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Marvelous and the Black Hole lives up to its name

from afar, Wonderful and Black Hole It looks like another growing up movie of a terrified teenager meeting a wise mentor. But in general, swapping a savvy teacher or athletic trainer for a magician played by Rhea Perlman can give it a little more flavor. Take this restless teen and add a bit of cultural specificity to make the same thorny and adorable. It’s already spicier.

Combining all that and more and Wonderful and Black Hole He has enough whimsy and whimsy to cross his well-trodden territory. Debut feature film director Steven Universe: The Future And Adventure Time: Far Land Writer Kate Tsang creates a quirky, quirky, engaging, dark and unique experience.

[Ed. Note: This review contains mild setup spoilers for Marvelous and the Black Hole.]

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Mischievous 13-year-old Sammy (Miya Cech) is forced to attend summer classes at a local community college when she is forced into the principal’s office after a recent breakout near the end of the school year. Behind her picky personality, Sammy grapples with her mother’s death and her father’s new relationship. While avoiding her class she meets Sammy and Margot (Lea Perlman), a stage magician she is eccentric. The two begin her unexpected friendship after Margo takes her Sammy and starts teaching her her stage magic.

most dynamic part Wonderful and Black Hole This is the central relationship. Cech needs some time to get used to the film, especially when he’s alone in the early scenes. But when she and Perlman are combined, they form an unforgettable couple. Sammy needs someone to call her on about her bullshit but at the same time someone who won’t give up on her. Margot gives Sammy a new sense of magic while at the same time providing a more productive outlet for her anger and sorrow without overly preaching. Meanwhile, Sammy inspires Margo in other areas of her life by reminding her of the importance of her family.

Sammy and Margo represent familiar character archetypes, rebellious teenagers and wise mentors, but the singularity that Tsang gives them is what the actors bring to life and depth with their electrochemistry. Margot is a strong-willed older woman with pragmatic determination and resilience, not the warmth that the idea of ​​being a mother hugs her. Sammy is a picky, anxious teenager who copes with grief. But she’s also Chinese-American, and it’s refreshing to learn that she’s also a rebel young Asian-American girl dressed in this particular type of black. The rebellious Asian teenager isn’t an outrageous character archetype, but Sammy is more of a central figure than someone’s love or best friend and goes on her own emotional journey. (In addition, the fact that it does not dye is a bonus.)

A girl in black is holding a boba card

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These features go beyond the main character and add color to the film. For example, Sammy’s older sister Patricia might be the typical responsible eldest son. but she furthermore A gamer who is addicted to a virtual game called Kingdom Cog, she meets her secret boyfriend through an online game. Sammy’s father brings home the durian, infamous for the foul-smelling fruit that Sammy’s mother hated, making it feel like Sammy is hurting her mother’s memories. These unique elements can give you a bit of a laugh, but they also weave together a more personal and intimate story. Sammy and her family feel real because they have memories and personalities that vibrate off-screen.

Some of the most powerful scenes come when no one is talking, relying on graphics to capture emotions. In particular, the scene where Sammy’s father takes her and her Patricia to the arcade stands out. In a dark arcade, the three get their hands on the game and meet for the first time in years. The glow of light around her makes her sweet scene almost gloomy. It’s a powerful visual language that leads to other moments in the film, especially the stage magic that Margot performs and Sammy learns.

Wonderful and Black Hole For the most part, it goes in the direction that viewers expect it to go. Sammy learns. she shouted There’s a big fight before she picks up all the pieces, but ultimately she dumps the better one. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great ride full of delightful quirks that help elevate the film. Sometimes the smoke is stiff, sometimes the plot is mundane, but overall it’s a transforming magical action that takes something familiar and transforms it into something magical with a little bit of flourish and sparkle.

Wonderful and Black Hole It opens in select theaters on April 22.


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Marvelous and the Black Hole lives up to its name

From a distance, Marvelous and the Black Hole looks like another coming-of-age movie about an angsty teenager meeting a wise mentor. But trade in the usual smart-mouthed teacher or sports coach for a magician played by Rhea Perlman, and you get a bit more flavor. Take that angsty teenager and make her equal parts prickly and endearing, with a splash of cultural specificity, and that’s already something zestier.
Combine all that and more, and the movie Marvelous and the Black Hole has enough whimsy and quirkiness to transcend its well-trod territory. The feature directorial debut of Steven Universe: Future and Adventure Time: Distant Lands writer Kate Tsang is equal parts edgy, whimsical, charming, and gritty, which adds up to a unique experience of its own.
[Ed. Note: This review contains mild setup spoilers for Marvelous and the Black Hole.]

Image: FilmRising
Surly 13-year-old Sammy (Miya Cech) is forced to take a summer class at the local community college after her latest act of deviancy lands her in the principal’s office near the end of the school year. Under her prickly personality, Sammy is grappling with the her mother’s death and her father’s new relationship. While avoiding class, Sammy runs into eccentric stage magician Margo (Rhea Perlman). The two begin an unlikely friendship after Margo takes Sammy under her wing and starts to teach her stage magic.
The most dynamic part of Marvelous and the Black Hole is that central relationship. It does take Cech a bit of time to find her footing in the movie, especially when she’s on her own in the early scenes. But once she and Perlman connect, they make an unforgettable pair. Sammy needs someone to call her out on her bullshit, but at the same time, she needs someone who won’t give up on her. Margo simultaneously instills a new sense of magic in Sammy, and also gives her more productive outlets for her anger and sorrow, without ever being overly didactic. Meanwhile, Sammy inspires Margo in other areas of her life, particularly in reminding her about the importance of family.
Sammy and Margo represent familiar character archetypes — the rebellious teenager and the wise mentor — but the specificity Tsang writes into them gives them more depth, and the that the actors bring to life with electric chemistry. Margo is a strong-willed older woman whose idea of being maternal isn’t coddling warmth, but pragmatic grit and resilience. Sammy is a prickly, angsty teenager dealing with grief. But she’s also Chinese-American, and seeing this particular kind of black-clad rebel also be a young Asian American girl is refreshing. A rebellious Asian teenager isn’t an unheard-of character archetype, but Sammy is a central character, rather than someone’s love interest or best friend, and she goes on her own emotional journey. (Also, the fact she doesn’t dye her hair is a nice bonus.)

Image: FilmRising
These specificities go beyond the main characters and help color the movie. Sammy’s older sister Patricia, for instance, could very well just be a typical responsible eldest child. But she’s also a gamer, obsessed with a fictional game called Kingdom Cog, where she meets up with her secret boyfriend via online play. Sammy’s father brings home a durian, a notoriously stinky fruit that Sammy’s mother hated, which causes Sammy to feel like he’s violating her mother’s memory. These idiosyncratic elements lend themselves to some laughs, but also weave together a more personal and intimate story. Sammy and her family feel real, because they have memories and personalities that vibrate off the screen.
Some of the strongest scenes come when no one speaks at all, leaning on the visuals to capture emotions. In particular, the scene where Sammy’s father takes her and Patricia to an arcade stands out. In the darkened arcade, the three of them try their hand at games, bonding for what feels like the first time in forever. The glow of the lights around them makes the sweet scene almost melancholy. It’s a powerful visual language that also translates to other moments in the film, particularly the stage magic that Margo performs and Sammy learns.
Marvelous and the Black Hole heads mostly in the direction viewers would expect it to go — Sammy learns; she lashes out; there’s a bigger falling-out before all the pieces can be picked up, but ultimately she walks away a better person. But that doesn’t stop it from being a gorgeous ride, peppered with delightful quirks that help elevate the movie. Sometimes the acting is stiff and sometimes the plot points are routine, but overall, it’s a transformative magic act, taking the familiar and using a few flourishes and sparkles to turn it into something magical.
Marvelous and the Black Hole debuts in select theaters on April 22.

#Marvelous #Black #Hole #lives

Marvelous and the Black Hole lives up to its name

From a distance, Marvelous and the Black Hole looks like another coming-of-age movie about an angsty teenager meeting a wise mentor. But trade in the usual smart-mouthed teacher or sports coach for a magician played by Rhea Perlman, and you get a bit more flavor. Take that angsty teenager and make her equal parts prickly and endearing, with a splash of cultural specificity, and that’s already something zestier.
Combine all that and more, and the movie Marvelous and the Black Hole has enough whimsy and quirkiness to transcend its well-trod territory. The feature directorial debut of Steven Universe: Future and Adventure Time: Distant Lands writer Kate Tsang is equal parts edgy, whimsical, charming, and gritty, which adds up to a unique experience of its own.
[Ed. Note: This review contains mild setup spoilers for Marvelous and the Black Hole.]

Image: FilmRising
Surly 13-year-old Sammy (Miya Cech) is forced to take a summer class at the local community college after her latest act of deviancy lands her in the principal’s office near the end of the school year. Under her prickly personality, Sammy is grappling with the her mother’s death and her father’s new relationship. While avoiding class, Sammy runs into eccentric stage magician Margo (Rhea Perlman). The two begin an unlikely friendship after Margo takes Sammy under her wing and starts to teach her stage magic.
The most dynamic part of Marvelous and the Black Hole is that central relationship. It does take Cech a bit of time to find her footing in the movie, especially when she’s on her own in the early scenes. But once she and Perlman connect, they make an unforgettable pair. Sammy needs someone to call her out on her bullshit, but at the same time, she needs someone who won’t give up on her. Margo simultaneously instills a new sense of magic in Sammy, and also gives her more productive outlets for her anger and sorrow, without ever being overly didactic. Meanwhile, Sammy inspires Margo in other areas of her life, particularly in reminding her about the importance of family.
Sammy and Margo represent familiar character archetypes — the rebellious teenager and the wise mentor — but the specificity Tsang writes into them gives them more depth, and the that the actors bring to life with electric chemistry. Margo is a strong-willed older woman whose idea of being maternal isn’t coddling warmth, but pragmatic grit and resilience. Sammy is a prickly, angsty teenager dealing with grief. But she’s also Chinese-American, and seeing this particular kind of black-clad rebel also be a young Asian American girl is refreshing. A rebellious Asian teenager isn’t an unheard-of character archetype, but Sammy is a central character, rather than someone’s love interest or best friend, and she goes on her own emotional journey. (Also, the fact she doesn’t dye her hair is a nice bonus.)

Image: FilmRising
These specificities go beyond the main characters and help color the movie. Sammy’s older sister Patricia, for instance, could very well just be a typical responsible eldest child. But she’s also a gamer, obsessed with a fictional game called Kingdom Cog, where she meets up with her secret boyfriend via online play. Sammy’s father brings home a durian, a notoriously stinky fruit that Sammy’s mother hated, which causes Sammy to feel like he’s violating her mother’s memory. These idiosyncratic elements lend themselves to some laughs, but also weave together a more personal and intimate story. Sammy and her family feel real, because they have memories and personalities that vibrate off the screen.
Some of the strongest scenes come when no one speaks at all, leaning on the visuals to capture emotions. In particular, the scene where Sammy’s father takes her and Patricia to an arcade stands out. In the darkened arcade, the three of them try their hand at games, bonding for what feels like the first time in forever. The glow of the lights around them makes the sweet scene almost melancholy. It’s a powerful visual language that also translates to other moments in the film, particularly the stage magic that Margo performs and Sammy learns.
Marvelous and the Black Hole heads mostly in the direction viewers would expect it to go — Sammy learns; she lashes out; there’s a bigger falling-out before all the pieces can be picked up, but ultimately she walks away a better person. But that doesn’t stop it from being a gorgeous ride, peppered with delightful quirks that help elevate the movie. Sometimes the acting is stiff and sometimes the plot points are routine, but overall, it’s a transformative magic act, taking the familiar and using a few flourishes and sparkles to turn it into something magical.
Marvelous and the Black Hole debuts in select theaters on April 22.

#Marvelous #Black #Hole #lives


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