Seventh Inning Stretch - CODA and Moon Knight Episode 1
Welcome to the Seventh Inning Stretch, where I'll post about anything non-baseball I feel like talking about. It's my blog, I can do what I want.
CODA (standing for Child Of a Deaf Adult) just won Best Picture at Sunday's Oscars so I figured it has to be worth the watch. The synopsis of the movie is "Ruby is the only hearing member of a deaf family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. At 17, she works mornings before school to help her parents and brother keep their fishing business afloat. But in joining her high school's choir club, Ruby finds herself drawn to both her duet partner and her latent passion for singing."
I have a rule that if any movie takes place within 2 hours of Boston, I simply have to watch it, and it automatically gets a .5 boost in the 1-10 scale that I just decided I am going to be doing. I don't make the rules, I just enforce them. That aside, this movie is the first Best Picture winner that I whole-heartedly agree with since I started really watching movies. Without spoiling anything, the unique humor that sign language and deafness allows is different from any other movie that I have seen. It also allows for something that I always love in movies and that is silence. The director makes the choice to utilize silence carefully throughout the film to drive home the divide between Ruby and her family. The B-plot is serviceable and not too overwhelming, and certainly does not get in the way of the overall theme of the movie. I give CODA a 9.4/10 and 2 on the cry-counter.
MOON KNIGHT - Episode 1
Moon Knight, starring Oscar Issac, is off the bat different from any of the other live action Marvel shows we have seen to this point. For starters, it is an origin story, whereas the others have picked up with existing characters post-Thanos. Secondly, this show certainly seems darker than the rest. Really the grittiest thing we had seen from the Disney+ shows is John Walker wielding Cap's bloody shield after brutalizing one of the thugs in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We see Steven Grant come back to consciousness a few times after his alter ego leaves a trail of bodies for him to wake up to. Moon Knight is also going to deal with mental health in a much more direct way than a show like WandaVision. He has clearly been a disturbed man from before where the show picks up, and it gets amplified in the 45 minutes of the show.
Full disclosure, I am a sucker for these shows. I always love them from the jump, and I really struggle with judging them until it's all said and done. The only one that I have gone back and watched all the way through (several times I might add) is Loki. I do not expect this to top Loki, but I'm hoping that it lands firmly in that number 2 spot, ahead of WandaVision, Hawkeye, then Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The first episode suffers from what I think most Marvel origin stories suffer from - the whole episode, you just want to see them do the thing. They give you little hints of it here and there, but *spoiler* we don't actually get to see the titular Moon Knight until there's 10 seconds left in the episode. Those few seconds we do get to see the character is cool as hell, showing him beat the bag out of a demon Egyptian Dog, but I definitely wanted more. I hope we see the villain fleshed out a little more, but overall I am very intrigued by this show. I don't think Marvel would mess up the introduction of what will be a major character in the Cinematic Universe going forward, so I think this will definitely be worth watching every episode as it comes out. No rating yet, I'll review each episode then give the season a grade on a whole, but it is looking like it will be high 8s from what we've seen so far.