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Black Panther Review

Black Panther is the long awaited Marvel release starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, and Danai Gurira as Okoye. This film truly hit it out of the park with a great cast, fun action scenes, and great comedy. Boseman is impossible to dislike as he gives a wonderful portrayal of a man becoming king and protector of his country in a changing world. The villain, Killmonger, while obviously being a villain, had motivation–motivation as well as logic. This was refreshing to see from a Marvel movie–as of late, their villains have been lacking. Another major score for Black Panther is that it does not feel like one giant trailer. Recent Marvel films have sadly fallen into this formula; it feels as though they cannot stand alone. This is not the case with Black Panther at all.

It was so refreshing to see a film so rich with culture and vibrant with beautiful cinematography. Though the film is set in the fictional country of Wakanda in Africa, the culture, costume/hair design, and even language are drew heavy inspiration from real life African tribes and cultures. It was a beautiful and inspiring piece of art.

However, this is not a perfect movie. When a film is so highly anticipated, it seems almost wrong to say anything against it. But there are a few scenes in which the CGI is very apparent. Coming from a movie with such a large budget, seeing cheesy CG or almost unfinished elements can be disappointing, but these scenes are nowhere near enough to ruin the movie.

Black Panther did not disappoint audiences. Scoring $201.8 million in just three days, it has secured its place as the fifth highest grossing film in America (opening weekend) and the second highest grossing Marvel film, with the first being The Avengers (2012). It deserves a solid A-.

 

Written By: Hannah Baird

Image Credit to Rotten Tomatoes

 

2018 Women’s March

On January 21st, 2018 Women’s March Florida held a women’s march around Lake Eola. This march featured quite a few speakers who discussed many issues ranging the #MeToo movement, which was created for survivors of sexual assault, to DACA (the Dreamers). This was not the only march around the country. This was one of many in other places like Washington, New York, Chicago, and more. It would be easy to assume that this activity is taking place in order to speak out against current political tensions which envelop the nation, but that could not be further from the truth. This gathering was held to empower women of all kinds- cis, trans, women of color, and more. A wonderful step forward was including representation and recognition for the LGTBQ+ community. Nonbinary peoples, trans women, and all sexualities were very welcomed at the rally and incredibly accepted- in order to help others understand the struggles these individuals face, booths were set up in order to educate others on issues they may not be aware of.

There was a major push for voting with all voting parties having booths featuring information on the importance of voting and party details- “power to the polls” as it was called. There were 3+ booths set up for registering and pre- registering to vote. Pre-registering is a wonderful way to prep for the next election if you are not yet 18. As long as you will be 18 by the next election, you are eligible to pre- register.

Some of the positivity was met with negativity, however. There were some- not many, but some- less than kind protesters shouting at those attending the rally. The best way to combat hate is to spread love- which is exactly what went on at the 2018 Women’s March at Lake Eola in Florida.

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By: Hannah Baird

The Last Jedi Review

The Last Jedi is the latest installment of a legendary narrative that has defined society since the fourth episode in 1977.

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The newest tale in the Star Wars universe continues the story of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens back in 2015, while keeping fans updated on fan favorites such as Luke, Leia, and Chewy from the originals. The Last Jedi follows the protagonists as they battle the villains of the story, the First Order. The First Order is lead by Kylo Ren, a force user, and General Hux, Kylo’s second-in-command. They compliment each other and their mission is to wipe out the Resistance and rule the galaxy. The Resistance is lead by the beautiful Princess Leia (now General Leia), and their purpose is to eliminate the threat of First Order and keep peace throughout space.

This new chapter in the story-line is uplifting and emotional. It is the story of a beaten down group, of those who feel as though there is no hope. It is the story of restoring that lost hope, and finding motivation and inspiration in the darkness. The Last Jedi explains that it is okay for things to die out and for new things to be reborn.

The new movie has faced criticism for “not feeling like a Star Wars film.” But those who feel as such have missed the whole point of the visual message they just watched. This story was not meant to feel like A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back. It was meant to be feel like The Last Jedi; it was meant to be different. Everything is going to evolve and change, even beloved movies and their messages. This is exactly why The Last Jedi was an incredible film, with flaws, the displayed gorgeous scenery, wonderful talent, and a brilliant message.

By: Hannah Baird

Photo Credit: Disney

Spamalot

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Arthurian legend has been an influential part of literature throughout the years. It has inspired books, TV shows, movies, and even plays. A popular version of such legend, is the movie entitled Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This particular adaptation has been adapted one step further into a musical play entitled Spamalot.

After speaking with Sean Tormey (senior), who will be playing King Arthur in the Saturday night showing of the show, he described the show as “King Arthur’s journey across England in search of knights for his army to help him find the Holy Grail.”

He went on to paint a wonderful picture of the the crazy adventure the characters and audience will journey through together during the length of the play. The “killer rabbit, the horrible knights of Ni, and some stubborn French taunters” all have their part as Arthur breaks through the fourth wall and his knights are forced to put on a Broadway show in order to complete their task of obtaining the Holy Grail.

Anyone who is a fan of the Monty Python films, or parodies in general, should most certainly stop by the show and enjoy the talent our drama department has to offer. Audience members should be prepared for singing and adventures as soon as the show begins!

Spamalot will be shown on Friday, October 27th, 2017 and Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Lake Howell High School auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 at the door.\

By: Hannah Baird

IT – Original or Remake?

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It has been a mere two weeks since IT has hit box offices, in that short time some major discussion has raised.  The most heated being: Which is better- the “original” or the “remake”?

To properly begin the discussion, it’s important to recognize that this is not a true remake. The first visual representation of the iconic Stephan King character was a TV mini series that constricted by audience rating and special effects. The 2017 version is more true to source material, has a bigger budget, and no true rating restriction.

That being said, the violence is one major difference. In the 1990 mini series, as it was shown on tv, most of the violence was watered down or cut away from- leaving what happened up to the viewer. In the newest incarnation of the Loser’s Club and iconic clown, very little is left to the imagination. Director Andrés Muschietti had no issue depicting the brutal nature of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, allowing him to show off his arm-ripping nature.

Another major difference are the characters motivations and development. TV has a specific time slot and therefore forced the series to be very fast paced. All emotional connection to the characters was lacking, as there simply was not enough time to develop any kind of true link to the seven main protagonists. But in a two hour and fifteen minute theatrical film, the audience was able to form a bond, to relate and see themselves in the young teens. By understanding their feelings and motivations, one felt something, and not just because they should, but because of the unconscious emotional connection to the main characters. Motivations were not assumed, but told, adding depth and emotions to the story’s characters.

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Pennywise- Tim Curry or Bill Skarsgård. Tim Curry, in 1990, had been in many well known productions ranging from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Clue (1985), and The Hunt for Red October (1990). He was know around Hollywood for some pretty outlandish characters- people could trust him with the role. Bill Skarsgård, son of famous actor Stellan Skarsgård, and brother to quite a few other known Skarsgård’s. To his fanbase, he was known from Hemlock Grove (2013-2015) and a role in Allegiant (2016). To many, Curry IS Pennywise and nothing could change that. And then they saw Skarsgård’s performance. From the lazy eye’s, to the drooling, to the voice, people were quick to pick on the dramatic difference. Curry had a more calm nature. Creepy because he was meant to be.

In theory, it’s almost unfair to compare the two versions as they are completely different films. They represent different tones, different issues, and even a different time period (1950’s in the first, 1980’s-1990’s in the second). In IT (1990) the superior movie was part one, the second part lacking in excitement and chemistry between the leads. But if IT (2017) brings the same passion to the table for the second one as much as they did in the first, a new classic may just be born in this generation.

By: Hannah Baird

Photo: IMDb