By BEN RAUZI
Photo credit goes to The Next Web.
An exciting array of new television shows and movies appeared on Netflix in March. If you’re an addict like me who can’t imagine life without Netflix, this list should provide you with plenty of options to stay entertained.
March 17th: Marvel’s Iron Fist
This is the next installment in Marvel’s foray into New York City superhero TV adaptations. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage -- the previous three series' -- were all fantastic in their own unique ways. Iron Fist is a millionaire who has been away in Asia training in the martial arts and is making his return home to NYC to fight crime.
For fans of the other Marvel Netflix series, this show is worth your time. If it is anything like the previous series, it will be well worth your time. While it may not be the strongest installment into the Marvel Netflix family, some elements of this show are beautifully done.
For example, the conflict between Ward Meachum and his father Harold is both well written and beautifully acted. The performances of Tom Pelphrey and David Wenham as the aforementioned characters cannot be understated.
The show also boasts action sequences reminiscent of those found in Daredevil. The one thing these shows never seem to get wrong are well choreographed and gripping action scenes. While the show has its merits, it is worth mentioning that the start is pretty slow, and the first few episodes will take some patience to get through.
Iron Fist has its fair share of plot holes, as well, but none are glaring enough to take away your enjoyment of the show. My biggest complaint revolves around the character of Claire Temple.
To begin with, she seems to be randomly attached to each of the heroes in Marvel’s shows for no other reason than pure happy accident and an excuse to get them to team up, although Iron Fist has started to hint that there may be more to it.
The worst part, however, is that her dialogue is entirely cliched, and, whether because of Rosario Dawson’s delivery or just the script itself, she comes across as annoying and a little bit whiny. It’s hard to get a grip on exactly why she appears so much in Iron Fist, as she adds very little to the plot, and she doesn’t exactly provide muscle against the enemies.
Overall, this show is very entertaining, and its flaws do not detract so much as to ruin the viewing experience.
Iron Fist has its fair share of plot holes, as well, but none are glaring enough to take away your enjoyment of the show.
March 27th: Better Call Saul Season 2
There are many people that, when questioned about their favorite television show of all time, would barely hesitate to say “Breaking Bad." And while the aforementioned drug-dealing drama is now long over, the fans can rejoice that the spinoff, Better Call Saul, is off and running with great success.
Season one was exceptional, despite a slow start, and season two picks right up where we left off. The show is really a hybrid of drama and comedy, due to both the way Jimmy McGill (Saul Goodman) is written and the charisma Bob Odenkirk brings to the role.
Fans of Breaking Bad know that the writing team behind these projects are far and away the best on television right now. Everything feels real, the characters are natural, and the viewer is able to sit back and relax as the story unfolds before them in ways they could never have predicted.
Not to mention the symbolism and imagery that is woven in beautifully, sometimes staring you right in the face, and sometimes so subtle that those not providing their full attention will miss it. The acting is exceptional, the suspense is tantalizing and the storytelling is the best around.
Better Call Saul is not only proving to be a worthy and welcome addition to the legacy of Breaking Bad, but it is becoming a separate entity itself, a monster of a show all on its own. You absolutely can not miss this one.
Fans of Breaking Bad know that the writing team behind these projects are far and away the best on television right now.
March 1st: Jurassic Park Series
It has been nearly 23 years since the thrilling Spielberg classic "Jurassic Park" hit theaters. Now the entire series is on Netflix for dino-nerds like me. These action-packed films are full of sci-fi, char and no shortage of action and thrill.
These films are a classic case of “Don’t mess with something you don’t understand, especially when it’s ancient long extinct, flesh-eating dinosaurs,” and it’s a perfect adventure for the whole family. "Jurassic Park" earns its title as an innovative sci-fi classic for the ages.
March 1st: Kung Fu Panda
"Kung Fu Panda" is the true definition of a family film that everyone can enjoy. Chock-full of lovable characters, witty humor, and even a bit of kung fu action, everyone can enjoy a film like this. Jack Black is in his element as the voice actor of bumbling panda bear Po, who is chosen at a special ceremony to be the next great kung fu warrior, much to everyone's chagrin including his own. This movie is a humorous, well written, and satisfying journey.
March 8th: The Waterboy
I don’t care what anyone says, to me this will always be an Adam Sandler classic. One of the first Sandler films I ever saw, The Waterboy tells the story of a well-mannered college kid with a speech impediment who is the waterboy for a perpetual bottom-dweller football team.
He is constantly teased by the team, and one day he lets his anger get the best of him and discovers his anger causes him to be a very good tackler. He goes on to be a star player, leading his team to glory and teaching everyone how to deal with their demons.
This movie requires little thinking, but is hilarious all the same. If you are fan of stupid humor and Adam Sandler, which really go hand-in-hand, then this film is perfect for you.