We’re back for another edition of Couch Life! We finally bought that new sofa (a recliner!), so we’ve been living the good life. Here are a few of the things we’ve watched this month:
Jessica Jones, Season 2. Jessica Jones was my favorite original series in Netflix’s foray into the Marvel universe. It’s been over two years since season one aired, so I was more than ready for season two. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite feel that it was worth the wait. Jessica is still my favorite character, and I enjoyed parts of the storyline, but too much emphasis on supporting characters had me losing interest. I didn’t feel invested until episode seven, and after a few strong episodes, things trailed off again. The absence of Kilgrave was also strongly felt–he was such an excellent antagonist in season one. It’s definitely worth watching if you enjoy the Marvel shows, and I’ll keep watching future seasons, but it just all fell a bit short for me (and this is coming from someone who liked Iron Fist!). I will say I love Krysten Ritter and I think she does a great job as Jessica; I also really like Jeryn Hogarth as a character. It’s still pretty fresh in my mind, so I wonder if I’ll grow more appreciative after some time passes, or if I watch it again. Sometimes my expectations are too high, so once I know what to expect, I can enjoy it more. I’d be curious to get your thoughts!
Recommended if you like: Any of the original Marvel shows on Netflix, Veronica Mars, Powers.
Mute. If you’ve been waiting to see Alexander Skarsgard play a mute Amish bartender in a neon, high-tech future, then Mute is the movie for you! My aunt warned me not to bother with this movie, and I kind of wish I listened. The story was slow and mostly uninteresting. Skarsgard, who became mute after a childhood accident, tries to maintain a simple life in the big city. After his girlfriend goes missing, he tries to find her. This puts him in the path of Paul Rudd’s character Cactus Bill, a black market surgeon who does jobs for the mob. The movie had its moments, but I didn’t feel very attached to the characters and wasn’t particularly fond of staying in the seedy underworld the characters lived in. It’s supposed to be set in the same world as Moon, which was made by the same director, and there is a brief nod to the film by way of a cameo. It had sort of an Altered Carbon feel, but not as good. Highlights did include Rudd’s portrayal of the villian, an unusual role for him. He (unsurprisingly) has most of the movie’s oneliners, and you can’t help but laugh even when feeling such disdain for his character. Another point of interest was food delivery drones that can bring takeout right to your location–when will this be a thing? If you like the cast and have nothing else to watch, you might enjoy it, but overall, I’d pass.
Recommended if you like: Any of the cast (Skarsgard, Rudd, Justin Theroux) enough to follow anything they do, 6’4″ mute Amish bartenders
Into the Badlands, Season 2. I enjoyed the first season of Into the Badlands enough to keep watching it, but season two, which just dropped on Netflix, cemented it as a favorite. Into the Badlands takes viewers into a post-war dystopian future where civilization has regressed into a feudal system. Barons run the show and are supported by clippers (soldiers), cogs (slaves), and dolls (sex workers). Each baron has assets backing their power, such as oil or poppy fields. The show focuses on Sunny, a skilled and favored clipper whose lapse in loyalty forces him down a new path. Season one felt a bit over the top, but the exaggerated violence and character dynamics are leveled out in season two by the introduction of new locales and new faces, particularly Nick Frost. I’d be lying if I said Frost’s character didn’t greatly contribute to my love of season two–he’s excellent. While season one only had six episodes, season two had ten, and season three (which starts April 22) was granted a run of sixteen. If this season was any indication, things are going to just keep getting better, so hop on the train now if you’ve missed out.
Recommended if you like: Kung fu, ridiculous fight scenes, Nick Frost, female assassins, stories about a dystopian future or feudal warfare
BONUS: Tomb Raider. We left our couch on Saturday to go see the new Tomb Raider movie. (We went to a theater that had recliner chairs, of course.) I actually really liked it! I thought Vikander was great. I admit I haven’t seen many of her movies, even though Ex Machina has been on our list for a while. I don’t think it’s done that well so far, but I was entertained, and that’s all I’m really looking for most of the time. I haven’t played the games so I can’t really speak to that, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the Angelina Jolie versions to compare. For a video game movie–which tend to be notoriously bad–I enjoyed it!
Recommended if you like: Alicia Vikander, the Tomb Raider franchise, female protagonists, general female badass-ery
Tell me: What have you been watching lately?