Henry Cavill has gone and Liam Hemsworth has arrived in the title role of Netflix’s fantasy hit, but this prequel offers a more enticing addition to the realm of swords and sorcery: Michelle Yeoh. Fresh from Everything everywhere at oncethe world star returns to her roots in martial arts. The show knows what she’s got, with the first fight sequence where Yeoh uses slow motion so you can appreciate her grace.
Wearing elf ears like most of these characters, Yeoh is part of a “magnificent seven” rootless warriors on a medieval mission of revenge in this prequel set 1200 years ago The Witcher. Making such an explicit hint is one of many shortcuts this limited series encompasses: it also has a merry, murderous dwarf, evil CGI monsters, blood-oath-swearing, and murderous usurpers.
The cast plays it admirably straight, but the show itself is a modestly entertaining collection of fluid action sequences, memories of Middle-earth and silly chess moves. Yeoh leads the way with a welcome gravitas, and six episodes of this origin story are fortunately concise in length. In this case, the best parts really are more than the sum.
Little America (Series 2)
Look out for Season 2 of this terrific anthology series about the tremendous possibilities of the immigrant experience in the United States, whether as newcomers to a sometimes incomprehensible country or as the descendants of pioneers trying to balance family and culture . These new episodes are just over half an hour long and have a humble but lasting insight and empathy – start with Tinge Krishnans The 9th calleran alternately bittersweet and carefree struggle for recognition in a Sri Lankan clan.
A gifted supporting actor with an extensive resume, former Alfred Molina sets the tone in this Canadian crime series. Three Pines weaves contemporary themes into a full-season case-of-the-week format in which its chief inspector, Armand Gamache, holds suspects on bail and executes deductions. Whether grilling crime fiction or contemplating Canada’s colonial ills, Molina’s dedicated police detective has a compelling emotional presence. The show can be grimly serious and slightly eccentric in the same episodes, but Molina navigates the tonal breadth with ease.
Artist-driven music documentary has become a mainstream, if sometimes sanitized, format in recent years as superstars bridge the gap between social media and their inner sanctum with curated confessions and behind-the-scenes footage. Theme-wise, American rapper, singer, and flautist Lizzo offers real potential, offering a welcome rise and a compelling personality. Director Doug Pray (hype) invades the genre of authorized biography and engages the pop star in a thoughtful conversation that searches for the intersection of her music and her beliefs, which are matched with force of nature concert recordings.
A blend of delightful digital animation and live-action glitches, the micro-episodes of this sweetly whimsical existential comedy make the streaming debut of Gudetama, a careless yolk who has become a hugely popular character in Japan. Press is drawn into an unlikely quest for a mother figure by newly hatched and determined chick Shakipiyo, the duo travel from the sushi train to the politician’s office. The plot, including a TV director trying to catch the explorers, is somewhat forced, but the central conceit of a slacker and a high achiever at odds is timeless.
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