The Realness of ‘BoJack Horseman’

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

For our first ever TV Talk we are talking about the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman. The show currently has four seasons with the first one premiering in 2014 and the most recent one having come out last year. It has also been confirmed for a season 5 which is rumored to come out later this year.

This series follows the once star of a 90’s sitcom, BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett), as he tries to piece his life together and make a comeback.

BoJack Horseman is one of the most authentic portrayals of human emotion I have ever seen in a TV show. It has honest depictions of not only addiction and mental illness, but also the general ups and downs of life and not knowing what you really want out of life.

Throughout the series BoJack tries time and time again to make himself happy, but always falls into the same pattern of self-loathing and alcohol and drug use. But what makes BoJack’s development particularly interesting is how he adapts and changes throughout the series and tries his best to right his wrongs.

BoJack is definitely not the only character in the series with this kind of authentic development. Every main character in the series has their own battles that they have to overcome, and the ups and downs of their emotions really do an amazing job at showing what life is really like.

Not only does this series have these real and relatable displays of human emotion, but it is also able to effortless weave in comedy throughout. This show’s humor is somewhat satirical in its nature with its way of poking fun at Hollywood and society as a whole.

Another element of this show that I find particularly refreshing is its continuity. For instance, in the first season someone steals the D from the Hollywood sign, so for the rest of the series it is now called Hollywoo instead of Hollywood. The show does a great job at not abandoning tiny little details that came about from certain storylines and sticks with them. It’s almost as if as the series progresses there are more and more inside jokes and Easter eggs from things that happened earlier in the series.

Finally, I have to talk about this show’s animation because just wow. It is beautifully done in a way that makes the show so aesthetically pleasing to watch. It is detailed in the most unique way, and is one of my favorite parts about the show.

Overall, BoJack Horseman isn’t afraid to show real struggles that real people go through. It is able to show these struggles while still maintaining its comedy and satirical elements. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that will keep you laughing throughout and is an absolute must-see.


My Rating: 94%

Acting: 3.5/4

Animation: 3.8/4

Story: 4/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

 

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‘Walk the Line’: Music, Addiction, and Forbidden Love

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

For today’s Time Warp Tuesday, we will be taking a look at one of the greatest musical biopics of all time (and my favorite film) Walk the Line.

The film follows the ‘Man in Black’ musician, Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), and his musical career. Along the way, he finds love in his childhood crush and longtime singing partner June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon) but with the highs comes the lows. The audience is exposed to Johnny’s demons and faults. We learn about his battle with drugs and alcohol and his affair with June despite being married to his wife Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin). He suddenly becomes his own villain and becomes stuck in a cycle of addiction and infidelity.

Walk the Line went on to win multiple awards including Best Actress at the Academy Awards. What made this film so great was, in fact, the acting. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon quite literally embodied the souls of Johnny and June Cash. It’s almost like watching a documentary of the famous duo because of the actors’ nearly identical performances. When someone, with hardly any musical experience, can replicate every voice inflection, facial expression, and body movement of a famous musician’s performance then I think it goes without saying that they deserve the highest praise possible.

Along with the musical talent they possess, Phoenix and Witherspoon’s chemistry is both undeniable and honest. Johnny and June had an intense bond that caused him to lose control and hurt June and Johnny’s wife Vivian in the process. This flawed love story is portrayed with the same fierceness it possessed without watering down the moral imperfections. It isn’t the ideal romance that you see in most films, but this also is not a romance – it’s a drama. And that genre leaves all of the ugly parts in.

One of those ugly parts is Johnny’s drug addiction, and the performance that Phoenix gives is too good to not give an Oscar to. As I said before, Johnny becomes the villain in a story where he was the protagonist and his rehabilitation isn’t a pretty one. But Phoenix’s transition between all of them were nearly flawless, and he was able to portray one’s real experience of addiction. He showed the dark side of a man who was once on the top of the mountain and suddenly fell into his own personal hell. (I’m sure you thought I’d make a ‘Ring of Fire’ pun, but that’d be way out of context)

Walk the Line is one of those movies that will never leave your mind after one watch and questions whether fame and fortune is worth the hurt.

‘When We First Met’ Is Your Typical Romantic Comedy

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Netflix has released many original movies this year, one of which being the romantic comedy When We First Met.

When We First Met tells the story of Noah, played by Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect, Workaholics), who is in love with his best friend Avery, played by Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch). Upset that the love of his life and best friend is about to marry another guy, Noah finds himself in the bar him and Avery went to the night they met. He gets into the photo booth at said bar, and it ends up taking him back in time to three years ago when the pair first met.

Noah then gets stuck in this loop of traveling back in time to figure out how he could change what he did to make Avery end up with him and not some other guy.

When I explain the plot I know it sounds totally ridiculous, and it is, but it does have a twist that you wouldn’t expect. I won’t spoil what it is, but I do think that twist is the most redeeming quality of the movie.

The plot of this movie is pretty typical with the whole friendzoned element, but at least it does something different with it.

Although this is not the funniest romantic comedy I’ve ever seen, I do honestly like the story. I found it entertaining. It did just what I wanted it to when I decided to watch it which was to provide me with 97 minutes of pure entertainment without having to think too much.

The acting in this movie is certainly nothing to rave about, but Devine is naturally a funny guy so that definitely works in the movie’s favor. But this isn’t meant to be a serious movie so lovable actors that can play the roles they’ve been given is really all you need.

Is this movie groundbreaking or Oscar worthy? No. But it wasn’t meant to be. It fulfills its purpose and that’s good enough for me.

Overall, if you’re like me and have a guilty pleasure for cheesy rom coms then grab yourself a bucket of popcorn and have a nice night in. However, if you’re looking for a serious movie with jaw dropping acting and some kind of commentary I would skip this Netflix original.


My Rating: 68%

Acting: 2.8/4

Cinematography: 2/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3/4

 

Summer Begins with Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Last year, female audiences were presented with films like Girls Trip and the absolutely terrible Rough Night. Although only one of them was watchable, they both have something in common – they’re both about female road trips.

Netflix took some notes from last year and has presented us with its new comedy Ibiza.

A New York publicist (Gillian Jacobs) goes on a business trip with her two best friends (Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson) to Barcelona that quickly turns into a romantic chase for a hunky DJ (Richard Madden) performing in – yes, you guessed it – Ibiza.

Everything in this movie is what you would expect. There’s envious party scenes, sexy Spanish men, girls getting themselves into crazy situations, and a surplus of drugs. More specifically, Bayer taking a small bag of Adderall and burning 4,000 calories on an elliptical.

It’s a perfect film for the start of the summer and doesn’t involve a superhero saving the universe. It’s adventurous, romantic, and filled with EDM without being obnoxious, and its messages are nothing short of “living in the moment”. This flick is everything that a millennial would want in a summer movie (and a trip that they couldn’t afford).

So, grab your girlfriends and watch Ibiza on a night in or a night out. It’ll give you a laugh and maybe even some inspiration for your next girls trip.


My Rating: 81%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 3/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability:4/4

Film Forecast Friday: May 11th

On Friday, May 11th, we have….

  1. Breaking In
  2. Life of the Party
  3. Terminal
  4. The Seagull
  5. The Assassin’s Code

Liv’s Prediction:

The biggest movies opening this weekend have got to be Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party and Gabrielle Union’s Breaking In. One’s an action/thriller and the other a comedy both starring strong female leads. Without question, these films will do numbers at the box office.

Two other films starring female leads are Margot Robbie’s Terminal and Soairse Ronan’s The Seagull. Two indies with Academy Award nominated actresses – likely to be a hit amongst regular moviegoers, like myself.

Lastly, the new Justin Chatwin action film The Assassin’s Code might just end up being one of those movies you’re likely to see end up on Netflix after a week in theatres because no one knew it existed.

Therese’s Prediction:

Without a doubt, Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, will be the biggest film of the weekend. McCarthy never seems to disappoint when it comes to making people laugh, as she always exudes a certain underlying lighthearted charm within the characters she performs. Another big hit for the weekend will be Gabrielle Union’s Breaking In, as she fights for her family’s survival. With two strong, talented female leads headlining the biggest movies of this weekend, it sure will be an enjoyable weekend at the box office.

The next two films to premiere this weekend feature a couple of incredibly talented award nominated actresses. Terminal, starring Margot Robbie, and The Seagull, starring Soairse Ronan and Annette Bening, will definitely be a crowd favorite among movie viewers of all ages. This makes for a weekend filled with powerful and compelling female roles, which I am all here for.

The final movie of the weekend, The Assassin’s Code, starring Justin Chatwin is a crime thriller detective story that many people are probably unaware of and as a result will likely fall short at the box office with lower than expected views and poor ratings.