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Deadpool (Film Review)

I’m still working on my other site; newtocomics.com, but before it’s up, I thought I’d showcase some of the stuff that’s going on over there. First off, my ‘NewToComics’ review of Deadpool.

Release Date: 12th February, 2016

A 20th Century Fox Film, Directed by Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarino, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić

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Review: If you scan the internet following the release of Deadpool, you’ll be faced with countless articles about how it has changed the comic-book film industry by successfully releasing a R-Rated film which toys with continuity as much as it wants whilst still adhering to the much coveted cinematic universes that everyone is chasing after.

Whilst this is untrue, as it ignores the earlier releases of films like Kick-Ass and Super, it tells you one thing you should know; Deadpool is a hugely popular and very enjoyable movie.

Currently ranking in the top ten of a lot of comic-movie ranking lists, Deadpool tells the story of Wade Wilson; a former soldier who is confronted by the fact he has terminal cancer. Approached by a shady government type, Wilson undergoes a procedure that awakens his mutant gene; granting him a healing factor to rival Wolverine’s and a face that, in his own words, is completely “unfuckable”. But when his ‘creator’, the sinister typical British villain, Ajax, kidnaps his girlfriend, Wilson must don a superhero suit, and slice his way through Ajax’s grunts so that he can get revenge.

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If we’re honest, in terms of storytelling, the plot doesn’t really break any boundaries. If you reorganise the non-linear film, you’ll see that it is your basic ‘guy gets powers, fights bad-guys, saves girl’ story. This is highlighted particularly by the villains; neither of whom ooze personality, but this film isn’t about them.

No, the beauty of Deadpool comes from the title character himself. For those of you unfamiliar with Deadpool, he is known as the ‘Merc with a mouth’ due to his capacity for non-stop witty banter and crude jokes. It is probably one of the funniest comic films to date, with near every line the character utters having some sort of joke or hidden meaning in it. Does it always work? Of course not. But that’s true of most comedies. But with his ability to break the fourth wall and talk to the audience directly, Deadpool gives us something a bit different; whether that be commenting on his own film’s lacking budget or the smoothness of Hugh Jackman’s testicles; it which makes for interesting confrontations with established X-Man Colossus, and his protege Negasonic Teenage Warhead (the latter of whom was chosen entirely because of her name).

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It’s hard to believe that this is Director Tim Miller’s first big-screen outing, because on top of the hilarity brought on by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script, the film also has beautiful choreography, a great sound track, and is beautifully well-paced. He’s been given great tools to work with, and he’s utilized all of them well.

Ryan Reynolds has spent around a decade campaigning to make this film made; whether to see Deadpool in a film or to correct his previous failings in the previous films X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern (both of which also get little in-jokes) and the result is one of the most enjoyable, comic-accurate and nonsensical characters ever to hit the big screen.

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(Although, that probably depends on your sense of humor, my hairdresser, for one, wasn’t a fan of all the swearing, so be prepared for that).

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Comic Books, Film & TV

 

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The Justice League Movie Slate, Part Two: Overkill

So here we are again; I briefly talked about Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in part one.
In part two, I’ll talk a bit about the other eight DC films coming to the silver screen, before capping off with my thoughts on what this means for superhero movies in general.

2017 follows through with Wonder Woman and Justice League, Part One.

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Now Wonder Woman, I’m not so sure about. It’s a must, that’s for sure. Wonder Woman is part of DC’s trinity; she’s easily as important as Superman and Batman; she just hasn’t had her time to shine. This movie needs to be made, and bringing it out before Justice League is important, I think. I also think it’s smart that DC have preempted that Wonder Woman doesn’t have as strong a following as Batman or Superman, and so have decided to introduce her in their joint flick. It gives the audience a chance to know what they are getting themselves into. And I think painting her as a child of Zeus is pretty cool too; it gives her a greater air of importance and highlights that she’s pretty powerful in her own right. She’s not just Superwoman with a golden lasso. Unfortunately, the only thing I’ve so far seen Gal Gadot in was Fast and Furious 6, and whilst I enjoyed it, the acting wasn’t exactly something I was wowed by, so this one remains a ‘wait-and-see’.

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Justice League however, I am much more excited about. I remember when Avengers Assemble came out, and for the first time, the world was treated to a superhero team-up film that had brought together separate characters who could all carry their own pictures. Essentially, what is happening now is that we’re doing that again, except this time Batman and Superman are in it. Don’t get me wrong, as I said before, I much prefer Marvel, but even I can acknowledge that Batman and Superman are infinitely more important in popular culture than Captain America and Iron Man. It’s a shame. But it’s true. They’re awesome. Even if it completely flunks, it’s still going to be the biggest, most iconic comic book movie, like, ever.

2018 gives us a break from Justice League-y stuff (sort of) by presenting Aquaman and The Flash.

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Out of the two, Aquaman is the one I would say I’m the most curious about. I don’t know too much about either character, but I remember finding the hooked, bearded Aquaman in the old Justice League cartoon to be particularly interesting. Or I probably just thought he was badass, because I was a kid, and that’s how I measured things back then; badass-ness. And to be fair, I think going in the direction the DCCU seems to be, that’s what Warner Bros. are aiming for. Not a prance-y orange Aquaman that everyone seems to think the character is, but an awesome, hulking brute who does whatever he wants, because he’s the King of the majority of the planet. And who better to portray that than Jason Momoa. He doesn’t look anything like Aquaman. And that’s important. It’s a shame people can’t seem to realise that Aquaman isn’t just a joke, despite his weird name, costume, and most obvious powers, but if Warner Bros. are going to change public opinion, Jason Momoa is the way to do it. He was Conan, for chrissakes.

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I don’t really have much to say about The Flash if I’m honest. I didn’t think Ezra Miller really looked the part, but as I just detailed previously, that’s not especially important. One thing I’ve always thought when thinking about the Flash is that he’s the youthful member of the League, whether that actually be the case or not, and Miller definitely shows that. I’m going to try to figure out more of an opinion later though; might watch The Flash TV pilot after this is all done.

Getting near to the end, 2019 returns to Justice League-dom with Justice League, Part Two and Shazam.

And reading those two, my anticipation for 2019 sky-rockets.

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I don’t know whether it was a mistake on behalf of CBR, but I feel like that ‘Part Two’ is the most important part of the whole announcement, as it obviously indicates that the Justice League is a two parter, rather than a film and its sequel. In my opinion, that in itself shows that this whole Justice League plan isn’t going to be as rushed as everyone thinks it is, because it means that essentially, DC are taking three films to tell the story of the Justice League’s formation, rather than just one. Dawn of Justice see’s the League beginning to unite, Part One brings up the threat that unites them, and Part Two rounds them out as the World’s Greatest Heroes. Or so I assume. Either way, it’s one to watch.

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And then there’s Shazam! with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam. Again, Shazam isn’t a character I know too much about, but from what I do know, he could be one of my favourite DC characters. More importantly, however, this film will most probably be the biggest detour from the dark, gloomy route that DC is taking with their other films, seeing as Shazam/Captain Marvel is a kid/teenager. You’re not going to have a superhero film starring a child end with a villain having his neck snapped. It just wont happen. It’s just bizarre that Shazam is so late in the game, seeing as Johnson has already been cast…

Finally comes 2020, which is where the slate starts to lose me somewhat, finishing off the decade with a rebooted Green Lantern and Cyborg.

I don’t have too much to say about either of these, really, except that I wish they came earlier on, so DC could save the best until last, which definitely isn’t the case here.

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Green Lantern will be interesting purely because it, hopefully, will be a big sci-fi epic, rather than your standard super-hero film, which was one of my favourite things about Man of Steel. It was the sci-fi film that I had been waiting for all of 2013, and the one that Star Trek Into Darkness turned out not to be.

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Cyborg, however, is the biggest disappointment in my eyes. It’s a good move because it means DC is giving a black super-hero a film before anyone else (not counting Hancock here), but that’s about it. I know Cyborg has been a founding member of the Justice League for three years now, but his inclusion means a lack of Martian Manhunter, one of the true founders of the Justice League, way back in nineteen-whenever. Martian Manhunter is one of the Leaguers that near everyone grew up with. The only way he isn’t is if you only got into comics in the last three years, and read exclusively new material, which is a shame. I’m not saying Martian Manhunter could carry a film better than Cyborg, I just think neither of them could do better than someone else, say Hawkman. There are other films I’d much rather see, especially seeing as how in my mind, these two are the Black Widow or Hawkeye of the Justice League. They should be in the League only, without a solo film. Better yet, take a few steps back and put Cyborg back in the Teen Titans where he belongs.

If DC want diversity, they can just use John Stewart for Green Lantern rather than Hal Jordan. After all, it’s not a new universe.

The biggest problem with all of this however is that there’s no way that comic-book movies won’t outstay their welcome so much quicker now.

Marvel and DC both have at least two films a year scheduled to 2020 and 2028 respectively, and then on top of that you have one or two films from Fox and Sony. And then there’s the unannounced Batman and Superman sequels. Oy, it’s just too much.

“This is the [Film Schedule the world] deserves, but not the one it needs right now”

God, how awesome was The Dark Knight trilogy. I miss that.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Comic Books, Film & TV

 

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