Deadpool 2: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #18

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! This review will have spoilers for Deadpool 2 throughout as indicated by bold warnings. But go watch Deadpool 2. Even go rewatch it. It’s honestly one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.

When Deadpool first came out in 2016, I was so excited for it. It lived up to the hype, and I had a new favourite film (joint first with Pulp Fiction). Deadpool then fell to around 4th or 5th after some time, with Pulp Fiction still leading in first. Then Deadpool 2 was announced. A new wave of excitement washed over me after the Wet on Wet (Bob Ross) trailer was released in November 2017. Here we are in May 2018 with the long-awaited sequels smashing records like the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated movie.

From David Leitch, director of John Wick (see Ryan’s Movie Reviews #16) and starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, Deadpool 2 continues on from the first Deadpool. Wade is now a contract killer, but when a job goes horribly wrong and changes his life, he joins the X-Men. On his first mission, Deadpool meets Russell, or Firefist, a mutant who can generate fire from his fists (it’s in the name!). In the future, Firefist kills Cable’s family, so Cable comes to the present. In order to protest Firefist, Deadpool must assemble a team of heroes to stop Cable from killing Russell.

The first Deadpool was the first ever R-rated superhero movie and completely changed the game. Though it was sad to hear Tim Miller left the second film, David Leitch taking over as director was a decision that made the film much more awesome. Those who have seen Atomic Blonde and John Wick know of his spectacular action scenes and Leitch was able to implement this into Deadpool 2. I can’t talk much about fight scenes with them being spoilers, but a NON-SPOILER fight scene that was shown in the trailer and that was amazing in the film was the fight between Deadpool and Cable in the prison. It had great camerawork and classic, Deadpool-like humour that was mixed into the action wonderfully. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role of the Merc with a Mouth, and he’s filthier than ever. Reynolds further proves that he was born to play Deadpool, with a wicked humour that will have you laughing so much you choke on over-priced popcorn. He’s joined by Zazie Beetz’s Domino, whose power is luck. Despite Mr Pool’s belief, it IS very cinematic and she was so cool! I can’t say too much without spoiling, but what I will say she is easily one of the best characters in the film and Beetz absolutely killed it in this role. As promised in the post-credits scene from Deadpool, we meet Cable in Deadpool 2. He’s not played by Keira Knightley (sadly) but by Thanos himself, Josh Brolin. Brolin was fantastic as the half machine half man cyborg. His emotional complexity in the character was perfect for the film and Brolin executed the role perfectly. Talking about the X-Force is a bit of a spoiler, but they were all awesome and hilarious in their scenes. Especially Peter and I quite liked Zeitgeist too. There’s another secret X-Force member who was pretty cool too, but that’s spoiler terrority. Go watch Deadpool 2 and come read the spoiler half of this review. Morena Baccarin is back again as Vanessa, Wade’s girlfriend. It was great to see her in the film, but I can’t say too much more without it being a spoiler. Dopinder is also back, played by Karan Soni. Dopinder is more vulgar and funnier in this film, which is obviously from Wade’s influence. Soni has iconically become known as the taxi driver for ‘Mr Pool’ and is perfect for the innocent yet wild character. We are introduced to Russell, or Firefist, a mutant who is being hunted down by Cable. Julian Dennison (or as I always call him, Ricky Baker) takes on the role and did a good job. He was a good character, but I would have liked to have seen more emotion from him.

The action was amazing, the humour even better and I think that Deadpool 2 was better than the first. That’s all can say for Deadpool 2 without spoiling anything. Go watch, even go watch it again. It’s that good. Then come back and read the rest of my review. But there are spoilers down there. You have been warned!

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The X-Force prepares to jump and save the day

Do NOT read below this point if you have not seen Deadpool 2. There are spoilers for Deadpool 2.

My initial thoughts after watching Deadpool 2 were that it was not how I expected it to be. I remember thinking before the film that the first Deadpool would be better than the second. Most sequels are. To my surprise, Deadpool 2 was actually better than the first. Funnier, gorier and overall just better, though I found the plot a little weak. Now I can the actual proper review. You see the plot you read up there? It’s wrong! Continue reading for my spoiler review of Deadpool 2.

Deadpool 2 leaves us where we left off from the first Deadpool. Wade is on a world tour, working as a contract killer (with the help of Dolly Parton). When he fails to kill a target (Kurosawa) back at home, the target sends his crew after Wade and attacks him while he’s at home with Vanessa. It’s also Wade and Vanessa’s anniversary that night where Wade gifts Vanessa an arcade token (callback to the first film), and they have decided to start a family together. However, Kurosawa’s men attack and kill Vanessa. Wade then hits a slump and decides to kill himself. He blows himself up and his body parts are splattered all over the place. Colossus visits Wade and helps his recover, piecing him back together. Wade’s now part of the X-Men (trainee!) and speaks with Russell, realising he has been abused by the headmaster of an orphanage for being a mutant. Deadpool then kills one of staff who was abusing Russell, which leads to Wade and Russell being thrown into a prison, called the Icebox. The Icebox is a prison for mutants, where they wear collars that stop the mutants from using their powers. We cut to the future, where Cable finds his wife and daughter dead as a result from an older Russell burning them.  Cable then decides to go to the present to kill Russell to stop him from ever killing anyone and going down a path of destruction. Cable then breaks into the prison and fights Wade, who is protecting Russell. They escape from the Icebox and go their separate ways, while Russell remains in prison and befriends a mysterious character. Cable goes to prepare for his next attack, while Wade meets up with Weasel to assemble the X-Force, a forward-thinking, gender-neutral team consisting of members like Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, the Vanisher, Domino and Peter. Both Cable and X-Force find out the prisoners from the Icebox are being transported to a new facility, and decide to attack, as Deadpool knows Cable will use this opportunity to kill Russell. The X-Force jump out their heli-carrier and all die, except for Deadpool and Domino. Bedlam parachutes into a bus, Shatterstar parachutes into the blades of a helicopter, the Vanisher parachutes into a power line, and Zeitgeist parachutes into a wood chipper. Peter tries to help Zeitgeist out the wood chipper but gets Zeitgeist’s acidic vomit on him. With Deadpool and Domino as the only survivors, they head out to fight Cable. Russell and his friend revealed to be the Juggernaut fight back against Cable, Deadpool and Domino. Juggernaut rips Wade in half, where he goes to recover in Blind Al’s apartment. There, Domino, Dopinder and Weasel help Wade devise a plan to stop Cable when Cable rocks up and decides to help them out, as he realises Juggernaut is an unstoppable force. Before stopping Russell, Wade visits the X-Mansion to enlist the help of Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio. They reject his offer, and Wade makes his way to the orphanage accompanied by Domino and Cable, with Dopinder acting as their ride. Juggernaut and Firefist arrive at the orphanage to kill the headmaster, where Deadpool and his crew arrive shortly after. After some fighting, Colossus, Yukio and Negasonic turn up at the orphanage to stop Firefist and Juggernaut. While Colossus, Yukio and Negasonic knock Juggernaut out (we briefly see him rise from the swimming pool at the end of the film), Domino, Deadpool and Cable take out the abusive staff. After trying to talk to Russell about not killing, Deadpool puts a collar on from the Icebox and takes a bullet for Russell, where he learns human kindness and Wade dies from taking a bullet for him (as he is wearing the Icebox collar). With one charge left on his time travel device, Cable goes back in time to protect Wade by putting the arcade token that he gave to Vanessa in one of Wade’s pockets where he will later get shot, saving Wade’s life. Russell still learns the lesson of human kindness and spares the headmaster’s life. As the team walks away, Dopinder kills the headmaster with his taxi, proving his courage. Cable decides he will stay in the present to make a better future. In the post-credit scenes, Negasonic and Yukio fix Cable’s time travelling device, and Deadpool takes it and saves Vanessa and Peter, then goes even further back in time to kill the Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then slightly forward in time to kill a young Ryan Reynolds from ever making Green Lantern. And that’s a recap of everything that happened in Deadpool 2.

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Cable vs Deadpool

Here’s what I loved about Deadpool 2. First off, it was funnier. It was more self-aware had made jokes that had me gasping for air. From calling Dopinder ‘Brown Panther’, the baby legs, and especially the X-Force scene. Secondly, the action and gore in this film. This is from the same director who gave us the awesome action in John Wick, and it was so satisfying to see that furthered in Deadpool 2. Another amazing thing that Deadpool 2 was able to do was being really emotional when it needed to be, most notably the ending, where Wade meets Vanessa in ‘heaven’. This scene was so amazing because of the characters emotions and the unplugged, soft rendition of ‘Take On Me’, which brings me on to my next point. The music in this film was incredible. From using ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ as Deadpool’s theme, then ‘Nobody Speak’ by DJ Shadow for the scene of interviewing the X-Force candidates. The best goes to Celine Dion’s ‘Ashes’ that played during the opening credits. It was a great song that perfectly suited the opening credits. The opening credits were, in my opinion, better than the first film’s. It had something pretty big to live up to, and rather than listing what the characters were in a comedic way, it referenced what we had seen and made in-jokes that were hilarious, like ‘cinematography by Blind Al’ and ‘written by the real villains here’, when the first film said ‘written by the real heroes here’ in its opening credits.

However, it wasn’t a perfect film. One of the things that I didn’t like about Deadpool 2 is it’s ending. It didn’t really make sense. We didn’t see any relationship development between Deadpool and Cable apart from when they arrive at the orphanage for a brief minute. It seemed a little unearned. Also, I’d have like to have seen more of Negasonic and Colossus. We didn’t see much of them in the last film, and I was looking to seeing more of them in this sequel. They could have done more, particularly with Negasonic, but when making room for new characters like Domino and Cable, they got sidelined. There was also no need for Weasel. Sure, he had some good jokes and furthered the plot in a few places, but he could’ve been cut from the film and it wouldn’t have made a difference. I didn’t understand the whole thing about Wade being close to death and visiting Vanessa in that underwater world place. After watching the film, I learnt it was supposed to be heaven, but there must have been another way to show Wade getting close to Vanessa when he felt close to death.

The best scenes for me were the opening fights with Deadpool on his world tour, as it reminded us of Deadpool’s humour and talents in a neat little montage. The opening credits were also great fun to watch. The prison fight was fantastic, as was the entirety of the X-Force. The interviews, the deaths, and Deadpool and Domino chasing down Cable; it was highly entertaining and I loved it. The whole baby legs scene was awesome too.  The end fight was incredible as it showcased the newly formed X-Force coming together and it was a spectacle to see them working as one unit. The post-credit scenes had me in fits of laughter. Deadpool 2 really outdid the first one in my opinion.

My favourite characters were the three main protagonists. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool and it’s evident from this film that no-one could ever live up to Reynolds version of Deadpool. He’s so hilarious and fantastic in this role, and his efforts certainly pay off. Zazie Beetz’s Domino is also one of my favourite characters, as she was so badass. The sequence of her using her luck powers and avoiding obstacles was incredible, and I look forward to seeing more of Domino in the future. Lastly, Josh Brolin’s Cable was absolutely amazing. He combined great action with a wit that combated Deadpool’s humour, which was great fun to watch in this film. The trio were so cool to watch at the end of the film, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

Deadpool 2 certainly lived up to the hype (plus plus) and gets a 9.2/10 from me. Yeah, that’s a pretty high rating, but this is Ryan’s Movie Reviews. I absolutely loved Deadpool 2, as it didn’t suffer from sequel-itis and suck, but was such a fun and awesome cinematic experience that I am longing to watch again. Hat’s off to Ryan Reynolds here. I know he wasn’t the director, but he did a fantastic job of getting Deadpool 1 and Deadpool 2 made. It’s a game-changing series for not only the superhero film genre but the entire film industry.

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Coming to America: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #17

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We’ve all seen movies that aren’t bad but aren’t the best film ever too. We enjoy them because, while they may not amazing, they can still be somewhat entertaining. Films like this to me are Passengers and this week’s review of 1988’s ‘Coming to America’.

Starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, Coming to America tells the story of Prince Akeem, prince of a wealthy African country. Akeem’s parents try to him set up with a wife of their choice. Akeem wishes to find a woman who loves him for who he is, not because of his title. He travels with his best friend, Semmi, to New York in search of someone who loves Akeem for who he is. You know, the kinda cliché story but with Eddie Murphy and a bit more humour.

The first time I saw Coming to America, I had myself dying of laughter. It was so funny and entertaining. However, I found that as I rewatched it, the comedy still made me laugh but the film itself made me a little bored in some places. Eddie Murphy plays Prince Akeem, and it’s evident that Murphy has a blast playing this character. He is suited to the role and plays out the comedy well too. I did find that his accent for Akeem did seem to swing between too American and too African, which was a little irritating  (the best American doing an African accent consistently throughout a film goes to Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther). Arsenio Hall played Semmi, Akeem’s sidekick on his travel to the Big Apple. Personally, I loved his character. He was entertaining and didn’t really overdo anything, which was great! I love James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair as the King and Queen of Zamunda. Jones was a perfect father figure, and his voice was perfect. Fun fact, they voiced Mufasa and Sarabi in the Lion King after this. Shari Headley played Lisa, the daughter of the McDowell’s owner, who Akeem is pursuing. She was a good character who was fun in places. My favourite characters were Semmi and Samuel L Jackson’s character who tried to rob the McDowells. Though he wasn’t a main character, he was funny and I love Jackson in most of his work.

This film certainly had comedy, but I felt that it was a little too much in some places. The story of someone who doesn’t want to marry someone that their parents want, so they go off to find their dream spouse and end up living happily ever after is a little cliché in my opinion. Coming to America adds comedy and a little twist on this, but still falls down this hole. It’s a good and enjoyable film but is boring and a little dull at points. As I said in my introduction, it’s not a terrible film, but neither is it the best film ever. It’s fun and entertaining.

There were a couple of scenes that I liked, like the ‘good morning my neighbours’ scene, where Akeem shouts ‘good morning my neighbours!’ from his hotel room to be yelled back the response of ‘hey, f**k you’ from a friendly New Yorker. I also thought Akeem and Semmi’s arrival into the States was pretty funny too. The ‘bark like a dog’ part was good too. But the funniest scene goes to Akeem and Semmi trying to find a girl at the club. It was hilarious to me!

Overall, Coming to America gets a solid 7/10 from me. It was funny and entertaining but I was bored and a lost interest in a few places. Paramount announced at this years CinemaCon that Coming to America 2 was in production and could be hitting our screens soon, so I’m looking forward to that.

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John Wick: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #16

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With Deadpool 2 right around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look at the new director’s work. Tim Miller, the director of the first Deadpool, left the role of director of Deadpool 2 and David Leitch took over. Leitch is famously known for action in his films, such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde. I ran a poll on Instagram, where John Wick won with 64% of the vote and beating Atomic Blonde, making it this weeks review.

Starring Keanu Reeves and from director David Leitch, John Wick tells the story of the titular character who is a legendary and retired assassin and quits the business to get married. His wife dies and leaves him a puppy to remember her by. He is forced out of retirement when Iosef, a thug, and son of a mobster steals his prized car and kills the puppy. John seeks vengeance against those who wronged him while Iosef’s father, who is an old colleague of Johns, puts a bounty on his head when he realises his son’s life is in danger.

This film was a surprise and secret hit and was incredibly stylish. Where it uses one camera to pan as Wick takes down one guy and shoot another, other films use 14 quick cuts and changes to show Liam Neeson jumping over a fence (looking at you, Taken). Like in Leitch’s other films, the action and direction were amazing. Keanu Reeves takes on the role of John Wick (his eighth time playing a character named John) and was awesome. It’s almost as if he doesn’t age, as he is able to do all scenes as if he is still in his 20s. His range of emotions was strong and quite compelling too. Michael Nyqvist played Viggo Tarasov, Iosef’s father. Nyqvist played Viggo well, with a firmness and tone of scariness and interrogation. The fight scene at the end of the film between Viggo and Wick was.  Iosef, the mobster’s son, was played by Alfie Allen. While Allen was great in this role, I didn’t like his character. He seemed quite mismatched for the role in my opinion.

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Wick takes down an enemy in a scene from the club fight.

There were a few favourite scenes from John Wick. I liked the ‘It’s not what you did. It’s who you did it to’ scene, as it showed us Wick’s revenge starting out. The violence throughout the film was amazing. With 84 people in Wick’s kill count and around 70 of them were headshots. As a lover of violence in films, this was amazing. The house fight was so cool to watch and emphasised Leitch’s skills as a director for action films. This was also true for the club fight scene, which I enjoyed even more than the house fight scene. I also think it’s worth mentioning the dialogue in this film. The way that Michael Nyqvist delivered his lines was amazing, the most memorable going to ‘I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a f**king pencil.’ However, I did find that the fights start off amazing but eventually become a little dull and repetitive as the film goes on. Killing John’s puppy had me shocked and that was too far, but Iosef could have killed Wick there and then. It’s a little cliché to have left someone for dead only for them to wake up and go on a revenge mission. What if Iosef killed a man and his puppy who were John Wick’s friend and John’s puppy? Maybe going with another, lesser used cliché, but would still give us this film.

Overall, John Wick get’s a 7.5/10 from me. It was a highly entertaining film but I found myself a little bored at some points. John Wick 3 has started filming this week, and it looks to be promising, especially with the working title of ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’.

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Avengers: Infinity War: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #15

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! This post will have spoilers for Infinity War throughout as indicated by bold warnings. But come on, you know you’ve seen this film like three times already. Or at least wanted to watch it again and again.

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people. To see if they could create a film with something more. So that when audiences came to see it, they would fight the battle of disbelief they never thought they would. 

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest and biggest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together everyone from Iron Man to Black Panther, from Scarlet Witch to Groot. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo return for their third time directing a Marvel movie (The Winter Soldier and Civil War beforehand). Infinity War merges the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers and Doctor Strange (we’ve never seen him in a proper Avengers movie) and sees them all team up to stop Thanos from collecting all the Infinity Stones and destroying half the universe.

I, like many fans, was left speechless after this film. I’d heard spoilers before, like a few people who died. This was actually nothing compared to the film itself. The Russo’s have mastered how to make not only a good Marvel movie but a good movie itself. They made bold decisions with the help of Kevin Feige which had me on the edge of my seat throughout the film. Robert Downey Jr played Tony Stark/Iron Man, and he was awesome. I believe that no-one can replace Downey Jr as the role of Iron Man, he has been Iron Man for 10 years and is irreplaceable. This film only further proves my point that he really is Iron Man. Chris Evans returns as Captain America and, as amazing as he was, I’d have liked to have seen more of him. He just showed up to save Wanda and Vision in Scotland then went to help in Wakanda. For the hero that he is and has been portrayed as he should have had a larger role, but I look forward to seeing more of him in Avengers 4. The lovable Chris Pratt is Star-Lord again, and he’s even more awesome in this film, as Pratt installs a quirky fun element into Star Lord’s character that makes it more enjoyable. Thor was played by Chris Hemsworth, and the best part about Thor is how it’s a continuation of his popular Ragnarok character. It’s great how Marvel were able to continue this, especially in the form of Thor’s powers. His entrance into Wakanda is certainly one of the most badass parts of the film. Scarlett Johannson is back as Black Widow, and her fight scenes were great fun to watch. I felt she did fall down the same hole as Captain America though, where her only purpose was to show up and protect Vision and Wanda. She could have and should have had more screen time, seeing as she was one of the original Avengers, but I was satisfied with what she did in this film. Tom Holland is back as your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man except he’s out of the neighbourhood. Honestly, Holland is better than he was in Homecoming. Someone said he had the same amount of screen time as in Civil War, which may be true but he was so much cooler here! From devising a plan out of Aliens to web-slinging and saving everyone, Holland plays a teenager with superpowers perfectly. We also see Benedict Cumberbatch play Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts. I was one of a few people who loved Doctor Strange, and his return in Infinity War had me excited. I had my expectations for him fulfilled, and it was so great to see him merge with the Avengers. Joining forces with the Avengers on Earth is Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who was opening up to the world by inviting the Avengers into Wakanda (I was expecting a Starbucks). It was great to see Boseman return, especially with more awesome action scenes as featured in this film. Scarlet Witch was played by Elizabeth Olsen, and she was undeniably amazing in this role. She had so many awesome scenes that I loved. Dave Bautista is back as Drax, the hilarious guardian and he did not disappoint. I think he didn’t do too much in the battle against Thanos but was still great. Together, this new team will fight Thanos, the Mad Titan and his children known as the Black Order. As cool as they were, we didn’t know anything about them. Not even their names! It was just a CGI alien army attacking our Avengers. Thanos was played by Cable Summers. I mean Josh Brolin. And he left me speechless. What a villain! One of Marvel’s best I think. Brolin had a gruff voice that suited the Mad Titan so perfectly!

Now we enter spoiler territory. You have been warned. Look away if you haven’t seen Infinity War or don’t want anything spoiled. For those who have seen it, scroll down to read the rest of the review.

 

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‘The Last Shawarma’ by Bosslogic, the best piece of Infinity War fan art.

 

 

I’m warning you. There are spoilers down here. Enter at your own risk.

 

 

 

Oh. My. God. What an ending! Forget that, what a film! Throughout the film, I had myself on the edge of my seat. First, the death of Loki was shocking. I knew it before the film, but it was so different watching it on the big screen. We also saw the demise of Gamora. I had been told this before too but wasn’t too bothered about it really. But seeing her own father throw her off the cliff for the Soul Stone hit you right in the feels. The thing that annoyed me about that was Gamora laughing beforehand. I understand that she thought Thanos doesn’t care for her but it was just kind of obvious that she would be killed. Vision also died, he was killed by Thanos in his hunt for the Infinity Stones. His death was sad but seemed somewhat inevitable. But nothing could have prepared anyone for the end of the film. Thanos gets all six Infinity Stones, then Thor (with his new hammer, Stormbreaker) stabs the Titan in the heart. Out of breath, Thanos looks up at Thor and grunts ‘should’ve gone for the head’ before lifting up the now complete Infinity Gauntlet and snapping his fingers. A flash of white light glares and we see people being disintegrated and turned to ash. He has eliminated half the population in the universe.  Among those turned to ash were some of our favourite heroes. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Bucky, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Groot, Drax and Mantis all were turned to ash, wiped with the snap of his fingers. Admittedly, Spider-Man’s death was the saddest. One, because he was a 15-year-old kid. Two, because of the way Peter clung on to ‘Mr Stark’ and apologised before he fell to ash. And the way Tom Holland did that was spot on. It had you in shock. Fun fact, that scene was improvised by Holland. He just came on set, improvised his disintegration scene and bam! Done. And for a 21-year-old actor, someone so young and new to the industry, that was incredible. We also saw Maria Hill and Nick Fury being disintegrated in the post-credits scene, and when Fury faded, the entire screen I was in gasped in shock. So the people that we have still alive are Iron Man, Nebula, Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Hulk, Okoye, M’Baku, Rocket and War Machine. It’s also likely that Captain Marvel is also alive too, or something along those lines, as we saw Nick Fury page her before he turned to ash. One thing I’d like to explain that you may be questioning is why I only said that Loki, Gamora and Vision were dead and the others were only disintegrated. Remember how Doctor Strange went forward in time on the planet Titan and saw 14 million possible outcomes of the fight against Thanos. There was only one where the Avengers won, and when Strange is being turned into ash, he says to Tony that ‘this was the only way’, indicating that having half of humanity being disintegrated by Thanos was part of Strange’s plan and the only way that the Avengers would win. Plus, when Star-Lord raged out and started punching Thanos when learning of Gamora’s death, Strange did nothing. He just watched on. Another major indicator that the disintegrated heroes will return is the calendar for MCU movies. Spider-Man Homecoming 2 is due to be released in Summer 2019 and will take place after the events in Avengers 4, Black Panther 2 following this same plan. Even Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be out in 2020 so even Drax and Groot will be ok.

Now for my favourite moments. And this includes a list of scenes that made me gasp, laugh or just left in shock or awe. First, the shocking death of Heimdall and Loki. It immediately set up the tone for the film and got us prepared for the film ahead. I also loved the first fight with Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian (I just called him the big alien until I was forced to Google his name) against Wong, Dr Strange, Iron Man and Banner. It was awesome, and even more enjoyable when Spider-Man joined the fight. I found the scene with Thor meeting the Guardians for the first time quite funny too, especially the whole ‘he is a muscular man’ part. The whole scene on Knowhere was pretty cool, especially seeing the reveal that Thanos had the Reality Stone all along. We then just had a period of getting ready for battle, which was a little too drawn out for my liking. Iron Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange meeting the Guardians was quite funny too, the best line going to Dave Bautista’s Drax saying ‘why is Gamora?’ But the battles is where it was at. Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Mantis, Drax and Star-Lord all team up on Thanos’ home planet, Titan, to stop him from taking the Time Stone. From Spidey’s magic kicks to a million Doctor Strange’s and Star-Lord’s gunfire, this scene was amazing. Everyone’s pretty mad at Star-Lord for mucking up the chance to defeat Thanos, but Strange didn’t stop him. That was part of the one way that the Avengers could win. Spider-Man web-slinging and saving everyone when Thanos brought the moon down on Titan was awesome. Back in Wakanda, the entire battle was incredible. I have to hand the best and most memorable moment to Scarlet Witch killing Proxima Midnight with the spike wheels. Thor’s entrance to Wakanda was fantastic. It showed off his true power as we saw in Ragnarok. Then Thanos arrived and killed Vision, completing his Infinity Gauntlet. Just when you think it’s all over, Thor comes flying through the sky and stabs the Mad Titan in the heart. Thanos looks up at Thor, evident that he is in pain and grunts ‘should’ve gone for the head’ before lifting up the heavy gauntlet and snapping his fingers. A flash of white light blasts from the gauntlet and we see Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and others being disintegrated. The cinema I was in was completely silent. A truly shocking moment and a bold move from Marvel. Spider-Man’s death is arguably the most heartbreaking. He hugs on to Tony and says that he doesn’t feel so good. He looks at Stark before whispering ‘I’m sorry’ before being turned into ash.  The end credits scene was also quite interesting. Nick Fury going was so upsetting, and I like how Samuel L Jackson tried to get one last ‘motherf**ker’ out before going.

Admittedly, there were things I didn’t like about Infinity War. I found the film a little slow moving in places, but this was made up for by the rest of the film. I felt Thanos deserved more of a backstory. I know we saw the scene of him and young Gamora, but that just served to establish the relationship between the two. It would have been good to see why he wanted the Stones and the motivation behind his actions. I also would have liked to have seen a backstory for the Black Order. They were cool but we never really learn anything about them, not even their names! All we knew is they worked for Thanos trying to get the Infinity Stones for him. I also felt that some characters were a little wasted. Like Vision. He’s so powerful and cool yet we saw him fight once before being crippled for the rest of the film. Similarly, Bucky could have had a bigger role. It was just him getting a new arm and shooting. I get you have to fit every character into the movie, but I feel if you are going to feature a character as cool as the Winter Soldier or Vision, you have to do them justice. Other than that, I loved Infinity War.

My favourite characters were Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Thor and Thanos. I was a massive fan of Doctor Strange in his standalone film and thought he was so powerful and awesome. Infinity War only further proved that as Strange combined wit and power in a wonderful blend in this film. I also loved Scarlet Witch in this film too. She, like Strange, was powerful and really cool too. I love her scene where she kills Proxima Midnight, as it highlighted her true powers and what she can do. Spider-Man was also really cool. I loved his comedy aspect and pop culture references, and with the Iron Spider suit, he was amazing in his first fight as a proper Avenger. I really loved Thor in this film as well. I am so glad it was a continuation of the same Thor we saw in Ragnarok, as that made the film more entertaining. He was undeniably badass and just such a cool character. Finally, I really enjoyed Thanos. One of Marvel’s best villains to date and the way his emotions were portrayed were incredible.

Avengers: Infinity War gets an 8.4/10 from me. It’s a respectable score that I think suits the film well. While the film had its downsides, it certainly delivered in other areas. It was 10 years in the building that left audiences in shock, confusion and more hype for next years Avengers 4.

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