Westworld – TV Review
It’s the future. Westworld is a holiday destination where the average people can go to the Wild West and live their dreams, be it searching for gold, have a shoot out with the bad guys, visit the hookers – the possibilities are endless. What’s more, the guests can’t die, but the people in the world can, because they are robots. But what happens when the robots start to become self-aware?
This is intense and fun. I particularly love the parts in the real world – behind the scenes, where the robots are built and repaired. There is a lot going on, and you have to pay a lot of attention to ensure that you are following the various plots and how they work together, and there are a couple of things that I am not one hundred per cent sure that I even get. I just hope that I can manage to keep up for season two.
Westworld (1973) Film Review
I’m really glad that I watched this after the series – not that the TV show gives away any plot points, it just seemed to work better for me. The film is great – very seventies, and I liked the fact that the film had more on the other worlds – the one set in medieval times, and the other set in ancient Rome. It was great, clever, and actually quite sad.
Ah, the 1400s, the rich, the poor, wars, conflicts, affairs, betrayal, plague, this has it all! It’s the story of the Medici family – Cosimo (Richard Madden) who is in charge after the death of his father, Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman) and his brother Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) and best mate Marco Bello (Guido Caprino) as they try to hold power from Rinaldo Albizzi (Lex Shrapnel – what a name! Nice one, Lex). There is everything…. It’s not as sexy and dragony as Game of Thrones, but there is a lot of cool stuff going on. Oh, and the always wonderful Brian Cox. What a man.
Rick is a crazy old scientist who drinks a lot and takes his grandson Morty on all kinds of strange adventures, much to the chagrin of his father.
I hated the first episode and didn’t even get the whole way through it. But then a few people told me it was great, and I tried again. I nearly stopped during the first episode again, how annoying. Then I kept going, and I started to get it. It’s strange and ridiculous, but if you can find a way to enjoy it, it’s quite good. I particularly liked when the dogs became intelligent – how wonderful.
What happens when you get Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and The Iron Fist (Finn Jones) together to fight the evil force that is The Hand? Eight episodes of action? Well, kind of. There were some amazing fight scenes, and it was great to see these characters, along with their various sidekicks and the like together, but yet to me, it was lacking something. I wanted to like this more, I really did. And despite not loving it, I really want more. Plus it was great to see Sigourney Weaver in a pretty tops role.
The Defenders was about to be released and I realised that I’d watched three of the four series that come together. I’d better watch the Iron Fist, yes?
Well, it’s fine. There’s a multi-millionaire who everyone thought had died as a child in an accident with his parents until he reappears. Turns out, he’d been living in a monastery on another plane learning mad martial arts skills and developing a fist that glows red when he’s totally focussed. His father’s company is now run by his old childhood friends, and he needs to convince them not only that he is alive but that he is good. But who can he trust?
This was pretty average. There was some good evil villain stuff, but generally it was formulaic and cheesy. But on to The Defenders!
Dev (Aziz Ansari) is a moderately successful actor living in an amazing apartment in New York and finding his way through life, love and all the things around it. He has a crew of close friends – Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu) and is trying to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.
It’s great. I like that they are investigating things that are often overlooked, or viewed from a different angle. Like, if you are the child of an immigrant, have you ever talked to your parents about their experiences? Or do you want children – what are the actual pros and cons? And what is love? Dev is adorable and funny and mostly self-centred but in a totally charming way, and I’m loving getting into the second season.
June (Dreama Walker) arrives in New York from small town America somewhere with a great job and apartment lined up. Unfortunately, as she arrives, the company folds and she is left out of work and homeless on the streets – until she moves in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter) , the bitch from the title. Quickly she discovers that Chloe is a self-centred nasty-pasty who will do whatever she needs to for a good time – usually accompanied by her best mate, James Van Der Beek (playing himself. Well, a version of himself. Brilliantly. I totally love him after this). There there’s the stalker down the hall, the dodgy fiancé, the pervert in the next building – so much fun,
I loved this and was so disappointed to see that it only ran to two seasons. Every time you think it’s done all it can do, they push it just that little bit further – or that huge amount further. I hope the creative team who put this together do a lot more great show and I hear about them. I want more.