Deadpool 2 – Review

I keep delaying writing these reviews for some reason, I saw this a week ago now. I could say I did it because I got to talk about the movie with friends and watch other reviews to get a better idea about what I want to say about it but the truth is I just keep forgetting.

I had a lot of fun with this one. If you enjoyed the first movie chances are you’re going to like this one too. Something I have gathered from conversations and reviews that your expectations can impact your enjoyment, I know some people who enjoyed it but were maybe a little too excited going in and it wasn’t able to live up to that hype. I went in expecting a fun Deadpool movie that stays true to the way he was portrayed last time and that’s what I got.

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This is very much a movie for comic fans. There’s of course your MCU and DCEU jokes (with a particular Age of Ultron reference being one of my favourites) but then you also have one about Rob Liefeld not being able to draw feet and a nod to Deadpool’s X-Force costume that I wasn’t expecting but were really neat.

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As far as characters go Ryan Reynolds continues to be perfect casting, Negasonic and Colossus are back enough to appeal to fans of the first movie but don’t take attention away from new characters, Negasonic and Yukio are a cute couple, Zazie Beetz is great as Domino and 2018 continues to be a good year for Josh Brolin. Oh and this includes one of the best credit scenes in a movie to date that the audience at my screening applauded, something that I’ve never seen happen at a cinema (figured that was more of an American thing).

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Batman Ninja – Review

I’ve said before that I’m not that interested in DC’s lineup to the point I think there’s a very strong possibility that Teen Titans Go! To the Movies has a very strong chance of being their best film of the year. Meanwhile apparently a lot of people were really hyped for this film.

It’s alright, I’d say each element of the film has a positive and a negative side to it. As a DC animated movie the animation and art style are a refreshing change of pace but as an anime movie it’s pretty mediocre. It looks a lot like cutscenes for a video game and honestly I think this would have been much better as a video game as the narrative is mostly big fights with regrouping to plan the next attack in-between them.

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I think the biggest strength of the film is in its designs. There’s a decent selection of characters each with a pretty neat look to them, except Batman’s regular batsuit which is the high tech armour I’m sick of seeing DC use as his regular outfit. It’s pretty cool having the Bat Family too, though the absence of any of the Batgirls or Batwoman was a shame.

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Most of the villains are also underused and it’s weird that one of the few that isn’t is Gorilla Grodd who isn’t even a Batman villain, however Wataru Takagi is great as The Joker. There’s some cool fights but they can drag on a bit and the ones towards the end can get a little too silly. Maybe give it a look if you think it looks cool but there’s not rush.

Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Bokura no Mirai – Review

And so Digimon Adventure tri is over. I’ve had mixed opinions on the series but my main criticism has mainly been tied to the release schedule rather than the series itself, I don’t think it should have been released as both a TV and movie series.

As for my opinion on this movie/these episodes specifically I enjoyed it/them. It had its weak points including the fact that while we finally found out where the 02 characters were we still only ever say them in silhouette and because of the format Metalgarurumon never got an evolution sequence to itself making it the only Mega level Digimon in the series not to get one (even though it was animated and can be seen in the group evolution sequences) but overall I think the story ended well.

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It also left things open for a follow up story and considering a new Digimon project has been announced that’s probably what’s coming up next. Also since Meichi is clearly canon hopefully it includes more cute scenes of Tai and Meiko because while the scenes we got were cute (especially the phone call) we didn’t have enough of them and the Tai/Sora/Matt love triangle teasing in Confession wasn’t fair on anyone.

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I won’t rank the films until I finally get around to watching the rest of the old movies and to do that I need to get back to watching Tamers in Japanese. I’d also like to revisit tri in a marathon at some point so I can experience the story in a shorter span of time, maybe I’ll check out the dub too.

Rampage – Review

Before April ended I went to see this as my third Odeon film of the month, but didn’t really feel the need to write my review right away. Now with the final instalment of Digimon Adventure Tri about to come out I should write this review before watching another film.

It’s pretty much what is being advertised. Do you want to see giant monsters fight while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says a bunch of one liners? That’s what you get. I’ve seen other reviewers call this the best video game movie and no it’s not, maybe it’s the best live action one but there are 20 Pokémon movies with a 21st around the corner and I doubt these reviewers have seen more than one (and the one with a lot of bad dub changes too).

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It is cool that they have Dwayne Johnson’s character communicate with George through sign language. This is a silly monster movie based on a video game I’ve never played but it’s a neat attention to detail, including the way he talks while signing.

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And that’s about all there is to say. It’s an enjoyable movie with some cool designs (especially the crocodile) and funny jokes but not really worth going to the cinema for if you don’t have a cinema membership like Limitless. But if it shows up on TV or Netflix and you like the look of it give it a look.

Avengers: Infinity War – Review

There’s a reason the first Avengers film is still considered one of the best films in the MCU by many people. They built up to it over several films about multiple different characters and they pulled it off. Now after an even longer build up it’s time to see if they can pull it off again.

They did. This really feels like a big screen version of the big event crossovers Marvel often make in the comics. There are several great interactions between characters meeting for the first time with a standout being Thor’s interactions with the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also several really good action scenes, that I won’t spoil, that are a treat for any MCU fan.

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And of course you have Thanos himself. He was the character a lot of that hype for the movie was centred around, especially with many of the more recent MCU villains being improvements over the old ones and his comic counterpart not really feeling like that big a deal anymore. He’s fantastic, every scene where he fights the heroes he shows just how much he outclasses them even without using the Infinity Stones. I also find his motivations more interesting than his comic counterpart but that’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself.

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This isn’t my favourite MCU movie but it’s certainly one of the best, maybe when the sequel (which we still don’t know the name of) comes out next year I’ll do some kind of MCU rewatch marathon and figure out a ranking order for the whole series.

Meet the Robinsons – Review

So I didn’t end up seeing more Netflix movies over the weekend, nothing really stood out. But I started thinking about Disney movies yesterday so I decided to finally watch this one. It’s one of those films that get brought up whenever the topic of underrated Disney movies comes up.

This is a fun movie. The characters are all entertaining in their own unique ways that I wish we’d gotten to see more of them. I know a DisneyToon Studios sequel was cancelled but considering their track record with sequels that’s probably for the best, a TV series would have been nice though. I also think this movie does a much better job at depicting a Tomorrowland inspired future than the actual Tomorrowland movie.

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The villains were especially entertaining. If you’re someone who misses Disney villains that aren’t twists and haven’t seen this yet you’ll have a blast with this movie.

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There isn’t that much else to say about this because a lot of this film’s charm is in the jokes which I don’t want to spoil in this review. If you’re ever in a Disney mood and haven’t gotten around to watching this I recommend it. Speaking of Disney the next movie I’m watching will be from them too, if you’re reading this the day I post this you can probably guess what it’ll be…

Happy Anniversary – Review

Netflix actually helped make picking which of their films to watch next easier by having the banner ad be for this movie. Good to see that banner doing what it’s supposed to do for once.

So far this is the best Netflix Original movie of the year. A lot of romantic comedies involve a couple breaking up over something and then thinking back on their relationship but this movie makes that setup feel new by making it the entire movie instead of something that happens in the third act. I’m sure other movies have done something like this but it’s still a nice change of pace.

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Of course being a romantic comedy an important element is going to be the leads and Noël Wells and Ben Schwartz are both great in this, especially in the scenes where we see them as a happy couple. They both need to be in more things.

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Short review but I do recommend seeing this if you have Netflix, especially if you like either of the leads in other things. I’m probably going to watch a couple more Netflix movies before the end of the week, maybe I’ll let Netflix decide for me again.