A Dream I Will Never Wake Up From – Fan Casting a Live Action Cowboy Bebop!

Cowboy Bebop is one of the my favorite anime of all time and I consider it to be one of the few anime that could actually have a good live action adaptation. The setting is perfect for a sci-fi futuristic western and would work well with Hollywood audiences. So here I am trying to do justice to the live action film that may happen someday by giving you my casting choices.

Jared Leto as Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)
Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)

Jared Leto is a great actor, I think a lot of us can agree on that. With his award winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club and a pretty promising take on The Joker, I think it is pretty apt to come to that conclusion.

Why Do I Think He Will Be A Great Spike?

His physique is perfect. He has the body which is built for the role, but not to a point where it is buffed. The green hair looks pretty good on him. Spike has green hair too (take a look at Joker if you don’t believe me). He is pretty dedicated to his roles, which is necessary when you are going to play a character like Spike.I mean, the guy is a goof, a sharp shooter, a martial arts expert and a cool, no-shit taking cowboy. He is a character that requires a man who is versatile and Jared Leto is someone who I think can pull it off.

Michelle Monaghan as Faye Valentine

Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)
Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)

Michelle Monaghan is one underrated actress. She is surprisingly very talented in my opinion. Her performances in True Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) are pretty good examples. So, that must beg the question…

Why do I think She would be a good Faye?

She can play damaged characters. Okay, I will be honest, she got to this list precisely because of her role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She was able to portray a damaged character who uses her cunning character to survive in the real world. Which is exactly who Faye Valentine is. Also, I can’t put this in any other words, so here it is……She is sexy!. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang also proved this and Faye is too.

Idris Elba as Jet Black

Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)
Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)

I think we are all on the same page I say that Idris Elba is an underused talent. The guy has proven time and time again that he can do almost anything. He played Mandela, a war general in Pacific Rim, a pilot of the spaceship in Prometheus, a drug lord in The Wire and was given a useless role in the Thor films, Let’s face it guys, playing a guy who is on screen for 10 minutes to hold a staff is not what Idris Elba should be doing. Anyways

Why Do I Think He can be a great Jet?

He can easily build up the physique. Also, seeing him play a father as well as a war general in Pacific Rim was great and Jet Black is the father figure and leader of the crew. Idris Elba can play damaged characters with a tragic past and guess what? Jet Black is a damaged character with a tragic past.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Edward Wong

Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)
Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)

Chloe Grace Moretz is one hell of an actress. She is without a doubt one of my celebrity crushes (mostly because of the fact that she and I are about the same age) and also one of the better younger actors around. She has played a vampire in Let Me In, and a badass heroin in Kick Ass. Yes, I am aware that she is older than what is intended for the role, but screw it. Its fan casting and it is a dream that I will never wake up from! Basically, I am going to assume she is young (probably around the age she was when she did Kick-Ass).

Why Do I Think She Is A Great Pick?

When I saw Kick-Ass, one thing that I noticed Chloe brought to the table as Hitgirl was being a tomboy, which is one of the main characteristics of Edward. Not only that, she played a vampire in Let Me In, and she was able to bring a variety of expressions, especially when she is killing someone or drinking blood. This is something that is necessary for the role of Edward, since she has a huge variety of expressions.

Well, hope that was interesting. It was fun, but it was hard to choose someone for Edward Wong. Regardless, this is my first fan cast lineup article I have ever done, so I hope you can forgive some weird choices I may have made. But, I want to ask you guys, Who do you think would be great to play these characters? Take over the comment section.

Cheers…and take care

Her (2013) review

 

With a fresh, original story, a well-written screenplay and extraordinary performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. ‘Her’ is by far, not only one of the best films of 2013, it ranks as one of the best romantic films to have come in a long time and trust me, I am not a huge fan of those genres. This film is a reason why I love the Oscars, for if they had not given out the nominations for Best Picture a while back, I probably would not have even believed that this film even existed.

Plot: The film takes place in the not-so-distant future, where technology has reached new heights (we have all been there before). It is about a lonely man’s (Theodore) relationship with an operating system called Samantha which has Artificial Intelligence embedded in it and it can grow and learn as it progresses. The character’s grow and begin to realise that they have fallen in love with each other.

Now, for the two major questions,

What Didn’t Work?

  • The Pacing: While watching this film, I found it’s pacing to be the only major flaw throughout the entire film. There are a few scenes which were unnecessarily focused on, such examples are a few conversations between Amy and Theodore. The pacing of this film is extremely slow. There might be some places where you feel restless, but I think Spike Jonze wants to capture the essence of each scene beautifully. Yes, there are few things this film does wrong, but there are so many things this film gets right

 

What Worked?

  • The acting: The entire cast is supported by a well written screenplay, yes, but the acting is just as good. Joaquin Phoenix really outdoes himself here, his masterful performance was something that made me more enraged due to the fact that he was NOT nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Actor. I felt that his presence was Theodore, a real character and not Phoenix himself and who wouldn’t forget the absolutely memorable voice of Scarlett Johansson as the wonderful O.S, Samantha, even though she doesn’t physically appear, this is by far her most memorable performance. The supporting cast which included Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara, did their parts well too.
  • The Screenplay: My favourite aspect of this film, Spike Jonze gets the credit here (also the director). This is Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut, and not many hit the right mark. The dialogue written for the conversations between the characters of Theodore and Samantha are so well-written, it is written with enough dosages of comedy and heartbreak. There are so many positive adjectives I would be ready to steal from the Thesaurus and give to this screen play, because it is damn near perfect. The dialogue written below stood out as my favourite scene in the movie, given to Samantha.

Samantha: “It’s like I am writing a book, and it’s a book that I deeply love, but I’m writing it slowly now, so the words are really far apart and the spaces between the words are almost infinite. I can still feel you, and the words of our story, but it’s in this endless space between these words that I am finding myself now. Where I am going, it’s a place that’s not up the physical world; it’s where everything else is that I didn’t even know existed. I love you so much, but this is where I am now and this is who I am now, I need you to let me go and as much as I want to, I can’t live in your book anymore”.

 

  • The Originality: This movie is by far one of the most original and fresh movies I have seen in a very long time. It told us the story of two characters which I found very hard to believe at first, but as the story progressed, I felt for every character in this film, I felt like these characters were real and that reaction shocked me in a very phenomenal way. (Watching it, reminded me of watching “Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)”, which I saw almost 2 years ago, a film also about romance, which told us a story taking place entirely in a person’s mind.)
  • The Settings and Visuals: Spike Jonze uses the visuals and the setting of the film in a distant future as a simple backdrop which enhanced the film’s narrative beautifully. The visuals, even though it is a low budget film have also been executed beautifully.
  • Character Development: The Character’s that we meet at the beginning of this movie develop so well by the end, you yourself feel that they have changed and so have you in a very strange way, I loved how they focused a lot on how these characters are so stuck and confused in the situations that they are in and how they come out of it. This is where many movies go wrong and this one got that right.
  • The Soundtrack: The soundtrack of the film, composed by Arcade Fire and Owen Pallet, who mainly use piano pieces for a large portion of the film are well done and are pleasing to the mind for they fit wonderfully in every situation.
  • Themes: The film deals with themes regarding loyalty, love and heartbreak. These themes are discussed by the main characters and do remind us that we don’t need a male and female body to tell us where relationships can go.
  •  The Ending: It is not something I will spoil but I definitely will tell you that it is not a clichéd ending, where everyone is happy in the end, it ends on a high note with all loopholes filled with a positive note on modern human relationships.

 

Final note: With so many positive feelings this movie provides and the exceptionally few heart breaking ones, Her is one of the best films I have ever seen, it is a touching sci-fi romantic comedy drama (That’s a mouthful) that really left an impression on my heart and for the many romantic films that I know I will dislike, good luck with where you are going after you see this film. I hope you found this review helpful and like many who haven’t seen it, please do, I am going with a near-perfect 4.5 stars.

Final Rating: 4.5/5

Until the next blog