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Deadpool is childish, absurd, juvenile, vulgar… and is worth every brilliant second!!!

Directed by Tim Miller and based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.  Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.  Also starring Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano and TJ Miller.

This Rated R (borderline NC-17) Marvel film is just what the comic book fans have been waiting to see, especially when it comes to a proper depiction of the character.  Ryan Reynolds (who also co-produces the film) has been waiting 10 years for a proper telling of this character’s origin and it was well worth the wait.  Also, the studio couldn’t have chosen a better person than Reynolds himself to play the role.  From the first 30 seconds of this movie’s opening, you are already laughing and the laughs just continue all the way thru to the end of the film.  However, that’s not to say that the film can’t find its moments of seriousness when it needs to.  It’s a great balance of humor, action, and story-telling, something many films tend to miss the mark on.  Also, when it comes to explaining the actual origin of the character, the film does a great job in making it easy to understand and comprehend that even viewers not familiar with the character will be able to easily follow and have fun. 

The R rating that this film was given is its saving grace.  While some may not like the vulgar and crude take on a comic book movie making it difficult to bring younger children to enjoy, the character of Deadpool in all of his true, childish glory would not have been able to shine properly on the screen without the rating that it was given.  While fun and hilarious, it is certainly not a movie for younger kids.   In fact, you can tell that Reynolds and Miller definitely pushed the limits of that R Rating by seeing just how much they could get away with.  I for one, feel that a more adult movie is just what comic book fans needed today.  While I enjoy the rest of the Marvel cinematic catalog, sometimes it’s easy to see that the films are catering to a younger demographic and I feel like Deadpool is a great change of pace. 

Lastly, you can’t forget the rest of the cast of characters this film has along for the ride.  From Morena Baccarin as Vanessa (the unconventional yet fitting love of Wade’s life) all the way to the villains played by Ed Skrein (who plays Ajax, the man responsible for Deadpool) and Gina Carano (Angel Dust, lieutenant to Ajax).  Helping Deadpool along the way we also find Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead- Coolest name EVER) and Stefan Kapicic (Colossus).  Lastly we can’t forget about TJ Miller (Weasel) who, next to Reynolds, provides most of the hysterical comic relief this movie has.

Bottom line… Deadpool is a great departure from the typical comic book movie and is worth seeing if not worth seeing multiple times.  Trust me, it may take those multiple times to catch all of the pop culture references and 4th wall breaks that this movie stuffs into it.  It’s vulgar, it’s violent and it’s just plain fun.  I know I’m someone who is easy to please when it comes to films but I’ve thought long and hard about it since seeing it and I can’t think of one negative thing I could throw at it.  Maybe that will change upon multiple viewings but for now that’s the case.  That being said I can only think of one rating I can give this movie…

OFFICIAL RATING: PERFECT 10 OUT OF 10

 
 
Fantastic Four is the ‘Daredevil’ of this generation of Marvel and superhero movies… and we’re not talking the Netflix version.

We have had a year full of fun and exciting films, from Avengers: Age of Ultron to the most recent Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but unfortunately Fantastic Four wraps up the summer season with a weak attempt at a second chance.  Let’s face it, the earlier versions of the Fantastic Four series didn’t exactly set the bar very high to clear, yet even with the bar that low this current reboot still manages to trip on the bar and fall flat on its face. 

I seriously don’t even know where to begin with this review.  I had hoped that this film could make up for the bad taste we had in our mouths from the past versions but all this version does is make me want to watch the old ones again.  Let’s start with the cast…. There is no denying that the cast is a group of heavy hitters, from Miles Teller who just came off hit Oscar nominated film ‘Whiplash’ to Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Michael B Jordon (Fruitvale Station) who are also fan favorites.  But unfortunately a cast is only as good as what they have to work with…. which isn’t much at all. 

The story is weak at best.  It’s no secret that they steered away from the comic source material to put their own spin on an origin story, but where they got their ideas for that different spin, who the f*ck knows.  With a running time of around 106 minutes, almost 100 minutes of it makes up a convoluted, over-drawn character development that shows no development.  We get introduced to these character, find out how they get their new abilities (SPOILER ALERT: They’re drunk… what?!?), then we skip a whole year’s time NEVER even seeing how they focus on them, adjust to them and learn how to use them.  Um hello FOX, as comic book fans WE WANT TO SEE THAT! 

As far as action goes, this is probably the one Marvel movie that has the least amount of action, namely barely any.  The “climax” of the movie is barely that at all.  It builds up to a weak final battle that comes out of nowhere and is also the first real action we see all movie only to fizzle out with a lack-luster conclusion that isn’t even explained how it’s done or what the hell even happens. 

There is so much more to say about this film but I think I’ve gotten the point across.  Die hard comic fans will go to see this movie no matter what the reviews are and while some may enjoy it, most will leave extremely disappointed like myself… and I’m not hard to please (See my review on Pixels).  Bottom line, save your money and time and use it for something more entertaining… like watching grass grow or paint dry.

OFFICIAL REVIEW: 3 out of 10

 
 
Yes it's true... great things come in small packages!

Okay now that that cliche is out of the way, let's talk Marvel's Ant-Man.  So what can I say about this film that would sum everything up?  Marvel's Ant-Man has the comedic charm of "Guardians of the Galaxy" along with the thrilling action of The Avengers, but something new that we haven't seen yet in a film out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.... pure heart!  

While there are some nods to the rest of the MCU (including an appearance from an Avenger and some cameos from other movies on top of that), Ant-Man stands alone apart from the other superheroes we've already seen and it works.  It includes a fantastic cast rounded out by lead Paul Rudd and a solid supporting cast that includes Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lily just to name a few.  Being familiar with the comic source material, Paul Rudd does a great job in portraying the lead of Scott Lang, and the story does one thing better than the latest Avenger movie in that it gives time for proper character development of all the supporting cast.

One thing I was worried about when it came to Ant-Man was the special effects considering the transition from big to tiny and the use of a lot of insects.  The CGI however completely holds up and even does a great job in making Michael Douglas seemlessly look decades younger in one part of the film.

Bottom line is that Ant-Man is just a fun, charming movie that is worth heading out this weekend to see, especially if you are a fan of anything having to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The cast is great, the story is witty, and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat.  But as I mentioned earlier, my favorite part of this movie is the emotion and the heart that it carries that we have not seen come from the MCU.  For that alone it is worth the view.  

Oh yeah and in typical Marvel style... stay all the way to the end for the mid AND after credit cut scene.

OFFICIAL REVIEW: 9 out of 10