Deadpool 2

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Following on from the success of Deadpool, it was pretty much certain that Deadpool 2 would not be far behind. This movie however comes just a number of weeks after the most recent film from the Marvel universe. This may ultimately decide how well this movie does at the box office. Unlike that movie however this is squarely aimed at the older younger people in the audience if that makes sense, a casual look at it’s rating quickly tells you that.

This movie is not afraid to poke fun at many things including itself and it’s main star Ryan Reynolds. Sometimes scenes work and work well, other times not so well. I think in essence if you liked the last movie you will like this one. I have to admit here however that I am a little more on the fence here. For each time that I laughed along there were moments that the movie dragged, became disjointed storywise and became a bit too smart and knowing for it’s own good.

There is a storyline of sorts but I feel that the movie suffers from the fact that the darker characters in the movie do not remain consistantly that way throughout the movie. You need a strong bad one to balance out the hero of sorts in this tale.

I suppose to finish up this movie knows what crowd it is playing to and is not afraid to give them what they want, just don’t forget the rest of the audience too.
We need to be entertained as well.

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Entebbe

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I am not sure intentionally or not considering the subject matter of this movie, what has happened here is that the filmmakers have taken the terror out of a movie about terrorists who hijack a plane. Also I feel this movie tries to tell this story from too many points of view and seeks to be evenhanded to all and in that it has missed an opportunity to tell a more engaging story.

Now to move on a bit of background to this movie and probably this is why you would be interested to go and see this story being told in the first place.

The 1970’s were punctuated by a number of significant terrorist acts including the attack at the Munich Olympics of 1972 where a number of Israeli athletes were killed. This put Israel on a heightened state of alert. It was a nervous time to be a citizen of the state of Israel. Another significant one would be the hijacking of an Air France plane mid way through a flight to Tel Aviv in 1976. The crew are forced to divert and land at Entebbe in Uganda. During this time Uganda was ruled ruthlessly by General Idi Amin. To say that this was a man you would not wish to cross paths with would be an understatement, he ruled by terror and fear. He sought to involve himself with this event and act as a honest broker to solve this terrorist crisis, thus seeking to change the world’s image of him.

Along with this the Israeli goverment decided that to protect the significant number of it’s people who had been taken hostage. It would take a twin track approach. The first would be to go down the diplomatic route to solve the crisis, the second would be to set up a daring raid to free the hostages which became known as Operation Thunderbolt.

Now I suppose part of my reason for telling you the background to this story and which I outlined earlier is that this movie should have been more engaging than it turns out to be by it’s final frame. Did the studio who greenlit this movie hope that it would be in the same mold as say Steven Spielberg’s Munich perhaps they did, which is a shame as this could have been so much more. A chance to tell a much stronger story lost I feel.

Mary and The Witch’s Flower

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There was a time not so very long ago when Japanese animation was not really seen in this part of the world, you really had to seek out it out. But of late while still quite niche in where it is shown it has become a lot more popular and now do at least get released here on the larger screen. I myself discovered this hitherto hidden world of film with a movie called ‘When Marnie Was There’, and this movie that I am going to mention today is also based around an original English children’s book, this one is called ‘The Little Broomstick’ by Mary Stewart. Some of the people involved with the animation at better known Studio Ghibli have now set up Studio Ponoc and this is their first release.

A young girl called Mary decides to follow a cat close to where she lives and comes upon a broomstick hiding within a tree. Within the forest she also encounters a follows a Fly-by-Night flower, which flowers only every 7 years. Upon touching the flower she is whisked away to a place called Endor College — a magical school above the clouds. There she meets Madam Mumblechook & Doctor Dee. At one time they were caring people but they have been overtaken in their pursuit of this rare flower and it’s magical powers and Mary finds herself on a quest to thwart their nefarious plans to obtain the flower.

I saw this in it’s dubbed version thought the subtitled version was also showing. As a general rule I prefer the latter but which you prefer is a debate for another day between fans and those who are coming to this for the first time.

It is fairly obvious that the filmmakers time at their previous studio has rubbed off on them and their first effort, it matters not as it happens as this current movie is as equally magical as what came before.

If you are a fan of Japanese animation you are sure to enjoy this, if this is your introduction, well I am sure that this will light the spark that will make you want to seek out more.

Avengers: Infinity War

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It all been leading up to this apparently!!How many of them have you seen?
I suppose it depends on whether you are a fan of the Marvel universe of characters.

If you are coming to this cold without having seen what came before, there is a chance you might be somewhat confused as to why there are so many of them in this movie and there are quite a few including some brand new ones namely Black Panther, which I am sure is still playing in a movie theatre somewhere.

If I am honest this amount of characters to keep track of in the story line of this movie is maybe just a few too many. While the other series of individual movies gave each character time to breathe, this can feel at times like the filmakers are going “Oh who did we leave out, better make sure to include them”. This results in a rather long running time to make sure that the gang’s all here. In essence I feel this movie is made more for the die-hard fan than the casual viewer, no harm in that after all I am sure they have been to see pretty much all in the series of movies that lead up to this one.

Well without giving too much away, the main villain of the peace is Thanos (Josh Brolin) who thinks that the population of the universe is a might too large and could do with some downsizing. Now I maybe simplifying it a bit too much but that at it’s heart is what it is all about and our set of Marvel superheroes have to stop his plans to thin the herd, so to speak. As I said earlier there are quite a few of them, in fact too many to mention in this little blog, but I would be very surprised if they have left any out.

If you liked what came before you are sure to enjoy this movie, if you are new to it all you might find it a little hard to follow, so your enjoyment maybe tempered somewhat.
The fans will love it and will return for more I am sure.

Solo Stories

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Well not a movie for review this week, so I am putting on my sci -fi fan hat for just this week, no guesses what I will be talking about!! The above picture might give you a clue.

The new trailer for the soon to be released Solo: A Star Wars Story came onto the internet this week and it made me come to a realization, of the recent new Star Wars movie releases I think am more a fan of the stand alone stories than the current trilogy.

I think this may be me showing my age here but as they are more closely based around the story line of the original trilogy and they appeal more to me and what I liked about them in the beginning all those years ago.

Now don’t get me wrong I do want to see how the current trilogy plays out after Star Wars: The Last Jedi but if I am being honest here, it has not engaged me in the way that the storyline of Rogue One did and that am I hoping that Solo will as well.

Is this because this new trilogy while it does have some older familiar faces in it, is asking me to invest in the story of a new set of heroes and villians or is it just a rerun with some changes of what came before – the same tale just told slightly differently with a new set of faces.

Maybe I just prefer something more familiar, something that talks more to that young child rather than the grown up I now am. Is it that as we all grow up that childlike sense of wonder dissipates somewhat, am I being too critical of the currently trilogy? Will today’s child get misty eyed all those years hence about this current crop of three movies?Discuss.

Sorry if you are not as a big sci-fi fan as I know I am, I will be back to normal next week.

A Quiet Place

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Have you ever tried to walk around your house without making a sound? It’s harder than you think. Now imagine trying to live your whole life like that!! Make a sound louder than leaves rustling and there is something out there that will get you.
Such is the premise for A Quiet Place.

I have to admit something that I may have divulged before – scary or horror movies tend to leave me cold, when everyone else is peeking through their fingers I sit there and think to myself, I have seen scarier things on the underside of my shoes – so it is a good filmmaker that can scare me. I will admit to you here reader I was scared just a little.

So what sent chills down my spine, well if you have seen the trailer you will have probably have seen all the dialogue spoken. This movie is all about being quiet, so even when it comes to dialogue most of it is never spoken but signed and subtitled. Why?
Well when something arrived from somewhere else, it had little sight, but when it comes to sound it can hear you make even the smallest one.

John Krasinki and his real life wife actress Emily Blunt play the part of parents trying to lead to their children to safety, in fact just anywhere safe rather that a mythical safer place that seems to exist in most of these movies. Tension is built and nerves will be shred.

This movie in fact is not strictly all just a scary movie, it’s also a survival tale and a bit of science fiction mixed together, so even if like me you are not the biggest fan of scary movies, check this one out.

P.s I am now rather scared of nails, it makes sense when you see this movie!!

 

Ready Player One

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This movie could actually do with a game controller pause button, there are so many references – cultural, film and others that whizz past your eyes at lightning speed that you might miss quite a few on the first viewing. I think also Mr Spielberg is probably one of the few directors that could secure that many rights to all those references without a no and that’s not even counting the ones that he has directed himself!!

It is interesting that this movie should work at all with all of those references mixed together like some sort of visual cultural soup, but weirdly it does. What I find interesting also is that many a movie based around a game have generally been fairly weak affairs. This movie is actually based on a bestseller book written by Ernest Cline.

The year is 2045 and life is close to collapse, people seek to escape to this unending gloom by plugging in and zoning out in the OASIS virtual world. You can be pretty much whatever you want to be there and people prefer this life to their real one. The creator of this virtual world, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) has passed, but not without leaving a set of clues within the OASIS for every player to solve. Those that crack them are in with the chance to inherit the keys to the ownership of this virtual universe.

Sounding like a character straight out of the pages of a comic book, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes the hero of hope in this story and finds himself thrust headlong into this super speedy hunt for the ultimate prize.

Are you looking for a movie with a deep plot, then look elsewhere. This is pure sit back in your chair, let it visually wash over you, popcorn fun. This type of movie normally appears much later in the summer as a summer blockbuster but Mr Spielberg is giving us an Easter gift instead. Thanks Steven.