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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Spoiler Free Review

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Jurassic Park has been a landmark film franchise for the last 28 years, ever since the first one burst onto our screens in 1990. It pushed the boundaries of CGI and animatronics, scared the living daylights out of small children, and delighted adults for three films.

Then, Jurassic World came along three years ago, and some fans were left disappointed. Others, like myself, were wowed by the new material.

But, does it’s sequel, Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom, do any better? Or does it suffer from second-film-fatigue?

In short, Fallen Kingdom leaves the first Jurassic World in the dust.

This time, the dinosaurs are off the island, saved from their second extinction, only to be sold off to the highest bidder. Owen (Christ Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) set out to stop it, with the help of two new interns and a little girl – the granddaughter of Hammond’s business partner, who holds the key to a new storyline for the franchise.

They’re off-island, back in the ‘real world’, and the danger is only just getting started.

Filled with edge-of-your-seat-tension, terrifying dinosaurs (including a new breed Dr Wu has come up with), and a surprising amount of humour, Jurassic World is a thrill ride I cannot forget.

I’d even go as far to say that this is the best film in the franchise after the original one, it’s that good.

Yes, the storyline is a little far-fetched in places. Yes, the plot is skin-thin. Yes, it’s more of people getting eaten, apart from our heroes.

But, it’s fun. This film encapsulates everything that is fun about Jurassic Park as a franchise. It’s all about the scary dinosaurs, eating people and scaring the living daylights out of you. That’s what Jurassic World has always been about.

For some, the formula may be getting tiring, but, for a lot of the audience, including myself, this was incredible amounts of fun.

I loved every second, my mum, a dedicated fan of the franchise ever since it came out, was in awe, my best friend, a huge dinosaur fan, was unbelievably into it.

And I truly believe that sceptics of the first Jurassic World should give this one a chance. This one has learnt what the essense of this series is, and has filled itself with references to the original films. Any die-hard fan will spot the references to beloved scenes from the original three, and will love to see the return of Malcolm, even though his part is small.

All in all, I loved Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. It’s classic Jurassic Park, with added references, a bit more humour, and slightly more layered plot. The dinsoaurs are fantastic, the humans being eaten scenes are fantastic, and the tension had my heart pounding with exhilaration.

I cannot recommend Fallen Kingdom enough, to die-hards, sceptics, and general fans of dinosaurs alike. The franchise feels invigorated, and is now about to go down a new path, and an incredibly interesting one at that.

I, for one, cannot wait for the sequel. I just hope I don’t have to wait another 3 years for it!

 

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Deadpool 2 Spoiler Free Review

Deadpool 2 Spoiler Free Review

Warning: This review contains swearing, but it’s a Deadpool review, so you probably won’t care if you’re here.

Deadpool has been a legend among Marvel comic characters ever since his creation. He defies superhero rules, swears, breaks the fourth wall and is generally the biggest fucking antihero to ever antihero.

So, naturally, his debut film starring Ryan Reynolds as the infamous Wade Wilson became the highest selling R rated movie of all time in 2016. This year his sequel came out, and the question is, does it live up to the hype of the original?

You can bet your ass it does!

Deadpool 2 is an explosive (literally) fireball of a sequel, keeping all the things fans love from the first film while keeping the storyline fresh and original.

Without giving away spoilers, Deadpool 2 is about family, responsibility and standing up for those who need a hero. It’s also about grief and the lengths people will go to to try to make things right again. It gets deep, real deep, deeper than anyone thought Deadpool could get without the help of bullets and katanas.

And yet, it’s still funny. In between the serious, heartbreaking moments where we really see who Wade Wilson is at his core, is the usual cracktastic Deadpool we all love. He breaks the 4th wall, he makes jokes that are very, very close to the mark, he still kills people in the most violent way possible.

He’s still Deadpool, but there’s so much heart in this film, I wasn’t expecting it at all.
At first, it’ll have you saying some variation of ‘what in the ass is going on here?!’ But what follows is truly one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In places it’s beautiful, in others it’s hilarious, in others you cringe in pain for characters after particularly bloody fights. Deadpool 2 was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every mad second of it.

With cameos, you never expected to see, introductions to new fan favorites, and a fantastic storyline, Deadpool 2 has proven that it is a juggernaut of a franchise that can and will break every convention the superhero genre has picked up over the years, all while being ridiculously entertaining.

If you loved Deadpool 1, you will adore Deadpool 2. It truly is a masterpiece from Fox. Something I never thought I would say (with the exception of Logan last year, which I’m still not over).

Just a word of advice -stick around after the credits roll, the end credit scene is the best thing I’ve ever seen, that had the audience screaming with laughter. It, like the rest of the film, is not to be missed.

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Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War Spoiler Free Review

 

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This time last night, I was sitting in the cinema, preparing myself for the film event of the year. A film that has been 10 years, and 18 films, in the making.

Three different sets of superheroes – Avengers, Guardians and Masters Of The Mystic Arts, all coming together to create this one film. Infinity War.

Finally, the Avengers, the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spiderman, Black Panther, and every superhero ever introduced all teaming up to defeat one person – Thanos.

It was a risk, a huge risk. What if the audience didn’t like a certain team? What if a key superhero failed to create the buzz needed? What if Thanos wasn’t a scary enough villain?

But let me tell you, it pays off. 

This film is everything every Marvel fan has ever wanted and more.

It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s absolutely devasting.

The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, characters actually die in this one, and they are not coming back (much to my absolute horror), and the ending is such a cliffhanger I am still in shock, 24 hours later.

To sound cliche to the maximum, which does not suit the sheer magnitude of this film, I laughed, I cried (twice), I cheered when heroes teamed up with other heroes. I gasped, I hyperventilated for the entire film, I nearly crushed my mum’s hand I was squeezing it was so hard.

Infinity War is everything I wanted and more. My predictions for the film were 90% wrong, I didn’t see anything that happened coming. I was utterly captivated and left crying through the titles at the end.

I cannot praise Marvel enough for this film. I cannot praise the actors and the writers and the CGI people and the directors and everyone for this film. This film paid off in every single way possible. I loved every single second, even when I was crying my eyes out, even as I sit here now, in total and utter denial, I loved every single second.

This is the biggest film event of a lifetime, and the experience cannot be topped. If it is topped, it’ll be by Avengers 4 next year.

To say the least, though, Avengers 4 has a lot to answer, and a lot to live up to.

For now, though, Infinity War is a brilliant, fantastic, out of this world thrill ride of an emotional rollercoaster. A must see for every superhero fan. There will never be an event like this again, and it has to be seen to be believed.

 

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Uproarious Thor Ragnarok

 

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Loki is on the throne of Asgard.

Thor is having visions of the end of worlds.

Hela has escaped her prison.

Ragnarok is upon us, time to fight!

And what a fight it is! Thor Ragnarok is the third solo adventure for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and it is most probably the best one.

This film see’s Hemsworth really come into his own as Thor, as he tries to stop  The Goddess Of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), from destroying Asgard. There’s only one problem – he’s stuck on Sakaar, forced to fight The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for the entertainment of The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is of no help, and neither is Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a fellow Asgardian stuck on the planet.

It’s entirely up to Thor to bring his team together and face down the Goddess, to save his people, his planet, and possibly the galaxy, from Hela’s wrath.

What follows, is a brilliant, uproarious thrill fest of fights, high stakes and laugh out loud humour, reminiscent of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Taika Waititi really took a risk with Ragnarok, while not everyone liked the previous formula for Thor solo films, they still worked brilliantly, and possibly fit better with the classic Norse Mythology. But Taiki utterly flips this on its head – Ragnarok is bright and full of jokes, Thor doesn’t take himself as seriously, Loki doesn’t get all the oneliners, and even Hulk gets a chance to shine outside of a battle scene.

But despite all the humour, you still feel the gravity of the situation.

Hela is on the warpath, Asgard is unprotected, and there’s nothing stopping her from destroying everything in her way. The danger is very real, and while this film is hilarious, it never forgets that it is supposed to be about Ragnarok. The tone takes a little while to adjust to, but once you do, this film propels its audience through every second and never lets you go.

I loved every second of this film, it was fantastic from beginning to the end. From the storyline, the humour, the new characters, and the cameo (Hiddlesbatch fans will be reasonably pleased with Doctor Strange’s appearance, though we will have to wait until Infinity War for a possible magic fight between Stephen and Loki), it was all genius. Definitely a risk work taking.

Thor finally got his chance to shine and become The God Of Thunder he was always supposed to be. Norse Mythology was given its due, and while a lot was changed to fit more comic book elements into it, the essence was still there.

I feel like Thor’s journey has properly begun now, I cannot wait to see where it takes us from here!

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Golden Kingsman

The Kingsman Are Golden

Suit jackets are buttoned, ties are tied, the Oxfords are on, not the Brogues. That can only mean one thing – the Kingsman are back!

Last night, the second outing for the Kingsman debuted, and what an adventure it was!

Robots, psychopathic villains and character resurrections define The Golden Circle, in one of the maddest, out of this world films I’ve seen this year.

Think Kingsman 1, but bigger, better, and all round crazier, and you have the vaguest idea of this film.

The Golden Circle follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Rylance), the only surviving members of the Kingsman, after every hideout is blown to pieces, as they travel to America to find the US version of their organisation – The Statesman.

The two could not be more different, the Kingsman are the definition of stylish, discreet, and gentlemanly. The Statesman are quite a bit louder, brasher, and just about every stereotype an American secret service organisation could be – but with some very cool toys.

Naturally, Eggsy and Merlin clash terribly with Statesman agents Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), Champs (Jeff Bridges), and Tequila (Channing Tatum), but have to work as best they can to take down The Golden Circle, who have a plan to kill millions with infected drugs.

Sound like enough to be dealing with? Well, there’s another thing to add to that list of problems – Harry is back. That’s right, Harry Hart (Colin Firth), Eggsy’s mentor, previously shot-through-the-head-and-dead agent of Kingsman, is alive. Missing an eye, and all of his memories, but he’s alive. And Eggsy has no idea what to do, he has to complete the mission, but he needs Harry back to his old self, so the old crew are back together.

Hilarious, insane, and ruder than the first, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an unforgettable thrill ride. Anyone who says it was too long, or suffered from thinking ‘bigger is better’ is entirely wrong, and clearly don’t know what the Kingsman franchise is all about. It’s about massive fight scenes, far-fetched plots, insane characters, it’s escapism in it’s truest form.

I laughed, I nearly cried, and loved every damn second of it. As Eggsy would say – it was fucking awesome – and well worth seeing several times over.