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Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

There is of course an evil headmaster too, given that a young person is involved.

Why did I want to see it?

I loved the first Deadpool movie which kind of came in above most people’s expectations, so was interested in seeing what they would do with the sequel given the original’s success.

What did I think of it?

I really enjoyed this film, and laughed as much, if not more than, I did watching the first one. Ryan Reynolds is very funny in the role, and as well as bringing back most of the characters from the first film, it introduced a number of new characters that were both effective and funny. Cable in particular is very well done, though I am beginning to wonder if film makers now have a contractual clause that requires them to at least consider casting Josh Brolin in any film been made.

I think my favourite character is Domino, luck being a superpower and all that; Zazie Beets was excellent in the role and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her in the X-Force movie. When I re-watch this (and I will, you can count on it) I’ll pay better attention to the various cameos which I always enjoy but are a bit blink and you’ll miss them. And Julian Dennison is really really good, reminding me that I must watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople (I know).

Is it more mainstream than the first movie? Of course.

Am I mildly disappointed that they did that thing at the beginning? Yes, but they put it right so I can live with it

Do I enjoy seeing Ryan Reynolds take the mickey out of himself? Oh yes.

Looking forward to what the mere with the mouth does next.

Dazzling details: Directed by David Leitch, D2 is 119 minutes long and rated 15 for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language. Which is what we all wanted to see it for anyway 😉

 

 

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The rest of my mini-reviews for April 🙂

 

Alien: Covenant

I had originally been determined not to watch this because of how disappointed I expected to feel after Prometheus (I still can’t get over the allegedly experienced biologist who took his helmet off and all that followed), but it was on TV and I succumbed. It was pompous and over-explained everything. Despite a good cast I really didn’t feel there was anything new here so I should have gone with my first instinct. Mr Fassbender’s career choices have been a bit flaky recently…..

A Cure for Wellness

This was a weird one and almost certainly far too long but I kind of enjoyed it. Dane DeHaan is sent to bring his errant boss back from a sanitarium in Europe but after a car crash finds himself a patient in said asylum, and then it all kicks off. There are creepy villagers who fall silent when anyone walks into the pub. There is a weird floaty girl wandering about barefoot. There are dark corridors and lots of tanks filled with water used for nefarious purposes. There is the legend of an evil Baron. There is Jason Isaacs as the head doctor with a cool accent and a big sign above his head with the word baddie flashing on and off. Evil Jason is the best Jason IMHO. It’s beautifully Gothic and fairly intense but not at all scary.

Avengers: Infinity War

I’m not going to say too much about this because reams have been written already. I loved it. It was amazingly well-balanced considering the number of major superhero types involved; the best bits for me involved interactions between characters who are not normally in the same movies, especially Thor and Peter Quill, and Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Also worth noting that everything in it is huge, and that it works because Thanos is a properly rounded character; his plan may be evil, but it is logically evil (from a  certain point of view). Shout out to bits of Edinburgh actually playing themselves rather than pretending to be Moscow or whatever. Can’t wait for the sequel.

All caught up now, and hoping to have a more stable posting pattern soon.

Black Panther watercolourWhat’s it all about?

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

Why did I want to see it?

Seriously? Have you been paying attention to what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? There was no way I was going to miss this!

What did I think of it?

I’ll be upfront about this; I ADORED THIS FILM.

As context, this was our film for Valentine’s Day. We one to the cinema, thoroughly enjoyed the film, then went and had a really nice late lunch. There may have been alcohol. There was certainly a lot of discussion about the film.

So, it’s fair to say that I have enjoyed all of the MCU films, but that the ones that have stuck with me the most are those that feature the characters that I know the least about, which means Thor, Ant-Man, Guardians and now Black Panther.  I was really impressed with how the character was introduced in Captain America: Civil War and keen to see how the whole Wakanda thing was going to develop.

There is so much to appreciate in Black Panther. For a start, the story makes sense; what I mean by that is that the place feels that it might actually exist and the society as it’s presented has an internal logic that underpins all of the character and plot developments. It looks amazing, the whole cast delivers excellent performances and I was very invested in the story.

The cast was uniformly excellent and it seems unfair to single anyone out (so I won’t), but of course the number of amazing women involved was really wonderful to see. Actually, I will say that I was really very much taken with Letitia Wright who played T’Challa’s amazing sister.

So much was riding on this film and so many articles have been written about how important it is culturally because of the predominantly POC cast that it’s a real pleasure to be able to note that not only is it a great movie that will bear re-watching but it’s also making all of the money. I can’t wait to see this again!

Dazzling details: directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is 134 minutes long and in the UK is rated 12A for moderate violence, injury detail, rude gesture (that last one made me laugh so hard)

 

 

 

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Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

Why did I want to see it?

Quite simply because I love the Avengers, and the Captain America films have been amongst the best. there was no way I wasn’t going to see it.

What did I think of it?

Adored it. A couple of reviewers felt that it was baggy and too long, but I didn’t feel that way at all, my attention never flagged and I enjoyed the whole experience.

I thought the difference of opinion between Captain America and Iron Man made sense, and the trigger for the move to put some sort of oversight in place was the collateral damage we’ve seen in other MCU movies, this time a newer member of the team still developing their expertise in the field. I could go on about the plot a bit more but to be honest the delight in this film is the development of existing characters, the introduction of new ones and the set up for future films. So instead, here are my Top Ten favourite things about CA:CW

  1. The female characters are awesome; Scarlet Witch is turning out to be one of my absolute favourites, and Black Widow continues to be a voice of reason and to a certain extent the moral centre of the group
  2. Vision’s collection of casual wear
  3. Everything that Antman was – fanboying over Cap when he first meets him, what he gets up to during the major airport fight scene, all making me excited for his next standalone film
  4. Black Panther – what a cool character; gravitas, dignity and power (and a fabulous costume to boot)
  5. Spiderman – not my favourite Marvel character but this new take on him bodes well for the future; I though Tom Holland did a brilliant job and was engaging and funny
  6. The humour – the could have been a depressing slugfest but there were enough jokes and lighter moments to balance things out. I will never tire of Tony Stark’s sarcasm
  7. Zemo – a complex, believable and I would say sympathetic villain; a nice change from the normal megalomaniac wanting to take over the world
  8. the Bucky/Cap bromance; no-one smoulders like Bucky

I went in team Cap and remained Team Cap but with a better understanding of Team iron Man’s point of view. Looking forward to seeing where this all goes in future films. Beginning to get very excited for Doctor Strange!

 

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A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

Why did I want to see it?

I didn’t know very much at all about Deadpool, other than that he was part of the X-Men universe, a relatively new creation (in comic terms that is) and regularly broke the fourth wall in the comics. Oh, and he kills a lot of people. But apart from that it was only (internet) word of mouth after the test footage leaked and a frankly hilarious marketing campaign that made me realise that I. Must. See. This. Movie.

What did I think about it?

The film-going experience was quite interesting. The Book God and I went to see the film early on Friday evening, a couple of days after the film was released, and for a good 15 minutes (we were early; we are always early) I thought that we were the only non-teenagers in the screening, and my chances of being the only woman were pretty high. And I felt pretty old as a very polite young man held the door for me. Luckily a number of couples came in after the adverts and before the trailers so that felt a bit better 😀

Oh, you want to know about the film? I thought it was hilarious. I started laughing during the opening credits and didn’t stop until after the post-credits sequence. It was an absolute hoot as long as you don’t mind Tarantinoesque levels of swearing and violence. I thought Ryan Reynolds did a brilliant job in bringing the character to life and the in-jokes were clever and effective. As others have said the way the film handled the origin story was refreshing and meant we were plunged into the action from the very beginning. Still giggling at some of the jokes over a week later.

Went straight on to my to buy list when we got home. Loved it.

I have to say right up front that I was very excited about seeing this movie; in fact I have been since I saw the very first teaser trailer and nothing I saw after that did anything to put me off. And that’s all against a background of not being a huge Marvel fan (we have always been more of a DC household – yay Batman) and not really knowing much about the character at all, except for the iconic shield of course.

So Steve Rogers is a weedy weakling of a lad who is brave and true and honourable and wants to fight the Nazis on behalf of his country. And he keeps on getting rejected because of his weediness and general poor health until Professor Stanley Tucci (for it is he) spots him and puts him into a programme designed to identify and produce super soldiers to fight the bad guy. Sadly it all goes wrong and Steve is the only one who takes the serum and he becomes Captain America, seller of bonds and puncher of fake Hitlers for the edification of the American public until he has the chance to prove himself and take the fight to the enemy.

And what an enemy. The German army is incidental, this is all about Red Skull, nasty megalomaniac who believes in Norse mythology and wants to take over the world.

This was huge fun and I loved every second. It is very funny in places but also manages the tricky balancing act that is being heroic and patriotic without being pompous and po-faced.

Best bits for me were all about the actors:

  • Chris Evans is absolutely smashing; I loved him in Sunshine and Scott Pilgrim but here he is gloriously heroic
  • Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, very Howard Hughes and could plausibly be Robert Downey Jr’s Dad
  • Stanley Tucci – I love him so much and he adds real class as always
  • Richard Armitage in a small but key role – as soon as I saw him I thought “up to no good” and was proved correct (hopefully I won’t think that when I see him as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit)
  • Hugo Weaving – a brilliant villain as always, acting his wee heart out through the prosthetics

And of course those of us who stayed through the credits got a great trailer for The Avengers movie which I am now regarding with great anticipation – Thor and Captain America in the same film, what a treat.

The Book God thought Captain America was the best of the Marvel titles so far, but I must admit I still have a tiny soft spot for  Thor. But don’t get me wrong, this was excellent and well worth viewing; added to the DVD to-buy list already!