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REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews May 26 2013 · 54 views

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I didn’t see the film G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in theatres. In fact, I almost didn’t see it at all – however, in November 2010 it so happened that my brother had it rented for his birthday party, and the following day I decided I’d give it a go, despite having never seen, read, or played with anything relating to G.I. Joe before.
My memories of the film are a little fuzzy – I watched it twice that week, but I haven’t seen it since (nor do I feel any need to do so). I remember thinking that it was cool, and relishing in the fact that they weren’t afraid to have something like the Eiffel Tower be destroyed within the story. The nanobot technology was very interesting, albeit so obviously fake it was laughable. However, despite any flaws, in its own right, I do believe that Rise of Cobra was a good film. It wasn’t great, and I wouldn’t hype it or recommend it, but it’s not a film that you’ll regret.
Retaliation is another thing entirely. It’s almost as if they sucked up every single thing that was good about the first film until it had shrivelled up like a raisin, and then they just threw all that good stuff out. Up until this point I have never truly regretted seeing a film in the cinema, and this is counting movies like Happy Feet, Imagine That, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (among a few others, probably, that I just don’t care to remember).  So not once in my life have I regretted a visit to the cinema – but I do now. Retaliation was two hours of my life that I’m never going to get back. Retaliation is quite possibly the worst film I have ever seen. I haven’t seen many bad movies, mind, because growing up my father had good sense and taste in what movies he bought or rented for us, and since I became self-aware as a human being I have had the sense to make sure I watch good films.
Until now, of course. Retaliation was playing at the same time that Oz: The Great and Powerful was. My brother and I debated with each other the pros and cons of seeing both films for hours on end, neither of us able to decide upon which film we wanted to see. All either of us really cared about was that it had been almost two months since we’d been to the cinema, and gosh darn it, we were going to go! So we let our younger sibling decide, and in my foolishness I allowed that to settle the decision. Despite the mixed reviews Oz: The Great and Powerful received, I’m sure it would have been far better than Retaliation.
The first mistake was that they killed Duke. This is no spoiler; he’s dead in the first twenty minutes. His death is supposed to trigger the emotional impact necessary for the heroes of the film to take down the villain, but instead, I felt nothing. His death felt absolutely pointless, and frustrating too – what kind of a series kills the main character of the first instalment in the prologue to the second? Duke’s death immediately chops off a bunch of the “good stuff” from Rise of Cobra- the triangle linking Duke, Cobra, and Cobra’s sister (who is mysteriously absent in Retaliation)gave an emotional connection that made Rise of Cobra worth seeing. With this connection vanquished, the heroes have no personal reason to fight Cobra.
The second mistake is that the three survivors of the attack are all brand new characters. Now, this wouldn’t be such a problem, except that none of them feel real. Dwayne Johnson is there because he has muscles. Big fat deal I want a character I can relate to, and his bogus story of him being bullied when he was younger just doesn’t cut it. They introduce Bruce Willis about halfway through and guess what? His character is non-existent too. Snake Eyes is the same as usual and his new buddy doesn’t develop at all either. They have a sensei that has to blatantly explain the emotional subplots to them, and that’s just sad. I could go on all day, but honestly, there is only one character that has any sort of development in this film, and that is Storm Shadow.
Storm Shadow evolves from a villain to an anti-hero, thanks to a fourth wall breaking statement made by the aforementioned sensei (this guy is like an omniscient narrator trapped in a regular character’s body). Storm Shadow was tricked into becoming evil, despite him becoming evil years before Cobra ever turned evil. The back story and explanation for this trick are lacking like everything else in the film, but Storm Shadow’s development is the one thing that works in this film.
Even the action in this film isn’t enjoyable; it’s like all of the actors are just going through the motions of going through the motions – there just isn’t any sense of a threat whatsoever. I never felt like there was any risk that the bad guys might win. The action is so boring that I’m hard pressed to even call it action.
As the first film that I saw in theatres for 2013 (not counting the absolutely wonderful Les Miserables, since that was a 2012 release), G.I. Joe: Retaliation was an absolute mess, and even worse because it was originally supposed to be released around March of 2012. Too bad it couldn’t be delayed inevitably.
Score: 24%


Funny Descriptions

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews, BZP Library, BZPower Feb 09 2013 · 110 views

So I'm just chatting with one of my irl friends whilst browsing BZPower, and we're flipping through the different library clubs (ECC, SSCC, CCC, Ambage, CFE), and in the middle of looking through different posts, he stops me.
Then he says that a lot of the posts are like the speech Darth Sidious made to the Senate in Star Wars Episode III, and the church in Dishonored (I haven't played this, so I dunno if this part is correct).
I asked him why and he says this:

It sounds like they are proclaiming themselves as being this 'amazing' group that will help everyone, while in reality it never lives up to that and often contains a certain level of corruption....

That's a pretty funny description to give to the clubs on a website for a children's toy, don't you think?


Django Unchained - Review

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews, Film/Shows Dec 26 2012 · 134 views

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Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter, buys a slave known as Django and gives him his freedom. The two strike a connection and become partners for the winter, providing Django with an opportunity to become a lethally accurate and fast shot with a gun.
I saw Django Unchained last night. It’s been my most anticipated film of the year since I saw the trailer in July, upsetting The Hobbit. It was a spectacular trailer to do that, because I’ve been following The Hobbit since early 2011. Usually I’ll look at a trailer, and if it does the job right and catches my attention, I will go see the movie. But I never let myself form an opinion on the film beforehand. I didn’t do that for The Dark Knight Rises, or Skyfall, or Looper. However, this was a trailer that was so good that I could almost smell the movie itself being just as fantastic. So when I walked into that cinema, I was expecting something amazing.
Director Quentin Tarantino has served up yet another masterpiece – not surprising, considering that my least favourite Tarantino film, Jackie Brown, is still far better than many films I’ve seen.
The setting, the south western United States before the American Civil War, is one I always enjoy if done right. The “western” genre has also been one of my favourite genres to watch. It feels like this film was made by Tarantino just to say “Merry Christmas” to me, because it stuffs so many things that I enjoy about film together and does it right.
Django is portrayed brilliantly by Jamie Foxx, both for the brief few minutes we see him as a slave and throughout the entire movie afterward as a free man. It was very fun to watch him turn from being an unsure free man ready to serve Christopher Waltz’s character into a confident, bounty hunting partner of Waltz’s character. In his relentless pursuit of these white men, Django throws himself so wholeheartedly into it that Schultz calls him the fastest gun in the south. It was interesting to watch as Django slowly developed as the main character throughout the film, and while he does some pretty nasty stuff in the finale, he retains his humanity.
Waltz as Dr. King Schultz is a joy to behold, and was the highlight of the film whenever onscreen. Waltz has a way of acting that I really enjoy (his character Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds stole that show, too) and I hope to see him in another film soon. Schultz shows up with some very fancy language in the beginning, combined with his own accent and unique way of speaking that allowed me to immediately latch onto the character. Although he is confident and knowledgeable early in the film, we are shown that Schultz is still very human – his German legend about Broomhilda, his anti-slavery view, and numerous shots of him being unable to watch actions taken against slaves in Candieland. Schultz is the character of the film, and Waltz did everything right with the role.
Leonardo DiCaprio as the antagonist Calvin Candie was also superb, as a brutal, conniving plantation owner. It was very interesting to watch as Candie allowed Django to talk smack about anything and everything (all thanks to a possible 12, 000 dollar deal) before the ruse was detected, and the allowances he was willing to make for Django and Schultz as well. I also enjoyed the scene between Candie and the head slave Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson), who had realized the ruse of Django and Schultz and reveals it to him then and there… leading to everything falling apart for our two protagonists.
As Tarantino films tend to do, the film does jump a little bit between different periods of time between Django’s past and Django’s present, but not as much as Resevoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. However, I think it works to the benefit of Django Unchained because, to put it bluntly, the only thing that matters about the past is the whipping of Django’s wife. Once we’re past that, we don’t need to know anything else – all that matters is the here-and-now Django story. So that’s what we get. Django Unchained is still filled with Tarantino staples – blood is everywhere, we get some disturbing scenes (such as a slave being eaten alive by dogs), and people being absolutely ridden with bullets. Tarantino himself cameos as a slave drive that’s shot while carrying dynamite… I’ll let you imagine the rest of that.
The soundtrack is upbeat and delivers exactly as any Tarantino soundtrack should – by pulling in very out of place songs and making them fit. There’s one scene where we get a rap song that would usually only fit in with a bad modern comedy movie. The song shouldn’t fit into this “southern” scene at all, but this is Tarantino, and he makes it fit. However, the soundtrack also manages to fit in several western sounding songs, and let’s be honest here; society needs more songs like that.
If I have one complaint about the film aside from some small nitpicks (there’s a scene towards the end where Django shoots someone from an angle and they go flying in a straight line backwards), it’s the lack of screen time that the winter bounty hunting segment is given. We see Django and Schultz go up to the mountains, see a bit of Django training, and see his first bounty – and then the film skips ahead to spring, when Django and Scultz infiltrate Candieland. The film is almost three hours long as it is, and Tarantino mentioned they actually considered splitting the film into two volumes like Kill Bill, so perhaps cuts were made to that segment in order to keep the runtime down. That said, an extended version on Blu-Ray would be very welcome.
Suffice it to say that Django Unchain didn’t just meet my lofty expectations for it – the movie exceeded them. Where it fits in terms of the rest of Tarantino’s films I’ll have to decide later, but this is easily one of my favourite films of 2012 thus far. If you haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, correct that mistake immediately.
I hope to see both The Hobbit and Les Miserables by New Years; if I manage it, both will be reviewed.


Life of Pi - Review

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews, Film/Shows Dec 26 2012 · 55 views

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I saw Life of Pi this morning as the focus of a brief school outing - one of my favourite outings ever, up there with seeing The Hunger Games earlier this year. The film is about a boy called Piscine "Pi" Patel. Whilst on a Japanese ship sailing to Canada with his family and a host of zoo animals to sell in Canada the ship sinks during a massive storm, stranding Pi on a lifeboat for 227 days with only a Bengal tiger known as "Richard Parker" for company.
Now, I must first comment that I was duped with the trip and we did not see Life of Pi in 3D, which is a true shame. The draw of the film for me was the visual aspect of it; it is a beautiful film, with extravagant landscapes and a spectacular, always changing ocean. The subtle opening sequence, with its abundance of the many different species at the zoo, is among my favourite title sequences ever. The animals have a life-like quality to them, and I couldn't bear to even think about tearing my eyes away from the screen. When the ship sinks there is an odd, majestic sort of quality to it - as Pi stared in horror onscreen, I stared in wonder from in the audience.
I truly regret being unable to see the film in 3D, because it's obvious even in the 2D version that this film is meant for the additional dimension. These are visual effects at their finest, and scenes like the one early on when Richard Parker leaps out from the tarp and into the screen are breathtaking even in simple 2D. The sinking of the ship was truly a sight to behold, and the storms threw hooks into my arms and pulled me in with them. There wasn't a single scene in this film that failed to be breathtaking, which was made all the more fantastic by the knowledge that most of it was digitally animated. The closest thing I could describe this film to is Avatar from 2009: the story is somewhat lacking and the acting might leave you wanting, but it has a lush, beautifully animated and breathing world for you to lose yourself in. That's are far as I will compare the two, however, because everything else is too different.
The tiger, Richard Parker, was brilliantly done, to the point where there were times in the film that I was forced to remind myself he wasn't actually a real tiger. As I stated before, the animals were also a joy. They were all extremely life-like, and I hope that more films come that can successfully animate a film like this one.
However, visuals can only carry a movie so far, and I found the restof the film to be lacking. While the soundtrack certainly fit each scene it was used in, I cannot recall any of them. It fails to stand out like the soundtracks of films such as Inception or Pirates of the Caribbean, instead sounding rather generic. The acting also left something to be desired - while the boy on the boat is superb, everyone else feels as if they have been thrown in there for the sole purpose of having more than one human being in the film. The writer feels emotionally distant rather than curious, and the father is made out as a brutish businessman - but he lacks the bite to be like that. My next complaint is how several scenes in the film played out - several dramatic scenes were so goofy I actually laughed out loud, and over half of the theatre was laughing too. This movie isn't meant to be laughed at, but we laughed nonetheless.
Maybe I'm just immature.
While I wish that more films would take the care and focus on the visual side like Life of Pi, I wonder if it's really necessary. Yes, this film is a beauty to behold, but so was Avatar. Must these breathtaking visuals always come at the cost of characters, plot, and even music? I don't want that. Characters alone are extremely important to me, and I believe in having my attention captured by every character onscreen. Filmmakers need to learn balance when it comes to visual masterpieces such as Life of Pi. All this time it has been touted as such - a "visual masterpiece", and never was the story or anything else given the spotlight for more than a few brief seconds. This needs to change, and until it does, I'm content to remain with films, even those with animated settings, that fail to reach this bar visually.
Because of that, despite my visual love for the film, I'm scoring it 80%.
**As a note, I wrote half this review the day of, on the 18th, but had to leave and only just came back to it - that is the reason for some contradictory statements regarding time in the review**
Stay tuned for a Django Unchained review later today, and then a special film related entry today or tomorrow.


Next Review Coming

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews Aug 29 2012 · 63 views

I'll be reviewing The Expendables later today or tomorrow, and a review of The Expendables 2 will be coming later in the week.


Review - The Dark Knight Rises

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Film/Shows, Reviews Jul 22 2012 · 69 views

A Review of The Dark Knight Rises

Where should I begin? How do you begin a review of possibly the best super hero film, and possibly one of the greatest films of all time?

I shall open with my few complaints about the film, as so very minimal they are. The first being The Bat, Batman’s new vehicle debuting in this film. While it is neat, and it’s cool that Batman can fly around, it just can’t hope to match the brilliance of the Tumbler, nor the versatility of the Batpod. However, the way it is worked into the film is very clever, and it ends up giving Batman a slim advantage where without it, there would be no movie at all. My second complaint is with the many connections to Batman Begins; while this helps the film to set itself up as the conclusion of the trilogy, aside from Harvey Dent being mentioned a few times there are no such connections made to The Dark Knight, leaving it out on its own. The third is a scene that takes place between Batman and Bane in the middle of the film, an encounter which looks like it should render Bruce Wayne either dead or useless, but doesn’t. It felt a little unrealistic, and thought the film worked with it very well, it could have been done far better.

However, as I said, those complaints are minimal. This movie is brilliant, fantastic, amazing, and I will definitely be going to see it again. The film takes place eight years after The Dark Knight, and this is easily seen; Bruce Wayne has become secluded from society as his company slowly loses money, and organized crime within Gotham has ground to a halt. However, chaos is rippling just beneath the surface, and when Bane reveals himself it comes crashing out of the floodgates.

The portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman (although she is never referred to as Catwoman, another bonus) by Anne Hathaway was terrific, and it was nice to see that she never truly allied herself with either Batman nor Bane, working with one only to turn to the other and then back again. I also enjoyed Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance, and was extremely happy to see his character play a large role within the film. The cameo appearance by the Scarecrow was also welcome, and I wish that we could’ve seen the Joker in some way as well.

There were several twists and turns within the plot that I didn’t expect, which was actually very surprising in a very good way. In fact, even the parts that were predictable were played out so well that I can’t complain about them. This film’s story outdoes the overly depressing one of The Dark Knight and its role as the climax to the trilogy is leagues better than the opening to the trilogy of Batman Begins. As hard as it is to believe, Christopher Nolan has outdone both of the previous films with this one, marking an extremely satisfying end to this tale.

I loved the soundtrack as well. Every single scene that was given music was strengthened in every way, the notes matching perfectly with what was going on and giving precisely the right tone. And when we were given scenes with no music (one key scene between Batman and Bane comes to mind), it fit as well, lending us more focus to the action that was occurring in those moments.

While I did have some complaints with the film, as I said before they were minimal and barely impact the score I have given this film. This film, like The Avengers before it, gets the superhero film right and perfects it. This is without question the biggest film of the summer, and you have to watch it. No moviegoer life will be complete if that moviegoer has not seen The Dark Knight Rises. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to the theatre and watch this again.

Final Score: 98/100

Yes, it's that good.



Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews, Film/Shows Jul 21 2012 · 80 views

A Review of The Amazing Spider-Man

When it was first announced that Spider-Man 4 had been cancelled, I was disappointed. Although I found Spider-Man 3 overall not to be enjoyable, I’d been hoping for them to start building up to a Sinister Six showdown for the sixth installment. However, when it was announced immediately following that the series would be rebooted, I was even more disappointed. I did not feel the need to have a brand new face for Spider-Man so soon, nor did I believe that the new film would be able to live up to the first three.

I’m happy to say that, for the most part, I was wrong. The Amazing Spider-Man is more than worthy of succeeding the other three, outdoing all of them (with the possible exception of Spider-Man 2). Andrew Garfield does a splendid job as the webbed wonder, giving us a range of emotions that Tobey Maguire could only wish for. Emma Stone’s portrayal of Gwen Stacy was also well done, and far better than Kirsten Dunst’s wooden performance of Mary Jane Watson, who seemed like all she could do was be kidnapped by everyone in New York City.

The overall storyline of the film was, however, the most interesting (and the best) aspect of the film to me. The subtle hints and nudges towards what is going on behind the scenes were a great touch, and with Oscorp it truly felt as if there were more than meets the eye to the film than simply Spider-Man fighting The Lizard. Speaking of The Lizard, his origins were another interesting aspect of the film; I spotted many similarities between him and both Spider-Man’s Green Goblin and Spider-Man 2’s Doctor Octopus. However, at the same time Doctor Curtis Connors managed to be his own character as well, and I appreciated that.

I have two major complaints about the film, however, that keep me from scoring it higher. The first is that we receive an after-credits scene that is meant to create suspense for the sequel. In it we meet a character for the first time, but we are not told the identity of the character, leaving them a mystery that, right now, forces us to wait until the sequel to meet him for real. I dislike that they did this, and I feel if they had named the character I would have been more satisfied when leaving the theatre.

The second (and admittedly far larger) complaint is with the soundtrack of the film. Aside from the main theme which can stand on its own, I feel that the soundtrack just can’t match up to those of other films. It was grating to my ears whenever I heard piano keys being slammed to try and create a scary song for a scene featuring The Lizard, because in this day and time it is easy to do so much more. This soundtrack was not worthy of Spider-Man, and I hope that the sequel’s soundtrack will remedy this issue.

Overall however, I did enjoy the film. In fact, I enjoyed it enough the first time to go and see it again. Although The Amazing Spider-Man may not be as exciting as The Dark Knight Rises, nor perhaps as perfect as The Avengers, it is still a movie worth seeing, and a film worthy of Spider-Man.

Final Score: 84/100

Please stay tuned - tomorrow or tonight I will give you all my review of The Dark Knight Rises. And what a review it will be.

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Mini Review #1 - Monsters University Teaser

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews, Film/Shows Jul 17 2012 · 95 views

Mini Review #1
Monsters University Teaser

First off, let me say this- when I heard that this film was being made, the first thought that popped into my mind was “Do we seriously need another Monsters, Inc. film?”.

However, then I thought back to my trip to Disneyworld and the hilarious Monsters, Inc. comedy show they have there, and to the (rather vague, I’ll admit) memories I have of the film itself, and just the fact that this is Pixar we’re talking about. So I decided to give it a chance once I heard more information.

I saw the teaser right before Brave, and I was blown away. When the trailer opened, I thought it was so predictable; “Okay, so they’re telling us how the monsters do their job. Got that... except it’s gonna turn out that they do something else and we’ll get some boring sequel to the original film”.

Or... not....

I wish the sound of the glue being squirted and the laugh that followed could be on a forever repeating soundtrack of my life. Those two sounds right there made my day and the hallway scene that followed was comedy genius at work. The banter between Wazowski and Sullivan was perfect, and I can’t wait to see both of them working against each other and together in the film next year.

The animation and music were also beautiful- I enjoyed the subtle additions they had, like Sullivan high-fiving another monster as he walks into the scene, and the chips that are scattered everywhere when he later digs into the bowl. I don’t think I need to say anything about the music that plays when the lights are turned off- it just fit the scene perfectly.

In the end, I am super hyped for this film. Pixar has, with this teaser, turned a film I wasn’t going to pay attention to into a must-see film for next year.

Final Score: 4.5/5

If there are any film or video game (or other) trailers or teasers you'd like me to review, feel free to suggest in the comments! I'm hoping to do two or three of these a week, and the only rule is that whatever it's a teaser/trailer of can't have been released yet.

Expect my The Amazing Spider-Man review tomorrow.

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A Review Of Pixar's Brave

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Film/Shows, Reviews Jul 06 2012 · 78 views

A Review of Pixar’s Brave

Going into the theatre to watch the latest film from Pixar, I was... apprehensive. Every review I’d seen of the film, and every comment made on it, I had noticed complaints. Complaints that Brave didn’t match up to the rest of Pixar, everyone saying that the entire thing was predictable, so on and so forth.

Suffice it to say my expectations walking in weren’t that high. I only went because it was Pixar, and because I’ve been waiting to see this film all year.

I must say that I was surprised, to say the least. The animation was fantastic, as I’d heard- I only wish my theatre was one with the new Dolby sound format, as I believe the fantastic tone of the film would have been expanded beyond the confines of the current generation of sound technology. The grass and the trees seemed lifelike, and the birds sounded very realistic for an animated film. The entire motion picture was a treat to look at, and I would love to see another Pixar flick with a setting just as realized in the future.

The story was predictable as expected, to an extent- overall however, I didn’t find it to be that bad. I enjoyed the fact that Merida did indeed know that the witch was a witch. It added some depth to the story, and changed up the far overused “Wait that was a witch how did that happen, because I never knew that!” plot point. There were some clever twists- number one being the scene mentioned above, and some others being scene where the three brothers were turned into small bears- I had a good laugh out of that.

The characters were a real treat to watch as well- much like how I enjoyed the characters of How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, except more Scottish and less Viking. I would have liked to have seen more of the King like we saw at the beginning of the film and less of the raging, revenge obsessed King we saw later, and it would’ve been nice if the clan chiefs had been given larger roles, but overall I can’t complain. I really enjoyed the Witch and her pet- they were brilliant.

Overall, I must say, this film was brilliant. Unlike the more negative reviews of this film, I’m going to say that I loved it and recommend that you go see it now. It was a more mature take on Pixar’s usual formula, and for that I am thankful; it’s a very fun and exciting refresher from the likes of Wall-E, Toy Story and Up – although like all of Pixar’s films, those are brilliant in their own way too. Would I recommend this film over the likes of The Avengers or The Amazing Spider-Man? Perhaps not- but this film will still be more than worth your while.

Final Score: 87%


Set Review: Evo

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Reviews Jun 03 2012 · 66 views

Several months late (I wrote this back in January) comes the second set review on this blog- look for the review on Rocka by tomorrow.

From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

Evo doesn’t really come in a box as much as he comes in a bag. A re-sealable bag nonetheless, but still just a bag. I miss the canisters. Also, it looks like he’s trying to catch up with the Savage Planet heroes. It’s a little late for that, but we’ll let Evo be and he’ll be happy just the same. I actually think that, compared to some of the other bags this time around (like Jawblade), Evo’s is a little bland.

Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

Evo is built just like the 2.0 and Savage Planet heroes, with a touch of 2010 thrown in for good measure. Although the build is one I’ve done several times before, I did find building the weapon arm (seconds long as it was) to be enjoyable.
Considering Evo is one of the small sets, one cannot expect much of a difference from the past. In this case that is okay, though.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

The set contains plenty of cool pieces.
The pieces I found to be of interest, or are otherwise new. I love the gunmetal feet (as well as all the gunmetal on Evo) except for that this probably means we might not get a gunmetal hero as I want. The gunmetal feet are sweet anyway. The new helmet I really like. Lego has made a helmet that looks like his 2.0 helmet but manages to add some personality, making it more like the 2010 helmets. And that’s a good thing. The new core I wish came in a color other than white, but it is okay as it is, I guess. The new body armour I think still would’ve worked with the 2.0 chest plate over top, and I’m not sure I like the new Thornax launcher. Without the pin hole it’s not as flexible, and must be re-adjusted every time I fire it. Sigh. The new round add-on armour piece is far better looking than I expected, however. That’s a plus.

Overall Evo looks very nice. The all gunmetal tank arm looks very good, as do the legs. To my surprise, the smaller body piece actually works fairly well for Evo; for the first time, I don’t feel like replacing it with a larger one. That’s automatically plus five points there.

The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

Playability wise, Evo’s like a 2.0 version of 2010 Bulk, Stringer, or Stormer. His tank arm can’t bend past certain points and can be a little hard to pose well, but if you can get him in the right pose Evo looks very good.
I don’t really like the handcuffs, however. I think they would have been better as one big, rubbery piece like the spikes that came with Evo 2.0 myself.

Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
  • 2010 style helmet is win
  • Gunmetal feet!
  • Tank arm
  • Flows nicely
What's not to like?
  • Is tiny compared to Furno, Breez, and Rocka
  • No purple?
  • Orange head instead of blue or purple?
  • Lack of 2.0 chest plate
  • Seriously where’s the purple
  • Handcuffs don’t really work
Evo would be the one breakout hero that I would recommend. Furno and Breez both look slapped together with all that white and mata red (in Breez’s case), Surge has too much lime green and doesn’t really add anything new, and Rocka has several issues in piece choices. Evo, however, is good as he is.

Final Score: 9/10