For some time that I did not watch a movie. And this is something I am ashamed of, but when I downloaded Red Sparrow I was expecting a Marvel movie. Sorry, I am no big fan of the comic books, and some of the character names are unknown for me. Well, guess what, no, it wasn’t. And I am not sure what this movie is. If a drama, if action, horror or just some kind of erotic movie. Anyway, it mostly fails on all of them. For drama, it doesn’t make anybody in tears, even with all the violence. For action, it lacks real action. For horror, it has too many boring parts. For erotic, it has too much violence.
It is not a bad movie. You can watch it without getting bored, even if some scenes are slow and lacking interest. But for other scenes, you want turn around and ask, is the violence over yet?
This series is what we can call a diversity show. One can find boobs, sex, gays, incest, violence, whores, zombies, magic, dragons, horse meat… well, anything one might want to see. Ah, you can get some humor too. That’s good. The main problem here is the amount of characters and action in different points, that make some episodes very small in action, they are just a step in each of the different characters life, with no big changed in the story. Nevertheless, it is a great series (and it isn’t cheap, I imagine).
I know I have some friends poking me to read the books, but I hardly see a series or movie to read the book later, or read the book to watch the series or movie later. So, the series came first, then… series won.
First, yes, probably. I know some of you want me to read the books (first or instead). I am sorry to disappoint, but it is too late to read them first or instead, and I am not sure if I will read them at all. That will be another issue.
Now, on this series comment: violence, violence, blood, violence, boobs, violence, violence, blood, violence, boobs. The good thing is that the ratio of boobs is good enough to keep watching. Yes, I am half kidding. Sometime the series betray us. We are too used to the Hollywood movie type, where heroes do not die. Here, everybody die. When you think somebody will stand up, he will die. When you think somebody will die, yes, surely he will die.
Something that is clear from the first episode but starts being more and more clear, and completely clear in the last episode of the first season, is that we should not be relating the story with our past, with the medieval era, or something. This is not just a fiction series, but mostly, a fantasy series.
The first thing that come to my mind to describe this first episode is, sex, violence and sex. Not bad. Just one episode is not enough to tell what the story is. So far, the usual medieval thing, kings, fights, interest marriages, etc. Given the name of the series, and this first episode, it seems that will be the story. A standard medieval story.
But then, there are some interesting things. Not just the pretty girls, the boobs or the sex. But having some kind of tribe that kills people in a way Dexter would like to do, is cool. Now, let us see the next episodes, for a final season review.
Punisher: War Zone is a typical Hollywood movie. There is nothing new. There is a hero. There are bad guys. There is violence. The plot is the usual. There is action, there are shots, there is blood, there is a woman with a kid…
Then, what is new? Why this movie was recorded?
Well, I think there are some things that make the movie watchable. First, there is the main character, that is a Marvel hero. This can be good and bad, because it means we are dealing with a fantasy world. That is, the hero never dies. Therefore you are watching and always expecting the obvious: the hero will not die. Second, the movie has super extra hyper violence. I think I am missing one or two more adjectives, but I am not remembering any. There is blood, blood, blood, dead guys, heads rolling, shots on heads, everything you can expect from an action movie. They are exaggerated, yes. But that is the idea. We are in the fantasy world, do you remember?
More, there are jokes. Yeah, you can laugh while watching rolling heads, blood, the dead.