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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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Top 5 Wednesday – Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors

Auto-buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors

Finally, time for another Top 5 Wednesday, it’s been too long! But this is a topic I can really get my teeth into – Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors!

I’ve only recently gotten into Scifi, but I’ve been a fan of Fantasy for as long as I can remember. It’s my favourite genre, I practically live in Fantasy novels if I’m honest, and I have several authors I auto-buy without even thinking. I barely look at the synopsis for them, I just see they’ve released a new book and jump right in!

So, without further ado, let’s get into my Top 5 Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors!

  • Terry Pratchett.Terry Pratchett

Were you really expecting anything else from me, honestly? I adore Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, they’re the ultimate Fantasy for me. They’re clever, funny, and all-encompassing. He’s sadly no longer with us, but if I ever go into a bookstore and find a Discworld novel I don’t own, I snap it up immediately! I have no room on my Pratchett shelf, the new covers do not match our original covers (they’re not even the same size, and are a mess of paper and hardback covers) but that doesn’t stop me. I won’t stop until I own every single thing Terry wrote. My only exception is the things he co-wrote (with the exception to that rule being Good Omens, because my God that book is good), I’m not keen on anything he wrote with other authors, but anything solo is mine. 

  • V.E. Schwab.V.E. Schwab

Again, any surprises here? No, not really. I have a serious thing for Schwab’s writing, it’s a beautiful mix of incredible world building, impeccable characterisation and brutal violence, which essentially ticks every box on my ‘book needs’ checklist. And that’s without even mentioning how effortlessly diverse her books are, so expertly woven into her incredibly imaginative stories. I simply adore her books, and always look forward to whatever she’ll write next. Whether it be a comic book, a middle-grade novel, or a spin-off from an already-established series, I will always pick up her stories.

  • Derek Landy.Derek Landy

The author of Skulduggery Pleasant, one of the best children’s books series I’ve ever read. I may have only read the first three (to say the least I’m stretching it out as much as possible, so it doesn’t end too quick), but I’m always on the lookout for the latest book in this wonderful series. I’ve also got the first book in his other series, Demon Road, which I am also saving for when I can dedicate a decent amount of time to it. Landy’s writing is so sharp, so quick and never talks down to its reader. It revels in the scary and of the consequences of magic. I have loved his writing ever since I was a child, to the point where I actually dressed as Valkyrie Caine for a World Book Day when I was twelve. Essentially, I adore Derek Landy, especially his Skulduggery series, and will never stop recommending it to others, let alone buying every book he comes out with.

  • Jay Kristoff.Jay Kristoff

I only recently discovered the joys of Jay Kristoff’s books, and even though I’ve only read one and three quarters of another, I have loved every second of his writing style. It’s frank, and doesn’t shy away from brutal murder, or the gore that follows it. Like I said before, I’m a bit of a fan of murder and gore, but Kristoff has a certain talent for it that I cannot help but be drawn to like a moth to the flame. Nevernight is now one of my favourite books of the year, and I’ve basically pushed it on my mum and best friend, insisting they read it ASAP. As for Illuminae, it’s hit me in a way I didn’t expect, forcing me to put it down for a while, but that, to me, just speaks of its quality. I cannot wait to see what else Kristoff comes up with in the future, whatever it’ll be, I’m sure it’s going to be incredible.

  • Skottie Young.

After reading I Hate Fairyland, I’ve decided that Young is a freaking genius with comic books. Somewhere between brilliance, hilarity and OTT violence, Young is an absolutely fantastic writer. Ever since I’ve wanted to pick up every comic book he writes. Alas, I haven’t managed it yet, but I’m constantly on the lookout for everything he’s written (especially the Marvel comics, I’m a bit obsessed…). He’s a great author to read when feeling a little low, or looking for an incredibly quick read. I would recommend him to anyone who’s a fan of Mark Millar, or Deadpool-esque violence and madness.

And that’s my top 5! But I can’t finish this blog post without a few honourable mentions.

  • Tom Fletcher.Tom  Fletcher

Children’s book author with The Christmasaurus and The Creakers, soon to be YA author, too, with Eve Of Man in May, I love this man’s writing. He’s funny, imaginative, and sweeps you into a story in just a few sentences. Between the humour, the fourth wall breaks, and the musical accompaniments, I cannot resist Tom’s books! Also, it helps that he’s a McFly boy, so I auto-buy anything he ever does!

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher.Carrie Hope Fletcher

She deals with more magical-realism, so I have no idea if that really counts as fantasy, but I’m counting her! Carrie makes me actually like romance in a novel and has such a great way of pulling emotions out of me I didn’t know existed. Her second book, All That She Can See, also dealt with mental health issues in such an interesting way I cannot help but love her writing. I’ll buy anything she writes!

As for a few authors, I think will end up on the auto-buy list eventually… well, I have a few.

  • Rick Riordan.Rick Riordan

Please do not judge me, but I’ve never read anything by Riordan… yet. I now am the proud owner of the first five Percy Jackson books, as I had heard so much about them, and saw them down from £40 to £15 (thanks to The Works!), I had to snap them up! They’re one of my top priorities to read after May, and if what everyone else has said is true, I’m going to absolutely love these books, and I cannot wait to get into them and fall in love with Riordan’s writing.

  • Marissa Meyer.Marissa Meyer

Yeah, I know, how the hell have I not read anything by Meyer yet? Simple, I’m an idiot. And slow. But as of Monday morning, the day I type this up, I started Cinder, I’m currently only five chapters in, but I’m enjoying it so far, and I’m hoping it’ll continue. I’ve also got Renegades saved for just before the sequel to be released, so I’m currently semi-confident in my loving her writing. The disability rep is so far great, in my mind at least, in Cinder, it’s just my aversion to love stories that may put me off at this point…

  • Phillip Reeve.Philip Reeve

Finally, an author I have read before. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Larklight by Reeve. I read it cover to cover, and when I finished, I didn’t even pause in starting reading it again. I recently uncovered the book, and I cannot wait to reread it at some point and relive my childhood a bit. Recently, I also bought Mortal Engines, because of the film adaption coming out at the end of the year, so I reckon this is going to kick start my love of Reeve again. I’m very excited to find out.

  • Sarah J Maas.Sarah J. Maas

This is where I beg the book community to not totally shun me for the rest of time, but I’ve never read anything by Maas before. But my interest has been piqued, thanks to almost literally everyone ever. So I bought Throne Of Glass for my birthday, and it’s on my list of ‘things to read in April.’ I have a good feeling about this book at the moment, and about the author in general. I’m hoping it comes through, and I become a die-hard fan too.

I could go on for days, but I’m going to stop there, I’ve already gone over the actual prompt, but I couldn’t really help myself if I’m honest. There’s just so many authors I’m passionate about, or just plain excited to read!

What are you guys auto-buy authors? Anybody, I should check out right this second? Leave me a comment down below so I can check them out, I’m always on the lookout for more authors to read!

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Uproarious Thor Ragnarok

 

Uproarious Thor Ragnarok (1)

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.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Out Of This World

 

Alright, I’ve had 4 hours sleep, which was interrupted thanks to a lovely pounding headache, but I have to write this now because I cannot stop thinking about Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, as I do with all the films Marvel releases, but the Guardians have had a special place in my heart for a while. The first film was a triumph, and made me fall in love with how different they are from other superheros in the franchise, how the humour is kicked up a notch, and just simply how lighthearted this rag-tag team of misfits are.

But Volume 2 hit me sideways. I was not expecting the turns this film took, I was expecting a laugh out loud comedy action film, instead I got a funny, but poignant, film focusing entirely on one important thing: family.

When we left the Guardians Of The Galaxy had just learnt to work together as a group, and in this film, they still work together, but they’ve become a family. And by family, I mean a very dysfunctional one. Peter and Rocket argue constantly, Gamora is ignoring all of Peter’s advances, Drax doesn’t listen to a word anybody else says. Groot mostly stays out of it, because he’s just a tiny baby tree (and by just I mean the cutest thing Marvel have ever created), who is in essence a toddler who likes to cause trouble. The arguing is getting worse and worse, they all love each other in their own ways, but they haven’t learnt to live together, and they are getting close to tearing each other apart.

Meanwhile, Yondu’s crew have mutinied against him, The Sovereign are after the Guardian’s, and there’s a mysterious man hanging around with an alien claiming to be Peter’s dad. That’s right, Peter’s dad has found him, and we finally find out why Peter could hold an Infinity Stone without dying instantly.

I won’t say who he is for spoiler reasons, though if you’re on the internet as much as I am, you’ll know by now, as it was announced months ago. All I’ll say is that the man is full of mystery, and thanks to him, we find out so much more about each member of the team, things that we were desperate to know, some we really weren’t.

I’m making this sound like it’s really angsty all the way through, and it really isn’t. The essence of what makes Guardians Of The Galaxy is still there, the humour definitely more adult in places, but this is still as fun as the first one, if not more so. The plot is great, with some fantastic plot twists that hit me so hard in the chest I nearly wanted to cry. The stakes are higher, the bad guys are more powerful, and most importantly, the films heart got bigger. The Guardians have always been about family, and this time it shines brighter in the most beautiful way.

Volume 2 is like Volume 1, dialed up 100 notches, it’s brilliant, fantastic, just as mind-blowing as the first. I loved every second. I laughed, I nearly cried, I freaked out in places at references as to what is to come later in the MCU. Essentially, I loved it. Plain and simple.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 is an awesome mix of fun, love, and consequences. A film I feel that everyone should watch. Marvel have once again hit the nail on the head, and made one amazing film.

 

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Doctor Strange Mind Trip

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Anybody who knows me will tell you the same thing – I love Marvel, and I love Benedict Cumberbatch. So as you can imagine, Doctor Strange has caused a lot of excitement for me. And by a lot of excitement, I mean it’s been a huge part of my life ever since the casting was announced on this film. My favourite actor, and my favourite franchise combining? What could be more perfect? (Well, a McFly song somewhere in the film would have been wonderful, but hey, two out of three isn’t bad)

Never before in my life have I followed the production of a film so closely as I have done for Doctor Strange, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally see the film yesterday, after two long years of waiting.

And all I can say is wow, just wow. This film is brilliant, in so many ways. It’s an origins story, which could seem outdated and boring by now, but this film does it in a slightly different way.

I’ll start from the beginning. Doctor Stephen Strange is the best neurosurgeon around, he’s at the top of his game, working only on the hardest (but curable) cases he can find. He’s arrogant, rich, and only out for himself. He has to be right, constantly, and does not hold back when he finds someone stupid. But it all changes when he has a violent car crash, which crushes his hands, leaving him with nerve damaged hands which constantly shake, and unable to do surgery.

After hearing that there’s someone out there who can cure him, he goes in search of The Ancient One, and that’s when his entire world is turned on it’s head. He’s introduced to magic and the mystic arts, and after some false starts, starts to train and learn everything he can about them, slowly becoming entrenched in this world of magic, albeit reluctantly.

Sounds like a normal Marvel origin story, right? Wrong. Because unlike Iron Man, Captain America or Thor, Stephen Strange doesn’t want to be a hero. He just wants to be a surgeon again, he doesn’t want to kill others to save the world, or anything like that. He wants to save lives in the operating theater, like he’s been doing his entire life. There’s several arguments throughout the film over this, and in the beginning he only fights when he has to, not because he wants to. It’s only towards the end of the film when he changes his mind, unlike all of our other heroes in this universe.

Another thing that stands out in this film is how Doctor Strange battles. He doesn’t have a special suit, isn’t enhanced in any way, isn’t a Demi-God, or battling alongside aliens. He’s completely human, a human with magic, and mystical objects which help, sometimes hilariously, along the way, but he’s still human. And he gets hurt, a lot, in this film. Not just in training with The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), but in actual fights with the enemy.

His powers sometimes fail him, he loses important objects he needs to battle, he doesn’t fully understand the mystical powers that are working around him. For once, we saw a hero actually get beaten, several times over in fact, and in ways that made everyone wince in sympathy in the cinema.

It was a refreshing thing to see, and made the character more realistic in my opinion. I’m sure others are getting slightly tired of the hero winning battles without much issue their first time round, so to actually have someone get seriously beaten really grounded the audience in reality, despite all the magical things going on.

Even the magic seems sort-of grounded in reality. Of course, it’s as trippy as the old Steve Ditko comics, and it takes you on a wild ride through the weirdest of dimensions, but the characters make this all seem rather normal, because it’s normal to them. It’s their way of life, their way of protecting the world, and has been for centuries. The way it’s been done gives the audience just a glimpse at what’s out there, what Doctor Strange will go on to accomplish as the Sorcerer Supreme, while still making it accessible, and not making the whole thing seem too… well, strange. 

All in all, Doctor Strange is possibly now my favourite Marvel film (sorry Civil War), it had all of Marvel’s hallmarks – great wit, engaging characters, amazing end credit scene (stay right to the end of the credits, there’s two end credit scenes) – but it was different from the classic origin stories we know and love.

It’s needless to say, but the acting was also superb, the casting on point, and the costuming/effects were done beautifully. Everything came together perfectly, setting up a sequel in the future, expanding the MCU even further, and changing up everything. It’s a must see film for any superhero fan, and hell, even if you’re not a superhero fan, go and see it anyway, because it’s possibly the best film I’ve seen all year.

To say the least, it was worth the two year wait.

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Star Trek Is Beyond Good

First of all, let me apologise for the header, my only excuse is punny titles on blog posts and that’s the best one I could think of in this head.

Now, onto the review.

Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the Star Trek reboot series, and it does not disappoint. The story follows Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and team crash landed on an unexplored world, separated and facing a dangerous new enemy – Krall.

I, for one, was slightly worried about how this film would turn out. Previous director JJ Abrams was only producing this film, the directors chair now filled by Justin Lin from the Fast And Furious franchise, and I was worried about how that would turn out. Would it still retain the previous film’s charm, the lens flares, anything that made the films feel distinctive? Trust me when I saw that the film feels different, but it’s not too bad a difference. It still feels like Star Trek, the characters are the same, the story line is still good, and there’s definitely enough Trek in there to satisfy fans.

One thing that is rather different from the previous films, is that there is a lot of humour in this one. This would be because Simon Pegg has co-written the film, and has added his sense of humour. But it’s not out of place, it actually works quite well. Most lines go to either Pegg’s character Scottie or Karl Urban’s Bones, though Kirk and Spock also get a few lines in too.

Another difference is that Chekov plays a a larger part than usual in this film. Chekov is usually a slightly more background character, but in this one he’s more at the forefront of the action, having a lot of screen time with Kirk. It’s a lovely thing to see, though still slightly sad, due to the recent passing of Anton Yelchin. His bigger role, and his dedication at the end, really made the film feel like it truly was ‘for Anton.’

The tribute to Leonard Nimoy is also a beautiful touch to the film. I won’t spoil what is done in tribute to him, but I will say that it will make classic Trek fans cry. My best friend and I, who have only ever watched these new films, welled up at his tribute. It was written in brilliantly, and while plays a key role in two scenes, is not completely ‘in your face’ or too over the top. It’s just right, stated well, and straight forward, sort of like Spock in that respect.

There is only two things that bugged me about this film. One was that the camera work during fight scenes was a bit too shaky to see what was going on, which spoiled them slightly for me. And the second was that I felt like Krall’s reasonings for his actions, along with his weapon, could have been explained just a bit more. I was left guessing for most of the film as to why he was so against Star Fleet, and never really understood what his weapon did, or why he needed the artifact to make it work.

But all in all, Star Trek Beyond is a great bit of film. It’s funny, witty, with a good plot line. The cast is great, the fight scenes are good, and it was great to see the affect of five years in space on the crew. They seemed stronger and closer together than in the first two. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.