Keep in mind folks that this spoiler free review will be from the mind of someone who doesn’t follow the comic book lore that well and has only experience this character through the first installment of the franchise. I had a lot of laughs from Deadpool 2 but there was just something missing from it that I can’t put my finger on that would make this a better movie than the first. With all the Deadpool reviews via blog post, podcast, websites, etc. I am sure you have heard in great length how this movie pans out to fans if it’s a good follow up from the first. I am late to the game and I saw this movie right when it was released last Friday. Seeing as Deadpool back in 2016 was my favorite movie of that year, this sequel had a lot to live up to.
“Hey, eyes down here buddy.” picture via thewrap.com
The sequel, from Director David Leitch with writing team including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is very clever this time around regarding the story. If you all remember from the first one, the story and its lead character, Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds, is bat shit crazy. Given its Rated R status, basically they could have done almost anything they wanted. This time they actually gave you a story and some character development. I honestly didn’t think that was possible but Deadpool actually went through some growth while deciding to protect a young mutant with lethal powers from a futuristic time traveler Cable, who has come back to kill him before he can become the deadly killer he is destined to be. To pass the torch of the franchise along, Deadpool has decided to put together a team of heroes to help him save this young boys life and continue the franchise afterwards. You are also perplexed as to who the villain of the film actually is. I found that to be very interesting but for some, because it wasn’t clear in the film could translate to a sloppy unorganized script. I actually didn’t mind that it wasn’t as cut and dry. It fit into the overall message of the story so it worked for me. There is also a surprised character that pops up that I didn’t see coming at all and I liked it.
A full 10 years goes by and we finally see what are masked faced trio is up to. Keeping away from trailers and articles to spoil any plot points or scares I may notice, I went into this movie about 85% blind of what to expect from this long anticipated sequel to the huge hit The Strangers. While wildly entertaining, it seems that with all that time off, they have decided to go back in time and remove what makes them unique and follow a lot of basic horror tropes you are used to seeing over and over again. You know the ones I’m talking about: splitting up, dropping weapons and the good old’ trip and fall on nothing, etc. Even our modern day killers have decided to jump ship and hop on the basic horror troupe bus with almost being super human. Back in the 80’s, you couldn’t keep a good determined killer down.
Can I borrow a cup of sugar? Picture via bloodydisgusting.com
Instead of tormenting a couple on the verge of breaking up in an isolated cabin, The Strangers: Prey at Night focuses on a family of four on the verge of breaking up. Well at least for one family member. The younger of the two kids, Kinsey (Bailee Madison Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) is being shipped off to a school for troubled girls because well, she is a teen and instead of parenting we let someone else handle it. On their travels they stop by to visit some relatives along the way in this secluded mobile home park and that is where our story unfolds as Dollface, Pin-up Girl, and Man in Mask are waiting to kill! Kill! Kill! because why not.
Three years later and an injured actor, we have the finishing product of the third and final movie in the Maze Runner trilogy. Based on the popular book series created by James Dashner, the first three books: Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and now The Death Cure; we come to the last and final chapter as Thomas and his friends once and for all stop the reign of WCKD and make sure the future of all the teens and kids used as lab rats can finally live in peace with what is left of the world.
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Dylan O’Brien is back as the title character, Thomas, along with his friends starting where they left off by completing a rescue mission for one of their own, Minho (Ki Hong Lee), one of the original runners from the first film, who was taken hostage by WCKD at the end of The Scorch Trials. That leads to a chain of events that leads to a final showdown between the runners and WCKD in the attempt to find a cure that is wiping out mankind and the freedom of those who are being killed from the failed experiments held by the organization.
As much as I enjoy Insidious and its franchise, I didn’t think it would be making any additional chapters, especially continuing the original story and still make it interesting. Alas, we now have chapter 4, another prequel to the first one but a sequel to chapter 3. My first review of 2018 is the latest horror movie in the franchise Insidious Chapter 4 a.k.a The Last Key. I did enjoy the film and it was creepy in some parts but you can tell that it is starting to lose some of its initial steam.
This latest entry follows the complex and layered life of Elise Rainier, our favorite seer into the other side. This time we see everything from her childhood dealing with her gift and the one case that hit so close to home it almost threatened her life and those really close to her.
In my opinion as a movie critic or just someone who shares their thoughts and views on movies to the world have the responsibility to keep an open mind. To be appreciative of the movies they watch and hopefully present an opinion without a bias. Having said that, I have expressed more than once that I am not a Star Wars fan. I am just not as hyped up for the franchise as most moviegoers out there. Do I really have a reason to post a review about a movie that I already have a bias opinion on?
For those who enjoy reading my reviews and just want a different perspective on the latest in the series, I will give my opinion just based on entertainment value alone. To be honest, you are either a Star Wars fan or you are not so the only reviews people really want to read are the ones where they either agree with your opinion of the movie themselves. This will be a spoiler free review as well. Hopefully I do a justice to my followers.
So, if you were like me and heard about the idea of Jumanji becoming a reboot, remake, sequel, whatever they were calling it back then, you were skeptical. Also, a little worried that they would try and update it and modernize it to appeal to the next generation and this is just one of those gems that can’t be updated with today’s audience. I guess I have to put my foot in my mouth because I was completely wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed this updated sequel to the 1996 version titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
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The Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson took center stage leading a whole new cast into the world of Jumanji. This time instead of the jungle coming into our world, the movie took you inside of the game to the jungle where Alan Parrish spent 26 years in. Along for the ride are Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas who play avatars in a video game version of the legendary board game. 4 teenagers who fit the clear tropes of any high school movie are sent to detention for their own growing pains getting in the way of school. In detention they come across the video game, choose their avatars and once they hit start they are whisked away into the game. Once there, they must work together and complete the mission of the game in order to return home.
It took a total of four additional years since Thor: The Dark World for Thor to catch up with Iron Man and Captain America by adding a third solo movie to the MCU. Between the three members of The Avengers, Thor’s solo movies just continue to get better and more entertaining. Since the first installment, Thor (2011), those movies had a lot of growing up to do. Compared to the rest of the MCU the first two Thor movies are very low in the ranks but what has improved with each one is that Chris Hemsworth continues to get better with his comedic chops and his surrounding world becomes more interesting.
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Ragnarok involves Thor going back to Asgard to deal with a prophecy he had a vision about in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and learns about Loki’s last mischievous behavior and the whereabouts of Odin. From there he has to deal with the people of Asgard becoming instinct with the arrival of a new villain Hela, played by the amazing Cate Blanchet. She has a bone to pick with Odin and Asgard and she is a force to be reckoned with. Before Thor can deal with her he has to escape a planet he was sent to that captures strong warriors and uses them to fight each other for entertainment to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Director Taika Waititi, who directed What We Do In The Shadows, brings us one of the funniest installments and probably one of the top five in the entire MCU. The hype definitely adds up from all the advertising you have seen leading up to its release this weekend. Thor movies have a lot more pressure I believe than the rest of The Avengers when you think about it. While still intertwined in the main story with a few lines and references in the overall story, the plot usually is very separate and distance from the main mission that rarely effects the whole scheme of things. With that being said, Thor is no longer an origin story anymore so having a plot that has to do more with him and Asgard instead of driving the story further like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. With Ragnarok, we finally got a Thor movie that not only connects more to the overall story but has set up some groundwork to a lot to look forward to.