DeadPool Movie Review

Deadpool Movie Review

DeadPool Movie Review (Released 2016)

  • IMDB – 8.2 | Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
  • Rated R
  • 108 minutes
  • Released – February 12th, 2016
  • Directed By: Tim Miller

Our Reviewers Thoughts

Valentines Day 2016, a beautiful day of romance where couples go to the theaters and watch sappy movies about love, or even better watch a pun filled gore fest about a revenge seeking mercenary with a big mouth and even bigger swords. Yes, that is exactly what Deadpool is. Great isn’t it!

The movie begins by showing off its rated R statues with the gruesome killings of the henchmen of Ajax, the British bad guy responsible for Deadpool’s powers and disfigurement. Deadpool unsuccessfully hunts Ajax down in hopes he will fix his disfigurement. He is stopped by the X-men, all two of them, because they want him to use his abilities for good. A flashback, backstory happens and the audience discovers Deadpool used to be an ordinary mercenary with a ordinary life with his beautiful hooker girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle. He is diagnosed with terminal cancer and secretly sneaks away from Vanessa to go to the trusty secret program that claims they can cure his cancer. Turns out they are actually jerks and  are force people into becoming mutants then selling them to the highest bidder. Deadpool escapes before blowing up the facility and goes after Ajax to force him to make him beautiful again. Yes, the plot of Deadpool is that he believes he is too ugly to be with Vanessa and must stay away from her until Ajax fixes his once beautiful face.

Deadpool was no doubt a big relief from Fox’s other superhero fails such as Fantastic 4 or the previous  upsetting mouth-sewn-shut Deadpool of Wolverines Origins. With joke after joke and the destruction of the fourth wall, Deadpool has become my new favorite stand alone superhero movie. Sorry Iron Man, the merc with a mouth won my heart over that Valentines day.   Despite the strange plot of revenge with beauty and the beast mixed into it. Deadpool felt as if he walked right out of my comics and invaded the big screen. Deadpool also brought along some of his friends such as Blind Al and Agent Bob who is working for Ajax.  Another detail I loved about this movie was Deadpools costume. A costume can make or break a movie, we’ve all seen the batnipples in Batman & Robin, and Deadpools costume only added to his personality and wit.

Some of the throwbacks to the movie could have all been easily fixed. Theres a moment between Deadpool and Ajax where Ajax asks him what his real name is and Deadpool doesn’t say anything due to the trauma of the mutant gene torture. Deadpool shuts up and he is never suppose to shut up. That moment hurt my nerdy heart a little. Theres also the scene where Ajax stabs Deadpool with a pole and hooks the end so he can’t escape, next scene Deadpool simply walks out of ash, the pole no where in sight. It would have added to the gore of the movie to watch Deadpool free himself from that pole. I was also confused with Vanessa Carlysle lack of powers, maybe that will be a feature in Deadpool 2.

Despite these little nitpicks, Deadpool is a much watch for any superhero fan and even though its not a romance movie, it definitely told the best romance story I have ever heard.

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Saw 1 Movie Review

Saw 1 Movie Review Directed by James Wan

Saw 1 Movie Review Directed by James Wan

  • IMDB – 7.7 | Rotten Tomatoes – 48%
  • Rated R
  • 103 minutes
  • Released – October 29th, 2004
  • Directed By: James Wan

Our Reviewers Thoughts

Saw, a horror and psychological thriller that hit theaters October 29, 2004. I actually remember this movies trailer and movie posters when I was 9. Only when I was 15 did I actually see the movie for the first time and instantly fell in love. I admit I have a soft-spot for serial killer horror films but no other movie had been able to take Saw away from my top 5 list. Saw is also on many movie critic lists to have one of the best plot twists in movie history.

The movie begins with two men locked in a degraded public bathroom and are given orders to kill the other if they want to survive. The story is slow at first but once you pass the fifteen minute mark the plot story thickens and story telling of different characters capturers the audience’s attention. The focus shifts from which man in the bathroom will survive to who is the infamous Jigsaw killer.

Jigsaw is one of my favorite horror movie psychopaths simply by the fact that he doesn’t actually kill his victims. He sets up elaborate traps for people who he believes don’t appreciate their lives and they must over come the traps puzzle in order to survive and supposedly, find a new love for life after almost dying. Only one victim named in the first movie has been able to pass the gory and demented puzzles he created so far. The psychology behind Jigsaw is beautifully written. Each trap he makes is made for each individual victim in parallel to the reason why he put them there.  For example, Jigsaw found an older man who didn’t appreciate the gift of his life and was cutting himself. Jigsaw puts the man in a maze filled with razor wire, if he wants to escape and live, he must move through razor wire and cut himself to the path of survival.

Saw itself isn’t necessarily a horror movie but a psychological crime thriller with grotesque scenes that might make viewers cringe.  The movie also makes a pleasant stand alone but it also doesn’t disappoint when you watch the whole 7 film franchise. The Saw series continues to create amazing puzzles for victims to solve and creates an emotional bond between viewer and psychopathic killer Jigsaw.

Some down points of the movie, B rated acting by Leigh Whannell who plays Adam and the movement of the camera in the bathroom scenes. But this seems to be a good starting point for Whannell in future works such as the Insidious series. Its almost like the actors had to warm up to being in a movie before actually acting as they should have been. Also the makeup art for Dr. Gordon when he suffers from blood loss looks like they used Party City clown makeup. Another downside is that there won’t be any more Saw films, or at least thats what I thought. In Saw’s release in 2014 for its tenth anniversary, LionsGate decided it was time to bring Jigsaw back. Saw VIII or Saw: Legacy is to have an initial release date sometime in 2017.

Although it has a slow start, the Saw movie and its sequels is one the the worlds most famous horror franchises and I’m ecstatic for the new movie that will hopefully bring a new love for Jigsaw for the new generation.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Review

Nightmare Before Christmas Review by Tim Burton

The Nightmare Before Christmas Review by Tim Burton

  • IMDB – 8.0 | Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
  • Rated PG
  • 76 minutes
  • Released – October 29th, 1993
  • Directed By: Henry Selick

Our Thoughts

Over twenty years have passed since Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas made its first appearance on the big screen, yet today’s young generation can still feel the ripples of it’s success.

Many teens and young adults who haven’t even seen the movie are exposed to its characters every year during both Christmas and Halloween or in recent years through Capcom’s famous video game series Kingdom Hearts.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is about Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. The audience follows Jack as he becomes weary of the same holiday routine year after year and searches for something new. He stumbles upon Christmas Town, becomes inspired by the holiday, and decides to make his own Christmas.

What makes this movie a classic is that there are no other movies like it. Based on the poem by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, no other movie has shown how powerful the spirits of America’s two favorite holidays have become in recent decades. This movie encompasses the beautiful blend of American culture  the dueling grotesque nature of the Halloween verses the delicate and splendid nature of Christmas.

I personally enjoy the messages of this movie to children which include to always stay true to yourself and there is always time to set right what you did wrong. That last moral Jack himself literally sings. Lastly, the romance of the movie was a little more realistic then the normal Disney movie. Sally finds herself almost overshadowed by Jacks ambitions, like many people do today with their significant other, and only through solving his mistakes does he realize whats truly important in the end and that is each other.

Besides the plot, the animation quality, for its time, is and always will be remarkable. With a 24 frames per second, the Disney standard since Snow White, the claymation motion is fluid and tries to hammer every last detail. Blinking eyes of the characters alone took three frames and over 400 heads of Jack were used to create his expressions. This claymation master piece would  have taken an entire week just to create one minute of film. Then you add Danny Elfman’s musical talent, which he didn’t have a script to work , and you have the amazing creation of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I always like to applaud films that put more effort into making their creation.

My only sorrow about this film is that its only 76 minutes long. Although Disney wanted to do a sequel, in CGI (computer generated imagery), Tim Burton insisted the movie keep its “purity” and I agree with him. Even if I would love to watch more adventures of Jack Skellington and Halloween Town, I don’t want the story or characters to be lower standard than the original, not pointing fingers at Mulan II. Plus, if I was in charge of making the sequel it would be claymation, not CGI.

Overall this movie can be enjoyed by most people, limited only to kids under the age of five, and has an amazing story yet simple story to tell. This movie has not only influenced who I am but has touched the hearts of many and has definitely earned its placed as a Disney classic.

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Zootopia Movie Review

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Zootopia Movie Review – Released 2016

  • IMDB – 8.3 | Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
  • Rated PG
  • 108 minutes
  • Released – March 4th, 2016
  • Directed By: Byron Howard

Our Thoughts

Disney’s newest and amazing animated animal film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Zootopia begins with main characters Judy Hopps, a small town bunny with a dream to be a big city cop, and Nick Wilde, a clever con artist fox, as they become entangled in a missing animals case which Judy has only 48 hours to solve or she will be forced to resign and return her well-earned police badge.

There is much in Zootopia to talk about from the flawless plot to the amount of effort put into making the movie. As I watched the film I was completely entranced by the realness of the characters and their ability to have the audience forget they are even watching a movie.

As a crime fiction fan I’ve become rather immune to the usual twists and turns stories usually take but with Zootopia, the answer to the Judy’s case eluded me till the end.

Whats more impressive about the plot is the time it took for Zootopia to come to its full glory. The idea for another Disney animal movie began after Tangled was released in theaters in 2010. Disney spent two years alone studying animals to perfect the “anthropomorphic” movement of normally four legged creatures. If you don’t know what anthropomorphic means, be sure to check out the first trailer of Zootopia.

Disney has made leaps and bounds in animation quality since their last animated hit Frozen. They developed their own wind system within the animation to keep a constant action in all the plants and fur to bring that extra feel of realism. No animal or plant is stagnant in the animation compared to Frozen whose background characters and plant-life can be seen unmoving.
Plus their Hyperion light rendering systems, fancy words for the animations lighting effects, and new tools for fur development completely fixes Disney’s trouble with hair and fur animation. Elsa, in Frozen, had about 400,000 strands of hair. Judy stomps on that record with an amazing 2.5 billion hairs, each needing to be animated and behave exactly like real rabbit fur to create this fantastic bunny-cop.

Zootopia also has this incredible ability to show members of all audiences the goods and bads of our own society. Though Zootopia is suppose to represent a haven for all animals, Nick Wilde demonstrates how the animals, just like humans, are known to stereotype each other based on their DNA. Example: The fox stereotype in Zootopia is that all foxes are slick, cunning, and cruel. These traits that Nick Wilde lives up to because society has pushed him down when he tried otherwise, opposite of Judy who breaks through her bunny stereotyping.

Disney wasn’t afraid to tell the world that racism, violence, and even drugs are problems that we as people deal with and I applaud them for that. Because not only do they say the problems but they also show how easy the solutions can be by simply putting aside our differences and handling problems as a whole community.

In conclusion, I believe Zootopia to be a new movie classic that all children and adults can enjoy and learn from. I plan to own this film and eagerly await the sequel Disney has been whispering about.

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The Hateful Eight Movie Review

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The Hateful Eight Movie Review – Released 2015

  • IMDB – 7.9 | Rotten Tomatoes – 75%
  • Rated R
  • 187 minutes
  • Released – December 30th, 2015
  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

In this Hateful Eight movie review we will discuss the story line, good features and some of its downsides. 

Quentin Tarantino went much wider in scale compared to some of his past movies, in his earlier movies. Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained reflected the period of time their stories had been set in an effectively sweeping fashion. One got a feeling of the scale of lewdness that Nazis and slave owners in these films were imposing on people through the scope which every plot possessed. Right now, Tarantino goes more compact, much smaller with his latest film, The Hateful Eight. This film stays to just one location for most of the runtime and also centers itself on 8 morally suspicious individuals existing a couple of years after the Civil War. And not one of these 8 fellows can be trustworthy. 

Why are they all stuck with each other in this singular setting? Well, a blizzard has compelled all of them into Minnie’s Haberdashery, a location where they can all remain till the storm blows over. These 8 inhabitants happen to be Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, and his future sheriff Chris Walton Goggins, runner from the Haberdashery Bob (Damian Bichir), Jennifer Jerrica Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern. Emotions are certain to appear whenever you toss all these fellows into a single confined region for a prolonged time period. 

The script created by Tarantino has tempted a murderer’s row of fantastic actors to play the different dubious souls in this motion picture, and fortunately, not one of these drop the ball inside the acting dept. This is a relief considering just how dependent the whole feature is on the sundry of clashes which emerge from the 8 individuals bouncing off one another. Top marks should go to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who receives some of the film’s most unforgettable moments. 

Impounded right into a solo domain for a better portion of the feature provides cinematographer Robert Richardson and Tarantino enough opportunity to display true creativeness. They esthetically depict the inside of the Haberdashery without the movie’s style climbing down into repetition. Tarantino naturally wishes to pay respect to the movies of the past that he savors but he does not want this to come at the expense of developing a brand new movie that upcoming generations may similarly enjoy. 

Having almost every figure who waltzes into the film to be a character of loathsome personality could have come across as mind-boggling in some other filmmaker’s hand, and for certain viewers, it might be too much. Indeed, every individual in the movie is of significant immortality; however, there is never an effort to play one of the figures in the movie as “misinterpreted loners”. Tarantino provides an unflinching look into the human incarnations of corruption and asks us to observe them turn on one another as tensions within the small area mount. There’s no decent guy audience POV personality we can consider preventing our eyes from the constant vileness of this film’s cast, no, he wishes all of us to gaze upon the cunningness and also comprehend the very genuine locations their reprobate nature comes from. 

That is an additional beneficial part of The Hateful Eight, the truth that it’s promoting grander styles in the character dynamics of these wicked figures, particularly the relationships between Mannix, Smithers, and Warren. As a matter of fact, you will require smelling salts prior to the 20-minute tag in case you felt that Tarantino telling cops not to kill harmless disarmed African-Americans was also politically charged. For us, we all can take pleasure in the 70mm malicious magnificence of The Hateful Eight.

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Creed Movie Review

Review of the movie Creed released in 2015

Creed Movie Review – Released 2015

  • IMDB – 7.8 | Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
  • Rated PG-13
  • 133 minutes
  • Released – November 25th, 2015
  • Directed By: Ryan Coogler

Co-written and also directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed features Michael B. Jordan who plays the role of Adonis Johnson, the son of renowned pugilist Apollo Creed who is a fleet-footed boxer from the Rocky series.

Being an extramarital affair’s product, Adonis never ever knew his renowned dad, who passed away in the ring during a fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV of 1985. After the loss of his mother, Adonis was raised in a foster home; however, his strong likings for combating ended him up in juvenile detention. Adonis will get a second opportunity in the widow of Creed, Mary Anne who takes the youngster in.

Whilst boxing is in his bloodstream, Adonis is set to earn a name for himself. He leaves the ease and comfort of the Creed estate located in Los Angeles and moves to Philadelphia, the site of the legendary match of Apollo Creed with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). He finds out “The Italian Stallion” and employs the grizzled expert as his coach.

Creed explores a fresh section in the Rocky story, a follow-up which also serves as an aftermath, re-conceptualizing the best underdog tale for any new generation. Along with Rocky in his corner, it is not long before Adonis gets a go at the champion, Ricky Conlan (Anthony Bellew). Will he gain his dad’s legacy, or will Adonis turn into a “false Creed”?

Coogler, as well as Maryse Alberti, director of photography, have created an exciting as well as impressive movie along with fantastic performances by Jordan, Stallone, and also Tessa Thompson, who performs the role of Bianca, a Philly singer, and songwriter who becomes linked to Adonis.

There is something special in these motion pictures which resonate with viewers. As ridiculous as the Rocky series is on occasions, these films keep on connecting with folks – sports enthusiasts, action fans, despairing romantics, and traditional film lovers – there is something for everybody. Creed successfully channels that mental energy and directs the franchise in fascinating new directions whilst remaining true to its origins.

Coogler, along with his cast, has provided a crowd-pleasing movie which delivers an emotional punch. There is a sense of authority to the characters, both new as well as old. Adonis is undoubtedly his dad’s kid, but he is equally as much an underdog as Rocky had been in older days. He is from the streets, a warrior – a survivor – and he is scared that, in case he makes use of his father’s name, he would not be able to live up to it.

Rocky, in the meantime, is battling the most difficult fight of his lifetime – mortality. It is incredible what Stallone is able to perform with this character recently, from Rocky Balboa of 2006 to his most remarkable supporting role in Coogler’s movie. After retirement from the combat, Rocky has finally evolved into the Mickey character of Burgess Meredith, complete with ill-fitting stitched cap. Creed is actually the passing of the flashlight, and Stallone is out on a victorious high note here.

From the above-mentioned Creed movie review, it is evident that Creed is not just an awesome film; it is, in fact, one of the year’s very best. It is psychologically engaging and fully gratifying, an ideal vessel for movie fanatics. With a contemporary underdog storyline, Creed is really a reminder of how powerful the human energy can be when we have got something to battle for.

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