Mini Reviews: Looper, Supernatural & Revolution

I’m having one of those weeks where I’m not entirely sure what day it is by the time I get home from work, my brain is so scrambled from the day’s endeavors. It’s one of those weeks where everything seems to go wrong and my boss’ frazzled panic turns into my frazzled panic until I have a hard time seeing straight. It’s one of those weeks where it would be incredibly handy for me to be better at scheduling (and pre-writing) posts instead of just writing about whatever occurs to me when I get home. Yeah. It’s like that.

So because my brain is fried from all the frazzled panicking, have a set of mini reviews. That’s about how long my brain can concentrate on any one given thing right now.

 

Looper

This deserves its own full, massive review and maybe I can convince Fernando to write it in the next few days. Looper is a time travel movie that manages to make sense without giant holes for the audience to fall into along the way. It has moments that genuinely surprised me, while still making sense! Yes, if you dive deep enough, you can find things that might not completely make sense, but there isn’t anything obviously out of place or eye-rolling moments where the story falls apart. The near future world was well-developed without needing loads of exposition and the subtle changes made the concepts buyable without too much need for suspending disbelief.

Joseph Gordon Levitt is awesome as usual and completely understated, especially in comparison to Bruce Willis, who probably doesn’t know how to not chew scenery these days. For the first 15 minutes, I was a bit distracted by Levitt’s nose, a prosthetic to make him look more like Willis, but once I realized that’s why he looks odd, I was able to let it go and enjoy the story of a man flung back into time attempting to save himself and the life he had created before it was ever created (time travel is complicated).

It’s difficult to explain this movie without giving spoilers away because it’s all twisty turny time travel. The acting is solid, the story line is intriguing and I was honestly surprised by the ending. This is definitely worth a viewing, especially if you have a fondness for smart time travel movies.

 

Supernatural
08.01 - We Need to Talk About Kevin

So Supernatural came back last night, this time under the watchful eye of Jeremy Carver, a writer from earlier seasons before he went off to create an Americanized version of Being Human. Last season ended in a very interesting scenario with Dean and Castiel banished to the dark corners of Purgatory and Sam doing his best over-emoting as Crowley stole away all the other allies that remained. This first episode of the eighth season picks up a year later, which is unfortunate because it means half the episode is flashbacks. These flashbacks completely disrupt the flow of what could have otherwise been a compelling first episode that set up the rest of the season. It didn’t help that Sam’s flashbacks were completely useless and pointless.

Dean, on the other hand, had flashbacks worth watching, though it would have probably worked better as an entire flashback epi a few episodes into the season. Once again he’s spent a long stretch of time in a dark place, facing whatever sort of torture. Inevitably he’ll run into monsters he’s put into purgatory, so there’s a lot of story there (hopefully), but it seemed a little out of place interwoven with the present day story of finding the prophet Kevin and reintroducing all the players into the game.

I’m a little bit hesitant on the idea of Mr. Pointy Teeth’s resurrection and how that might get dragged out. Hopefully the writers tie him into the main story pretty quickly or his presence is going to old fast.

Overall cautiously optimistic that this season will be more cohesive and well-thought out than the past two seasons have turned out to be.

 

Revolution

Three episodes in and the plot is moving at a fair pace, Charlie is only occasionally annoying with her wishy-washy “Let’s save all the peoples!” philosophy, and super soldier uncle man (whatever his name is) remains awesome. In three episodes there’s been more plot than in entire seasons of some of the lesser sci-fi/apocalyptic that have been introduced and quickly killed over the past few television seasons.

Also – sword fighting. Every episode. It makes all other arguments is invalid.