Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Well, that’s just lazy writing.

Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz and Julian Dennison.

When Deadpool befriends a young mutant he tries to stop a rampaging Cable, played by Josh Brolin, from killing the kid.


The Good

Deadpool is back and he’s even funnier than ever, with so many new avenues to pull his jokes from Deadpool 2 doesn’t hold back with the humour. Ryan Reynolds is still excellent as Deadpool and you can tell that’s he’s having a lot of fun reprising the role

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A great addition to this universe is Zazie Beetz as Domino. With her powers being extremely lucky, her powers work in a final destination-esque way affecting everyone around negatively except her. She is fascinating to watch and it also helps that she’s incredibly funny too.


The Bad

Unfortunately the movie’s plot take a step back as the movie is so funny, you never feel any real stakes are on the line. Where you are meant to care about Deadpool’s relationship with Russell, played by Julian Dennison, that relationship felt lacking. At times you question why Deadpool is trying so hard to save this kid.

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Another issue is the CG, at certain parts it looks unpolished and it can take you out of the film momentarily.


Rating

Overall Deadpool 2 is still a very fun movie, you got few new characters all of it are interesting to say the least but Domino stole the spotlight in terms of new characters.

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The movie is hilarious and is able to make tons of references and if you catch them you’ll definitely laugh out loud. There are also pleasant surprises within the movie that helps elevate it a bit. However with a weaker plot than the first you probably won’t care about the story all that much.

Good Bad 3.8/5
    • Incredibly Funny
    • Zazie Beetz as Domino
    • Weak Plot
    • Poor CGI
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Movie Review: Isle of Dogs

We’ll find him. Where ever he is, if he’s alive, we’ll find your dog.

Isle of Dogs is directed by Wes Anderson, it stars an ensemble cast featuring Koyu Rankin as Atari, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and more.

When all the dogs from the city of Megasaki has been moved to a nearby island. A young boy, Atari, is determined to find his pet dog Spots at all cost.


The Good

Much like Wes Anderson’s previous stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs looks incredible. The voice acting of the cast is of typical Wes Anderson movie, speaking softly with very little emotions but it works very well. To it’s credit it gave the dogs personalities and makes them endearing.

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Your five lead dogs are easily the best part of the movie, Bryan Cranston plays Chief, Edward Norton plays Rex, Bill Murray is Boss, Jeff Goldblum is Duke and Bob Balaban as King. Their interactions with each other and with Atari are great. There’s a lot of charm in their scenes and you can easily find yourself caring for these dogs.


The Bad

Unfortunately the second half of the movie is not as strong as the first half. Where the first half is all about Atari, his interaction with the five dogs and their journey within the island. The second half becomes less adventurous and more political.

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Greta Gerwig plays Tracy Walker who’s fighting for the dog’s and unfortunately she’s the weakest part of the movie, her arc comes of as uninteresting and dull. Sad to say she occupies certain parts of the second half of the movie and it drags the movie down a bit.


Rating

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Overall Isle of Dogs is still a fun movie, it has all the elements that you get from a Wes Anderson film, the quirky take on the characters, the cinematography and the voice acting it’s all there. Depending on the viewer if you’re a Wes Anderson fan you’ll definitely love this. Though it’s still good it’s not as good as Fantastic Mr Fox but still very enjoyable.

Good Bad 3.5/5
    • The Dogs
    • Overall Look
    • Weak Second Half

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (mild spoilers)

I hope they remember you.

Directed by the Russo Brothers the third installment of the Avengers franchise collects almost all the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, to go up against the mad titan Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

The Avengers Assemble one more time to defeat the Mad Titan, Thanos who aims to collect six infinity stones and wipe out half of the life in the universe.


The Good

10 years and 18 movies in the making Avengers: Infinity War is without a doubt the most anticipated movie of this year and boy did it deliver. This is the most ambitious project in recent history and to credit the Russo Brothers and the screen writers this movie is incredible.

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Josh Brolin plays Thanos the main villain of this story and they took their time fleshing him out. They gave him an empathetic backstory that makes him one of it not the best villain to date.

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A major highlight of these Marvel films is the humor and with all the seriousness and dread that’s revolving around the movie they still managed to alleviate some of it by having endearing and humorous interactions between our heroes. Whether it’s with Thor and Rocket Racoon or Peter Quill and Iron Man. These interactions are something fans would would gleefully watch and cheer.

The action sequences are spectacular and creative, it highlights some of the heroes abilities and it makes them even more interesting than they previously were. There are also certain dramatic moments that can get you more emotionally invested in these characters, Thanos included.


The Bad

The only glaring issue I have in the movie is it’s not a standalone movie. As mentioned above this movie have a 10 year history behind it and 18 other movies that accompany it, for someone to be fully invested, they need to have some prior knowledge about the infinity stones or previous marvel films.

There are minor issues as well, since the movie is huge in scope the story is divided into quadrants all leading up to one climax and some plot points take a little too long to resolve while other aren’t all that explored at all.


Rating

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Avengers: Infinity War is something we haven’t seen before the culmination of a 10 year project by Marvel pays off in a big way and it’s not afraid to push the limits in terms of superhero storytelling. With a huge cast to juggle the writers and the Russo Brothers manages to tell a story that’s clear and compelling. If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies there’s no reason for you to skip this film, it’s a must watch for a fan.

Good Bad 4.8/5
    • Josh Brolin as Thanos
    • Heroes Interactions
    • Deep Storytelling
    • minor plot points

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and it stars himself and his wife, Emily Blunt, also stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.


The Good

With 90 minutes running time, John Krasinski managed to direct a tight and very straight forward horror film which is pretty good. This movie had very strong performances from our four characters and kudos to John Krasinski for his direction as well.

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One of the stand out is Millicent Simmonds, who’s deaf in real life, she plays one of the children and she is great. Seeing as she doesn’t have any lines her actions and emotions are conveyed through her facial expressions and she does it incredibly.

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The creatures were terrifying and they blend seamlessly with the environment, the visual effects on them were impressive and no doubt would leave an impression to the viewers.


The Bad

The major issues are the convenient plot points, there are a few of them and at times they follow the same beats. There are also character decisions that are questionable and at times there are things that could’ve dealt with in smarter ways.


Rating

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Overall A Quiet Place is a very good horror/thriller movie, the actors were great and again John Krasinski deserves every credit he gets for acting and directing and even some screenplay writing. Emily Blunt is very good and even the kids were good too. The scares can be a bit predictable but most of the time they deliver. If you’re a fan of creature feature horror movies highly recommend to check A Quiet Place.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Characters
    • Creatures and Scares
    • Convenient Plot Points

Movie Review: Ready Player One

People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.

Ready Player One is based on the hit novel by Ernest Cline, it’s directed by Steven Speilberg and it stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn.

When the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, dies. He announced that he’s left an Easter Egg within the OASIS and whoever finds it first inherits the game company.


The Good

Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movie this year and for me, this movie did not disappoint. The movie is packed with pop culture references from the 80s up till present day and for many this may just be a gimmick. However majority of the time it works, some references are woven nicely into the story creating a generally fun movie.

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The visual effects were incredible, especially when our characters are inside the OASIS. Steven Spielberg does what he does best and creating a fascinating world where everything presented is plausible. Our leads have great chemistry and makes up for characters you want to root for.


The Bad

The movie does have some flaws, one major point of the story is the love story between Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in a setting where this is unnecessary not only does this feels forced but it also happens in an unrealistic way.


Rating

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Overall Ready Player One is highly enjoyable from start to finish, it delivers with the pop culture references and it does it in a way that’s not too distracting nor obnoxious and at times it helps forward the plot. Steven Spielberg makes use of the CG effects very well and delivers a very exciting third act. Ready Player One is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.5/5
    • The OASIS
    • Second Challenge
    • Exciting Third Act
    • Forced Love Story

 

Movie Review: Game Night

You’re like a double threat. Brains… and you’re British.

Game Night is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Klye Chandler and Jesse Plemons.

Max and Annie holds regular Game Nights at their place but when Brooks, Max’s brother show up, he promises a Game Night they will never forget.


The Good

One of the biggest surprise of this movie is how actually good this movie was. It’s incredibly funny and this is Jason Bateman at his peak. His comedic timing is perfect and accompanied by Rachel McAdams they make a very comedic couple.

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One of the best part of the movie though is Jesse Plemons, as he steals this movie and easily becomes one of the best part of the film. The movie also had some very interesting cinematography from wide suburban shots that looks like a game board to a seemingly one shot take that keeps your eyes glued to the screen.


The Bad

The only real problem with this movie is the third act. It’s not necessarily bad but rather just a weaker part of the movie. It’s not as funny nor exciting but it leads up to a run of the mill comedy climax.


Rating

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Overall Game Night is an incredibly funny movie, the cast and were all likable and hilarious in their own ways and the movie had plenty of surprises to offer. If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch, definitely check out Game Night.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Hilarious
    • Jason Bateman & Jesse Plemons
    • Run of the mill third Act

Movie Review: Annihilation

It’s not destroying… It’s making something new.

Annihilation is the second movie by director Alex Garland and it’s based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac.

Natalie Portman is a biologist who signs up on a mission to investigate the shimmer, a mysterious area where the laws of nature don’t apply.


 

The Good

One way to describe this film is it’s depressingly beautiful, the movie starts of with a scene depicting the events that lead up to the creation of the shimmer and once we get into the meat of the movie and our characters get into the shimmer it’s vibrant and colourful setting is wondrous to look at. Giving us a well used visual effects that benefits the movie tremendously.

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Our leads are also good with Natalie Portman leading them, you understand their motivation as to why they want to carry out this mission. The true beauty of the film however is it’s story elements, this is a thinking person’s sci-fi and it allows the viewers to fill in the blanks. Alex Garland, who directed Ex Machina, once again created a science fiction that allows it’s audience to soak in what they’re watching and leaves them to ponder afterwards.


The Bad

This movie is a slow burn which means we get plenty of slow moving scenes with very quiet dialogue. Also being a smart sci-fi movie I can see plenty of people being bored by this and not understanding what the movie is about and it’s completely fine.


Rating

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Though not as intriguing or fascinating as Ex Machina, Annihilation is still a solid sci-fi flick there’s a good mixture of suspense and mystery as well as some touches of horror. At times it’s beautiful but sometimes it’s disturbing, the visual effects were used to great effect and the acting is decent. This might not be some people’s cup of tea but if you like thinking science fiction movie this might be for you.

Good Bad 3.8/5
    • The Shimmer
    • Natalie Portman
    • Great Visuals
    • Slow Pace