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life-posterWhat’s it all about?

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Why did I want to see it?

Impossible for me to resist nasty monster in space terrorising extremely good looking people. Plus Ryan Reynolds, obvs.

What did I think about it?

“It’s Alien, Jim, just not as we know it.”

It’s totally impossible to watch Life without thinking of Alien (which reached me out totally when I was a student back in 1979 and had to go home in the dark in a lonely part of Glasgow, but that’s another story). The similarities are more than obvious – thing that’s alive gets on board, picks crew off one by one, has to be stopped from getting to Earth. The main differences are:

  • the crew know they are bringing potential life on board and have protocols in place to manage it (or so they think
  • when things go wrong it’s very up front and everyone knows immediately
  • it’s taking place on the ISS so just a hop, skip and a jump away
  • there is a distinct lack of grunge

Having said all of that, Life is what it is and does a pretty good job of it. Yes, it has a cast that is that is too high-powered for a glossy B-movie, it has an ending that seems to have surprised some but the Book God spotted it coming just before I did, and why does everything want to eat us?

The effects are really good, the alien in particular is excellent, and it moves along at a reasonable pace with not too many “what are you doing, you’re a scientist for god’s sake” moments (though there are still some). The various deaths are nasty, I did jump a few times and squinted through my fingers at least once (apparently) so it was all good fun, except there really should have been more Ryan Reynolds.

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WhaMV5BMjQyODg5Njc4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzExMjE3NzE@._V1_UY268_CR1,0,182,268_AL_t’s it all about?

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.