*upon finding out my entire post had somehow vanished* AHHHHHGGHHGHH
So I had written the entire thing, however it looks as though I never clicked save or post. However I recently saw this film again so it's all still fresh in my mind.
Go see this movie.
This is an incredibly simple but very clever comedy. There are jokes about vomit and pink eye but they are incredibly rare and not the real source of comedy for this movie.
If you were to look at the trailer, you might be tricked into thinking this was just a James Bond style parody where the joke is that the person trying to be Bond is a short middle age woman whose on the larger side. However that isn't the joke.
Susan Cooper is completely capable of being the James Bon\d type spy, she was the top of the academy and was completely well trained in hand to hand and weapon combat. Why has she spent the last ten years in the vermin infested basement providing support? Because her mentor and her own self doubt convinced her to go for the safer and less rewarding job.
The joke of this movie isn't that Susan Cooper can't be a spy, its that society doesn't think she can be.
Which isn't to say they still don't get a lot of physical comedy from out of Melissa McCarthy, Susan after all has been an analyst for ten years so she is a little rusty. While the entire cast give fantastic performances, a stand out has to be Jason Statham playing... every character he's ever played. While others play their prejudices against Susan, his is overt to comedic methods. His catch phrase becomes, 'you're going to fail', although a strong contender is 'I once used a defibrillator on myself.'
Stunning acting, clever directing, a smart movie that isn't afraid not to take itself completely seriously Spy is probably most brilliant for keeping the target of it's humor at society itself.
Seriously, check this one out.
I'm a kid!
It's been a while since I had such an engaging experience as when I first played turf wars on Splatoon.
I'm a squid.
The controls, while initially feeling a little too clunky, become more natural during the frenetic energy of the three minute battles. There is very little that disrupts the fast pace, aside from occasionally first day connection drop outs, however of the countless games I played opening day only a few failed to join or were dropped. Twitter did indicate others had a higher rate, so they may vary from house hold to house hold.
I'm a kid.
The game consists of a single player campaign of ink based movement challenges, however it is the multiplayer that is really the focus. Turf wars takes the form of three minute long battles where you fight to cover as much of the map in your ink, while stopping your opponents from getting their ink on. You can refill your ink and fast travel by turning into a squid and swimming through the ink you've already laid out. The colour of your team can change each round and the two sides, each four people large, are always perfectly contrasting. Orange and blue, purple and green. So you never loose sight of your own team or the targets. Most of the levels are well designed with two open at once, and five in total. There was one level which has a single point in the middle that if one team gets too first they can much more easily dominate, otherwise they are all arranged well.
I'm a squid.
The most recent Wii U exclusive I got my hopes up for left the dashed upon the rocks. Mario Party 10 not only didn't live up to expectations, it woefully under preformed compared to previous incarnations. I was a little concerned that Splatoon would suffer a similar let down, as the tutorial and one on one left me feeling very frustrated. It would turn out that my learning curve simply came along a little later and once you have a grasp of the game it is incredibly fun. You're also able to take in the fantastic atmosphere and aesthetic.
I'm a kid.
The design appears aggressively Japaneses in the same way the Borderlands Pre-sequel was aggressively Australian. You're leveling system is integrated not just into what weapons you can buy but also the freshest clothes, making this feel very reminiscent of some of the new aspects of Pokemon X and Y. The hub world is a sleek looking city... Squid-okyo, at least that's what I'm calling it. While the cultural influence is strong the time period is even stronger; I haven't seem a game that so well encompasses a lot of the fashion and atmosphere of the current decade. All filtered through a more cartoon lens. This game is incredibly visually striking and memorable; there isn't anything else that even comes close in the AAA world to the look.
I'm a squid.
At this point there doesn't appear to be too much content, so the game relies incredibly heavily on it's multi-player matchmaking. Meaning that if the serves become ghost towns in a month the game will be a beautiful but fairly useless work. However being Wii U exclusive means that probably won't happen; there aren't a lot of other games out on the consul (still) and certainly none that have Splatoon's particular appeal meaning those who bought it will probably be playing it for a while.
I'm a kid.
If you already have a Wii U Splatoon is well worth it, if you wanted to get the Amiibo's for it... well... hope you're happy to pay a scalper as the engineered shortage of Amiibo's continues to farcical levels.
... I'm a squid. Bloop bloop bloop.
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