Sing

Add fun cartoon animals to an ordinary plot makes things so much better. If Sing was done with real people, I would not have been interested in it. The world doesn’t even take that much advantage of the fact that the cast are all animals. It comes into play at times, but most of the time it doesn’t factor into things. But still, adorable cartoon animals just make it better.

The plot is a singing competition, and a rather standard one. There is perhaps one too many main characters, that all of them lack a bit, but I like the contestants and don’t want to get rid of any of them.

In the movie, Buster Moon runs an old theater in financial trouble. As a means of getting business, he starts a singing competition but accidentally sends out a prize worth 100 times what he intended. Buster Moon does lie about it to keep his show going. Actually, there are a few morally questionable actions going on through the movie in our main characters. Most of them are good people, but they still do bad things.

Probably just from a design point, my favorite character is Ash. I think Johnny’s plot was a bit heavy, so it suffered most from making things kid friendly. Overall, I think each of the main contestants plot needed one more scene. And the thing I wanted to see most but wasn’t in the film was more interaction between the contestants! They all have their moments with Buster Moon, but not with each other. The film makes it clear that they’re friends, but they don’t show any of that. I know that would make the film even longer, but I don’t mind.

Sing is a rather standard plot made fun by cartoon animals, cartoon situations and cartoon physics. No real suprises here, but solid songs and endearing characters abound.

Oh, some spoilers thoughts here.

I saw the trailer and wow did the trailer pretty much spoil everything. Geeze, let some things be a surprise.

I think Mike is a pretty interesting character. He starts off a jerk, and is still a jerk at the end of the film. And his problems aren’t entirely solved at the end of the film like I thought it would be. I thought that when Johnny’s father went to the theater to see him with the police chasing after him, the police would run into the bears and solve that issue. Nope. Didn’t happen.

Also, Gunter. I know he’s not one of the main contestants, but I wanted to see more of him. Maybe just one scene about what he does outside of the show. He’s a rather fun-loving and standup guy that only exists for Rosita’s plot. It would have been good to see what he likes to do.

Yeah. Fun movie. I liked the final songs. It felt good to see the results of the contestants’ hard work.

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Timeless

The fans of this show, wow. To tell what I know of it, this show was canceled in the first season. But due to fan response, the network renewed it for a second season. Then it was canceled in the second season. Again, due to fan response, the show got a two episode wrap-up to complete the story. Those are some dedicated fans.

What is Timeless? A show about time travelers trying to stop evil time travelers from messing with history. The show is fun at times, but nothing fantastic. I liked the characters, though in the second season, they got a lot of romance drama in there. Still, I liked the second season for them incoporating the other characters into the time traveling more. It spiced things up to rotate the cast a bit, and I think they could have done some of that in the first season.

Now on to the final wrap-up. The last two episodes don’t feel different from any other episode, at least in terms of tone. There are still dramatic character moments and problems to be solved in history. The cast that remains in the present gets more to do, though, and are pretty important, which I liked.

Is it good or bad that the episodes don’t feel different? I was looking forwards to a fun, all-out two-parter, but more of normal Timeless is fun, too. Things do feel rushed, though, which I think is due to them compressing most of the plot of the third season into two episodes. They did their best to give weight to certain things, but the plot had to move along.

At least this time, there’s no massive cliffhanger. Timeless’s time has come to an end, so they must complete the story. It could have been grander, but all of the character arcs have come to a close. We got some great callbacks. It is a fine ending to the series. I had fun jumping around time with Timeless.

Midnight Texas

The first season of the show was fun enough. It had a cool setting with characters that slowly grew on me over the course of the season. So I was looking forwards to season 2. They sure kicked things up a few notches. It seems to be more violent, more emotional and hotter. There is a lot of safe-for-TV love making going on in season 2.

I like the characters in season 2. The new characters of Kai and Patience start out interesting. Kai is some kind of healer with actual powers and Patience is his lovely wife. And Kai is also up to something with a creepy head hidden away. Both of them are fun when they’re onscreen in different ways.

Still, there’s more going on than that. Each person around town has a new set of problems to solve. Fiji has a curse on her entire bloodline that keeps her from being with Bobo. Lem and Olivia are going through their life as a newly-married couple. And, unfortunately, Manfred is dealing with breaking up from Creek.

The various plots help flesh out the characters, some of them aren’t tied into the main plot. The season is fun. There’s much more going on while with a mysterious main plot happening in the background. Overall, the season seems to be more. More action, more magic, and lots more relationship drama. If you don’t want relationship drama, this might drag on.

When it comes to magic and monsters, this is still a fun show. There’s nothing that makes it stand out too much, though.

Mars

Whoa, a second season! I really liked the first season. This is a science fiction show about the first people on Mars. On the first season, the crew have found bacterial life and are now staying there. Season two opens up several years later where they have an entire town full of scientists and other support staff.

Season 2 is now about what happens when non-scientists want to go to Mars to exploit its resources. The format is similar to the first one where part of the episode is interviews with modern day people, and they relate what’s going on today to what the people on Mars is facing.

Now, there is conflict when not everyone has the same goals. This season feels more action-heavy compared to the last one, though still in a thougtful way. The miners, while they can be seen as antagonists, are really only people with different goals. They come into conflict with the scientists occasionally, but the two bases are still cordial with each other mostly.

It’s interesting seeing how the two get along. While the show represents the miners and the company behind them as not being in the right, they’re still likeable people mostly. The antagonist is mainly the CEO of the company behind the miners. He’s the one pushing them to go too hard and fast before they can properly get set up.

I still really enjoy the show because I hope to see people on Mars someday. The show presents a possbility of that happening, and it’s pretty cool. The sets look nice, and the outside shots are pretty great, too. The show gets my imagination flowing for a multi-planetary future while still relating issues back to things we’re facing today.

Maybe a season 3? Hmm?

Some spoiler thoughts.

One thing I think should be changed is having the engineer move to the miner’s town earlier. As it was in the season, he wasn’t there long enough to make the move feel like it had much of an impact at all.

Aquaman

Alright. Let’s do this. Arthur (Aquaman) is a bro jock throughout most of the movie with a some surprising history knowledge, but he mainly likes solving problems the direct way. It makes for a fun character and movie. Aquaman, the film, is fun, fantastical and full of great visuals. It’s the underwater Star Wars movie I didn’t know I wanted. (And I do know there was an underwater part in Star Wars).

This movie is pretty fun.¬†Arthur’s half-brother, Orm, is trying to start a war between Atlantis and the Surface world The scenes between Arthur and Mera are great. Mera is the one with all the goals and ideas, Arthur just wants to punch things. The two of them work together well and both learn things through the film. They are fun to watch together.

On the bad guys side, you have Black Manta and Orm. Both of them have some great scenes. While Black Manta isn’t in the film as much, he has a good amount of scenes and doesn’t linger to the point of being extraneous. Ocean Master has some good development, and he has great fight scenes with Arthur. I think both of them are great villains that match up against Aquaman in different ways. It’s great to see the difference in style of their action scenes.

There are several fantastic visuals in Aquaman. This is a fantasy movie with some technology elements. You have soldiers riding seahorses wielding laser rifles. It’s a cheesy kind of awesome. Then there is the trench scenes. That part was great. There are big, wonderful places everywhere in the film. The climax of the movie is really fun and fully shows off the underwater people.

This film tells a more light-hearted story that’s filled with jokes and quips, but there are a lot of serious moments there. It has an earnestness to the cheesy parts that make it work. Aquaman has a different tone compared to the previous DC Cinematic Universe movies, but it works really well and it builds a wonderful world all under the water. You won’t see any new side to superheroes here, but it is a lot of fun throughout.

Doctor Who

So this is the first time I’m watching Doctor Who. I have only the basic idea that the Doctor regenerates into a different person every so often. Then they go around in strange adventures with some regular people. It’s a science fiction show, but a lot of the stuff that happens just feels like magic. It’s a space fantasy.

Overall, this show feels half-baked. There are good ideas at the start, but the resolution is usually lacking. The only episode I felt that was good from start to finish was the one with Yaz’s grandmother. Things that were introduced earlier had meaning and there were twists that made sense. In the other episodes, things just sort of happen until they resolve.

It’s a shame the plots are so uneven. The cast is pretty good when they get a chance to shine. That, unfortunately, isn’t often, unless you are the Doctor. Now, I like the Doctor. She has some kind of joyful wonder. I like how she acts around all these situations. However, it’s tough to see her as clever when most of her ideas are just random things that might as well be magic.

As for the companions, it feels like there are too many of them. When they get some focus, all of them are great. But most of the time, they don’t and the episode struggles to find something for them to do. The problem comes from them not getting any better at adventuring with the Doctor. They always defer to her and don’t do anything unless the Doctor tells them to. It reminds me of a similar problem with the British Sherlock show. Unless you’re Sherlock, you’re not doing anything important.

It’s a shame how all of the great setup done by the first half of the episode is let down by the conclusion. Sometimes, it’s the message that’s unclear and confused. The episode is uncertain about what it wants to say. Other times, it’s just the solution is so snappy and out there that there’s no sense of tension or struggle.

The cast is good, and the Doctor is fun. The writing needs to be better, though. Also the Doctor’s companions need to be more competent so they don’t need to rely on her to come up with everything. I mean, one of them is a police officer (rookie), but nothing she does reminds me of that part. It’s a shame.

Tomorrowland

This movie is about Tomorrowland, a place where scientists gather and solve the world’s problems. Things don’t work out, of course, but that’s what the purpose is. A young girl, Athena, goes out to find potential recruits, such as our two main characters, Frank and Casey. Frank has turned bitter and old after getting kicked out of Tomorrowland while Casey is still bright-eyed and optimistic. Together, they need to stop some kind of mysterious machine.

This film isn’t subtle about messages. It wants people to feed hope and do good in the world. It’s a fine message, but it’s still delivered strongly. And how much you enjoy the movie might come down to how much you agree with their way of saving the world. I really like science and technology, so that part is fine for me.

The movie is okay, mostly. It could be much better, though. Hmm. There’s a lot that might be spoilers, so I’ll have to talk about it later. For the main characters, though, I liked all three of them. Athena is the best part of the film, for certain. She has that low-key sass where you don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late.

Frank and Casey are fine counterpoints while still being on the same side. They’re both amusing in their own way.

The movie does drag on a bit. There are a lot of action scene that are fun when taken on their own, but all they do is draw out the length of the film. It’s alright, but it could have been better.

Time for spoiler thoughts, which I’ll get more into my problems with the film.

Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland. For being the title of the movie, Tomorrowland almost feels unimportant. It’s the goal of the characters to reach there, but we don’t see enough of Tomorrowland. Perhaps it’s budget or something, but for most of the time we’re in Tomorrowland, the characters are indoors with not much going on.

Most of the film is about just getting to Tomorrowland. We don’t spend much time in the city at all. And when we do, the city feels really different from how it was shown earlier without much of an explanation why. The film should have focused more on Tomorrowland, less on the world outside. And when we were in Tomorrowland, everything felt small. There were only a few characters shown at a time and all the indoor shots hid the scale of the city.

And solving Tomorrowland’s problem felt too easy. Just replace the leader. Yep, that did it. There’s no system of people in place that liked the old leader or disliked him. We didn’t see any of that.

Tomorrowland is a movie that wants to have hope and dreams in the world, and that’s great. The movie itself is merely alright.