Not Another Sequel, Please!

Have you ever had that feeling of being shortchanged? That’s who I felt after watching the “most anticipated battle” of the month (See post Zoom vs Flash). Remember ZoomFlash epic fight on Tuesday. Well, I had my expectations dashed to a big “nothing”. All I got was Zoom chasing Flash all across the screen, then it was Flash chasing Zoom, and back and forth. Yeah, one big “nothing”.  Sorry, forgot to add that they threw in an incentive of flashback scenes of how Jay Garrick became Zoom after suffering some traumatic childhood event, or was it Hunter Zolomon (it’s becoming pretty confusing.) In conclusion, Tuesday’s show was another rip-off from the producers. The same thing happened in Season 1 with the Reverse flash. Didn’t get to see the big showdown until episode 21. Can’t say I blame them though, why show an epic fight in episode 18 when you’ve still got four more episodes to go. Saving the best for last syndrome. Anyways, still looking forward to seeing ‘The Flash’ get his ass kicked. Lol.images-18.jpg.jpeg

To the today’s subject, The Movie of the Week… is Tim Miller’s Deadpool! The movie was a huge success at the cinemas recording a worldwide total of $754.8 million against a budget of $58 million. Wow, right! So, it’s only fair we find out what makes this film so special.

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighth installment of the X-Men film series. It is directed by Tim Miller. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena BaccarinEd SkreinT. J. MillerGina CaranoLeslie UggamsBrianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić. Deadpool, follows the story of Wade Wilson (Reynolds) on a hunt for the man (Skrein, the new Transporter guy), who gave him an accelerated healing factor but scarred his appearance in the process.

images-17.jpg.jpegDevelopment of a Deadpool film began in February 2004 with New Line Cinema. However, in March 2005, New Line put the film in turnaround and 20th Century Fox became interested. In May 2009, after Reynolds portrayed the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox lent the film to writers, and in April 2011 Miller was hired for his directorial debut. CGI test footage created by Miller and Reynolds was leaked in July 2014 to an enthusiastic response, leading to Fox green lighting the film that September.

Deadpool premiered in Paris on February 8, 2016, and was released on February 12, 2016, in North America in IMAXDLPD-Box, and premium large formats. The film has broken numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, the highest grossing X-Men film, and the third-highest grossing film of 2016. A sequel has been green lit.

Deadpool received generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 83%, based on 251 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts the superhero film formula with wildly entertaining – and decidedly non-family-friendly.

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PostTrak demographic polling of North American audiences showed that the film’s audience was 64% male. 90% of men and 86% of women polled gave the film a positive score. Most critics praised Reynolds’ performance, the humor, and the action sequences, while criticizing the plot as formulaic. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone saying that Reynolds may have found the role that defines his career. In his review for TheWrapAlonso Duralde called Deadpool “a funny, bloody comedy [that] is the Marvel Universe’s biggest breath of fresh air since Guardians of the Galaxy“.images-19.jpg.jpeg

Conversely, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2.5 out 4 stars, praising Reynolds’ performance but saying the film gets bogged down by its origin story, and all too often becomes like the films it spoofs. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times found the movie lacking, noting that protagonist “is not an individual who wears particularly well” and that the jokes “eventually get wearing, but Reynolds is quite good at [them]”. In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the film 13th on their “All 44 Marvel Movies Ranked Best to Worst” list.  Reynolds did win MTV Movie Awards for “Best Comedic Performance” and “Best Fight” between Reynolds and Skrein. And Reynolds looked pretty good in the movie too. Wonder what he did to get those specs (abs, packs, biceps, pectorals and all). Hmmm?

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For Jollyhood, “Deadpool for all its humuor, lacked much of a story or plot. And the acting was mediocre to say the least, even if Reynolds did try to cover it up with a lot of swearing. To sum up the movie in three words “profane, crazy and gory”. Please don’t make a sequel! Wasting my breath, right? Safe to say, Deadpool’s box office success just confirms our take that “violence and sex” not “great stories” sell at the cinemas. Kudos to Reynolds for realizing that! And good luck on his new-found career path.

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Well, go check it out folks, but remember it’s pretty R-rated (non family friendly), so you don’t want to be watching with the little ones. Also you might want to check out the Stage Musical Production, 3:16 showing today Friday, April 22 at DCC, Island Centre, Elegushi Beach Road. It’s got a great cast and guess what… it’s absolutely FREE! Click poster for more details. Don’t forget to send us your take and never stop watching the movies. XoXo!

 

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