York Times called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule”.

The Mule is a film about a 90 year old man who as well as being quite old, is low on money and decides to start transporting drugs for his local gang as a delivery man. The man becomes so successful at what he does that he eventually starts transporting up to $3 million dollars in goods in his truck. His work is quite impressive and soon attracts the attention of the major crime bosses in Mexico who then start pressuring the old man to deliver more and more cargo, each time riskier than the last.

Going in to see The Mule this week, I was quite excited about what this film could be. Clint Eastwood is of course quite a well known actor, but he’s also been an excellent director lately. With recent films such as American Sniper, Jersey Boys and Gran Torino being just a few of his recent works, I knew something special could be here with The Mule. The Mule also comes with quite a decent cast of actors including Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne. A decent cast and a great director makes me think that this is possibly a pretty great film and I have to say, I was not let down at all. Coming out the cinema last night after I was saw this, I was very pleased.

Clint Eastwood as Earl in The Mule - The Mule Review

Clint Eastwood as Earl in The Mule – The Mule Review

The acting in this is excellent. Clint Eastwood seems to do well in almost every film that he’s in, but in this one I really enjoyed his performance. I guess it does help that his character, Earl, is well developed. In the film you slowly learn more and more about the type of life Earl lived, including his past with his family and the way he behaved in his life to get him into the situation he now finds himself in. As the film went on I found myself really caring for Earl. As a character he is quirky and isn’t always necessarily politically correct in his behaviour, but he’s quite interesting to follow.

The film also has some great performances from Bradley Cooper who seems to be good in practically anything he appears in. There’s also a little bit of screen time for Laurence Fishburne, who in every movie I watch that he’s in, I always thinks he needs more screen time than he gets. Andy Garcia and Michael Pena also do well with their characters.

Overall The Mule is one of the better movies you can choose to go and see at the cinema this January. I’m surprised actually that this movie seems to have been left out completely for this years awards ceremonies. I saw The Mule last night in a theatre that was completely full and I noticed that audiences seemed quite pleased coming out of this one. The Mule is an interesting film, even more so because the events of this film are based on true story about a 90 year old drug delivery driver. The directing is good, the main character of Earl is well developed and it’s also got a decent cast of actors.

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Resident Evil 2 Demo Thoughts https://residententertainment.com.au/resident-evil-2-demo-thoughts/ https://residententertainment.com.au/resident-evil-2-demo-thoughts/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 01:19:18 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24313 So recently Capcom released a demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 game, which is due to be released in January this year. I’ve been quite excited about this Resident Evil game, I’m not the biggest Resident Evil video game fan and while I have played a bunch of the titles over the years, they’ve […]

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So recently Capcom released a demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 game, which is due to be released in January this year.

I’ve been quite excited about this Resident Evil game, I’m not the biggest Resident Evil video game fan and while I have played a bunch of the titles over the years, they’ve not been ones that I have collected or even finished that often. Most of this is because the horror genre for me has always been a difficult one to play. Games in this genre are always slower paced than other genres, they give you limited resources to do what you need to do and you always have to walk slowly through areas for fear that something will kill you. As a person with not always that much time for gaming lately, slower paced games such as these can frustrate me quite a bit as I am limited on the time I have.

In the demo you will play as Leon, who is a police officer. He has just arrived at a local police station which has been overrun with zombies. There’s blood everywhere, there’s no electricity in certain sections, the building is damaged and basically it’s one dangerous place to be.

In this demo there is an actual limit for the amount of time you have to explore. Once you download the demo and then start to play it, you will find that actually you only have 30 minutes to experience the game. After that, you are done. You can’t exit out and restart it either. It’s a one time preview. This works quite well for Capcom because players will play through this and if they love their 30 minute experience, at the end they are prompted to pre-order the game and can buy it on the spot.

I did not choose to purchase it on the spot as I played it on the PS4 and a price of $99.95 on the PS Store seemed a little high for me. There will be better deals when the game is released, in fact I can already see that on Amazon AU the game is on sale to pre-order for $69 on Xbox One and PS4. So if you’re reading this, save money, check all the retailers and shop around.

The game itself for the time I played it was pretty good. My main draw to this game over the last year has been the look of things within the game. I really like the art-style and the way the levels have been animated and drawn. The trailers and the screenshots I’ve seen released in the past have made Resident Evil 2 look quite good. Playing the game this weekend gave me a good idea of what I could expect when it came to the graphics in the game. They are all quite nice overall. Textures are sharp, environments are dark and all that you need for a horror look is present.

The 30 minute time limit actually makes things very tough. The gamer in me wants to beat this demo within the 30 minutes I have available, but the style of game that this is, is a slow paced one and by the time my 30 minutes were up, I was nowhere near done. I wasted the first 10 minutes in the first room of the demo trying to figure out the code to the statue that was at the back, when really all I needed to do was go to the garage door on my right which was unlocked. After that I ran around trying not to die to the many zombies in the corridors and trying, but failing to rescue another police officer in time.

I did actually attempt a second playthrough of the game by downloading the demo again, but this time on PC instead through Steam. Where it’s currently free. This time I knew a little bit more of what I was in for and was determined to beat the demo and I did! As you can see below.

Just some comments about my PC vs my PS4 experience. I would say that on PC the game looks a little better than I thought it did when I first played through it yesterday on the PS4. I thought the lip syncing in particular when characters spoke was better handled on PC. Also on PC things were much smoother during the game as I played the demo in 144hz with the highest textures my PC could handle. If I was to choose between the two right now, I would probably lean more towards the PC version of the game. Sitting closer to the screen, with my headset on and being fully immersed in the horror environment is where I think I might prefer my Resident Evil 2 experience to be. But both versions of the game are decent and there’s nothing at all wrong with the PS4 version, it’s just as good.

These Resident Evil games are always a lot of fun and this game does feel a little scary at times. The mixture of having such limited resources to fend off enemies, but also the limitations of exploring a police station filled with narrow corridors makes quite a tense gameplay experience.

As it’s also a remake, much of this game plays like games I used to play when I was much younger. There’s no easy way to find where you need to go, there’s little hint of what to do at times and things are not made so easy for the player to just run through it all. Some doors need keys to open them and those keys can be hard to find. You can be running around for a long time before you find a single key and I’ve missed this type of frustrating gameplay in modern games.

You can try out the demo for yourself on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.

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Instant Family Review https://residententertainment.com.au/instant-family-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/instant-family-review/#respond Sun, 06 Jan 2019 10:44:44 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24301 Instant Family is a film which comes directed by Sean Anders who some may know as the director of Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) or Daddy’s Home (2015). The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz and Octavia Spencer. Instant Family is a comedy/drama film about a young couple who get […]

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Instant Family is a film which comes directed by Sean Anders who some may know as the director of Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) or Daddy’s Home (2015). The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz and Octavia Spencer.

Instant Family is a comedy/drama film about a young couple who get in over their heads when they adopt three children into their family and for the first time become parents.

When first seeing the trailer for Instant Family, I was interested in it because I do like films from both Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as those two are often very good actors and seem to pick very good films to star in. But the story of Instant Family and the type of film that it was, being a family comedy/drama film isn’t necessarily something I would usually rush to the cinema to see and would often leave these types of films for their home release a few months later. But you know what, I went and saw this one at the cinema and enjoyed this film so much that I have it in my top 10 films I loved in 2018. I know it releases here in Australia on January 10, but I saw it at an early preview screening late last year that Paramount held. So I guess I will have to put it in my current top 10 films for 2019 right now.

The premise of the film is fairly easy to follow, both Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are both accomplished individuals and as a couple they are pretty great. They have a home, a solid career as property flippers and are doing very well for themselves. But the problem is, they have no kids of their own and eventually stumble on the path of becoming foster parents. Then we slowly meet the kids, Lizzy (Isabela Moner), Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) and this is the part where the complications start as Ellie and Pete struggle to keep up with all the demands and responsibilities that 3 children will bring.

The film’s plot opens up quite a bit of space for the comedy side of things and I thought that this one was rather funny and enjoyed all of the jokes all the way throughout it. The crowd in the session I was in seemed to be enjoying it as well and there were a lot of people heard laughing during the film.

The drama side of the film does build up to be quite an emotional one as the characters are well developed and I found myself really caring for the kids in the family by end of the film. Lizzy in particular, who is the oldest of the children was a very interesting character to get to know and the character taught me a lot about the struggles of orphan children and children in the system waiting to be adopted and what they go through. It’s all very tough to do when you don’t have a parent to help you in life and are stuck in the process. The Lizzy character struggles with all of this the most and by the end things got very tense and emotional. I really thought this side of the film was well done and the film’s writers Sean Anders (also directed) and John Morris did a great job with this.

The acting is all quite good. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne were both as entertaining as ever and the two worked well together in this film opposite each other in the two lead roles. But, Isabela Moner who played Lizzy really did an outstanding job with her character. I’ve also seen the actress in another of 2018’s films Sicario: Day of the Soldado and I think she’s quite good. I hope there are more roles for this young actress in the future.

Overall Instant Family is a very good comedy/drama film about a young couple starting to become parents. The character development for the parents, but also for the kids, especially Lizzy is very good and I did feel for the characters by the end of the film. As both a comedy and a drama it works well and Sean Anders did a great job directing this one. The actors in this are excellent, with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne delivering good performances, but Isabela Moner was very impressive in this film. Definitely go and see this one if you’re looking for a comedy this week or a family drama.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider The Pillar Review https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-the-pillar-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-the-pillar-review/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 07:13:27 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24291 Shadow Of The Tomb Raider The Pillar is the second of the planned DLC’s from the developers Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dynamics and its publisher Square Enix. The game currently costs $7.50 on the steam store and can be played by anyone who also owns Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. The Pillar is also available on […]

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider The Pillar is the second of the planned DLC’s from the developers Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dynamics and its publisher Square Enix. The game currently costs $7.50 on the steam store and can be played by anyone who also owns Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. The Pillar is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

In this DLC you continue to play as Lara Croft where you will be given the task of finding an ancient shield which has been hidden away in a tomb you will need to explore and conquer. Similar to the first DLC, The Forge, this DLC has a little bit of cutscenes and a short story for you to follow. I honestly felt that the first DLC had much more story and cutscenes within it than The Pillar did and while they are both go and fetch missions, this one seemed very simplistic with very few extra character for you and Lara to meet along the way.

As for the tomb itself, it was okay. As far as the special effects go, the storm effects were wonderful, the wind effects were excellent and the appearance of the tomb was nicely done. It’s a good looking game and the weather effects in this are greatly appreciated. But where this DLC lacks in comparison to The Forge’s tomb, is that it’s rather easy to get through it. Where I felt at least with the forge that I was challenged to get to the top and had to work out how to get up there, this one just did not stump me at all. I had no problem getting through it. Which is a problem because I want the tomb I just bought to cause me at least a little bit of a problem to get through.

What The Pillar has that The Forge did not have though was more enemies to fight. There’s two stages throughout the DLC where you will encounter enemies who aren’t so easy to overcome for Lara and do pose a threat for her along the way. I quite enjoyed this part of The Pillar. There was aspects of stealth and more aggressive/action based sections and you could choose how you would initially approach the area. Would have liked it to be a little longer though.

The Pillar takes about an hour to complete and depending on your pace it could be a little shorter or a little longer. As with the first DLC, it’s nice to have something new to come back to this game for. If it was not for these new DLC’s I probably wouldn’t have come back to Shadow Of The Tomb Raider this month as I’ve already finished it and I have other games to play. But having these short 1 hour sessions recently has given me the opportunity to come back to one of the games I enjoyed the most in 2018. Overall this DLC was not as good as The Forge was, but was still a fun hour of Tomb Raider for me and the action component did make up a little for the easy to beat tomb. If you have got some throwaway money to spare this week and a spare hour as well then this DLC could be of interest to you.

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Aquaman Review https://residententertainment.com.au/aquaman-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/aquaman-review/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 03:04:42 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24277 Aquaman is a film which comes directed by James Wan who some may know as the director of The Conjuring (2013) or Fast & Furious 7 (2015). The film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Temuera Morrison. Aquaman is the latest film to be released which […]

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Aquaman is a film which comes directed by James Wan who some may know as the director of The Conjuring (2013) or Fast & Furious 7 (2015). The film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Temuera Morrison.

Aquaman is the latest film to be released which takes place inside the DC cinematic Universe of films and it’s also the first film ever to be made for the Aquaman comic book character who first appeared in 1941.

Before going in to see Aquaman this year, I was mostly excited about what the film could be. I always enjoy watching a new superhero get their own film on the big screen and while Aquaman has never been a character that I followed at all back when I used to regularly read comic books, I was still keen to see what could be done with the character on film. James Wan directing this is a big plus for the film as he’s consistently directed entertaining films in recent years. I’m happy to say that once I came out of the Aquaman screening I attended, that I felt that things were rather good.

The plot of this film follows a similar structure to what you’d expect from most superhero films. We are introduced to a reluctant hero, we see him come to know his power and abilities and struggle with a villain who threatens his world. In many ways I felt the plot of Aquaman was a little predictable, but mainly it’s more to do with so much superhero content that gets released at cinemas now that it’s becoming quite easy to see a pattern to films in this genre. There’s nothing really wrong with the Aquaman plot at all, it’s just that there’s so many other films released in recent years with very similar storylines.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

The Aquaman character is certainly likeable and much of that is from Jason Momoa’s performance. We did see a little of this character during the release of Justice League. But what this film did was give us the personality and the character building that probably should have been done before Justice League was released.

Audiences will be introduced to the world of Aquaman, which is mostly all under the sea. Under the sea there’s a whole world down there and a fairly rich amount of lore that’s introduced to audiences. There’s other kingdoms, different kings and various political factions under the sea and these all cause a lot of drama for Aquaman to deal with. I felt that actually the world of Aquaman was one of the most interesting parts of this film and as something in the genre, it was a lot different to things I’ve seen before.

The sets and the CGI effects are quite nice. All of the water effects and hair effects of every actor under the sea are well done. The overall design of Aquaman’s under water world was quite good and I enjoyed looking at all the different things going on in the backgrounds throughout the film. There are also various under sea creatures, monsters and human like beings that are well animated and designed. For viewers going in to see this film for the special effects, I think they’ll be well entertained when it comes to this aspect.

Amber Heard in Aquaman

Amber Heard in Aquaman

The acting in the film is a little hit and miss. Jason Momoa is great and so too is Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman. But other actors in the film and many of the minor characters come across for some reason as bad. Most of them are unknowns, but it is a little off-putting at times throughout the film to have such great actors in amongst many terrible ones.

Where the film does shine a little more is in its action sequences. Many cinema attendees will mostly go and see Aquaman for its action scenes. I’m happy to say that these are quite good and Jason Momoa certainly does deliver in each of his action sequences. I’d like to also mention that having fights underwater was something really new on the big screen that I haven’t seen much of before so I enjoyed seeing that. It’s the ending of the film and final few sequences which really do put things over the edge, with the film ramping things up quite a bit towards the latter half and to be honest with you all, it was great! I’d say that if you’re going in to see this one purely for action sequences Aquaman won’t disappoint.

Overall Aquaman is a decent superhero film, but delivers a similar story to what we’re used to seeing from the genre for many years now. Where it shines though is when it does something different such as under sea fight scenes and hair that moves under water. What’s also impressive is the world of Aquaman and the rich amount of lore for the world that exists under the sea, there’s a lot of potential within Aquaman’s world to expand on should the filmmakers create a sequel. Jason Momoa delivers a likeable performance and we get to know the character of Aquaman quite well by the time it all ends. Aquaman delivers a good amount of action and will please many people looking to see an action film at the cinema this weekend. Happy to recommend seeing this one at the cinema this weekend.

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Bumblebee Review https://residententertainment.com.au/bumblebee-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/bumblebee-review/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 01:03:16 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24269 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, […]

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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.

 

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Review https://residententertainment.com.au/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-review/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:09:37 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24249 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an animated Spider-Man film based on the popular Marvel comics character of the same name. The film comes directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. The film features voice acting from Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Liev Shreiber and Kathryn Hahn.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an animated Spider-Man film based on the popular Marvel comics character of the same name. The film comes directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. The film features voice acting from Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Liev Shreiber and Kathryn Hahn.


When first going in to see this Spider-Man film, I was quite excited about what the experience could be. In recent years we’ve become used to seeing multiple Spider-Man franchises at the cinema, but they’ve all been live action releases. This is the first animated cinema release I’ve seen for the character and it’s actually one of the few superhero films released in recent years that’s animated, which is odd considering the comic book background these characters all come from. But it’s also a nice change.

The main character in this movie isn’t actually Peter Parker (Spider-Man), although he does feature in the film. Instead it’s focused on the character of Miles Morales who is also capable of filling the Spider-Man role.

Miles (Sharmeik Moore) and Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse
Miles (Sharmeik Moore) and Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Miles is a character that’s probably less known by the masses out there as part of the Spider-Man universe and has been kept out of the many Spider-Man films of the past and apart from the comics, I’ve only seen him in the recent Spider-Man PS4 game. If you did play through that game earlier this year, then you might have some familiarity with who this character is. But even if you didn’t play that game and don’t know Miles at all, Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse does a great job of introducing this character to the audience, slowly developing him as it goes along and also expanding quite a bit on the lore of the Spider-Man universe. In some ways, there’s more lore introduced in this film than the entire of the recent Marvel reboot of the live action character.

I don’t want to go into the plot because it can be all spoilt quite easily and I’d rather my readers go into this film as fresh as I did when I went and saw. I even recommend not watching too many trailers. But it was overall well handled and well told. Coming out of the film, I thought this was one of the better Spider-Man experiences I could have at the cinema and I’d be happy to see a sequel should Sony decide to release one in the future. As an animated film, this is one of the films I’ve liked the most, with it bringing the same freshness and charm that the first of the Lego Movies brought back when it was released a few years ago.

Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

The voice actors are all rather good. I enjoyed both Sarmeik Moore and Mahershala Ali in this film and the two seemed to be a great match for the characters they played. There was also some great work from Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson for their characters.

For those going in to see this one for the action, I’d say you get a decent amount of it, at least as much as you’d expect from an animated film. But keep in mind as well that this Spider-Man film is also more for the kids so it is generally going to be kid friendly action scenes inside and that also applies to certain aspects of the film too, with kid friendly jokes and less adult centric themes.

The animation is decent. At first when watching the film for the first half of the experience. I wasn’t too sure I liked what I was seeing. But I understand they’ve gone for a very comic book esque look to the film and as it kept going, it grew on me and I started to really like what I was seeing.

Overall I’d say that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a must watch at the cinema this weekend, especially if you’re a fan of the Spider-Man universe. The amount of Spider-Man lore that this film introduces audiences to is massive and one that I greatly appreciated. The story is well told and the voice acting is great. The animation is also decent. There’s not much at all to complain about when it comes to the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse film experience and I’m happy to recommend it as something to watch this weekend.

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Creed II Review https://residententertainment.com.au/creed-ii-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/creed-ii-review/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 13:57:35 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24234 Creed II Is a film which comes directed by Steven Caple Jr., of which this is really his major film as he’s mostly done short films in the past. Creed II stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson Dolph Ludgren and Florian Munteanu. The film takes place in the Rocky universe of films and while it’s […]

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Creed II Is a film which comes directed by Steven Caple Jr., of which this is really his major film as he’s mostly done short films in the past. Creed II stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson Dolph Ludgren and Florian Munteanu. The film takes place in the Rocky universe of films and while it’s the second in the Creed series it is the 8th in the Rocky franchise.

Going in to see this film at the cinema had me very excited. I am a big fan of the Rocky character and love it every time we get to re-visit the universe Sylveser Stallone created. The first film of the Creed series was quite good (see Petey’s Review here) and I was very impressed with it back when I first watched it. For the second one I had about the same expectations that this would be something pretty good and I’m happy to say that it was.

In this film, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is dealing with a lot of different things at once. His character is getting closer to Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and the two are looking like they’re getting ready to start a family. Adonis is world champion and everything is great. But then Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), who is the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) shows up and challenges Adonis for the title. The problem with this is that Ivan Drago was the man who killed Adonis’ father back in Rocky IV. So the fight brings a lot of emotions out for both Adonis and his trainer Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to overcome.

I thought that generally the plot for Creed II was quite good. In some ways it follows a similar formula to what we’ve become used to with the Rocky franchise, but it does work very well. There’s a lot of heart to the story and there’s great meaning behind each of the characters and who they are. I’ve always loved the Rocky films for the great messaging they deliver to the audience relating to determination, perseverance, motivation and focus. There’s also strong themes in the film about the importance of the family and caring for those important people in your life. All of this in combination, makes Creed II quite a nice film experience at the cinema and one with a lot of heart in it. 

The actors are all quite good. Michael B. Jordan had a tough role to play in Creed II and did well in both the physical aspect and the more dramatic scenes. It was great to also see Sylvester Stallone back again on the big screen playing one of his most iconic characters again. Tessa Thompson also does quite well and there’s quite a few musical parts for her character in this film, which she does perform well in Creed II. These three actors seemed to fit on screen well together and I enjoyed everyone else too.

The action and the actual fights in this are decent. It was interesting to see Michael B. Jordan go up against Florian Munteanu who is a giant really.

Overall I thought that Creed II was a film with an excellent story and a lot of heart. All of the actors were great on screen, especially Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone. The fight between Forian Muntenanu and Michael B. Jordan’s characters is certainly one to see at the cinema. Most viewers will get a lot out of this film experience. It’s worth it re-watching Creed I and also Rocky IV before going in to see this film if you want to refresh a little on the lore, but it’s not essential. I highly recommend going in to see Creed II at the cinema if you can this week. It’s a decent film experience and I loved it.

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