The 70th Annual Emmys have come and gone, and here we are left with some... disappointing, but not unexpected results.
‘The Messenger’ is an absolutely incredible platformer. It utilizes both styles of retro platformers, with linear ‘Ninja Gaiden’-esque stages at first, and then ‘Super Metroid’-esque exploration later in the game. This, along with tons of different movement tools, creates a fast-paced and satisfying platforming system. Combine that with an interesting narrative that justifies the existence of both styles of game in one, and the game really is a new peak for the genre. ‘The Messenger’ might even be better than ‘Shovel Knight,’ taking the crown as the modern-retro platforming king.
‘Christopher Robin’ is a hard film to judge. It plays on nostalgia so well and perfectly brings The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to life in a more modern setting. There are plenty of funny lines, great moments, and great characters to make the film a treat for those who grew up with Winnie the Pooh. But that doesn’t excuse the heavy-handed, sloppy delivery of a message that’s overdone in family films. It also doesn’t excuse the actual war flashbacks that happen in a movie with talking stuffed animals. Plus, if a child was brought to see the film, they’d be asleep before the movie even got good. It’s a solid watch, but maybe not the best film for the whole family.
‘The Spiral Scouts’ is a lovely little puzzle-adventure game with a style of humor that isn’t for everyone. The visuals are pleasing, the soundtrack is incredible, and the puzzles are fun and satisfying to solve. In terms of writing, although I thought the humor landed more often than not, it’s definitely not the kind of humor for everyone. The price of $10 is an absolute steal for a game of this quality. For those looking for a game that’s a little bit different from the crowd of high-brow indie titles, this raunchy package is perfectly sized for your pleasure.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has some good aspects to it. Most of the comedy is well done, and Paul Rudd absolutely kills it once again. The action is also good enough to fit in with the blockbuster season. Yet, with underwhelming visuals and a pointless narrative, it can’t help but feel forced. The film really does feel like it was just the next part in a mechanical series of movies, moving forward without judging how the previous films would impact this one. It’s an entertaining popcorn flick for sure, but if there was ever a Marvel movie to skip, it would be this one.