Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)

The sequel to the funniest Marvel movie is finally out, after what seems like far too long. Yes, DeadPool 2 was released this May. You know what that means? We have been blessed with not one but two Marvel films out in cinemas at the same time! Probably to help ease the pain from Infinity War. Although I don’t think that is really possible. With DeadPool rocking it on the marketing side, we must ask ourselves, is it as good as the hype and more importantly, how does it compare to the first? These are questions I will be answering so sit tight and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.

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Spoiler Free plot:

DeadPool (Ryan Reynolds) must protect a young mutant from Cable (Josh Brolin)…. simples.

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Review:

To start off, the film is hilarious, as per usual so you don’t need to worry about being let down by Wilsons sense of humour. Once again the film relies on one liners, 4th wall breaks and the interesting use of music. Any piece of music that in no way fits with what is happening on screen is sure to make even the toughest of people laugh. There is also some visual comedy chucked in there for all you film nerds who love a good camera technique. Comedy is also created through some brilliant film/pop culture references. In particular, links to both the DC and Marvel universe, showing the 4th wall comedy at play. There are some unexpected cameos (the best kind) and recurring gags set from the previous movie. However, for me, the funniest part of the film was the end credit scene. Therefore, a word of advice is “suck it up and wait a few extra minutes”! It is a hilarious bonus and lasts much longer than a traditional Marvel end credits scene. Finally, we are given more than 15 seconds of footage.

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You can tell from this list of funny features, that DeadPool 2 is brilliant at creating comedy. Nevertheless, I am still unsure if it is as good as the first. Additionally, It is also safe to say that some of the humour is removed, as some of the great one liners we shown in the trailers. This did remove the impact of these jokes, as we have already heard them once before but don’t worry, there are still plenty more unspoilt gags within the film.

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Moving away from my little genre analysis, it’s time to get into the narrative. The film carries itself as a traditional Marvel movie, despite being separated from the MCU. Everything is action packed while focusing on characters overcoming personal issues and there is usually some form of love interest involved. Check, check and check. It plays out how you would expect but it’s how the film gets to that end point that is the important part. Once again, like any superhero movie (not just Marvel), the actions of the characters have no real consequence. You never really need to worry about what happens to anyone, a convention that DeadPool sticks to. Despite this, the film is quite emotional. I never thought that DeadPool would make me cry but I was proved very wrong. DeadPool was supposed to ease the pain from Infinity War, not just give us more pain! The mood created by Marvel really has changed since April.

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Another similarity between Infinity War and DeadPool 2 and even Black Panther is the motive from the villain is merited and we are given a background story to give us to context. You understand and kind of support his reasons for carrying out his mission. For me, the best villains are those who make you question whose side you are really on. I am not going to go into any more detail about this, as I don’t want to spoil anything.

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Keeping with the theme of characters, the overall cast of this film was great. There was such a diverse representation within the film, including races, sexuality, sexes an even medical conditions. This was something that Reynolds wanted to include and I am so glad he did. I am pleased that films have started to include a large variety of people, to ensure that everyone is represented. We got lesbian superheroes! People come in all shapes and sizes so our heroes should too.

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Overall, DeadPool two is exactly what you would expect and more. It is hands down hilarious, sticks to the Marvel narrative tropes and shows a diverse range of characters. Anyone who loved the first or any action comedy should definitely give this one a watch.

Have a film you want me to review? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Top Film Score Composers

If any of you read my Avengers Infinity War review, I promised a blog post on my favourite composers who produce music for movies. Now these may not necessarily be the world’s best but they are the composers that I listen to the most (yes, I am one of these people who listens to movie scores when I am working). I would also like to point out that I don’t know a lot about sound within cinema so please don’t expect me to use technical terms throughout this post.  So in no particular order, here are my top music composers, known for working in film.

Hans Zimmer:

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The German film score composer and record producer is definitely one of the most talented sound workers I have listed to during films. His use of timing and ability to make any scene dramatic and memorable is a spectacle to behold. Everything he has created in my opinion, has created tension and enhanced the cinematic experiences of the film he has worked on. From the representation of time passing within Dunkirk to the fear of space within Interstellar, leave it to Hans to keep us on the edge of our seats. As a friend of the Incredible Christopher Nolan, a director named within my Top Directors (list :My favourite directors of all time.),there is no wonder that he has been given a large number of opportunities to immerse us in some dark and exciting universes. His music really has defined epic! With film such as, Inception, Lion King, Interstellar, Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, The Holiday and Pirates of The Caribbean, there is no wonder that Hans Zimmer is a common name within the households of movie fans.

John Williams:

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The American composer, conductor, and pianist is a name that everyone knows, or at least knows some of his work. Any great soundtrack you know, has probably been composed by Williams. I think If I didn’t include him in my list, you would think I was mad. For me, his music creates the movies and will add nostalgia to your cinematic experiences. Who hasn’t seen a picture of a dinosaur and hummed the Jurassic Park theme or crept up on someone whilst singing those infamous two notes ‘Du Dun Du Dun’? Basically, if the film was by Spielberg, the music was by John Williams. I think that the success of a lot of these films can definitely be to do with the sound scores. He is responsible for the well known themes from film such as : Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Home Alone. That really is an impressive list!

Danny Elfman:

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The American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, is a name that may be unknown the the regular movie goer. However, If you have watched any Tim Burton film, chances are, you have heard some of Elfman’s Music. He is a master of twisted fantasy, brilliant enough to bring the weird and wonderful mind of Burton (another one of my top directors) to life through music. He has been responsible for creating the music from some of my all time favourite movies so he holds a special place on this list. He can send you down the rabbit hole or into the land of the dead. It is safe to say that he has a type cast but when you are that talented at fantasy, might as well stick to it. His films include: Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish , Mars Attacks and Justice League. Yes I know, 9/10 of them were Tim Burton.

James Newton Howard:

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is an American composer, conductor, music producer and musician. He is a recent addition to my favourites thanks to my obsession with the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them soundtrack. Listening to just the sound score alone put me in the immersive universe of witchcraft and wizardry, showing how great Howard is as his job. With plenty of fantasy films under his belt, much like Elfman, there is no wonder that he can add spectacle to the genre. His films include: The Hunger Games, The Sixth Sense, Batman, I am Legend, Signs and King Kong. Like all great composers, his music takes you through a wonderful journey. His work with the Harry Potter spin off, showed awe inspiring magic, incorporating elements from John Williams and brought to life the mischievous characteristics of the beast. His music doesn’t just create a world but the characters within.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Jerry Goldsmith: The Omen, Star Trek, Alien, Gremlins, Basic Instinct, Mulan, Rambo.

James Horner: Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Braveheart, Jumanji.

Thomas Newman: Finding Nemo, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, A series of Unfortunate Events.

Alan Silvestri: The Avengers, Polar Express, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, A Night at The Museum.

 

Avengers Infinity War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo,2018)

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here! Every Marvel fan has had one movie on their mind, Avengers Infinity War. One of the biggest events in cinematic history and certainly for me, was released late last month and the box office has blown up. I was not surprised to hear the record breaking number of over $800 Million, with the number still climbing. But it is actually as good as everyone thinks?

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Plot: The ultimate superhero team up, with your favorite Marvel characters forming a super band to defeat Thanos before he can collect all the infinity stones and destroy half the universe.

 

Trailer:

 

Review: As Thanos has demanded our silence (not like any should listen to that monster), I will review this film without any spoilers so whether you have or haven’t watched this film, I promise a spoiler free environment. To be fair though, I have waited long enough to post this review so you seriously should have seen it….. With that being said, let’s get into it.

A film lasting 2 hours and 30 mins, runs the risk of dragging out the action in hopes to increase the impact of the end scenes. This time is usually for character development. However, everyone knows these superheros well enough, so how does Infinity War spend this time? Simple, action, action and even more action. The entire film is packed with badass scenes from the outset and throughout. There are hardly any slow parts and when there is, it’s like 5 minutes of important dialogue. The film runs smoothly and is well paced, with frequent cutting between all of our main characters so you aren’t left wondering about what anyone is up to. On the other hand, not all the characters actually meet each other because of the large number of people and the way the narrative played out. We missed out on some interactions that we definitely would have love to have seen.  There is always next time eh? I mean at least Peter and Peter got to meet.

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Despite the large cast, the film works really well and they all have a big part in the film. BUT, some do have larger parts than others, something to be expected from a film with this many characters. The pressure definitely was on for actors to shine and they did not disappoint. Tom Holland in particular did a fantastic job considering he wasn’t allowed to read the script. Hence, why THAT SCENE was improvised. Just give the boy an oscar for those few memorable lines!
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This brilliant pacing is reinforced through a kickass sound score. You can’t have an fight scene without some epic background music now can you? These tracks are definitely going to be added to my work out playlist. (I am hoping to post something about my favourite movie composers, so keep an eye out for that!) The traditional Avengers score is played throughout to give you that excited feel good mood. However, when any thing emotional happens (you know what scene I am not about) the score will push you to tears. Basically, the music really does its job.

One thing I did appreciate about the film was the way is strayed away from the usual Marvel movie trope ‘ lack of consequences’. Normally within these films, everyone lives, in particular, the main character. However, this time, nobody is safe. Hence why many people, including myself had their heart ripped out. I was still sobbing when I got home from the cinema! Now we need to wait an entire year for part 2.  That being said, it is possible to wait that long ,for one, Infinity War Part 1 was a complete film and ended at a place that can be seen as an official ending, unlike other 2 part films, such as Hunger Games. In addition, judging by the way it ended, you can kind of guess what will happen in Part 2 or at least how it will end. This removes the idea of consequences for their actions. We just need to wait a year to see how the second part will get to this conclusion.

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As I said previously, Infinity War will destroy you. Luckily, Marvel gives us a few laugh out loud moments to ease the pain they will cause you. Comic relief really is a life saver. There was one particular joke delivered by Drax that made everyone crack up. It was nice to hear joy from that audience for a while. Let me know in the comments, your favourite line in the movie.

 

As a proper Marvel fan girl, I have decided to leave the discussion of the end credit scene till last. As we are all whipped to the studios every whim, we will sit through 15 minutes of end credits just for 15 seconds of extra footage. However, there are always a few amatures who leave before the credits are over. Normally, this would not affect how the film plays out but this time was different. We are given a lot more information in a very short period of time. Hence, why you should suck it up for an extra 15 mins.

Overall, I loved infinity war but I will never forgive Marvel for what they have put my favorite characters and myself through. It is an epic movie that pulled off the crossover of a lifetime. To answer the question ‘it is actually as good as everyone thinks?’ The answer is, absolutely.