Cert: 15 Runtime: 119 mins Director: David Leitch Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand and Leslie Uggams
Doing the right thing is messy. You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.
Deadpool was the little movie that could, it broke barriers, made you laugh and re-ignited Ryan Reynold’s career. The global success of the film immediately gave us a sequel. For me it was such an un-conventional comic book movie with a great indie feel. Going into Deadpool 2 it seemed like it had upped the anti, but is is just as good or better? What is Deadpool 2 about you ask? After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
The first Deadpool feels like an indie gem compared to this over-juiced studio film. It lacks the randomness and charm of the first. David Leitch attempts to give Deadpool 2 more soul and meaning and it doesn’t hit home. It tries to hard to be ironic and spontaneous, you can feel the forced sarcasm oozing through out it. For a two hour film it does speed through quite fast, with some very fast paced action and the usual dodgy CGI. The essence of Deadpool is it’s humour, during my screening you could only here a few chuckles throughout. The lack of natural improvised humour was Deadpool 2 downfall and rightly so. Ryan Reynolds gives a decent performance as Wade/Deadpool but his charm an charisma can only go as far. Josh Brolin’s Cable was severely underdeveloped and during Avengers he was Thanos, but here he was just Josh Brolin with a bionic arm. The two stand out performances had to be Zazie Beetz as Domino and Julian Dennison as Russell. They had great charisma and charm and I would hope to see more of them in the impending third film. Deadpool 2 will strike it big at the box office and it’s target audience, but the spark has gone for me.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 115 mins Director: David Leitch Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, Bill Skarsgard, Til Schweiger, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella and John Goodman
You can’t un-fuck what’s been fucked
We all love a good old fashioned summer action popcorn movie, enter Charlize Theron and Atomic Blonde! Former stunt men are now getting into directing David Leitch is the latest, he is currently directing Deadpool 2 FYI. The reviews for Atomic Blonde have been pretty positive with a John Wick feel. So what is Atomic Blonde about? The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilised city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Atomic Blonde is visually mesmerising with a very explosive location, time and mindset. Whenever we’re given a respite from the film’s pulse-pounding action, we can drink in the psychology, the sociology and the history of a city torn apart for generations and for which the film cheekily insists is not what it’s about. The plot is rather muddled and un-fleshed out. It can be rather confusing at points or you want to learn more about a specific situation.In all reality a movie of this stripe; i.e. a retrograde spy movie with a name actress playing a sexpot terminator, doesn’t need to do all this. Give me a few choice shootouts and a memorable villain saying. But Atomic Blonde beats out the competition by being an absolute workhorse of cinematography, stunts and tactile special effects. Everything this cast and crew does is just that much harder to pull off and as a result, scenes like the 8-9 minute long-take are just that much better.
Atomic Blonde doesn’t need to weave a web of deceit in the ballpark of a John le Carre novel. Most of the story is told in flashback by Broughton to her handlers, post-operation. Halfway through the movie it becomes apparent that everyone’s lying – she’s lying, the handlers are lying, the characters in Broughton’s story are lying and the question remains is about what and why. It at times feels perfunctory and needlessly confusing. So maybe Atomic Blonde doesn’t have the makings of a true classic. But what it does well it does incredibly, exceedingly, near-impossibly well and offers no less than some of the most punishingly intense, wildly entertaining, hand-to-hand combat sequences. Charlize Theron does carry this film a lot for me, she really gives a great action performance. James McAvoy irritated me quite a but throughout. I did enjoy Sofia Boutella also she gave the film a nice lift. The soundtrack FYI is pretty decent, it does seem like an 80’s greatest hits but that’s why I like it. Atomic Blonde is a different kind of popcorn flick but a bloody good one.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 101 mins Director: David Leitch & Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Willem Dafoe
John wasn’t exactly the boogeyman. He’s the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman.
Keanu Reeves once a mega star among men now, he just lingers in the mist of life! John Wick is his latest but it came out in the States in 2014. For some reason we’ve waited until April to watch it! Everyone enjoys an action movie now and again, you don’t have to think, you just have to watch. John Wick doesn’t come across as a genius film or even a genre bending film. But it does have Mr.Reeves being a bad ass, I will be more than happy to watch that any day. So what is John Wick about? ohn Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a former hitman who retired to live with the love of his life. However, his idyllic existence is shattered by her sudden death. When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal John’s prized 1969 Mustang car, and also kill the puppy that was a last gift from his late wife, John is propelled back into the underworld he thought he had left behind to seek revenge.
Any action fans would enjoy John wick. The camera work is still yet dynamic, and allows us to see a great view of the action while not obscuring anything that happens. All of the action scenes are quick, to the point, brutal, and have consequences for all characters involved. John Wick isn’t presented as invincible, just highly skilled and lucky. His character has been out of the assassination game for over 5 years, and that makes Keanu Reeves playing the part a bit more of an easier pill to swallow. Apparently Keanu Reeves did 90% of his own stunts during filming, which is pretty admirable.The world we are in is very strange the whole gold coin situation baffled me for a while. But it seems like life today a simple nod and a financial gesture can get you by in life pretty easily. The pacing of the film at some points were a bit slow, it could of easily cut about 10 minutes out of it. But it’s a very smooth film, very straight forward and to the point.In terms of writing, story, or acting, this isn’t a masterpiece or anything to study for decades. You have revenge, guns, blood and a dog. The dialogue is rather lack luster and Mr.Reeves doesn’t say much through the film nor does he show much emotion but I anticipate that was his character. But all the fight scenes and shoot outs saves this film very much. It’s a good rainy day movie, simple as that.