This is the first official post since my return from Canada and I am already itching to fly back out. During my time there I didn’t actually watch a lot of productions. The first three films I mention in this post were my in-flight entertainment. However, sometimes you need a Netflix and chill night just to unwind after the day’s activities so I did some casual viewing on the side. The only stress inducing viewing was the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire series. Not gonna lie, my shouty voice came out a few times because I was so frustrated with some of the plays I’d seen. Anyway, here’s a list of what I’ve been watching.
Summer recommended this show to me and I can tell you it did not disappoint at all. It was such a beautiful story, one that emphasizes the power of words. As the title suggests, the show follows Violet Evergarden, a girl raised as a weapon who, now that the war is over, has to carve her own path in this world and reconcile the emotions inside her. It was such an interesting and moving story and it had so many elements I love in a show, such as layered characters, history, and a lot of feels. Violet’s relationship with the characters in the show, particularly with Major Gilbert, was so well developed and I love getting that insight into how she touched these character’s lives, even if she doesn’t see it herself. On top of that, the animation is so lovely and whimsical, but also very emotive, and the soundtrack accompanying the show enhances all those emotions. Definitely worth watching.
Stanley Cup Finals
Since the New Jersey Devils were eliminated I have been rooting for the Knights to take the Cup. Why? Because when you think of it the team is made up of a bunch of rejects. These guys shocked EVERYONE with how well they played and I so desperately wanted them to make it to the finish line. It would have been incredible to see them go all the way, especially when no one expected them to be a legitimate threat to start with. They’ve definitely left their mark, but sadly it was not meant to be. What they did to reach the final in their inaugural season is a feat in itself and they should be so proud of that. Congrats to the Washington Capitals, who were incredible in this series. Ovechkin finally has his moment. Enjoy it, but watch out cause the New Jersey Devils will come back with a vengeance next season.
This was the second time I watched Ragnarok and it was just as fun this time around. Chris Hemsworth is so suited for comedy. This is undoubtedly the most entertaining Thor film. The chemistry between Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Ruffalo is unreal. They play off each other so well and it translates to some brilliant moments on screen. I also loved the introduction of the Valkyrie and exploring aspects of that mythology and would love to see more development on that front. As humourous as the film was, it also set the scene for the Infinity Wars, which we all know opens up in the most painful manner.
I didn’t know what to expect from this film. I never paid much attention to it, but I had read a ton of amazing reviews about it. I figured the film deserved a chance and I was pleasantly surprised. People can hate on animated films as much as they want, but one thing that always comes across in these films is the heart. I was so surprised by how emotional I was by the end. So, whether you like animated films or not, if you want a fun family film with oodles of heart then this is the one for you.
Murder on the Orient Express
Let me make this clear. No one can top David Suchet’s performance as Hercule Poirot, the most renowned Agatha Christie character (in my personal opinion). I was curious about this adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, especially with its all-star cast. However, while this was an enjoyable film, it didn’t blow me away. It makes for a good filler movie, but when it came down to it, the climax of the film was very underwhelming and even with its all-star cast, the film is just forgettable.
What We Do in the Shadows
This film was so utterly ridiculous it was hilarious. I mean the concept of following the day to day lives of Vampires in New Zealand is just so random how could it possibly work? I’m still trying to process what I witnessed, but I will tell you that this ‘documentary’ is pure genius. As someone who is sick of the Vampire trope, I still found myself laughing hysterically at some the antics they get up to. From befriending a human to feeding rituals and a fashion crisis, this film is such a fresh take on the Vampire trope.
Have you seen any of these TV shows/films? What did you think of them?
What are you currently watching?