Sunday, May 27, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Good, but missed the magic

The Hit:

Another Star Wars side story based on a beloved character we all know and love. Does Solo meet the hype? In a way, it does but may be just as divisive as The Last Jedi.

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany

Pros: The parts of Solo I enjoyed were all the scenes with Emilia Clarke, she is the mother of dragons and I am such a fanboy over anything she is in. Han and Chewbacca's first meeting and also how Han gets his blaster, as well as the Millenium Falcon, were also great. Lando was a standout and Donald Glover nailed playing a younger version of the character. A close friend argued that the Millenium Falcon was not the real ship but you get to see why it is because of the damage it takes, so fixing it and repairing it really changes the look over its course of life, but it was nice seeing how clean and new it was from the start. 

Cons: The story to me didn't catch my attention. After debating with a friend I couldn't find the words why I didn't love this movie but after much thought, I simply didn't feel the "magic" that Star Wars usually brings. Solo didn't do it for me. Like I said above, there are some cool scenes where we see how Han becomes who he is and the relationships he makes but other than that, we've seen heist movies thousands of times and it just didn't grab my attention and passion for this film. I don't know if it was because of change of directors or simply how the story bloomed, but I didn't walk out jumping in glee or even telling friends to go see it ASAP. The con really to me, is that this origin movie was just an okay film and that pains me to say that. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Procced with Caution)

You may feel different from my opinion and that's great!, but if you are a Star Wars fan then this is a movie you have to watch but if you are semi hesitant then I wouldn't really push you out the door to go see it. It's a good adventure movie but didn't give me that Star Wars magic that the franchise almost always gives me. If you feel different feel free to let me know below. May the Force be with you. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2 Review: A dead-on sequel hit

The Hit:

Wade Wilson a.k.a "Deadpool" is the anti-hero we have all been waiting to see again and Deadpool 2 sure did live up to the hype. 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni.

Pros: The jokes and the jabs ranging from fellow Marvel heroes and movies to references of our everyday lives, to sci-fi and Star Wars, made Deadpool 2 even funnier than the first installment. The movie as a whole goes in a different direction and adds more drama which I won't spoil but I personally enjoyed it going that way. Cabel (Josh Brolin) was a great addition to this world and it's actually funny that Deadpool calls him out by another Marvel name which I'm sure you ALL know. The X-Force, that is all. One particular power that would be cool to have is Domino's, the power of good luck and seeing it work on screen made it that much cooler and yet scary if the wrong person had such an ability. It probably would have helped against the fight against Thanos am I right?

Cons: Some characters that were in the trailers weren't seen much in the film and Deadpool 2 only really focused on some of the main cast, including past characters from the first film. I wish they had made a little more time with the new people to get to know their powers and traits.  One particular newcomer, in particular, wasn't that great but knowing he was a big part of Deadpool's journey to being a better hero made me tolerate him at least a little. Still, I thought some of his lines were boring and annoying as a whole. 


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

I haven't had a good laugh in such a long time and Deadpool 2 had me in tears. Definitely worth the watch and there is a particular scene towards the end that had me really wiping my eyes from crying out of laughter, so good luck holding it in because the whole theatre lost it too. Also, stay during the credits for a couple scenes! There is nothing after the credits.