My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

Netflix

Army of the Dead (2021)

A fun adventure with zombies!

After a top secret military transport gets into an accident, the cargo (a contained zombie) infects the transport crew. The newly infected zombies then make their way to Las Vegas and infect the entire city. Upon failing to contain the zombie outbreak, the government walls Las Vegas and plans to drop a nuclear bomb on the city. A casino owner hires a team to infiltrate his vault and extract his money before the bomb drops. The team learns that the zombies aren’t mindless drones but an organized unit. Army of the Dead can be described as an zombie heist movie.

Shadow and Bone (2021)

A solid addition to fantasy television

Shadow and Bone is a unexpectedly good series on Netflix. The story is set in the fictional land of Ravka which is divided by a permanent wall of darkness known as the Shadow Fold. An orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov is discovered to be the fabled Sun Summoner and is forced to join the Grisha army. Her magical skills are needed to destroy the Shadow Fold and all that live within it. However, Alina’s new power comes with unexpected reactions. Some worship her, some want her dead, and others want her captured and used. Shadow and Bone follows different factions after Alina is discovered to be the Sun Summoner.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Feels like a TV movie

If there’s one word I would use to describe The Trial of the Chicago 7, it would be ‘heavy-handed’. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good. It has effective performances and a strong relevance to current events. However, most of the movie feels exaggerated in its execution. There are a lot of good guys and bad guys. Ironically, the movie would have been much better without the heavy-handedness.

The White Tiger (2021)

A raw look at class and culture

I knew very little about and had low expectations for Netflix’s The White Tiger, so I was pleasantly surprised when everything seemed to work on screen. While the story beats feel familiar, the dominant cultural themes make the movie feel entirely original. There’s an underlying message to the audience about today’s ‘third world’ becoming tomorrow’s ‘first world’. When the main character says “It’s the century of the brown man and the yellow man, and God save everybody else”, it’s hard not to pay attention to him.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

When a movie feels like a play

Like many people, my interest in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom revolved around good critical reviews and seeing Chadwick Boseman’s final film appearance. In fact, before watching the movie, I knew nothing about the 1984 August Wilson play that it’s based on. And that’s really where this review should start.