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Release date: February 12, 2016
Directed by: Tim Miller
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni

While piercing swords through the bad guys, proposing marriage to his girlfriend, and dodging the bullets from all corners, Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) manages to break the fourth wall and talks to the viewer directly. I plan on doing the same with this review which will be read by a consistently vast audience of fifteen people, and my dad who’ll like my post on Facebook when I’ll share this review there.

There are a lot of words that the erratic censor authorities mute out. But maybe, they don’t know what tea-bagging and face-sitting are and they let a few fucks slip in, perhaps just for “emphasis”. They mute ‘blowjob’, ‘tits’, ‘dick’, and probably a few motherfucks as well. Also, as a confession, I haven’t been clued in on the developments in the mutant universe of X-Men and I didn’t know much about Deadpool, the comic-book character. But, I did know about Wolverine and there are a lot of references to him and they’re all snooty and hilarious.

Deadpool, is sat in a taxi’s passenger seat as Dopinder (Karan Soni) drives him to a bridge where he needs to get so he can wait for his target to pass by. He gets there early so he can chill for a bit and begin to immerse you into his world. Bang, starts the action and ‘Pool is cornered. Right in the middle of the scuffle, he narrates to you how it all began. He bumps into Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) at his local bar and no matter how censored their relationship is, it booms magnificently. Wade is still a perfectly humane human being and yet there’s something off about him. Vanessa has something off about her as well, and they blend together so good.

Wade’s transformation into Deadpool is shown in parallel with his ongoing struggle to get even with Ajax (Ed Skrein) who has a strange obsession with hearing Wade say his name, he’d even put Rihanna to shame with the number of times he says “Say my name”. Or was it “What’s my name”? The studio doesn’t drop all of the extensive mutant family on us and only shows Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) which the makers turn into a great positive for the film. They are Deadpool’s little protective family who are there to help him out or force him to inflict self-harm. That’s what real families do.

‘Pool’s cocky spunk and sense of humor is rambunctious, which is enjoyable, but has the potential to be overbearing and yet therefore, they pack it all concisely, while giving you an empathetic backstory for Wade Wilson. When he turns into the superhero that he does, he’s lonely and perhaps even broke. The superhero turns routinely real and ends up in the best fifteen minutes of the film, showing you how ordinary a genetically modified mutant’s life can get. He berates his flatmate, leaves her a gift buried in the ground, and rests his head on her while they talk about how love is not exactly blind. Hashtag just lovelorn people things.

Not for a moment, does any of it get dull or boring or remains critically serious in its treatment of the inherently frivolous natured comic book story. The Dark Knight displayed how realistically dramatic a masked-crusader’s escapades can get, and Deadpool treats the whole genre in the polar opposite fashion and ends in, again, the most apt way a film of this kind should end in. Hint: It starts with a ‘b’ and ends in a ‘g’, or starts with an ‘f’ and ends in a ‘g’, or ‘s’ and ends in ‘e’.

Remember, that I did not let out any spoilers here, because there is nothing much that can spoil your experience of watching this film. Deadpool is refreshingly brash, suprisingly relatable and outrageously entertaining; a life infusing shot in the arm of the long vegetative brand of superhero films that we get to see in dozens every year.

(Why don’t I get to see more of the ever-so-glorious Morena Baccarin in the Holly-land of cinema?)

My rating: **** (4 out of 5)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: May 2, 2014
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore

I AM BACK! And so is Spider-Man! The first installment of this franchise came out in 2012  (here’s the review if in case you wanna know what I thought about it

Andrew Garfield is Spidey, Emma Stone is the racy, Gwen Stacy (not exactly racy) and Sally Field is Aunt May. Denis Leary keeps leering in as Gwen’s dead dad and that’s just one of the awful parts of the film. After a certain interval of time, Oscorp’s has moved on, there’s no mention of the Lizard or any other incident of the past, except the dreadful promise that Spidy/Peter Parker makes to Stacy Senior. This is what they chose to inherit from the first part, seriously?

Peter keeps struggling with himself because he gets FLASHES of Stacy Senior appearing in front of him randomly, reminding him of how he promised that he won’t see his daughter after his death. I cringed just about 5 times while typing that line twice. Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a nobody electrical engineer who works at Oscorp is obsessively in love with Spider-Man. No homoerotic undertones though, sadly. Max is caricaturish about his attachment with the web-slinging vigilante. There’s more of campy, clubbed along with fluff that makes you cringe.

Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) is also back to helm the boss’ chair at Oscorp after his father Norman (Chris Cooper) tells him that the Osborn’s suffer from a hereditary genetic retrograde virus and Harry will also fall to it, which starts his frantic search for antidote. Max is involved in a freak accident, which has nothing to do with Spider-Man, and transforms into a living electricity generator. Harry discovers that Spider-Man’s blood could be his antidote.

That’s the plot. This time around, we get slightly influential antagonists, but our hero never takes them seriously. Why should you feel that the protagonist is threatened? Only the final showdown of both sides presents a real threat to an otherwise dull and uninspiring environment. Also, this makes me wonder, how do super-villain choose their names? Max Dillon, out of nowhere claims to be ‘Electro’ when a lunatic doctor asks him what his name is.

The villains are treated with some respect this time around, poor Lizard must be licking his wounds and wallowing in his misery because he never got a fair hand. Their reasoning to go after Spider-Man are flawed nevertheless. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield do what they are asked to do, and if it hadn’t been for the superhero bits, it could have been an equally awful romantic-drama. And now time for another cheap joke, Harry Osborn is quite the king of ‘literally’. Here’s why:

  • When he pleads for help to Electro, “I am gonna make Spider-Man bleed!” he actually wants to make him bleed because he wants his hybrid spider blood.
  • When he breaks in to Donald Menken’s cabin, he does so by violently turning a table and says, “The tables have now turned, Menken.”
  • When Spider-Man asks him to let Gwen Stacy go, he lets her go by letting her fall down from a great height.

The premise for the third film has already been laid and this film almost gave you a showdown between Spidy and a third bad guy. But they didn’t, yet made him look like a complete wimp. Can any super-villain stop Marc Webb and Marvel from making another Spidy film?

My rating: ** (2 out of 5)

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3
Release date: April 26, 2013
Directed by: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak

The swashbuckling millionaire with a capital B is back to his antics, only this time without rocking to an AC/DC track. Sadface. But there’s a bunch of women prancing around in lingerie, all in good taste though! The first superhero from the Super Friends’ League to come out with a film of his own post The Avengers.

The screenplay captures the residual spirit of the aforementioned film by putting Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in a frenzy of anxiety, whenever the portal incident is mentioned to him. His girlfriend Virginia “Pepper” Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) is flummoxed at his alarmingly increased devotion to developing more Iron Man suits. Meanwhile, Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is now the permanent War Machine-turned-into-Iron Patriot.

Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is the current antagonist with his anti-American ideologies. The bombings caused allegedly by him, come as close as killing Tony’s close associate Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) thereby provoking him to call down the new outrageous forces right at his home. Also Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) makes his return to put forth his new invention to Stark Industries.

There are just as many more characters as the plot has much finer intricacies induced into it. The usual self-indulging narcissist humor keeps flowing in, but they go overboard with it and end up spoiling certain moments. Tony Stark’s anxiety is just established and his attacks are just portrayed as fits, yet there’s no relevance to the entire trauma. The same humor that is an attraction to his character proves to be detracting from the impact of his conflicts.

Iron Man 3 is entertaining, heck, it’s even captivating. The thrills and the oomph that the heavy metal (no pun intended) armour pounding exude are sheer fun. It’s the usual approach of creating a dilemma inside the superhero’s head in the final-part-of-the-trilogy which left me particularly underwhelmed. So much that the entire angle seemed forced.

My rating: *** (3 stars out of 5)

The Avengers Review

The Avengers
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders

A superhero film is buildings crumbling, people flying and dying, heroes rising and the bad guys falling. Not much of a thesis that, but you don’t need to be a whiz kid to figure it out. AWESOME graphics, the original franchise fan boys & kids make the job easier for the movie to reach out. Avengers is a superhero film multiplied by 6.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) builds a team of unearthly egos & transforms them into an unbreakable force of colliding natural and technological energies. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is here from the outer spaces to assert his supremacy and enslave the citizens of Earth, he captures a few major resources working with Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and what carries on from there is the stuff superhero films are made of. 

No point in dissecting the plot any further, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wears a Black Sabbath shirt throughout the course of the film. A major pop for that. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) looks incredibly sexy with her leather suit tucked on.  Mark Ruffalo who plays Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk is one of the standouts along with Downey in their performances.

Avengers has its set of fallacies in the detailing department, but once the war between the two sides ensues everything can be forgotten. There’s no specific reason why you would want to see this CGI extravaganza, but there isn’t a major reason why you wouldn’t. And there’s a Stan Lee guest appearance too, stay Hawkeye-d (all the pun in the world intended)

My rating: ***(3 out of 5) 

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