Deadpool 2 Review

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Despite his superpowers making him nigh-on unkillable, Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is not a character built to last. His central gimmick of fourth-wall breaking jokes means his charm rests mainly on his audience enjoying references to other current superhero films, and without the novelty factor of the original, the thinness of this premise makes itself evident pretty quickly in Deadpool 2. Quips about Infinity War and the DCEU serve as stand-ins for real jokes, while a jumbled story strips the more serious moments of their potential impact. It’s not a disaster like Suicide Squad or Justice League, but following hot on the heels of one of the best superhero movies ever, Deadpool 2 feels really weak.  Continue reading

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Avengers Infinity War Review

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Infinity War’s big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) has a very apt moniker. Inspired by Thanatos, the Greek personification of death, this giant purple maniac more than lives up to his name, bringing slaughter and devastation to the MCU in the grandest finale you could possibly imagine. After knocking it out of the park with both Winter Soldier and Civil War, the Russo brothers have delivered a gamechanging superhero epic with the highest stakes imaginable. It’s the culmination of 10 years of this carefully shepherded shared universe, and has an almost impossible amount of hype to live up to. Somehow, it exceeds all expectations.  Continue reading

Black Panther Review

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) ..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

After his intimate true-story debut Fruitvale Station, director Ryan Coogler made a huge leap up in terms of scale and scope for his Rocky sequel Creed without any visible strain. With Black Panther he’s pulled off the same trick again, taking his place in the unstoppable MCU by hitting the studio’s familiar beats with plentiful style while adding a bunch of new ingredients to the mix. The result is possibly the least Marvel-y Marvel film (though all of their 2017 output could lay similar claims) that earns its status as a genuine cultural phenomenon by not only being hugely entertaining, but an important milestone in black representation in big budget cinema.  Continue reading

Thor Ragnarok Review

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Thor and the Hulk have always been one of Marvel Comics’ best power couples, two extremely destructive allies, friends, and occasional enemies. This relationship has been enjoyably introduced in Joss Whedon’s Avengers films, but Thor Ragnarok is easily the duo’s best MCU showcase, a raucously fun buddy movie starring the universe’s strongest heroes. New franchise director Taika Waititi fully embraces the ridiculousness of the premise of a friendship between a Norse god and irradiated green giant in one of the most entertaining and unashamedly ‘comic book’ MCU entries yet.  Continue reading

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING

‘Can’t you just be a friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man?’ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) asks Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after one of Peter’s super-adventures. As well as being a cute nod to one of the most iconic descriptions of the world’s most popular superhero, it also cuts to the core of what makes Homecoming so good, and so different from its predecessors in both the MCU and the Sony Spider-Man series. This is a light-hearted adventure on a very small scale by superhero standards, sticking to local and personal conflicts for Spider-Man, very well-suited to the new, rebooted Peter Parker, the youngest and most fun portrayal of the character to date.  Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review

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With a subtitle of Volume 2, it should be immediately obvious that James Gunn’s follow up to his surprise smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is not so much a sequel to the original’s story, but more a continuation and heightening of its mood. Doubling down on everything that made its predecessor such a unique and beloved blockbuster, from the jokes to the colour palette, it lacks the freshness of Guardians 1 but is still an absolute blast of a sequel that proves that the MCU is still more than willing to take risks as it extends its reach into the wider cosmos.  Continue reading

Logan Review

Logan

Though not the most consistently great director, James Mangold has proven, with Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, that he has the ability to craft genuinely excellent films, which is part of why his lacklustre 2013 X-Men effort, The Wolverine, was so disappointing. With the release of Logan, though, it becomes clear that The Wolverine was clearly just Mangold’s dry run at the character, and clearly one hampered by studio restrictions. Now, with an allowance to cut loose with a 15 age rating and a standalone, intimate, introspective story, he’s delivered one of the finest comic book movies yet, and far and away the best entry in Fox’s X-Men universe.  Continue reading