Review: Deadpool

Story:

“Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

Deadpool

Review:

This is pretty much what I expected and that’s both good and bad. First the good stuff. It’s funny and fast paced and they get Deadpool spot on. The violence is over the top and hilarious as well. The fourth wall breaking doesn’t go so far as to break the movie.

The supporting characters are good and I wasn’t expecting colossus to be so entertaining. He plays the straight man to Deadpool and it works really well. T.j. miller from How to train your dragon is good as well. It took me a while to place him. They’ve even got an old lady as Blind Al but she’s only in a little bit.

The only good thing I wasn’t expecting was how good the romance between Deadpool and his girlfriend was going to be.

So far in super hero movies I can name two couples that are actually compelling and I like to watch. That’s Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, and Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, who were the only good parts of The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Vanessa is just as weird as Wade and they play off each other really well. So much so that it’s actually emotional when he gets cancer and they have to deal with it as a couple. I got emotionally involved in a movie where Deadpool gets shot up the arse and you see the bullet hole.

But it feels like all that good stuff gets wiped out when she then gets treated like female characters always do in these movies. The bad guys get hold of her because Wade’s causing them trouble and he’s got to go save her. Boring.

You know I actually believed this trailer when they had her saying I’m no damsel in distress. I can’t believe I fell for that.

And you’ve got so many people saying this is such a different super hero movie, it’s reinventing the genre. No it’s not. It’s just more focused on comedy than your typical super hero movie and is quite a bit more violent but everything else stays the same.

It felt like watching Guardians of the Galaxy and being disappointed with Gamora all over again. Or like with Ant-man and how they treated Hope.

Why couldn’t she have been a mutant or been involved with the plot in some way other than just being the love interest.

The expected bad stuff is that he may be pansexual but I didn’t see any reference to it. And if I missed all the little implied references, well that’s not good enough. I’m tired of it being implied and having it go straight over my head.

If a bigot can watch it and deny the sexuality of the main character then it’s not good enough. It’s cowardly and pathetic. The director confirms Deadpool’s pansexual to people who ask, who have a vested interest in Wade’s orientation, but won’t state in clearly on the screen. All you needed was one line from Wade stating he had had a boyfriend or he’d slept with men. Something.

I guess I got what I asked for though. There’s no homophobia. At least I don’t think there is, again all these little implied things tend to go over my head. Although there was one scene where she had a strap on and they were trying anal sex but he didn’t like it and I suppose that was meant to be a joke. Why isn’t he allowed to like anal sex?

I guess I also forgot to ask for no sexism because it’s 2016 and we should be over all of this shit by now.

It’s good enough movie and it made me laugh. And once I get over my disappointment I’ll be re-watching this movie. That will just take a bit of time. By the time the sequel comes out I’ll be fully on board again and hoping for better. As always.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

10) Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

I love Harry Potter. These books were my childhood and I loved the movies but this feels like a cash in. Franchises are in at the moment and who ever owns the movie rights to Harry Potter has realised there’s lots more money to make here.

I have some hope because Rowling’s involved so it should be decent, but I don’t like Eddie Redmayne that much. I think he’s way over rated. Although I kind of liked him in Jupiter Ascending because his performance was so over the top and entertaining.

I want to like this so much and I just want more Harry Potter. There are so many stories to tell in that world and I’m disappointed that we are getting another lead who’s the typical lead for pretty much all Hollywood movies.

 

Batman v Superman

9)Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

This is another movie that I really want to like but I have a feeling that I won’t.

Mostly that’s down to Zac Snyder directing and the choices he makes. Like hiring an inexperienced actress to play Wonder Woman based on what she looks like rather than talent. I’ve got nothing against Gal Gadot, she’s an actress and this is her job, and I don’t like all the body shaming that went on when she was hired. I think the criticism should be on the choices Zak Snyder is making. Wonder woman is an icon and one of the most well known female super heroes ever. They should have got an actress who was really experienced to play her. Like they got Ben Affleck to play Batman. Instead they get a woman who’s not done a lot of acting and you know they hired her because she’s hot or pretty or sexy or what ever. When that shouldn’t be the basis for hiring the actress to play wonder woman.

And if they hadn’t made other sexist choices I probably wouldn’t be as sure about that but we still haven’t gotten a female led super hero movie where someone actually puts effort in to make a good movie. And that’s a criticism levelled at marvel as well.

But this is meant to be why I’m excited for this movie. Well all of the above is why this isn’t higher on my list. And this is only the second movie in the DC cinematic universe so they don’t have my trust yet.

What I’m excited for is Batman v Superman. I’m sceptical about how much I’ll like the movie but even the trailers are getting me excited. With Batman promising to make Superman bleed, and Superman destroying the bat-mobile just by letting it crash into him.

I’m hoping that even if I hate the overall movie there will be lots of awesome moments that I can get excited about. It doesn’t matter how many times I explain this movie to my dad, he still doesn’t believe Batman can fight Superman.

 

Suicide Squad

8)Suicide Squad

This is higher up my list than Batman v Superman because it’s not Zac Snyder directing but we still get Batman and the Joker. Add to that Harley Quinn and Will Smith playing one of them (I don’t know the DC universe that well). This looks exactly like my sort of movie. I’ve bought some of the comics so I’ve got a lot of reading to do.

 

Finding Dory

7)Finding Dory

I hope this won’t be one of those occasions where Dory was a good side character but only tolerable in small doses. A lot of people felt that way about Minions and while I liked the movie I get where they’re coming from.

I liked Finding Nemo but I don’t love it the way other people seem to and I’m pining all my hopes for this movie on one character. I love Ellen, and Pixar doesn’t usually make bad movies as long as you don’t count Cars.

 

Star Wars: Rogue One

6)Star Wars: Rogue One

After seeing The Force Awakens I’m fully on board with Star Wars in a way that I wasn’t before. Now I’m invested in these movies being good.

They’ve finally got characters I can relate to and care about. I don’t know all the details and things that happened in the other movies because I can’t remember and rewatching them isn’t a priority. But even I understand what stealing the Death Star plans means to the Star Wars universe.

I hope that some of the anthology movies explore different parts of the universe and get away from this one part.

There must be so many stories you could tell. I know they’ve decided to make all the books not canon anymore (as if it matters what they say, I’ve got my own head canon for most things I watch and get all fannish about so really that seems like a giant waste of time trying to dictate to me what is and isn’t canon) but there’s got to be some good stories in all those books.

I’m not that interested in a Han Solo movie, that’s exactly what we need, keep the Star Wars universe small and go back to it being about white straight cis gendered able bodied men. That list has a lot of adjectives they should choose to change at least one in their main characters.

 

Ghostbusters

5)Ghostbusters

A sci-fi movie with all female leads who are also really funny. I don’t know how they can screw this up to make me not like it.

All I can say is, it’s about time. About time that women were recognised as a legitimate part of the audience who have money they can spend. About time that a female lead is surrounded by other women and not just men. About time that all the whiny idiots get ignored and people realise that, like when women go see movies about men and can relate on some level to them because we are all human, so to can men go see movies about women and relate because women are also human.

All the controversy surrounding this movie is ridiculous and irrational but then no one ever said misogynists were rational.

The first Ghostbusters movie isn’t being taken away. You can still see it. And don’t worry the amount of male leads in the movies is still far ahead of the number of female leads. Just look at this list. I’d say most of them have male leads.

Although Finding Dory has Dory replacing Nemo so maybe they’ve got a point. Don’t worry though it’ll still be a few more years before we’ve replaced all the male parts with female ones.

 

Captain America: Civil War

4)Civil War

The last Captain America movie was so good and I want to like this one so much but the civil war story line in the comics was terrible. It was all over the place and inconsistent between different books. It was also when I stopped reading comics for a while.

I have mixed feelings about this because it can’t be the same story line as in the comics. None of them have secret identities so they’ve got to frame the issue a different way.

Also in the comics it was Iron man who was meant to be right. The pro registration side was the right side and cap was on the wrong side. But due to crappy management of the entire thing it didn’t across that way.

So it worries me that they’ve got the civil war story line in a Captain America movie. I’m not much of a fan of Steve Rogers. I hated Captain America: the first avenger and I didn’t much like him in Avengers Assemble either. He grew on me a little bit in the Winter Soldier. But now they’re pitting him against Tony Stark who’s one of my favourite super heroes and I don’t want to watch a movie where they make him the villain. He won’t be the main villain but he could be one of the bad guys.
Despite all that I love the marvel cinematic universe and I want to see what they’re going to do with it. I trust them enough to be fair to all the characters (unless it’s a female character then you’re screwed). And after seeing the trailer where Steve and Bucky fight Tony and Tony cradles a broken Rhodey I’ve got to admit I’m getting excited.

The directors are the same guys who did Winter Soldier and who are going to be doing Avengers: Infinity Wars part 1 and 2. So I have a lot invested in liking this movie.

 

The Conjuring 2

3)The conjuring 2

The first one was so good. A horror movie where I actually care about the characters shouldn’t be something different and new but so many horror movies have awful characters and I can’t wait for them to die. So there’s no tension and it just becomes a guessing game of who’s going to get it first.

The Conjuring actually had characters I liked and where as most horror movie franchises seem to be based on the villains (Freddie kruger, Jason, Michael Myers) these are based around the Warrens who are the heroes.

It’s a good basis for a franchise and I can’t think of any other horror movies that have done this. There’s scream but Sidney doesn’t go out looking for serial killers to fight. They find her.

Anabelle was a huge disappointment and a giant step back for the franchise but there were so many people in the cinema when I went to see it and that’s unusual for a horror movie.

 

X-men: Apocalypse

2)X-men: Apocalypse

Days of future past is one of the best super hero movies ever so I’ve got really high expectations, especially with Bryan Singer back as the Director. Jennifer Lawrence is back as Mystique and it’s Hugh Jackman’s last time as wolverine in an X-men movie.

I’m so excited for the apocalypse story line. X-men was what got me into comics. I used to watch the cartoon and then one day I saw an X-men comic in amongst the magazines. I didn’t buy them consistently until I was older and had a part time job but I was always on the lookout for X-men stuff.

Apocalypse is such a good villain and so far Bryan Singer hasn’t made a bad X-men movie for some inexplicable reason, despite making some really bad movies.

 

Deadpool

1)Deadpool

He’s one of my favourite super heroes and I didn’t think we’d ever get a movie about him because it’s Deadpool. He’s violent and a lot of what he says isn’t for kids so to get a good Deadpool movie you need it to be more adult and that cuts out all the kids they want to make money out of.

Blade is the only adult super hero movie I can think of and it’s a bit old now. So this will be refreshing to have a different sort of super hero movie for a change because I doubt the rest of them will be anything unique.

The director has also confirmed that Deadpool is pansexual so this will be the first super hero movie with a queer main character. At all. I’m not just talking about being the main title hero. I can’t think of any queer character in any super hero movies. Or science fiction movies. Or fantasy movies (I’m going to do some research. There’s got to be one). So it’s kind of a big deal.

Of course he’s got a girlfriend in the trailer so I don’t know how much he’ll be expressing his sexuality. I doubt we’ll get much, if anything that will make it impossible for other people to deny it. That’s how I judge representation now. If it’s only implied and can be denied by some bigot then it’s not good enough. We’re in 2016 it’s time to stop pandering to the bigots.

The only thing that’s making me apprehensive is if his sexuality is a joke. Because that seems to be the only time when sexuality, other than heterosexuality, is allowed to be expressed. To make the male straight audience uncomfortable and so they laugh.

Can this movie not be homophobic? Or biphobic? Or panphobic? It’s really not a lot to ask.

I’d like to come out the other side of this movie not feeling like shit. It can be a bad movie (I’ll probably still enjoy it) but can it not be homophobic. They’ve got my hopes up by actually being aware that other sexualities exist beyond straight. I so want to like this movie.

They’ve got the marketing for this movie so right. They obviously understand Deadpool in a way that the creators of X-men Origins: Wolverine didn’t.

My 10 favourite movies of 2013

I tried to come up with a list of 20 movies but when I googled what came out last year it turns out I didn’t see as many films as I usually do at the cinema.

I’ve posted a list of the fantasy, science fiction and superhero movies out this year with the dates that they come out. I’m going to try and see most of them.Then I might be able to make a top 20 list of my favourite movies of 2014.

 This list might change if I get around to watching any other movies of 2013. But that’ll be a separate list and I’ll link to it.

10) The Croods

I love the beginning of this movie where it’s focused on Eep and her being frustrated by her family. Even the love interest is funny because he can’t escape them.

Half way through though it switches to being about the dad and that’s where I remember my attention slipping. I haven’t seen this since the cinema so I’m going from memory.

It also had aspects I didn’t like. The relationship  between the dad and the grandmother was very similar to every other relationship between husband and mother in law out there . Which is probably what they were going for but I didn’t like it. These things  are what makes it so low on the list.

 

9) The world’s end

The world’s end is not as good as Shaun of the dead or Hot fuzz but they are pretty hard to beat.

This has it’s funny moments and Nick Frost gets to play the straight man to Simon Pegg’s quirky loser which is usually the other way round.

I love the ending. It has a certain Shaun of the dead feel in that bad stuff happens but the world goes on regardless.

8) Monster’s university

I don’t usually like prequels to movies we’ve already seen because we’ve seen the characters move on from where they were and it feels like going backwards. Which it is.

But this does it very well. It’s obvious what’s going to happen but it doesn’t feel boring. It helps that I like these characters and you want to see more of them.

7) Frozen

This was a step in the right direction for Disney. We finally get a queen who’s not evil and it’s the relationship between the sisters that’s important.

This would be higher on my list but there are a few problems with it. The biggest is an annoying talking snowman who is utterly pointless to the story.

6) The wolverine

The wolverine beats origins but then that’s not hard. This is a good film let down by the ending which wasn’t particularly bad it just didn’t have any impact on me and had a twist that they set themselves up for failure with.

This is the wolverine that we should have got in the first spin off. It focuses on  him with only a few other mutants. The ending also ties into X-men: Days of future past with what may be my favourite cameos.

5) The conjuring

This is a horror film where you actually care about the characters because they’re not all awful people.

I do enjoy watching bad horror movies with awful characters because I like guessing when they are going to die and getting infuriated with the stupid things they do. But they are not that fun to watch by yourself. This film however is fun  to watch by yourself because you care about the characters and the story is compelling.

It made me jump quite a bit which is also quite good to have in a  horror movie.

4) Thor: The dark world

It’s better than the first Thor in a lot of ways. More Loki, funnier and fast paced.

But Jane is still boring and the most unlikely scientist ever. The villain didn’t have any impact either which is a shame considering it was Christopher Eccleston.

I’ve basically put this so high because of Loki and Thor’s double act. They were brilliant together.

3) The hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The time passed so quickly even though it was almost three hours long.

Smaug was brilliant with so much personality. I’m not sure why I’m surprised by this considering these are the people who brought us Gollum. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman always have good chemistry and the scenes between Bilbo and Smaug are some of the best moments. Much like Bilbo and Gollum in An unexpected journey.

It has the perfect cliffhanger ending that makes me hate waiting a year.

2) Hunger games 2: Catching fire

 Jennifer Lawrence is what makes this film as good as it is. Katniss needed to be played by someone who could convey so much with just a look. You feel for her as she tries to protect her family and still do what’s right.

The love triangle is down played if it even is a love triangle. Katniss has got more important things to worry about. I like that a female character gets to have problems that aren’t about what boy she likes.

 

1) Iron man 3

Iron man 3 was my favourite movie of 2013. Tony Stark is my favourite marvel character so I’m quite biased.

I’ve read a lot of the graphic novels and the whole mandarin thing didn’t bother me. Which seemed to be the thing that divided people on it and made people not like it. They are creating their own universe and things will be different.

I think this is my favourite end credit scene of all the Marvel movies even though it doesn’t advance any plot in any way.

Upcoming movies 2014

I managed to miss quite a few movies that I wanted to see last year so here’s a list of all the fantasy, science fiction and superhero movies coming out in 2014.

I’m going to try as watch as many as I can in the cinema but quite a few of them come out close together.

I, Frankenstein comes out on January 29th. Modern updated Frankenstein who doesn’t actually look like a monster just has a couple of scars. He’s caught between two immortal clans who are fighting an endless war. It looks like it might be a good action movie but that’s all the trailer makes it look like.

Robocop comes out on February 7th. It’s been almost 20 years since the original which I haven’t seen and I’m not sure I’m going to try to see it before this comes out. Unless it’s on netflix.

The lego movie comes out on February 14th. I can’t wait for this. It looks so funny with so many characters I love. I love the lego video games.

Vampire Academy comes out on February 19th. This could be good because it looks like they’re making fun of that whole young adult novel to movie genre. There are two female leads so hopefully it will focus on their friendship.

Welcome to yesterday comes out on February 21st. This does not look good. Most time travel plots don’t work out that well. The trailer did not impress me.

300: Rise of an empire comes out on March 7th. The first one I liked because of how ridiculous it was and it was entertaining to watch with squeamish people. This seems very unnecessary. I will probably go see it but I’m not hoping for much.

 Captain America: The winter soldier comes out  on March 28. I didn’t like the first Captain America probably because I have a dislike of the way the character is written sometimes. But this looks like it’s going to be good. They’ve taken inspiration from political thrillers and I like that each of the Marvel movies gets their own feel. Black widow is also in it and I hope she’s written as well as she was in Avengers and she doesn’t go back to being the sex object that she was in Iron man 2.

Muppets: most wanted also comes out on March 28. I love the muppets and the trailer has some really funny moments. I hope they aren’t the only funny parts. There are also a whole load of cameos.

Divergent an adaption of a young adult novel comes out April 4. It’s got a female lead and is science fiction so it’s being compared to Hunger games. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I liked the Hunger games. And if we can have hundreds of movies where some white straight muscly guy gets into fights and blows stuff up why can’t we have another film about a girl in a future world who rebels against the government. It looks different enough to be entertaining.

Amazing Spiderman 2 out on April 18.

Transcendence comes out on April 25th.

Godzilla out on  May 16. I hope it’s better than the last Godzilla movie that’s not a high bar.

X-men: Days of future past out on May 22. I can’t wait. I didn’t like first class that much but the original X-men movies I love. And no matter what I love a cross over. Even if there are loads of continuity errors between the movies. I can ignore that because it’s unlikely I’ll watch first class again. But we get to see Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stuart again. This has also got to be one of the most difficult movies to describe where it comes in the franchise. It’s a sequel to First class but it’s a prequel and sequel to X-men and the wolverine. I think that’s right.

Maleficient out on May 30.

How to train your dragon 2 out on July 4. I need to watch the first one because I’ve heard good things. And it’s Dreamworks so I’m more likely to like it.

Transformers 4 comes out on July 10th. I really have no faith that this is going to be good. I can’t stand Michael Bay at this point with what he’s doing to Teenage mutant ninja turtles. Also the whole racist and misogynist thing is getting old. Get rid of Michael Bay and reboot the entire thing.

Dawn of the planet of the apes out on July 17. I didn’t like the first one but more Andy Serkis is  always good. The trailer is brilliant. I think it’s the part of me that likes to watch films where the world is in chaos that likes this.

Jupiter ascending out on July 25. Looks like it’s going to be good if only because it’s made by the creators of The matrix.

Guardians of the galaxy out on August 1. I’m looking forward to this. Marvel’s taking a risk and I hope it’s good. I plan on reading the comics before watching the movie but I tend to fail at these sorts of things.

Hercules comes out on August 8th.

Intersteller out on November 7. Christopher Nolan wrote it so it’s going to have a legion of fan boys defending it.

Hunger games: Mockingjay part 1 out on November 21. I am so looking forward to this. I can’t decide if I want to read the book or not. I read the first book and it was alright and I’ll probably read the second but I might watch the films first. They are better than the books.

The hobbit out on December 19. This is the end of Peter Jackson’s middle earth because I really doubt he’s going to adapt the Silmarillion. This film has got a lot to do and we get more Smaug and the end of that cliffhanger.

Night at the museum 3 comes out on December 26th. I really need to watch the first two before I  see this. I never really got around to it and I’m going to watch them before I research this film. And at this point it’s such a long way off that they haven’t released a plot synopsis yet.

I’ve probably missed a few but there’s only so many times I can go to the cinema in a year.