The three years of hard work is over…
I will be graduating with First Class Honours of my combined degree of Geography and Media & Communications.
In addition to this…
I have been awarded The Department of Media & Communication Prize for the Best Performing Student in Media for the academic year 2016-17.
The celebrating will begin in Paris and end at graduation!
Pirates of the Caribbean has received mixed reviews, with a low score on Rotten Tomatoes I was really skeptical of how good it was going to be. I wasn’t impressed with the previous instalments of ‘At World’s End’ and ‘On Stranger Tides’, so I didn’t think I would enjoy no.5 as much as I did.
It moved away from the serious aspect of the franchise and was filled with more jokes and slap stick comedy. It was a refreshing change and didn’t bother me too much. Parts had me jump out of my skin and the segment with the guillotine made me feel uneasy, but at the same time I found it hilarious. I didn’t know whether to be sick or laugh (or just do both).
The characters were likeable with some old favourites returning to our screens. Our villain Salazar had some groovy CGI work with the effect of his hair looking like it was underwater was really impressive. Furthermore, the editing of young Jack Sparrow (played by Anthony De La Torre) was interesting, but a little bit creepy because you knew it was fake, but it was high in quality.
I had no issues with the plot, there were a few things which I predicted before the big reveal, but that is common in so many films. The ending seemed a bit of a cop-out in terms of Will and Elizabeth’s cameo. It wasn’t really necessary and I would have liked to see something else for an ending involving an adventure or just something more exciting.
If this was to be the last instalment of the franchise I would be happy with it, however, talks have been sparked about a final sixth film. Personally, I would leave it at this one. With all notable characters apart from Jack out of the picture it would be a challenge to make another film to a high standard like the rest.
It is no surprise or exaggeration when I say I have been looking forward to this film for a very long time. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was fantastic in multiple different ways, but its lack of solid storyline was made up with the brilliant character development.
The Guardians have now surpassed my Marvel love for the Avengers. These guys are just too cool. The opening is everything, with the humour and action combo with a perfectly vintage soundtrack. I think it is safe to assume that baby Groot stole the show for many people with his tiny anger and cuteness.
I will give a huge prop to the film for its ability to make the impossible seem possible. When the first film was advertised I was hugely skeptical to how could they make a walking tree and a talking raccoon work? It looked like it was a try hard film set up to fail, but it didn’t.
The sequel was just as good as the first with the bar of quality set high with the jokes and drama. If a sci-fi film can work David Hasselhoff and Pac-Man into the epic battle at the end without it looking out of the place, The Guardians of the Galaxy can do anything.
My admiration for this film and its cast has sky rocketed and I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect family film. Marvel have done themselves proud.
Back in December 2016, I filmed ‘Liver Birdsong’ in the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool. Since then, I have been editing the two-hour performance for the the Musical Producer in the high hopes for it to go national. I’ve included some stills of the work, which I have finally completed as of today.
Stopping my blog until April.
I’m stacked up with work from every aspect of my life. I’ve got portfolios to complete and my dissertation deadline is looming ever so closer. In addition, I’ve got two filming commissions on the go and a new one starting next week.
So apologies and see you in April!