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Can Netflix’s The Witcher Succeed with Henry Cavill as the Lead?

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Have y’all seen the new teaser trailer? If not, watch it here and come back to me. I’ll wait.

Okay, I’m not gonna lie, my gut reaction to that is… unpleasant. Let me just rattle off a few immediate thoughts for you:

  • That wig looks terrible
  • Why is he looking at me like that
  • This eye contact is uncomfortable
  • Superman looks like he’s trying too hard
  • Seriously who thought that wig was okay
  • Aaand now he’s cheesily drinking something

This teaser is literally twenty seconds long. Maybe it’s unfair to be so harsh with it, but whatever. 

I was cautiously optimistic when I first heard that Netflix was taking on the project because Netflix has done some great things: The Crown is an incredible drama and Bojack Horseman has to be among my favorite shows of all times.

For as much as I love some Netflix originals, however, I reserved my true judgment because of absolute atrocities like Iron Fist and Death Note. Iron fist was so bad that I quit watching in favor of cleaning toilets, y’all. And Death note was just such an embarrassment that it was physically painful to watch.

What I’m saying is that while Netflix has the capacity to put out some great projects, they are in no way completely infallible.

I think my biggest issue with the Witcher will be Henry Cavill. I get that they wanted a bigger name to attach to the project, but given the very marginal success of the Man of Steel Franchise, why choose him? Additionally, they’ve chosen a very boyish and clean-cut actor to play a gritty, rough-around-the-edges Geralt, and that choice seems questionable at best.

I realize the decision to choose a younger actor probably comes from where in Geralt’s timeline the story takes place, and I’m okay with that. The Witcher III game takes place much later in his life, so it makes sense that Geralt would be much younger looking and have considerably less scarring. I can get behind all of that. I just don’t think I can get behind Cavill himself.

Is it possible for actors to surprise audiences? Absolutely! Take arguably the most notable example – Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight. Ledger and the film were harshly criticized since prior to that project, he had been not much more than a heartthrob in a series of chick flicks. Ledger astounded audiences and critics alike, and he is now posthumously touted as one of the finest cinematic villain performances of all time.

But Henry Cavill?

He is best known as Superman in what attempted to be a gritty reimagining of the character and has repeatedly failed to deliver the dark, broody, tortured performance the films required. Most of his serious faces look more confused than anything else. And looking back over the volume of his work, it’s unclear whether he has ever had the acting chops to hold his own.

Most of the movies he has starred in have received less than a 60 Metascore from metacritic.com. Recent films Nomis and Mission Impossible: Fallout are the only two films with Cavill in a lead role in to have a positive critical reception.

I can’t tell if his agent should be fired for putting him in such terrible films or get a raise for getting him such high profile roles.

I truly, honestly hope I’m wrong about this. The Witcher is an amazing fantasy universe full of incredible folklore and some of the best twists on classic tropes I have ever experienced. I want The Witcher to be phenomenal, I really do. I guess only time will tell.

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6 Comments

  1. Richard

    December 19, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Netflix will do anything to flip a profit , we have seen more and more big stars getting Netflix roles but I agree it’s mixed results at best.

    • Kayla Milam

      December 19, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Exactly. I guess I’ll reserve my final judgement until I see what actually comes of it.

  2. Kj

    December 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

    I love him as Superman! Probably not my first choice for a mutant monster killer but he can surprise us!

  3. Britay233

    December 20, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Henry Cavill = ewww

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Daisy Ridley Promises Epic Lightsaber Duel In ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

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“We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

The lightsaber duel is a staple of Star Wars lore. Every episode has featured some of the most iconic battles in cinematic history. Many fans were disappointed with the lack of saber action in Episode VII, even though the film primarily focused on Rey trying to discover her true place within the universe. ‘The Last Jedi’ attempted to give us more action but was over shadowed by Director Rian Johnson’s character arc choices. Going into ‘Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ J.J. Abrams knows what’s at stake, while bringing us the conclusion to one of the most beloved franchises in movie history. In a recent interview with Wired about Episode IX, Daisy Ridley shed some light on what we can expect in the final installment:

“The interesting thing about this film is that we concentrate more on the fact that [the lightsabers] are light,” Ridley told the publication, “Because the [old] lightsabers were so heavy, as Eunice [Huthart] said, who is our new stunt coordinator, that it was more like broadsword fighting, which isn’t technically what it’s supposed to be because lightsabers are supposed to be light, by nature.”

Since the “Skywalker” lightsaber that was a focal point in ‘Episode VII’ was destroyed during ‘The Last Jedi,’ it would appear that Rey will be getting herself a new “Lighter” saber. Daisy also, went on further to suggest we will be witnessing one of, if not the most epic Star Wars lightsaber duels of all time via Episode IX:

“So they actually made them lighter for us,”the actress continued “We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ has a lot riding on it to properly conclude the “Skywalker Star Wars Saga.” J.J. Abrams is well aware of what’s at stake. One can only imagine that he will pull out all the stops to ensure one of the greatest endings in recent cinematic history.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Brings Us New Images And Character Details

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“I don’t feel like I’m changing the mythology. I think it’s a continuation of the cause and effect”

The James Cameron produced ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has released new images, featuring the old school T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) doing what he does best. The photos also feature Mackenzie Davis who plays Grace a humanoid cyborg, and a new poster featuring the OG cast, Arnold and Linda Hamilton.

Director Tim Miller (Deadpool) is hoping to give fans a fresh look at the Terminator franchise, while keeping with the continuity of the old. He wants fans to understand the cause and effect principle that is constantly reshaping the future:

“I don’t feel like I’m changing the mythology. I think it’s a continuation of the cause and effect that [James Cameron] set up in the other Terminator movies, which is simply if you make a change in the past, it will change the future. So you have to expect that what happened before, or the history that Sarah had been told of the future, was going to change. I don’t look at it as changing mythology. I look at it as the natural outcome of the set of rules that Jim established in the first two movies.”

Arnold has returned as the T-800 in previous Terminator films, from ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,’ ‘Terminator: Salvation’ and ‘Terminator: Genisys’ which have all been met with tough fan criticism. This time around, Miller hopes to present the terminator in a new way, in which fans have yet to see:

“This version of Arnold is something that Jim has been thinking about for a long time. I think it’s a really great way for him to come back to the franchise. I understood the other movies and the way they handled him, but I didn’t want to do that again. I really thought that the way to do something unique for this film was to have Arnold’s backstory and the way he interacts with the rest of the characters be something we hadn’t seen from that character before… but I also think it has the expected amount of Arnold kicking ass.”

During a recent interview, Arnold was asked how he felt about this recent incarnation of the Terminator franchise and how he felt about the level of action this new film would provide:

“I would say [this movie] is huge action-wise. I was very satisfied with the ideas and the big action that this movie has. It’s really wild.”

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is set to hit theaters November 1, 2019

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The King’s Man | Official Trailer – HD

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Release Date:

February 14, 2020

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Cast:

Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou

Plot Summary:

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

 

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