Deadpool 2

Year: 2018
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin

Written by Rhys Bowen Jones

The runaway smash-hit of 2016 ‘Deadpool’ saw the debut (yes, debut) of a fan favourite character known for breaking the fourth wall and being supremely foul-mouthed, as played by Ryan Reynolds in a passion project in the works for years. 2 years on, Deadpool is a household name thanks to Reynolds being widely considered the perfect man for the role and the film being supremely entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny from its opening credits right to its post-credits scene. 2 years on, we have been given the inevitable sequel a record breaking film was destined to have, and I’m happy to report that Deadpool hasn’t changed one bit.

‘Deadpool 2’ sees Deadpool fully invested in his saving-the-world-as-unethically-as-possible shtick as we are shown in the opening sequences. When tragedy strikes, Deadpool finds himself in a rut and it’s up to Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapcic) to pick him back up and continue his attempts at turning him into a true member of the X-Men. Meanwhile, mutants are popping up left and right, namely young Russell Collins, a teenager who can control fire, and Cable, a time-travelling cybernetic soldier who arrives, Terminator style, to complete a personal revenge mission.

What immediately comes across as you watch is ‘Deadpool 2′ has a far wider scope than the original. Where Deadpool spent the majority of its runtime on one section of a motorway, Deadpool 2 zips around the world in a montage sequence catching us up on what Deadpool has been up to since we last saw him. This sequence showcases impressive choreography thanks largely to its new director, David Leitch, fresh off his impressive work on ‘John Wick’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’, while also informing us that the jokes will fly at you faster than you can process them.

The wider scope isn’t only evident visually either, as the dialogue very heavily references other Marvel films, from the X-Men franchise (which Deadpool is very much a part of) to the MCU (which Deadpool isn’t a part of…yet). Some jokes come obviously (Josh Brolin’s Cable is the target of multiple MCU jokes for obvious reasons), while others are far more subtle. It also does very well at referencing lines from the first Deadpool that, granted, not many in my screening caught, but I did, and I appreciated the commitment to writing jokes to include everyone in the audience, from the casual viewers to the hardcore fans.

The quality of filmmaking itself is evident as Leitch brings his stunt related past to the film, showcasing the talent we have clearly seen in his previous work in genuinely impressive sequences like a slow-motion one-take sequence that Deadpool narrates over near the beginning of the film, as well as the fight choreography on the truck in the climax of Act 2. There are no annoyingly fast cuts to be found as the punches are given time to land and take effect; one of the biggest factors in well-shot action is the geography, and it was always clear where each character was after every hit. David Leitch is an exciting director that I hope continues this impressive form throughout his inevitably successful career.

‘Deadpool 2’ continues the trend from the first by being very funny and very entertaining on every level. The jokes do come at you at a supreme pace that you will not catch all of them even after multiple viewings, but ‘Deadpool 2’ is definitely going for re-watchability, which it most definitely is. And yet, while the film is consistently very funny, it doesn’t quite manage to tip over into hilarious territory. A few sequences come very close – Basic Instinct, X-Force for reference – but it doesn’t quite get there as well as ‘Deadpool’ does. “A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like…16 walls” from the first film is an all-time favourite quote of mine, there isn’t a line in ‘Deadpool 2′ that matches this one.

‘Deadpool 2’ does a lot of things very well, not least the cast. Everyone on screen is evidently having a blast with the film, and so many of them are perfect for the role. As aforementioned, Reynolds is Deadpool, Zazie Beetz almost steals the show as Domino, the endlessly cool and very lucky (it’s definitely a superpower and definitely cinematic) member of the X-Force, and Josh Brolin for the second time this year knocks a major Marvel character out of the park with a terrific performance as the time-travelling badass, Cable.

The true MVP of the film though is Julian Dennison as Russell Collins. Fresh off his hilarious turn in Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, Dennison has charm for days and has the ability to make any line, any look, any body movement funny. On top of being funny, Dennison genuinely makes Russell (or Fire Fist as he hilariously named himself) a character you empathise with, even as he descends into pyromania in the final act.

While there are a lot of positives to take from ‘Deadpool 2′, the film does have its flaws that teeter on the edge of having a significant effect on the film. Given the nature of firing jokes at you at an alarming rate, it falls occasionally on the side of jokes not landing. When they land, they’re great, but when they don’t land, you can feel the awkward silence in the room waiting for the next one. There are several of these moments, and they all add up into stretches of the film feeling like dead air. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but the film is 2 hours long, and these long stretches of jokelessness, or unfunny jokes, stay with you.

Secondly, I have praised the film’s wider scope already in this review, but this proves to be the film’s double-edged sword. At several points, the film tries to do things that are just too much for its budget. There’s a very fun sequence that’s effectively a truck chase sequence and the truck, at multiple points, looks like it belongs in a PS2 racing game. In the final act, there’s a self-aware CGI fight (Deadpool literally shouts “CGI fight!” at the screen to set it up) that feels weightless when it really shouldn’t given the characters involved because of how blatantly CGI it is.

Finally, ‘Deadpool 2′ suffers from the same problem as the first film. ‘Deadpool’ very clearly set itself up as the antithesis to the MCU, a superhero film that breaks all the rules and refuses to follow convention, and yet follows all the rules and the convention. The act of acknowledging the conventions before they happen doesn’t excuse the fact that they remain followed. I enjoyed the self-referential nature of the film because it’s something that’s so rarely seen, but it frustrated me to see the trends followed and see missed opportunities to do change things up.

All told, I did really enjoy ‘Deadpool 2′. I thought it was funny throughout, the cast were all excellent, and it has, without a doubt, the best mid-credits scene of all-time. There are problems abound that come with trying to exceed the expectations set by a great first outing, but I honestly feel ‘Deadpool 2′ has more re-watchability than the original because of its attempts to go bigger than the first. Oh, and keep an eye out for some excellent cameos!

Rhys’ Rating:

3.5

Marvel Unleash First ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.”

It’s finally arrived! After months of fan speculation, numerous fake pictures and screenshots of release dates, Marvel have unleashed the first official trailer for the third ‘Avengers’ film, ‘Infinity War’.

The star studded film brings together every hero we’ve met in the last 10 years, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Guardians, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Black Panther. They’re all coming together to take on the Mad Titan, Thanos, who we’ve seen very little of and only ever really been teased about the threat he poses to Earth. Last time we saw him he grabbed his currently stone-less Gauntlet and declared “I’ll do it myself”.

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In the first post-credit scene, Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, and the Asgardians come face to face with a humongous ship. Fans speculate that ship belongs to non-other than the Mad Titan himself, and that this will tie in with the beginning of ‘Infinity War’.

The heroes also feature in the latest Vanity Fair issue, which includes photos of how some of the heroes will look in the film, but as many have noticed, some costumes (and weapons) don’t seem to match what we know going into ‘Infinity War’, which could mean that the Russo Brothers have plenty of surprises up their sleeves.

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The Avengers Trilogy Teaser Posters

Captain Marvel To Begin Filming February 2018

It was announced earlier this week that Marvel Studios had secured directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to helm the Captain Marvel film, which will star Brie Larson as Carol Danvers. This was met with mixed response from film fans but in their announcement, Marvel said they chose the co-directing pair the job because of their “diverse body of work and ability and focus on character” which is exactly what Captain Marvel fans are looking for for her first solo outing on the big screen! 

Now Kevin Feige has revealed during an interview with Collider that, “assuming everything stays on schedule”, ‘Captain Marvel’ will begin filming in February 2018, which is around the same time ‘Black Panther’ is releasing in cinemas. Feige has also confirmed during the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ press junkets that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the as-yet-untitled ‘Avengers 4’ will now film back-to-back, rather than simultaneously as was originally planned.

Hopefully the slate stays on schedule, despite some huge projects coming from the studio over the next couple of years. We can expect more casting announcements, plot details and such, much closer to the start of production. All we know so far is Fleck and Boden are directing and Larson is starring as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, that ought to tide us over and keep hopes high until more information is released! 

Written by Tom Sheffield

Black Panther First Synopsis Released

Marvel have this afternoon given a press release confirming that filming has begun on ‘Black Panther’, and in their statement they’ve given us a litter teaser for the film in the form of the first official synopsis and confirming characters we will see in the film. 

The first synopsis reads:

“Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

Both Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis have been confirmed to reprise their previous roles within the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. Freeman will be returning as Everett K. Ross, who we first met last year in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and Serkis will be back as Ulysses Klaue (Klaw), who,  when we last saw him on screen, lost an arm when came face to face with Ultron in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. John Kani is also confirmed to reprise his role as T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father, in what we can safely assume will be flashback scenes seeing as we witnessed T’Chaka’s death in ‘Civil War’. 

The film is being directed by ‘Creed’ director, Ryan Coogler, and will also star Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Sterling K. Brown. 

‘Black Panther’ is currently filming and has a release date of 9th February 2018 in the UK

Written by Tom Sheffield

Official Thor: Ragnarok Synopsis Released By Marvel

“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”

Marvel’s synopsis for the third Thor film confirms we’ll see Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk go head to head with Thor in a intergalactic gladiator arena, an idea straight from the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics. We’ve known for some time that the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics would have some influence in this film, especially since Hulk’s armour went on display at last years San Diego Comic Con. 

The last time we saw Thor, he was enjoying a beer in New York’s Sanctum Santorium with Doctor Strange, who had just agreed to help him find his father on the promise that both he and Loki leave Earth once Odin is found.  We last saw Hulk flying off in a  Quintjet at the end of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and his whereabouts since then has remained a mystery. Hopefully this film will give us some more details as to how Hulk ended up at the arena and what else he’s been up to.

Cate Blanchett will be playing the role of the “all-powerful new threat” , Hela, who we can assume is the reason why Thor and Loki team up to find their father. Joining Blanchett as new members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are Tessa Thompson, who is playing Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum will make an appearance as Grandmaster, and Karl Urban will portay Skurge, a villain in the film. 

Taika Waititi is in the director’s chair for Thor’s third solo outing, his previous films include ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ and last years  brilliantly heartwarming and hilarious “Hunt for the Wilderpeople“. After the mixed reception of both ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’, I think Waititi could be the director to deliver us the Thor film we deserve. His directorial style, humour, and passion for the films he makes are a recipe for success and I’m incredibly excited to see the result. 

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is released in UK theatres 27th October 2017

 

Captain Marvel Rumours

Marvel Studios are set to make Carol Danvers – AKA Captain Marvel – their first female led heroine movie, with an expected release date of 6 July 2018. Angelina Jolie is top of the wanted list when it comes to directing the ‘Captain Marvel’ project, but with only two features under her belt, can Jolie deliver the goods? Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, and the woman of the moment Bryce Dallas Howard (of ‘Jurassic World’ fame) are all rumoured to be under consideration for the main role. 

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz