“Christopher Robin” delivers
By Delaney Fields,
Trojan Tempo Staff Writer
THS- For the first time in many months I went to the movie theater and watched something other than a Marvel movie. Typically I do not go see many children’s movies in theaters. I tend to wait until they are out on DVD or Netflix to watch. I’m a Sci-Fi and action genre nerd all the way, but because of the lack of movies that sparked my interest, I went to watch “Christopher Robin.”
“Christopher Robin” is directed by Marc Forster and stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell. It tells the story of Christopher Robin and his old friends from the Hundred Acre Woods and his journey to find true joy and happiness in life.
In search of his missing friends, Winnie the Pooh leaves the Hundred Acre Woods, in hopes of finding the great Christopher Robin so the two can return to the woods and find the rest of their friends. Christopher Robin is not the boy he used to be, now working at a struggling luggage company he is constantly wrapped in his job. Ignoring family, friends, and just pushing all true happiness aside, he struggles with life. Along comes his old friend Pooh, who brings Christopher Robin back to the woods sparking his inner child.
Personally, I enjoyed this movie. I thought it was fun and sweet and had a good story. I did not grow up watching or reading Winnie the Pooh, but I did not feel like I was missing anything but a nostalgic connection.
I thought Ewan McGregor as grown Christopher Robin was very impressive. He did a great job capturing the characters development from dry, working man to a lively, cheerful, family man. I really enjoyed Hayley Atwell’s performance as well. She was not a major character, like McGregor, but she stole the show in her limited role in this movie.
One of my favorite aspects of the movie was Christopher Robin’s coworkers. Each coworker has similar features to those of this friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. I thought that was a fun little detail and was played off very well.
I thought the voices for Pooh and his friends was very good, I especially enjoyed Brad Garrett as Eeyore, but I questioned the animation. I felt that they did not look very realistic. I know that many of the characters are supposed to be stuffed animals, but even so they looked like computer generated stuffed animals. Also Tigger looks very old in this. If you look back at the cartoons he was predominantly orange and black with a little white around the face, but in this he looks like a faded orange with shades of gray.
I also felt the story moved very slow for about the first half. It takes a while to build up to the climax of the story. 30 minutes in to the movie and Christopher Robin is still working and still unhappy. The turning point of the story comes very late in the movie, making it feel rushed in the end.
The message of the story is aimed more at adults, even though it is played out in a kids movie. I felt the message was conveyed well, and as I said before, I felt Ewan McGregor did a good job with it.
If this movie sparks your interest, check out these films.
“Hook”- Now grown Peter Pan, portrayed by Robin Williams, returns to Neverland to battle Captain Hook, Dustin Hoffman, and save his children. With help from Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys, Peter must reclaim his youthful spirit to battle his old enemy.
“Saving Mr. Banks”- Fulfilling a promise made to his daughters, Walt Disney, Tom Hanks, spends years attempting to obtain the rights of Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers, Emma Thompson. Traver’s has no intention of letting her beloved characters into the hands of Hollywood, but when she find herself low on money she must reconsider.
“Jumanji”- Two kids play an old board game in the attic of their new house, little do they know the game is cursed and cannot end unless finished. As the two continue to play they release a multitude of animals and a former player who has been trapped for years. Together, with the help of another ex-player, they must finish the game before their small town turn into a jungle.
Holiday gaming ideas
Video game guru Gavin Ruzicka picks some titles that are sure to be popular gift ideas during the holiday season.
By Gavin Ruzicka, Trojan Tempo Staff Writer
TROY- With the holiday season coming around, many of us are thinking about Christmas and with Christmas comes gifts and many of us enjoy video games. With many games coming out year round what are the best choices for this holiday season? I checked out five games that are must plays for your Christmas break.
1.Forza MotorSport 7: Xbox One, PC.
Returning for yet another entry in the popular series, this game is packed with a huge selection of cars to choose from even if some noticeable brands that were in the last entry fail to make an appearance. Just like earlier entries, the cars come with a tremendous amount of detail inside and out from detail on the seats to the finish on the outside of the car. The game not only looks good, it plays great, with controls that are tight and responsive. Along with the returning familiarity of racing along tracks comes a dynamic weather system to mix things up a bit during your races. If you want to feel one of the most realistic racing games out there right now this is the game for you!
2. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon: Nintendo 3DS.
Pokemon has always been a favorite among many with fans of all ages and this trend continues with enhanced versions of last year’s Pokemon Sun and Moon that bring even greater changes and even more to do in game. The game is set in the region of Alola a land based on Hawaii and consists of four islands. As you make your way along these islands completing trials to become the Pokemon champion you will run into the group of thugs named Team Skull and the new Ultra Recon Squad, a group of people from another dimension who have come to Alola using the power of a legendary Pokemon to try to figure out how to restore light to their world. Now get your Pokeballs ready and start catching some Pokemon!
3. Sonic Mania; Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Although this game was released in late summer, at $20, this is a great game for any time of the year! This game was created by fans for fans, and published by Sega to celebrate Sonic’s 25th anniversary, is a masterpiece of what the old games would be like if they were still made to this day. The result is a great classic platform that stays true to the classic Genesis titles while adding new features to keep things fresh. The end product is a fantastic game with a classic look that is fun to play again and again and because it’s on almost every platform there is no excuse not to play it.
4.Star Wars Battlefront II; Xbox One, PS4, PC
A sequel to the 2015 game of the same name comes a game that hopes to deliver on what the first game tried to offer. Battlefront fell short, as while it scored decent reviews, the amount of paid content along with the overall lack of said content stopped the original game from living up to its full potential. The sequel boasts a new single player campaign along with an enhanced multiplayer mode that should keep fans of shooters busy along with Star Wars fans, before the release of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15. This game comes in standard or deluxe version. For $20 more, gamers can unlock characters and weapons packs without playing campaign mode.
5.Super Mario Odyssey; Nintendo Switch
The newest release in the long going Super Mario franchise brings Mario back to the open sandbox style levels that made Super Mario 64 famous. This fabulous return to form features huge worlds with many objectives to complete and tons of ways to complete those objectives. While the main story is only about five hours long, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this game has to offer and with Mario’s new cap appropriately named Cappy and his ability to take control over enemies and objects the game never starts to feel stale and with over 800 moons this game is going to take awhile to complete and just oozes with charm that hasn’t been seen in a game for a long time.
While there are many more games to play this season, these are some if you want simple fun that many people can enjoy or if you just want to sit and relax before heading back to school for the new year. Whatever your preference is have a good break and happy gaming THS.
By Keith Cardinal, Trojan Tempo Staff Writer
TROY- The television industry has been changing a lot lately because of Sling, and Playstation Vue, but now Google has launched a new program called Youtube TV. They finally entered the race between all the TV providers after already having 1 billion viewers and climbing on Youtube.
With all the new TV shows coming out, viewers can watch them if the channel is supported by Youtube TV. Shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Empire, American Horror stories, and Stranger Things are popular titles that may soon be available on YouTube TV. Some of the TV stations that are on Youtube TV include CBS, ESPN, Disney Channel, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Geographic.
YouTube TV unveiled a live TV bundle with 40 channels for $35 per month. “I don’t have cable, I wouldn’t want to pay $35 per month for Youtube TV,” said Fateh Singh.
“I only have Hulu and Netflix, but I like to watch TV shows whenever I can,” said Andy Smith.
During the MLB World Series between the Astros and the Dodgers, the announcers said that YouTube TV was a proud sponsor of the World Series which one of the first major promotions for YouTube TV, potentially reaching millions of consumers. YouTube TV already has approximately 2 million people on the app and Youtube TV has partnered with MLB.