Geekly Review #221

Another week down, this week saw the release of the highly anticipated Black Panther from Marvel Studios. It’s the final film before the massive Infinity War…

Black Panther

There was something about the build up to this film over the last year that felt different to other Marvel releases. 2017’s lineup of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spiderman Homecoming and Thor: Ragnorak was a ridiculously good lineup, but all the while during the press and hype for those, Black Panthers filming and build up felt special and signs were there that this would be a huge film. As the review embargo lifted, the perfect scores were arriving time after time. It had been rumoured that DC Movie Universe fans were going to flood the likes of IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes with intentional negative reviews to tank the films review score down. Thankfully that never did materialise and Black Panther as it stands is now the highest rated Marvel Studios film. It’s breaking box office records tracking higher than Avengers: Age of Ultron and looks set to be the 2nd largest box office draw in the Marvel Studios line up, only behind the first Avengers movie which was a huge spectacle at the time in 2012.

I saw the film on release day and have to say it’s worth all the hype surrounding it. Of the 2017 movies I listed above, they were all very much of the same tone… humour. Black Panther feels so different. There is humour there though, and some of the one liners are particularly great. But it feels so different to anything put out by Marvel so far. I mentioned to someone after seeing it that the best was to sum Black Panther up is using the word “Class”. It just felt like such a classy movie. Michael B Jordan cast as Killmonger is sensational. Steals the show in every scene he’s in, and I’m pretty sure many will suggest he’s the best villain that has been showcased on the screens during this 10 year Marvel Studios train. There is a lot of praise for him in reviews, and it’s clear to see why. He owned the role.

The cast altogether is exceptional. Chadwick Boseman continues to play the role of T’Challa incredibly, but he’s actually often upstaged by his co-stars during the film. His sister from this film Surhi has a breakout performance, she’s hilarious and her relationship with T’Challa as sister is portrayed incredibly well.

The action sequences are jaw dropping, but the film seems really dark in some scenes. The ending fight between our hero and villain takes place in a darkened cave and it had it’s moment’s where the action was a tad too fast and not distinguished that well in the setting.

10 years ago, Iron Man ended with Tony Stark calling a press conference, and the final words of that film were “The truth is, I am Iron Man…” and that set off a chain of events that led us to where we are today. The final scenes in Black Panther echoed that ending to Iron Man, and given the technology that thrives in Wakanda, those final moments could be just as significant going forward to phase 4 and further in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I won’t go on to say that Black Panther is my favourite Marvel Studios film, but I can happily say it’s very damn good and has a claim at being the best Marvel has shipped out so far. Phase 3 in general has just been mind blowing with quality from the start with Civil War and coming to a close with Black Panther. We’re now 2 months away from the Infinity War, and I feel pretty positive is saying that this is going to be an event that is rarely seen in cinemas now a days. I cannot wait.

 

– Murr

Overwatch

I’ve been playing Overwatch on and off since launch, I have almost 300 hours in it now, I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s one of my favourite games ever. My friends haven’t been quite as captivated by it, although they’ve still played it a bit. But recently we’ve all been getting back in to it and it’s a been a lot of fun.

Season 8 of competitive is well under way and it was only the other day that I actually got around to completing my placement matches. If you’ve been around here before you may remember that I wrote about being Forever Silver in comp and that I felt like getting out of silver was difficult. Well to my surprise I’ve made a pretty huge leap in rank after my placement games and now sit in Platinum. 

I picked up 5 wins and 5 loses during placements but I’d noticed that in a few matches I was being placed against people already in Platinum so was hopeful that it meant that I would be a little higher rank, turns out I was right!

As you can see I’ve played most of my games as Moira and I have to say she is quickly becoming my favourite hero to play. I’m quite comfortable flexing to all tanks and will happily fill and voids in roles from the team, but I will mostly play in the support role.

I’m glad that I’m finally starting to see an improvement in rank, but now I’ve got to try and stay here.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

At the end of last week I posted my First Impressions of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, since then I’ve almost doubled my play time and I have to say that for me, the game keeps going from strength to strength.

Since writing up my first thoughts I’ve been off exploring more of the world, I’ve been picking locks and stealing goods for quests, I’ve been getting in to fist fights, I’ve been jumped by bandits whilst fast traveling – but I got the better of them so it’s ok. I’ve also joined the towns guard to do some patrols at night, although I’ve not yet started them, but they have given me some armour to wear which is good because my other clothes were getting a bit tired and worn out.

Speaking of fast travel, I’ve been really impressed with their system, it’s not a simple teleportation system. You actually watch yourself travel across the map, you use up energy and, as I said, you can get intercepted by bandits. It’s a nice twist on the normal fast travel mechanic and I like it.

I still feel like I’ve barely even scratched the surface of the game, I still have loads to learn, loads to see and loads to do. I feel like if they can get the bugs squashed and the loads times sorted a bit, then Kingdom Come will be a real cult/sleeper hit of 2018.

-Will

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