With over 130 million subscribers worldwide, it's not a stretch to say that Netflix is in a very dominant position in media, and is poised to take the lead in world cinema, yet there's still one problem, what has Netflix released that is truly big, blockbuster material?
Before I set about watching this documentary, I knew very little about Fred Rogers and what he really did. Being in the UK and growing up in the 90s, I wasn't exactly poised to be well-acquainted with Fred Rogers, or the children's show that bore his name, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. What I knew about him I discovered mostly recently through short clips of one amazing speech he gave or another, or that time he convinced a very cynical Senator to invest $20 million of public money into public television. He struck me as an odd guy, someone who appeared to be so alien compared to, well... the rest of the United States. So how could a man so clearly eccentric and nice, so fundamentally make such a wide impact on the American psyche? Well, this documentary seeks to shed some light on the man that Rogers was, and just how important his message was.
I know what you're thinking. You're outraged aren't you? How dare I not enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp. I'm a traitor to the MCU fandom and should be exiled to watch just the DC Extended Universe movies. But I ask you, in your heart of hearts, was the film really that great? I will warn you at this point that there are spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen it and don't want it being spoiled, then click away now.
It's been nearly a week since Incredibles 2 was released in the UK and I've had time to mull over the film that I saw and properly consider its worth in light of its predecessor and the current film landscape. The first Incredibles, released in 2004, was a superhero film the likes of which we'd never seen before. A family of 'supers' forced into hiding as superheroes had been outlawed, a film you'd expect would largely focus on superheroics, instead focused on the domestic. Dealing mainly with the struggles of such an extraordinary family in a less than extraordinary setting. It was about the domestic elements of the family, slowly developing their own identities as 'supers' allowing those identities to bring them closer together as a family and as a team.
If you haven't seen it yet, a word of warning, but why are you reading this? Spoilers!
Before I begin, I'll offer a fair warning that this review may contain story spoilers, and is about the graphic novel only, not the movie. The Watchmen story written by Alan Moore, with art by Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins was, up until recently, the most well-known graphic novel I knew virtually nothing about. In fact, that I knew up to that point was only really what I had drawn from the movie adaptation by Zack Snyder, the director's cut which amounted to something three hours long and sometimes confusing.