Month: March 2016

Deadpool

Director: Tim Miller Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skerin, Gina Carino, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Jed Rees Released: 12th February   The first superhero flick of 2016 comes courtesy of Ryan Reynolds having a second go at the character of Wade Wilson, aka the “Merc with a mouth”… Deadpool. First-time director Tim Miller along with the writing team of Zombieland (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) bring to the screen the notorious fourth wall breaking comic book character in all his wise-cracking gory glory.   Being a comic book character origin story, there’s the usual exploration of the protagonist’s life before becoming the hero (or more like anti-hero in Deadpool’s case). Wade, a former special ops solider working as a mercenary, has a most unusual introduction to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), a hooker not afraid to bite back at rude bystanders. The next hero cliché is the customary “tragic event”: for Wade it’s cancer. After being given a dire diagnosis of cancer spread throughout his body, Wade takes up an offer from a creepy “Agent Smith”-type recruiter (Jed Rees) to enter an experimental program headed by shady operatives Ajax (Ed Skerin) and Angel Dust (Gina Carino) to cure him of his ills and make him a hero. Wade emerges from this program as a very unconventional “hero”, who is determined to remove a greater...

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Zootopia (2016)

 For the Walt Disney Company, making a movie featuring anthropomorphic characters is risky. The first attempt was 1973’s “Robin Hood”, and that turned out alright. Then came 2005’s “Chicken Little”, which turned out to be disaster. Now, we have “Zootopia”, and how does this turn out? Pretty good. In fact, this film can be considered quite good, as there is a lot of creativity presented here. There are some minor problems with the film, but the good definitely outweighs the bad. “Zootopia” is a clever comedy that uses anthropomorphic characters to its advantage. The plot has anthropomorphic animals living in the city of Zootopia. One of its residents is a rabbit named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who has become the first rabbit in the city’s police force, Yet, everywhere she goes, Judy faces prejudice from almost everyone for not being in her position as a police officer, including her superior, Chief Bogo (Idris Elba). However, this all changes when Judy tackles a missing person case, and gets the help from a fox named Nick (Jason Bateman). Now the two must work together to find this missing person, and unravel an even bigger mystery surrounding the predators of the city. “Zootopia” definitely excels in a number of things. The story is full of twists and turns, as a good mystery should do, and there are some great comedic moments as...

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