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Deadpool 2 Review

deadpool_two_ver7_xlg_largeWhen it comes to sequels, I try to keep my expectations in check. Especially if the previous film was amazing.

I’m going to say it now, in my humble opinion, Deadpool 2 is a great sequel and I think its better than the first one.

Also, while you don’t have to be an expert on Marvel or even read the comics (although I do encourage you to check them out) to enjoy the film, you do need to watch the first movie.

Deadpool 2 follows everyone’s favourite fourth-wall-breaking mercenary as he tries to protect a young mutant named Russell from the brutal soldier Cable. To do so, he teams up with others old and new.

Deadpool, never change. If you loved his portrayal in the first movie you will enjoy his antics in his follow up. If anything they took it up a notch from the first film, which is a good thing in my books. Colossus got way more screen time which I appreciate.

Domino was amazing. They nailed her character as well as her power, they pulled out all the stops. I could rant about her and Cable but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m just saying that Cable was fantastic and leave it at that.

2Deadpool 2 is one of the funniest films I have seen in a while. I laughed so hard I cried. Deadpool didn’t hold any punches when it came to trash talking DC. I have mentioned a few times that I prefer DC but I will admit that those were the jokes I laughed the hardest at.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Deadpool without pop culture references, fourth wall breaks and insane action scenes. Deadpool 2 delivers.

As I said at the beginning, of the two Deadpool movies I think the sequel is the superior one, but not by much. Both films are funny, action-packed and oddly sweet at times.

All in all, Deadpool 2 is a blast. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Go, now!

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Avengers: Infinity War Review

11wur3cmwzf01Several days later and I am still in shock.

I went to see Avengers: Infinity War with my pals on Thursday night and while I enjoyed it, I’m kinda still not over certain things that happened.

Don’t worry, this is a spoiler free review and if I see anyone post spoilers I will delete them.

The spoiler-free version of the plot of Avengers: Infinity War is that Thanos is gathering the infinity stones so he can wipe out half of all life in the universe and our heroes are doing everything they can to stop him.

One concern I had going into this film was that it was going to be all action and little if any character development. I am glad to say this is not the case. Once again they got the balance right, good job Marvel, keep it up.

We also got heroes teaming up with other heroes in groups we didn’t expect yet work so well together. On top of that everyone got enough screentime, considering how big the cast is that is extremely impressive.

Let’s not forget the other end of the scale, the fight scenes. They were brilliant. They were creative and let everyone get a moment in the spotlight showing off their talents and skills.

avengers-black-order-1I have to take a moment to say that as a Scot it was awesome to see my homeland in a Marvel movie.

No spoilers but what goes down in Edinburgh was even cooler to me as the whole time I kept thinking, I know that place! I’ve been there countless times! They also mentioned my hometown and I freaked out.

Speaking of freaking out, I cried a fair amount during Avengers: Infinity War. I was told going in that it gets emotional and I cry easy.

I will put my hands in the air and admit that I am a softie. That being said, I came prepared with tissues. Good thing I did because by the time the credits had finished I was a mess.

You might be getting a little sick of hearing people sing this movie praises but trust me, they are warranted. I could rant for hours about how they nailed it but that would be impossible to do without dropping spoilers.

Avengers: Infinity War has it all, good laughs, awesome fight scenes and heartbreaking moments. If you haven’t seen it yet, go get your tickets now! You don’t want to miss this.

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Ready Player One Review

Ready-Player-One-2018-movie-posterIf I had to describe Ready Player One in just four words, it would be Where’s Wally Nerd Edition.

Jokes aside, I head some rather negative things about this film before I went to see it, and while I can’t honestly say this is a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination I had a great time with this movie.

The story follows Wade Watts who escapes his bland existence in the slums of 2045’s Columbus, Ohio by spending as much time as he can in the virtual world of the OASIS.

A few years beforehand the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, died and left a hidden easter egg in the virtual world, first one to get the egg gets control of the OASIS.

Wade as his online avatar Parzival teams up with his friends to get to the egg before Innovative Online Industries, a corrupt business, can as to save it from their greedy clutches.

I’ll be blunt, the characters are rather simple. The good guys are likeable and the bad guys are unredeemable. Don’t go into this film looking for a deep story with complex characters.

ReadyPlayerOne-FullDon’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I went into Ready Player One hoping for a good time and that is exactly what I got. If anything, the straightforward story lets you enjoy the fun world it creates. If they tried to make the characters more complex and the story more nuanced the film could have become a bore. Thankfully that isn’t the case.

Ready Player One knows exactly who its target audience is. Gamers and lovers of all things 80s. If that isn’t you, then this isn’t your film. I’m not trying to be a Gatekeeper, but since the film relies heavily on references as a source of comedy you might miss out.

Mild spoiler, but there is a scene where the villain joins the fray in a Mecha Godzilla and one of the Japanese characters fights him in a Gundam. I lost it. I was laughing so hard I could feel my face heating up.

I couldn’t take it seriously and even now I’m not sure if I was supposed to. I went with two friends, one was laughing at me, the other was giving me confused looks.

Ready+Player+One+Zurück+in+die+ZukunftThe animation is rather impressive, it somehow creates its own style while including seemingly countless different famous characters in their original styles and somehow pulled it off.

On top of that, you truly believe in the limitless potential of the OASIS and understand why people would risk it all to save it.

I was planning on reading the original book before going to see the film but I heard nothing but bad criticism about it so decided not to. From what I understand the story was changed quite a bit and the consensus I’ve seen seems to agree that it was for the best.

Regardless, I really liked Ready Player One. It certainly didn’t hurt to go with two fellow gamers as we all got a kick from seeing shout outs to some of our favourite games. In fact, when the film ended we all agreed that we need to play more co-op games together.

If you are looking for a fun film to go see with a lot of heart and some good laughs, press start and check out Ready Player One.

See you in the OASIS!

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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Review

Godzilla_anime_design_reveal.jpgBefore watching this movie, It was a headline from Inverse that read this film “Is an Anime First, Godzilla Movie… Maybe Third”. After watching Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, I couldn’t agree more.

In Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Earth is abandoned when Godzilla wreaks havoc and the combined efforts of humanity and two alien races were not enough to defeat him.

20 years later after being unable to find a new planet for the three races to live on, they decide to return and finish what they started.

The vast majority of the film is spent establishing the world, the lore and the characters. Now, here is where the film loses me. I have gone on record saying that world building and characters are the most important part of any good story, whether it is in a novel, game or film. Yet, I found myself getting bored midway through the film.

With all the technobabble going on I felt like I was watching an anime version of Star Trek rather than a Godzilla movie.

I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about the characters as, despite the screen time you get to spend with them, only the main character Captain Haruo Sakaki gets a backstory and even then he doesn’t have much in the way of personality. In fact, all the characters are bland and forgettable.

51HEXHBZ4VL._SY445_This is why my favourite Godzilla movie is the first one, and I mean the original Japanese film, not the godawful American edit which spat in the face of the original. Huh, even now American adaptations of Japanese stories are horrific at best and disrespectful at worse. I guess some things never change.

Sorry, back on track. The first one got the balance of character development and action perfect. You got invested in the conflict as they debated on how to defeat the beast. You cared about these characters and wanted to see them survive. I cried during the hospital scene when I first watched it. Scratch that, I cry every time I watch it. Not to mention the powerful and bittersweet ending.

Well, this is starting to become more of a discussion about the original film that started it all rather than the latest movie of the franchise. As you can probably tell, I love it to bits. However, we aren’t here to talk about that masterpiece so I will save my rants for another article.

This is more of a personal gripe but I don’t really care for 3D animated anime. It always reminds me of cutscenes in games, sometimes when I’m watching things like it I find myself trying to push the X button only to remember “oh right, this isn’t a game” and that is exactly what happened this time. Again, this is a personal preference so take what I just said with a pinch of salt.

c7q_j1nvuaahjde-jpg-large (1)The ending angered me. I can’t say what happened as I don’t want to spoil it but I felt like I had wasted my time watching this movie. Before anyone jumps in to defend it, yes I know that this is the first movie and there will be a second one continuing the story but still I don’t think that excuse holds water for such a lacklustre and lazy ending.

Going back to the blandness of the characters, I don’t see a reason for watching the second film when it comes out as I don’t care about any of them! They spend so much time trying to get me to root for them and showing a tragic backstory but honestly, I was rooting for Godzilla as he was a more fleshed out character!

Overall, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters was a disappointing film. I can’t bring myself to say that it was a bad film, I’m sure some folks liked it and if that includes you then, cool. Glad you enjoyed it, but for me, I found it dull and forgettable. I don’t recommend this film, especially if you are a Godzilla fan.

I’m going to go watch a proper Godzilla movie now, see you later.

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Suburbicon review

suburbicon-269511033-largeWelcome to Suburbicon, where your problems disappear. Unless your scheme doesn’t go to plan. Or you are black.

That will make sense in a bit.

Set in 1959, Suburbicon follows father Gardner Lodge as he tries to keep his family safe after a home invasion gone wrong, or at least it appears as such. Things aren’t looking too good for his new next-door neighbours African-American family, the Mayers.

As the film goes on the stakes are raised and everything beings to fall apart. You know what they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Matt Damon gives one hell of a performance as the lead, and the rest of the cast isn’t too shabby either. However, If I go into detail about the characters I would end up spoiling major plot points. I mean, the trailer does spoil everything, but I have standards.

For a dark and gritty film, there are a few comedic scenes, in particular, the scene where Bud Cooper, an insurance agent played by Oscar Isaac, questions Gardner’s Sister in law Margret. That was my favourite part of the film.

Suburbicon uses an organic method to tell its story. There are no flashbacks or exposition-heavy scenes, the story unfolds from dialogue and details in the background.

7Us1l4wLQ0auZi5QxPw2jQWhile there are several action scenes, for the most part, the film has a slower pace than most movies. This benefits Suburbicon as the story is dialogue heavy and character oriented. However, I understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste.

The storyline about the Mayers feels more like time-filler than a fully realised story. Throughout the film we see people say horrific comments about them and their race, even on TV and Radio yet the Mayers with the exception of their young son don’t get any character development.

Even then the son is shown to be nice, friendly and likes baseball but that is it. The two boys are the only connection the film makes to merge the two stories.

I personally enjoyed Suburbicon, but I can’t say the same for the general moviegoing audience. At the time of writing the film as a 27% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes. I can see why this is the case, this film is violent, unsettling and intense which is why I liked it but these elements can also put others off movies.

If you like the three themes I mentioned, then you will enjoy Suburbicon, if not then you should avoid this particular film.

Welcome to the neighbourhood!

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Murder On The Orient Express Review

__596e9005f13c1.jpgOne victim, ten suspects and one train.

Based on the novel of the same name by the one and only Agatha Christie, while on route to solve a case, another one unfolds on the very train Hercule Poirot is travelling on.

One of his fellow travellers is brutally murdered, and as luck would have it the train has been derailed by an avalanche. While waiting to be rescued, Hercule must find the killer before another passenger is killed.

Before I continue this review, I must admit that I am a bit bias towards Murder On The Orient Express. I love true crime and crime fiction.

On top of that, I am a fan of Agatha Christie’s work. Needless to say, if you are looking for an objective review of this film, you are on the wrong blog.

Now that I have cleared the air, on with the review.

Hercule is one hell of a main character, and while rather faithful to the source material there is a subtle difference. In the movie, Hercule seems to be autistic.

9780007527502_1.jpgNow, this might just be me reading too much into it, but he does have several autistic traits, such as bluntness, a keen eye for detail and obsession with symmetry. In one scene in the film, he says “I can only see the world as it should be, when it is not, the imperfection stands out.”

I have read several of the Poirot novels and I never got the impression before. Admittedly I haven’t read Murder On The Orient Express so I couldn’t say if the line quoted above is in the book or not.

I’m autistic myself, so I hope he is autistic in this adaptation, but again it could just be me seeing what I want to see.

With this being a murder mystery I can’t talk about the supporting cast without running the risk of spoiling the film. All I will say is they all did an amazing job and gave their all.

The pacing of this film is great. They give you just enough time to come up with your opinion of whodunnit only to throw more clues at you. It keeps you guessing until the reveal, and even then what happens after keeps you on your toes. As much as I love fast-paced action films, I thought the slow pace worked to the benefit of the film.

9780062073501_p0_v2_s550x406.jpgI have heard that some people don’t like the use of CGI in Murder On The Orient Express and I can see why, but I liked it. The way it was used made the shots of the train and the snowy landscape look like a painting, which added to the classic feel of the movie.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is one of the most stylish movies I have seen in a while. From the costume design to the music, it all screamed elegance.

I loved this film, It was tense, heartbreaking and had a few laughs. I’m glad I haven’t read the book yet, as the reveal of the killer was a surprise to me. That being said, while it is a must-see for fellow Christie fans, newcomers don’t need to worry about getting lost on this journey.

With a timeless feel and an all-star cast, Murder On The Orient Express is one hell of a ride. I highly recommend this film if like me you adore murder mysteries, if not then this isn’t the film for you.

Have a safe journey!

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Dad Of Light Review

img_0687 (1)I had high expectations for Dad Of Light. As a fan of Final Fantasy XIV, non-fiction and stories about family connections, I thought this Jdrama would be right up my alley.

Even with those lofty expectations, Dad Of Light was even better than I hoped it would be!

The story of is simple. Aiko Inaba and his workaholic father Hirotaro have not seen eye to eye in years. Aiko can’t even remember the last time they had a real conversation.

One day Hirotaro quits his job out of the blue. In an attempt to find out why and to try to rebuild their relationship Aiko buys his father a PS4 and a copy of Final Fantasy XIV.

“Dad of Light Project! This is my project to invite my father into the Final Fantasy XIV world, a place I adore, and go one spectacular adventures with him while concealing my true identity. It’s my way of showing my father that I care for him!”

Aiko Inaba, Dad Of Light

Aiko has to be my favourite character. He is well meaning, hard working and patient. But he is insecure and doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. Hirotaro is very traditional and keeps himself to himself but he does have a sense of humour we see through his avatar.

The more we watch, the more we learn about the father and son duo.

Akio.pngThere is a subplot revolving around the office Aiko works at. However, if I go into more detail about this element of the show I will give away some spoilers.

I have to say, the animation, while really cute, is a bit odd. The timing in some of these scenes is off, also there is something about the facial expressions that are a little weird.

I understand that they were trying to keep the feel of the game in these scenes, but a bit more polish would have been nice.

I knew going into this from the trailers that there was going to be some comedic moments, but again this show surpassed my expectations. While not a laugh riot, there are a lot of funny antics in Dad Of Light which left me giggling like a loon.

Dad Of Light is a rather short series. There are only eight episodes and each episode is around 25 minutes long. However, since this is only season one chances are we will get more episodes soon…ish…. I hope.

I love Dad Of Light to pieces. It has a lot of heart and quite a few laughs. It is a very sincere story that leaves you feeling good after watching it. I highly recommend you check it out!

Dad Of Light is available on Netflix