VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (18/02/2018)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

Like Star Wars before it, this week saw the world get caught up in obsessing over another Disney produced film, this one coming out of their Marvel subsidiary; Black Panther. I finally got a chance to see the film this morning, and while I wouldn’t call it the best Marvel movie so far (a claim that has been made by many in the film’s first week in theatres), it is pretty darn good. It’s got all that Marvel charm with a healthy dose of diversity to boot.

Unfortunately, the belief that Black Panther, or even Marvel and Disney’s film’s as a whole, are pretty good, isn’t a unanimous opinion, so, a solid place to start would be with…

The Black Panther Controversy

You may remember when The Last Jedi came out that there was a lot of debate surrounding the fact that the critic scores and the audience scores on sites like Rotten Tomatoes were so vastly different. While some accepted this as just how things were, others argued that there must have been some interference to lead to such disparate reviews. A group of self-proclaimed alt-right members would later take credit for this divide, and later went on to make headlines again as they broadcast their plan to ‘review-bomb’ Black Panther.

The host sites took steps to get out ahead of this, announcing their intention to vet user reviews more thoroughly, and Facebook too stepped in to ban the group and shut down their event page that encouraged anti-Disney, pro-DC comics fans to make Black Panther look bad.

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Well, regardless of the actions of Facebook and Rotten Tomatoes, the divide is once again starting to show. RT currently has the critic score at 97%, while the audience score is at a still-strong, but much lower 76%. Meanwhile, Metacritic declares the film received ‘Universal Acclaim’ from critics, while the audience score has already slipped down to 6.6.

What’s interesting about this is, at face value, it’s hard to tell whether this is the work of the aforementioned ‘review bombers’, or whether the divide between critics and audiences is just growing ever larger.

Who can you trust? The critics, who passionately pursue a good watch and have made it their job to analyse these films? Or the audiences, who lay down their money and perhaps have a more vested interest the film being good?

Bottom line seems to be, as we continue to get more films coming out of formerly nerdy backgrounds, sites like RT and Metacritic are going to be harder to glean a general consensus from on whether a film is good or bad, with or without nefarious interference.

Black Panther is in cinemas now.

Paddington‘s Paul King is taking us back to a world of pure imagination

Paddington 2 recently enjoyed a healthy lifespan in cinemas, attracting audiences of all ages, genders, races and creeds to bask in the cheeky antics of a marmalade loving bear. It was reviewed amazingly positively – to cite Rotten Tomatoes (despite the fact I just questioned how reliable sites like that are now), it currently holds a 100% critic score, and a 89% audience score, which is pretty darn good.

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So it’s no surprise that studios are hoping to get director Paul King to bring his skills over to their projects, and apparently, the film he’ll be settling on next is a new take on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory franchise.

It’s unknown at this time when the film will come out, or what exact angle it will focus on. However, there has been a Wonka prequel in the works for several years now, so it could end up being that. Because you and I both know how much Hollywood loves their prequel movies. That prequel was said to delve into the past of Willy Wonka, and, were it to be successful, it would introduce other characters like Charlie in later films. Because you and I both know how much Hollywood loves their film franchises.

Anyway, the script for that was written by Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets) although whether these are actually the same film or a new approach altogether is also unknown at this time.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.

How It Should Have Ended adds more ammunition to The Last Jedi debate

Because, what with SoloBlack Panther and various other nerd-y properties coming out, people were finally moving on from debating whether or not Star Wars: The Last Jedi was good, and whether or not all the negative reviews were actually real or part of the aforementioned review-bombing, How It Should Have Ended of course decided that now would be the perfect time to drop their new video, detailing ‘How Star Wars: The Last Jedi Should Have Ended’. Thereby adding more fuel to the fire and giving extra ammunition to both sides of the argument. It’s funny though. Check it out below:

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As always, the video has pointed out what some have described as pretty glaring issues with the film, particularly the ending, wherein Luke Skywalker makes his stand against the First Order. Conversely, however, the video also takes some subtle jabs at audience members who picked the film apart too much (specifically those claiming force powers that hadn’t been seen previously ruined the film or that the film should have stopped in it’s tracks to exposit unnecessary details).

Whatever side of the film you fall on, the video has something for you. Let the arguments begin anew.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download on April 19th 2018.