Tonight The Legend of Korra ended. As a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender growing up I was ecstatic when a sequel series was announced way back in 2012. The series has had its ups and downs, and while it may not have been as smooth as a ride as Last Airbender, Korra’s saga has been engaging, hilarious, and infuriating, but most of all fun. In order to do this series justice, I’m going to review each season. Now, I’m not going to even mention how poorly Nickelodeon has handled this series. The anger it would bring about would ruin the moment. No, that is a topic for another day. This is about the series itself. With that in mind, let us begin at the beginning, when we were first introduced to Republic City and our new Avatar Korra.
The Theory of Everything follows Hawking’s relationship with his first wife and the onset of the disease that cripples him. The film starts out strong, opening with a young Hawking struggling to find a topic for his dissertation. However, as the film goes on a few problems arise. The biggest problem is that of doing a bio pic of someone still living. Just like Hawking’s real life the film goes and goes not quite finding the right place to end. While the conclusion is ultimately satisfactory it does feel prolonged. This is due to the simple fact that it can not end definitively.There is also a real disconnect between the first half of the film and the latter. This is obviously due to the progression of Hawking’s disease, but nevertheless the film does lose steam because of it.
This is not to mention the problem of having a main character who loses the ability to walk and speak well before the third act. This necessitates the shift in focus from Hawking to Jane, but her development is slow and at times boring. Hawking is where the real fun comes from, and his character is incredibly likable. Eddie Redmayne gives an amazing performance as Hawking, absolutely nailing his mannerisms and comforted appearance. His ability to give character to someone who can barely move is really well done and very moving. Felicity Jones also does a great job as Jane, but the spotlight is ultimately on Hawking. The introduction of the character of Jonathan is oddly handled as well. His motivations are unclear and his commitment is hard to understand, something I’m sure the book covers much better. Overall the Theory of Everything is a very solid film that is ultimately dragged down by the limitations of Hawking’s disease.
Final verdict: 3/5
Big Hero 6 is an interesting film. While it is super fun with a lot of energy and action and fun characters, it is also incredibly generic. The plot is seen through so early on that the only redeemable aspect of the film is the characters. Honestly I had a lot of fun in the theatre. I laughed repeatedly and went along for the ride. As fun as it was during the ride though I can’t forgive the plot. I really enjoyed watching Big Hero 6 but it is such a safe, formulaic movie that it just can’t really stand out. Not to mention that the most interesting part of the movie, the setting, is not even touched upon. How can you have a movie set in a half asian half western city called San Fransokyo and not delve into that? It did provide some great visuals, though. The art in this film is fantastic. If only it had a better story.
Final verdict: 2.5/5.
Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà Vu is the sequel to the massively popular 2010 anime series Steins;Gate. The plot of this movie directly picks up from the last OVA, which means discussing it is spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the series yet.
To put it simply, Okabe is in a bit of trouble and it comes down to Kurisu to save him. This means that Okabe is absent for the majority of the film, and the focus is shifted onto his love interest, the brilliant young scientist Kurisu. While this is a nice change of pace the beauty of her character really shines with her interactions with Okabe. He is really the piece that holds this series together. His goofy actions and wild rants are what makes the show, and while his absence does make the film suffer a little at times, damn does it also make for some good melodrama. There are so many emotions flying through this film. If you’re a fan of the show you’ll love this film. It is just so sweet and fun with even more cool time travel the series did so well.
I know I’m going on and on about how much i loved it but I only gave it three stars, why? Well, the truth is while I absolutely loved this film I loved it because I love these characters so much. The plot was thin this time around and overall the story was very slow moving with not a lot happening. However all the characters are spot on, the dialogue is hilarious as usual, and the visuals are beautiful. If the story had been a bit better executed then this would have been a perfect movie, but hey, I’m really just happy I got more Steins;Gate.