Here’s a list of a few recent viewings I have gone through lately that I didn’t or didn’t want to review for whatever reason. Hopefully I can give a short review that may peak your interests to either watch or pass on a film you might have been considering. There can be a mix of newer/older movies with a few insights.
I only first heard of Deadpool when the Wolverine origins movie came out. Looked up some stuff and he sounded interesting, but not ever having an interest in reading Marvel comics, I didn’t go any further. Yet, after watching its development/nondevelopment/back to development stages, once the test footage leaked I looked forward to it. I was pleasantly surprised that Reynolds was cast, is longtime goal and that the study would take the risk and stick to the source material ensuring an R rating. And it earned it, and big time, so for those of you who want to stay away from strong language, violence and sex, keep walking. I enjoyed it, if not mostly for the spectacle and experiment that it is. Its fast paced, hilarious, inventive in ways and works as a different kind of comic book movie. The casting was near pitch perfect and the story keeps your interest. Reynolds is Deadpool and the men who fought for this film to be made and to be made right should get a lot of credit and hopefully this will mean, with the impressive financial success, that studios will take bigger risks for things that fans will show up for, cash in hand. 3 stars out of 4
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Guy Ritchie to this day is still one of my favorite directors. I never saw the television show this was based on, but knew the name and it had to do with spies or something to that effect. I wanted to see this in theaters but just didn’t get around to it. Right off the bat the movie hooks you. Ritchie’s natural flare to storytelling through editing, music and set design draws you in. the fast pass of it all helps as well, as there could have been many areas that could have dragged the film to a halt. Being set around cold war era espionage and an old school James Bond esque set of characters gives this movie that much more fun of an experience. Cavell and Hammer are great in their roles and they play off each other with boundless chemistry. The rest of the cast is good and the story engaging enough that you really do feel at the end of the film there should be another story coming. Hopefully there will be. 3 stars out of 4
I wish I could explain this film, but it just gets away from me. Regardless, this is one of the better thrillers in years. There’s scene after scene of such great tension that your palms will sweat. As for now, probably the best movie on the subject of the Mexican drug trafficking and the murderous evil people that help with it. We haven’t seen Benicio del Toro this good since Traffic. Emily Blunt is fine, but her character’s downfall is that she is too clichéd. The direction and pacing is perfect and most of the movie is hard to watch, so be warned there. 3 stars out of 4
Nope, don’t do it. Crude, unfunny and waste of talent. And…Tina Fey. 1 star out of 4