Scream 6 Review: The Most Brutal Ghostface Yet.

I got back into the Scream franchise a few months after the fifth installment released.
Ever since then, I had been eagerly anticipating Scream 6, to the point that I did not watch any trailers, except for the first one, so I would be going in blind.
However, despite my excitement, I was still prepared for disappointment, considering this would be the first Scream film without Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott.
Her absence in this movie is because of a pay dispute and to that I say she should have been paid what shewas owed as the face of this franchise.
Although, as Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) says in this movie, Sidney deserves a happy ending.
So, if the last we ever see of Sidney Prescott is her surviving in Scream 5, then I will be satisfied with her story.

Sidney’s absence is also explained well enough.

As for Scream 6‘s story, it follows the sisters Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) who have moved to New York following the events of Scream 5, along with siblings Chad (Mason Gooding) and Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown).
However, when a new series of Ghostface killings begin, the four are left wondering who to trust, with numerous suspects including the returning Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere), Detective Wayne Bailey (Dermot Mulroney), his daughter and the Carpenter’s roommate Quinn (Lianna Liberato), their neighbour Danny (Josh Sergerra), Mindy’s girlfriend Anika (Devyn Nekoda), and Chad’s roommate Ethan (Jack Champion).
Alongside this large cast comes an even larger body count, with this Ghostface being the scariest in the entire franchise. 

Ghostface is absolutley brutal in this movie.

I am so glad that I did not watch any of the trailers after the first because it made for more terrifying surprises.  
Speaking of surprises, Scream 6 has by far the best opening scene, since the first one.
It was such a shocking opening and left me wondering just where this film was going.
The film builds from adrenaline rushing scene to anxiety inducing scene, until we finally reach the big third act, which has plenty of great reveals and character development.
I especially enjoyed the development of the Carpenter sisters with Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega doing an excellent job as the characters.

The resolutions to Sam and Tara’s arcs in this movie was great.

As for flaws, there is one very obvious red herring that made me roll my eyes a bit.
Also, the film does stretch believability at times with how many characters survive what should be fatal wounds.
More importantly though, I was not really a fan of Gale’s role in this movie.
She does have some awesome moments but it the way she is presented here went entirely against her ending in Scream 5. 
Along with this, it kind of felt like her ending in this movie may have been rewritten, although that’s just a suspicion. 

The way Gale is presented as a character in this movie really bothered me.

Other than those few issues, however, Scream 6 is a great time.
It has solid character development and callbacks, as well as some incredibly intense scenes with what has to be the scariest Ghostface of the franchise.
I am already eagerly anticipating Scream 7.  

Spider-Man: Miles Morales Review – A Fun Time in a Short Time.

4 stars
I really enjoyed Insomniac’s 2018
Spider-Man game, which offered some fantastic gameplay, along with a compelling, emotional story and a brand new take on Peter Parker (Yuri Lowenthal).
So, I was pretty excited to get into the next installment, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which sees players take control of Peter’s up and coming protégé, Miles (Nadji Jeter), as he has to save the city on his own when Peter goes on vacation, in what is a shorter experience than the first game but still an enjoyable one.
Now, I really enjoyed Miles as a character in my favourite movie of 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so I was interested to see how Insomniac would depict him there.
Thankfully, Miles is just as relatable as Peter was in the previous game, offering a completely different arc from his, as Miles has to prove himself as worthy of the Spider-Man title to the rest of New York. 

Miles trying to impress the city as their new hero is an engaging journey.

Not that his efforts will impress J. Jonah Jameson (Darin de Paul), whose hilarious podcasts can still be listened to throughout.
As for the actual story, it is a good time, although nothing new.
The main antagonist of the Tinkerer (Jasmin Savoy Brown) is interesting and has understandable motivations and a great ending to boot.
However, the second antagonist, Simon Krieger (Troy Baker), is a very different story, being generic as they come.

Krieger is an incredibly bland antagonist but the Tinkerer thankfully makes up for him.

The gameplay is just as fun as it was in the first Spider-Man game, with enjoyable combat and stealth sequences and some great boss fights.
As for the web swinging mechanics, they are complemented by the improved graphics.

Speaking of graphics, unfortunately, this is where I have to get into my one problem with the graphics update, which is the new face model for Peter Parker.
I thought the one in the original game was perfect because of how it accurately reflected not only an older version of Peter but also one who we had never seen before.
The new face model, however, claims neither title.
It makes Peter look way too young and, even worse, look exactly like Tom Holland.
Not that there’s anything wrong with Tom Holland.
I do like his portrayal of Spider-Man, but this redesign takes the unique approach to Peter’s look in the first game and replaces it with what feels like an attempt to pander to fans of the MCU.

The redesign was definitely a bad idea because the original look suited this version of Peter better.

It’s like if they went back to the older Spider-Man films and digitally replaced Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield with Tom Holland, it just wouldn’t work because all three actors made the character their own and neither one could take over their exact interpretation.
Thankfully, though, Peter’s new face isn’t shown much and, even if it was, it wouldn’t be bad enough to take away from the overall experience too much because of how enjoyable the rest of the game is.
Overall, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a fun experience that gets you acquainted with another great interpretation of Miles and sets up some interesting events in the next game, if the post credits scene is anything to go by.