Book vs. Movie: Cursed

Hello, my darling readers!
It took me a hot minute to finally get started with Cursed after it was the talk of the town last year. Well, after I read The Guinenevere Deception I had an Arthurian myth shaped hole in my heart. Cursed seemed like the perfect choice to fill it. But was it, though?

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.

But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?

Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…

That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.

Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.

But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade. 

Book vs. Movie:

Normally, I try to sit down and write my posts in a timely manner after watching the movie/TV show and/or reading the book. However, I just really didn’t know what to do with Cursed. It took me forever and 15 days to finally sit down to write this, but here we are!

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with either the book or the Netflix adaptation. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The novel first. This was a weird read and I think I know why. Tom Wheeler, the author, usually writes for TV and film. That shows! Several times throughout the book and especially during the final chapters this felt like a weird in-between of a novel and a script. Neither here nor there. Oftentimes, descriptions or scenes in the chapters were not fleshed out enough and seemed shallow and pale. Something was missing.

On top of that, most of the characters were downright annoying and I just kept rolling my eyes. I wouldn’t want to be lead by any of them, especially not Nimue who at times seemed as dense as a brick. Merlin is always drunk and disgusting, and somewhat of a deadbeat. Then we have Uther who is a petulant stupid child. I just wanted to smack him straight across his face. You can see, none of this bodes well for the novel.

I was really looking forward to Frank Miller’s art. He provided illustrations for the book but even those were mostly irritating. All in all, things were hard to decipher in his drawings, and every single time I was confused about who he’s actually depicting. I could swear the same character looked rather different in each picture.

Long story short, I was very annoyed with the book. I could see a lot of potential but the execution was flawed. However, since the author is a TV writer and many of the chapters felt script-adjacent, I hoped that the adaptation would be better.

Alas, I was wrong. I mean, the show wasn’t awful but I certainly wouldn’t watch it a second time. The weird thing is, all the moments from the novel that I expected to work well on-screen were altered in some way shape, or form – and not for the better. The way the show depicts some stuff (eg. Arthur and Gawain interacting, or Nimue and Arthur *ahem* flirting) felt extremely cringy. If they had to change things, why not make it better???

As much as I love seeing Gustaf Skarsgard again after Vikings, I was irritated that he got cast as Merlin. The wizard is supposed to be old. And the way I understood it in the novel, he also looks old (and somewhat disgusting). So, Skarsgard strayed really far from how I had imagined Merlin and from how he was described in the novel. Furthermore, we get many fay-folk characters. While the make-up department tried really hard to make those look dope, it just didn’t work for me. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it was that seemed off, but what we got just wasn’t it.

I did enjoy the change of plot when it comes to Pym. No spoilers, but at least there was an attempt to provide more depth. That being said, it wasn’t fully successful and I was kind of mad at the end of that particular storyline. The same goes for Iris and Morgana!
Finally, I was almost ready to throw a fit after the first episode when I saw the CGI. There is a scene where Nimue fights off some wolves and boy, this is bad. This is among the top 5 of the worst CGI effects I have ever seen. Thankfully, things look a bit better during the rest of the season, but still, that almost was enough to make me want to quit.

As you can see, there are many things I have to complain about both for the novel and the adaptation. There are so many other shows and books out there inspired by Arthurian mythology, so let’s just focus on those and forget about Cursed. So much potential but all of it squandered.

Did you prefer the book or the show? Let me know in the comments!

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Red Sea Diving Resort

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So, I really liked Chris Evans in the Marvel movies, so I decided to explore his filmography a bit. In Snowpiercer he did an amazing with playing a darker role, so I thought I should give The Red Sea Diving Resort a shot as well.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Inspired by remarkable true life rescue missions, THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT is the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel.

The Rating:

We have a problem here. Or rather, several.
First of all, this entire film screams white savior narrative and that really rubbed me the wrong way. Everything is extremely black and white here and the way things are presented left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Furthermore, the main characters are just so pale. Nothing about them is fledged out and even after more than two hours of film we still know virtually nothing about them. I’m not even talking about character development, but rather knowing more about them than their name.

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

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You’re hanging out with your friends and look for something funny and stupid to watch. Why not got with Netflix’s suggestion: Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga?

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream is a dream worth fighting for.

The Rating:

Well, this was actually better than I had anticipated.

Sure the story is a little dumb and Will Ferell ending up with Rachel McAdams feels EXTREMELY far-fetched but overall it was quite funny!

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Sexify Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
You know when you finish watching something on Netflix, don’t hit the “back” button fast enough and it starts playing some random trailer? That happened to me the other day and the new show Netflix decided to present me with was Sexify. I didn’t know what to make of it, it looked weird and slightly crazy. Well, there only 8 episodes, so I decided to give it a shot. How did that turn out, you ask?

The Plot (according to RT):

To build an innovative sex app and win a tech competition, a sexually inexperienced student and her friends must explore the daunting world of intimacy.

The Rating:

This was suprisingly cool! A I mentioned before, I didn’t really have any idea what to expect but the show won me over pretty quickly.
First of all, this is not an American production, it was actually made in Poland. That makes for such a nice change of scenery. I’ve been to Warsaw before and I just loved spotted places I’ve seen there. It really is a beautiful city.
Furthermore, based on what you can se on screen you can already tell this isn’t an American show. There is a certain amount of nudity. But it’s Europe. We don’t give a fuck over here. Makes me kinda wonder how people over in the U.S. will react to the show. 😅

But again, the nudity feature works well with the story. After all, the show is about a sex-app. Which is nothing dirty. The concept may sound weird but essentially, the women working on the app simply want to help women reach orgasm which in fact can be a pretty rare thing. They are even quite scientific and organized about this. Not to hate on the U.S. or anything, but I can’t help but think that this production simply wouldn’t have been possible or it would have gone into a different direction.

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Lucifer: Season 5 – A Review

Hello detective! Ahem, readers!
I binged the fifth season of Lucifer right when it came out. Which actually means, I binged both parts when they came out. I hate that due to COVID many shows ended up with split season, I would have loved to go through the entire thing all at once. Well, it is what it is. Let’s see if it was worth all the hustle!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Bored with wasting time in the deepest pits of hell, Lucifer has abdicated and now resides here on Earth, indulging in all forms of guilty pleasures: women, wine and parties. But the most terrifying turn is yet to come when he finds himself developing the most spine-chilling human trait of them all – emotion.

The Rating:

Before I begin, let me warn you, this review will contain spoilers galore. A lot happened in this season and I need to talk about it.
So, before I move to the spoilers, let me just say I tremendously enjoyed season 5. We got so many twists and interesting developments. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but I am more than ready to forgive all the little imperfections. As a whole the season convinced me twice over. They really went all out: the acting, the writing, the music!

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4 – A Review

Hey guys!
On December 31st of 2020, Netflix graced us with the final part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. That means, I spent the final hours of 2020 (and the first thirty minutes of 2021) binging the conclusion of a show that had fascinated me from the get-go. Let’s see whether it was a worthy end!

The Plot:

The Rating:

Oh my. Sabrina, dear girl. You need to get your shit together. I was rooting for her a lot in the past, but in this season she mostly annoyed me a lot.
Basically, she spent the entire season acting like she’s a 90 year-old spinster about to die alone. She literally complained that she’s gonna die alone and kinda lost her shit over that during her aunt’s wedding. Girl, you are seventeen. Chill the fuck out.

Honestly, if you cannot be alone with yourself for 5 fucking minutes than you shouldn’t be in a relationship. There’s a lot of stuff Brina needs to figure out before she should think of getting back into it imho. Well, but I guess that’s not what the writers thoughts, so spoilers below the cut!

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