Tag: A Good Message About Friendship but not Much Else.

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When I first heard about Tag I was skeptical.
A movie about a group of friends who play tag once a month every year, how could that be good?
Then I saw the trailer and I thought it might actually make a fun movie, not fantastic but fun.
Oh, how wrong I was.
I will admit Tag could have been good, what with its really good message about friendship.
All they had to do was throw in some good comedy and it would worked for a fun film to pass the time.
However, this was all ruined by immature a childish gags, which you could argue was the point since the characters themselves are immature and childish but that still does not make it work.
The only joke in the film I can remember was a Sherlock Holmes style gag where you hear the characters’ thoughts.
Other than that, I cannot remember a single joke from Tag, they were that forgettable.
Directed by Jeff Tomsic, the basic plot is that Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress play a group of friends trying to tag their friend Jerry, played by Jeremy Renner, who has never been tagged in his life, before his wedding.
The story that follows can only be described as incredibly predictable.
The characters think of a way to tag Jerry, they try, it fails, rinse and repeat.
It gets old very fast.
Another thing about the way the story is told is how pointless some its sublots are.
There is a love triangle sublot in this film that literally goes nowhere and had no reason to be in the film.
If I were to describe Tag in one word it would be forgettable.
The only redeeming quality about it is that it had a good message about friendship but it was difficult to latch onto that message since the story and comedy had no substance.
Tag is a forgettable experience that you should probably skip.
I will wait for the hide and seek movie to come out,  thank you very much.

Westworld: The Riddle of the Sphinx, Best Episode Ever?

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For the first three episodes of Westworld season two I would have said they were great but were not really living up to the level of intrigue I was having for the first season.
But then The Riddle of the Sphinx had to come along and potentially be Westworld’s best episode so far.
I loved this episode.
It was a great watch from start to finish that had many memorable moments.
For starters, it was revealed that Elsie Hughes, played by Shannon Woodward, is actually alive, having been chained up rather than killed by Bernard, on Ford’s orders.
Now, even though Elsie being alive was spoiled for me, (thanks a lot Simon Quarterman) I was still glad to see her come because I enjoyed her character last season.
Although, I do wonder why Ford ordered Bernard to keep her alive because he did not seem to have a problem disposing of people who got in his way in the first season, like he did with Theresa.
So, maybe Ford kept Elsie alive for some special reason.
We will just have to wait and see.

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Elsie’s return was spoiled for me but it is good to see her back.

The real star of this episode though was William who went through a large amount of change both in the past and present timelines this episode.
We first see William talking with Delos, who is confined to a room and being experimented on somehow.
It is later revealed in the episode that Delos died of a disease and they transferred his consciousness into a host.
This slow realization that Delos had been turned into a host was great to see play out, along with William’s changing mindset over the years.
At the beginning of the experiment, William is shown to be hopeful at creating immortality for Delos but as the years go by and he turns into the William we all sorta hate and sorta love he becomes disillusioned with the idea.
This led to a great scene between the older William and Delos, where William revealed his wife Juliet’s death to her father.
This scene had terrific performances from both Ed Helms, as William, and Peter Mullan, as Delos, who breaks down after learning of his daughter’s death, only to be found by Bernard and Elsie in the future timeline, which was a great twist by the way.
Speaking of this future timeline, William’s story here was also a standout as it is revealed he actually does have conscience, who knew?
We get to see this when, remembering Juliet’s death, he decides to save Lawrence and his family from the Confederado Major Craddock.
This was a great sequence and really gave us insight into William’s mindset.
Back in season one, when William murdered Lawrence’s family, he did not have a problem with it because they were not real and could not actually die in his eyes.
Now, however, they can die permanently and this, combined with memories of the past, made him decide to do the right thing, basically telling Craddock that he was death himself.

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William’s character development this episode was absolutely fantastic.

However, as Ford points out through Lawrence’s daughter, this does not redeem William entirely because of just how many atrocities he may have committed on hosts previously.
But hey, maybe William could potentially redeem himself more this season, especially after encountering his daughter.
That’s right, you heard me because in this episode the theory of Grace being Emily, William’s daughter, turned out to be correct in the final moment of the episode.
This has some interesting implications for the future because Emily has been said to blame William for her mother’s death.
William’s arc this episode was just fantastic as we got to see him at his worst, with Delos, and at his best, when he saves Lawrence’s family.
Speaking of Lawrence, who is played by Clifton Collins Jr, he also seems to be showing signs of consciousness because he remembers that William once told him about Emily.
I also wonder if Delos achieved at least some form of consciousness by the time he was discovered by Bernard and Elsie, since it has been established that hosts gain consciousness through suffering.

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Delos was really shown to have lost it by the end of the episode.

In this facility though, Bernard also discovers there was a new consciousness that he was supposed to put into a host body.
There has been much speculation as to who this could be, like Ford.
The most likely though is probably Arnold and it is him we are actually seeing in the future timeline instead of Bernard.
Overall, this episode was fantastic from start to finish.
It had great twists with the Delos scenes and the reveal of Emily, brought Elsie back and had a fantastic character arc for William.
This may be the best episode Westworld has ever had.

 

Westworld Season Two, Episode Two Reunion had Multiple Timelines That Worked.

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Warning: Contains Major Spoilers

Westworld once again delved into multiple timelines in the second episode of season two, Reunion, only unlike the season premiere, I could actually get behind this.
The way multiple timelines were utilized, with it constantly jumping from Dolores’ rebellion to William’s creation of his greatest mistake, and potential weapon for Dolores, was great to watch.
The episode opens with Dolores in the real world with Arnold before his son’s death.
It was in this timeline that we also got to see how Delos first became involved in Westworld, with Logan, played by Ben Barnes, being shown how realistic the hosts are.
As for Arnold and Dolores, we got a sense of how Arnold was already very connected to Dolores before his son died because he seems to keep her away from Logan’s voracious appetite (ew).
The next timeline seen chronologically is after a young William, played by Jimmi Simpson, and Logan first visited Westworld and William is showing Logan’s father James Delos, played by Peter Mullan, the potential of the park.
This and later scenes really showed me how good Simpson is at portraying William’s dark side.
I was not sure if he could do this because, in the first season, William seemed like such a nice character that after the reveal that he was really the Man in Black I was not sure if he could pull it off but he proved me wrong this episode.

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Jimmi Simpson does a great job portraying William’s darker side.

Other interesting things to note about this past timeline were that Delos seemed to be getting sick at his retirement party and Logan survived the events at the park and seems to regret ever investing in it.
It seems like he knows something we do not.
We also got to meet William’s wife and daughter this episode, which makes me wonder if we will ever see his daughter in the future timeline, because we know she is still alive.
As for the future timeline itself, it was here that the best moments happened.
We had Dolores proving to Teddy about the actions of the Westworld staff and then them going to gather a confederado army.
Once again, Evan Rachel Wood gives an absolutely fantastic performance as Dolores.

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Evan Rachel Wood is excellent at playing Delores both at her most innocent and most sinister.

She once again might surpass Maeve as my favourite character.
Speaking of Maeve, she reunited with Dolores briefly this episode with an interesting confrontation between the two.
Dolores tried to recruit Maeve to her army but is unable to do so because of Maeve’s mission to find her daughter and their conflicting beliefs on revenge.
It seems the two might come to find one another as obstacles in the future of the show.
But Dolores and Maeve were not the only reunions we got this episode.
There was past William and Dolores and future William and Lawrence.
This final reunion led to my favourite moment of the episode, where the two went to Pariah to get help from the new El Lazo who, in a surprise cameo, was played by Giancarlo Espisito.
Espisito was enthralling in this scene but it appears to be just a cameo so I doubt we will get more of him in the future sadly.

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Giancarlo Espisito’s cameo was on of the highlights of the episode.

Still, this scene really was great, with Ford having programmed the hosts to kill themselves if William interferes with their storyline.
Overall, Reunions was definitely a step up from the season premiere Journey Into Night.
It had great character moments, reunions and it dealt with the multiple timelines much better.