Avengers: Endgame: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #57

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As a heads up, this review will contain spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, but it’s been a year since it came out, so I’m pretty sure everyone’s seen it by now!

22 movies. 11 years. One epic final movie. With an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner, and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo comes the epic blockbuster that is Avengers: Endgame. Set five years later after Infinity War, the universe is still suffering from the fallout from Thanos’ snap and the Avengers have admitted defeat and are dispersed around the universe. There is no hope, but that is until Scott Lang is ejected out of the Quantum Realm. Instead of being stuck there for 5 years, he was only in there for 5 hours. This discovery is enough to spark hope in the Avengers and they go back in time and retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos ever got them, so they can reverse the Snap and bring back their fallen foes.

Robert Downey Jr returns to play Iron Man/Tony Stark. Like in all previous movies, Downey Jr proves he really is irreplaceable as Tony Stark. His performance in Endgame was impeccable. I was not expecting Stark to die in Endgame, and his death had me shocked. I think that this film fulfilled his character arc, showing him as a more paternal figure like we had a glimpse of in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Endgame builds on this, in a way that’s more emotionally complex and was demonstrated through the relationship between Tony and his daughter, Morgan, which was so brilliantly orchestrated. It was built up in the course of one movie, and the final ‘I love you 3000’ from Tony’s hologram brought tears to my eyes. Captain America was played brilliantly by Chris Evans. It was so great to see more of Cap in this film, especially as Infinity War didn’t feature enough of him. Evans’s portrayal of Steve Rogers was one of his best, as we saw the completion of his character arc too; not everything that’s special about him came out of a bottle (as he’s worthy of wielding Mjolnir) and he got to spend his life with Peggy. Evans brought a depth and complexity to Captain America which made his last hurrah as the First Avenger even more remarkable and enjoyable. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, and I must admit, my opinions on Bro Thor were split. I personally felt it did ruin some of what was created in Thor: Ragnarok, which started a new arc for Thor that I was really loving but on the other hand, the idea of having a Thor who’s been hugely impacted by his failure to kill Thanos in Infinity War and suffering from his failure is something rarely seen in movie sequels. I found the way that Hemsworth immersed himself in this new side of Thor was incredibly well done on his part, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Thor in the future. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Black Widow, and in my opinion, this was one of her best performances in the role. Her character had depth and, similarly to Cap, it was great to see more of her in this film. With more of Black Widow in the film, we gained an insight into how she had been affected by Decimation, as she had taken on the role of trying to prevent other catastrophic events from happening, even if it was an earthquake under the ocean. Romanoff takes on a larger role and Johannson’s execution of the role was fantastic. The death of Black Widow was a surprise and I look forward to seeing what happens in her solo film. We also meet Professor Hulk in Endgame, played by Mark Ruffalo. Professor Hulk combined the brains of Bruce Banner with Hulk’s strength, and as cool as it was to see him on screen, I found myself agreeing with Valkyrie, where I would have preferred him either of the other ways. Additionally, I would have liked to have seen more from his character, as it’s something quite interesting to look into, but there may be more of him in the future. One of my favourite characters in Endgame was Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, as it was great to see him in action again after so long. I liked the new Ronin arc for Clint and it’s something that was not only fun to watch on screen but I would like to be explored in the future. Renner’s acting ability was something that shone throughout the film, as he demonstrated his range of emotions perfectly, whether it be his heart torn to pieces over the dusting of family and Natasha sacrificing herself for the Soul Stone, or to the joy of his family coming back to life when he picks up that phone call from Laura. Josh Brolin returns to play Thanos, the villain who’s been building up in the background for the past 10 years. I loved the portrayal of Thanos in Endgame, though I would have liked to have seen more from him. He was the main character who was one of the MCU’s best villains, but I felt that he was somewhat lacking in this film. However, this is understandable seeing as Infinity War focussed on Thanos on acquiring the Infinity Stones to destroy half the universe, whereas Endgame focussed on the Avengers reassembling to undo the damage done.

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Captain America proves himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir

The music in Endgame was absolutely amazing. Alan Silvestri, the composer for The Avengers, Infinity War, and Endgame, was able to intricately compose the soundtrack for the film with beautiful scores that were perfectly suited the movie. One of my favourite scores from the film (and perhaps of all time) has to be ‘Portals’. I remember sitting in awe as Falcon swooped in with Black Panther through a portal, and as more of our dusted heroes appeared through portals to the final showdown, the score ‘Portals’ played, perfectly matched to the jaw-dropping scene.

The story followed neatly on from Infinity War and concluded the Infinity Saga with a satisfying ending that also left the audience excited for the future of the MCU. What will happen with Thor and the Guardians? What will happen now that Falcon is Captain America? Who will be the next big villain in the MCU? You’ve also got to hand it to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote the screenplay for the film. It had the comic book feel which, combined with the acting and music, created a spectacular movie as a whole.

Before I come on to my favourite scenes, there were admittedly parts that I didn’t like, some of it being general stuff and others being nitpicking. Firstly, Nebula maybe could’ve told the Avengers that going to Vormir meant that someone had to die for the Soul Stone. She also could’ve traveled back to the present time after failing to alert Nat and Clint of Thanos knowing their plan. Another thing that kind of annoyed me was how Scott escaped from the Quantum Realm. I understand it’s the 1 in 14 million realities that the Avengers win, but the chances of a rat tapping on the correct buttons to pull him out was crazy. Given that it’s Pym Tech suggests that the machinery behind the Quantum Realm is complicated, but not basic enough to the point that a rat can just walk on across the pad and let Scott out. There’s also a fine line between the perfect amount of comedy and too much, and for me, Endgame tiptoed over it. Some jokes were brilliant, like America’s ass, but in other places, the humour was forced in unnecessarily such as with Professor Hulk dabbing or War Machine saying that Thor has “Cheez Whiz” running through his veins during one of the film’s most intense scenes. Another problem for me was the sheer amount of characters being shoe-horned into the film. While some characters got the screentime they deserved, such as Iron Man and Captain America, I felt some other characters didn’t get enough, such as Professor Hulk. I also think the time travel itself was a little confusing to understand. It made sense later on in the film, but it wasn’t clear at first how the time travel worked.  

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Tony prepares to snap away Thanos and his army while sacrificing himself in the process.

Now onto my favourite scenes. It was a small moment, but the opening of Hawkeye losing his family was the perfect start. It not only allowed us to reconnect with one of our heroes but also picked up exactly where we left off; in the middle of Thanos’ snap. The next best moment for me was the team-up against Thanos in his retirement Garden. The early twist of Thor beheading Thanos was unexpected and left me wondering where the film would go from there. My favourite part of the “updating the audience where everyone was 5 years later” section was definitely seeing where Stark was. We’ve seen Tony evolve through these films from a cocky playboy into a more caring, paternalistic character. Endgame introduces us to Tony’s daughter, Morgan, and for the short time they spent together on screen, a sweet and loving relationship is shown that is one of the highlights of the film.  The montage of the surviving Avengers tracking down the Stones locations in the past was another favourite scene of mine, as it wrapped the timeline of the Stones and the MCU up in a way that has you reflecting on the past 10 years on movies. It’s all built up and comes together to this; the epic conclusion. The whole time travel sequence was such great fun to watch as it built on what I mentioned previously about reflecting on the past 10 years. We are taken back to 3 Marvel movies that the Stones have all been a part of and you can’t but brim with enjoyment as this all plays out. I remember sitting in the cinema just blown away by how far we’ve come and where we are now.  The highlights of this sequence were the battle of New York with Cap vs Cap, and traveling back to the ’70s to get the Tesseract, with Steve seeing Peggy and Tony finally giving his father a proper farewell. To me, these scenes were either just really awesome to watch or served a strong purpose. For Steve, I think him seeing Peggy again reminds him of a life he could have had, and this silent interaction is why he chose to stay back in time with her. For Tony, he’s always had that tension with his father, but now that he’s had that final moment of saying goodbye, we can goodbye to Tony because his character arc is complete.

One of the best scenes in the whole movie was Cap wielding Mjolnir. The dramatic reveal was amazing, with the tension that had built up with the high stakes of the moment and the epic swelling music in the background. The fact that Cap was worthy was teased back in Age of Ultron in 2015, and the payoff was awesome, especially with Cap using Mjolnir and his shield together. The whole end battle for me was perfect. From the portals and Falcon swooping in with the iconic “on your left” line to Spider-Man taking the Infinity Gauntlet from Black Panther and riding on a Pegasus with Valkyrie, ending with Stark’s final words, “I am Iron Man”, there was nothing I would change about this entire sequence. I was on the edge of my seat in awe throughout the whole of this sequence. This had been 10 years in making and it’s payoff made it worth every second.

Avengers: Endgame gets an 8.6/10 from me. The fantastic screenplay combined with great acting made it the perfect ending to 10 years of cinematic build-up. Upon rewatching (and re-rewatching), I’m still amazed at how this was pulled off, and it’s no surprise that Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all time. Marvel have completely changed both the superhero genre and cinema itself in the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the MCU in the future.

Thanks for reading this review. I’m undecided on what to review next, but it’ll either be The Mandalorian, my favourite sitcom, or a classic movie. I hope you are all well in these difficult times and I’ll see you in a couple weeks.

Ryan Recaps: Before you see Avengers: Endgame

So, you’re going to see Avengers: Endgame, the movie event of the year, but need a recap of where we left the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). This post will bring you up to speed so you can fully enjoy the final film in the Infinity Saga. This will contain some spoilers for past Marvel movies as well as other information for the Avengers: Endgame that has been confirmed by Marvel by trailers, posters or other media.

Who’s dust and who’s dead?

Following Thanos’ decimation, the dusted are Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Groot, Bucky Barnes, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne. We also saw Vision, Loki, Heimdall and Gamora die during Infinity War, and a poster reveals that Shuri is no longer with the remaining Avengers.

Are they really gone for good?

It’s not known whether the dusted and dead gone for good, or if they still exist somewhere else, like in the Soul Stone or somewhere like that. Nothing is really known about their whereabouts, but speculation that they come back somehow is based on future MCU movies, such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. Maybe Endgame will explain if and how they come back, but who knows?

Who’s still alive?

Still alive to avenge their fallen friends are the heroes who survived the snap. Left alive are Tony Stark (Iron Man), Nebula, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Bruce Banner, Okoye, Rocket Raccoon and M’Baku. Others who are still alive as confirmed by Marvel by posters and trailers include Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, Valkyrie and Wong.

So who’s where?

Based on where we saw them last, here’s where the surviving heroes are. Left abandoned on Titan are Tony Stark and Nebula, surrounded by the ruins of the planet and the dust of their fallen allies. In Wakanda, we have Thor, Black Widow, War Machine, Bruce Banner, Captain America, Okoye, M’Baku and Rocket Raccoon. Ant-Man was last seen abandoned in the Quantum Realm in the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Hawkeye is still on Earth somewhere as is Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts. I think it’s safe to guess that Wong is back guarding the Sanctum in New York, meanwhile, Captain Marvel and Valkyrie are out in space somewhere, waiting to make a return.

What’s the plot of Avengers: Endgame?

Nothing is really known about the plot of the movie. From trailers and official footage from Marvel, we know that the film will show Tony Stark and Nebula returning to Earth somehow, where they will team up with the other remaining Avengers and go after Thanos to defeat him for once and for all, maybe attempting to undo the snap which put them in this position whilst doing so.

So what’s Thanos been up to?

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, we saw a smiling, satisfied Thanos on a new planet. His Infinity Gauntlet was severely damaged after the Snap yet it’s unknown whether the Infinity Stones themselves are damaged. Trailers for Endgame shows Thanos on his farm living out a peaceful life after succeeding in his mission, with his armour hung up on a scarecrow too.

What about that time travel thing?

If you want to avoid theories, then skip this out. Behind the scenes pictures show Tony Stark, Captain America, Bruce Banner and Ant-Man with the same watch on their wrist in what looks like the Battle of New York from 2012’s The Avengers. A scene from the second Endgame trailer shows Tony and Steve reuniting for the first time in what looks like Manhattan, so this agrees with the heavily supported idea that time travel will be involved somehow in defeating Thanos and bringing back their fallen friends.

What about the film itself?

Avengers: Endgame marks the end of Marvel’s Infinity Saga, and after 11 years and 22 films, it comes down to this. The film could also be the end of some of our favourite heroes. With a runtime of 3 hours and 58 seconds, this looks to be one of Marvel’s biggest films yet, if not ever (so far). Seeing as Infinity War had the largest opening weekend ever so far ($640 million), it’s fair to say that Endgame will beat that. Speculation is that it will make around $800 million on the opening weekend, so will hit $1 billion incredibly fast. Infinity War also made over $2 billion, so I’m thinking that Endgame should be able to reach that fairly quickly.

I hope this brought you up to speed and prepared you for Endgame. Feel free to comment any questions you may have. Avengers: Endgame looks to be a huge film that will be a payoff to 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join me soon for a spoiler-filled review of Endgame, but until then, enjoy the film, and remember, #DontSpoilTheEndgame.

 

Logan: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #51

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This time 2 years ago, Hugh Jackman hung up the claws and played Wolverine for the last time in Logan, in the only R-rated Wolverine movie ever. He had played the X-Man for nearly 17 years in 9 movies, but after all this time came his final run in 2017 with Logan.

Directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line) and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen is the third and final film in the Wolverine series in the X-Men universe, Logan. Set in 2029, an old Wolverine is suffering from his adamantium skeleton poisoning his body. He’s hiding from the public eye as a limo driver, regularly crossing over to Mexico where he and the last surviving mutants are hiding out in an abandoned smelting plant. There’s Caliban, who can track other mutants, and a nonagenarian Professor Xavier, whose telepathy has developed into dementia, where he has uncontrollable seizures. While on a limo job, he is approached by Gabriela, a nurse for Transigen, who hires Logan to take a child that has been experimented on, Laura, to Eden, a refuge in North Dakota. When Reavers, who are hunting Laura, attack Logan and Charles in Mexico, the trio escape and it’s now down to Logan to protect an ailing Professor X and Laura from the dark forces that put his own life at risk.

Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, or Logan as he goes by in this film. I think it’s fair to say that Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine in Logan was his best in the entire X-Men series. Jackman brought out a more damaged and harsher side of Logan that he brilliantly portrayed. His range of emotions blended with a new edge of agony and gruffness was perfect for the movie and was part of the reason why I enjoyed the film so much. Jackman also played X-24, Logan’s clone who is essentially an evil version of him in the movie. Again, Jackman did a superb job of playing X-24 and I had no issues with his character here. Professor Charles Xavier was played again by Patrick Stewart who was good as Professor X. Similar to Wolverine’s character in Logan, Charles’ character was more of a vulnerable and weaker man, but with more of a humorous and lighter side that we hadn’t really seen before. Stewart executed his role of Professor X wonderfully and he was one of the best parts of the movies. The role of Laura or X-23 (Logan’s daughter) was played by Dafne Keen and for such a young actress, Keen was spectacular as Laura. She was able to act well emotionally and had the ability to create complex character relationships through little words between Logan and Charles. Dafne Keen also won the award for Best Female Newcomer at the 2018 Empire Awards, showing that her performance as Laura was truly sensational. Caliban was played by Stephen Merchant who Merchant played well, though lacking in a couple areas. I also would have liked to have seen more from Caliban, as it seemed he really just served to show that mutants were on the edge of extinction. Merchant has a brilliant acting ability and I couldn’t help but feel that it was somewhat wasted in the role of Caliban. Had Caliban been featured more in the film, then I would have appreciated his character more. Boyd Halbrook played Donald Pierce, who was the head of the Reavers. I liked the way that Halbrook played Donald, as he brought a tone of creepiness and mysteriousness that made him a good character in the film. If I’m being honest, I thought there was a bit too much of his character and we should’ve seen more of some other characters, maybe Laura or Richard E Grant’s Dr Rice. Grant played Dr Rice well, but as previously mentioned, I would’ve liked to have seen more of his character. The character chemistry between each character was superbly acted out by all actors in the film, particularly by Hugh Jackman. Logan’s character had complex relationships with each and every character that Jackman was able to perfectly portray.

The music used in Logan featured no pop songs or techno or anything. Instead, the music pieces were perfectly matched to the darker, sinister tone of the film. The themes were composed by Marco Beltrami, who has also composed music for other movies such as ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Scream’. The themes were dramatic, wonderfully composed and added to the dark tone of the movie and also added to my enjoyment of the film.

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Logan faces his clone in his last fight.

The storyline in Logan differed from the usual superhero movie plot which actually made it so much better. There were no robots, and the plot wasn’t the world is going to end and that the heroes had to save it. It was just taking a girl to a safe haven. Honestly speaking, there weren’t many powers used either. We only see Professor X use his telepathy once or twice, and Logan only using his (failing) claws as a defence mechanism. The film was uneven, dull and boring in places, and it did not flow as much as it could have. It did use a fair amount of exposition but not as much as most movies do and the film wasn’t ruined entirely by the exposition that was in Logan. Logan was a fantastically entertaining film that I have rewatched a few times since its release in March 2017, and I have only enjoyed the film more and more. I liked the symbolism of Logan facing himself, his clone in the film too. It was a smart twist that personified Logan’s internal struggle with his adamantium poisoning and inevitable death.

Now for my favourite scenes. I loved the opening which wonderfully illustrated the change in tone from the usual superhero movies and also showed what Logan has become. He’s changed, he’s weaker, no longer to defend him and no longer the mighty Wolverine as he used to be. The development from here was interesting but was a little dull to watch, but I liked the introduction to Logan’s new life in Mexico. It showed a change in lifestyle and how different the situation was. Professor X’s introduction was well done and made for a good scene. The first attack of the Reavers in Mexico which showed off Laura’s claws and agility was brilliantly exciting to watch. It showed off a new character and marked a point that showed the film would change from here. The next best scene for me was the gory hotel scene, which built on the R-rated theme of the movie and made for a great scene. Then the film tries to further itself, which it does but could have been done in more of an engaging way. Logan, Professor X and Laura then help out the Munson’s, who invite them over. There was some exposition here, but the film begins to move forward faster from this point. It is revealed that Logan has been cloned by Transigen in a ruthless duplication known as X-24. X-24 kills Professor X in a touching scene and leads to a gruesome fight between Logan and his clone, which was a scene I loved. Logan and Laura escape and bury Charles’ dead body. They make their way to North Dakota to meet with other young mutants who are going to cross the border to Canada where they will reach safety. The forest fight scene was one of the best parts of the film. The team-up between Laura and Logan, between daughter and father, was incredible to watch, but I was left on the edge of my seat at the final fight between Logan and X-24. X-24 impales Logan on a log where he has his dying breaths. He whispers his last words to Laura: ‘so this is what it feels like’ before passing away. The young mutants bury Logan and make a cross out of some sticks. Laura turns the cross sideways, so that it is an ‘X’ now, and the film fades to black and ends; a beautifully done ending to Hugh Jackman’s legacy of Wolverine.

Overall, Logan was a fantastic conclusion to Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine and proved for one final time that he is irreplaceable as Wolverine. The film receives an 8.6/10 from me. It’s R-rating gave it incredible action scenes while also taking on a new plot-perspective which made it more enjoyable. As previously said, it was the perfect send off to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and, more notably the long-lasting legacy that will never be forgotten, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

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What to watch in 2019

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Happy New Year! I hope you have a great 2019. It’s gearing up to a fantastic year, cinematically speaking. In this post, I’ll be looking at what movies and TV shows are coming out this year and what you can expect from them. I’ll be speculating some plots so you have been warned if any are actually true. Links to trailers for the films and their release date will be attached if it is available.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – 26th July 2019

For those who didn’t know, my all-time favourite movie is Pulp Fiction. So when news of Quentin Tarantino directing his ninth film came out, I was hyped. Of all the great movies coming out this year, nothing has me more excited than Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Damien Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino and so many more amazing actors and the plot itself seems quite interesting. Rick Dalton, a faded TV actor, and Cliff Booth, his stunt double, try to make a name for themselves in the film industry in 1969 Hollywood, during the Helter Skelter period. I’m looking forward to seeing Tarantino direct again, especially with a storyline and cast as awesome as what’s lined up for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino describes it as the closest thing he’s done to Pulp Fiction. Furthermore, Tarantino has said that he’d only make 10 movies, so I’m hoping that his films get better with time. As to whether Once Upon A Time In Hollywood will be a better film than Pulp Fiction and take the top spot as my favourite movie, well, only time will tell.

CAPTAIN MARVEL – 8th March 2019

In the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, a mid-dusting Nick Fury sent out a pager to Captain Marvel in a last minute attempt to save the world. We now get her backstory and uncover why she is the key to the future. Brie Larson plays the titular character, with Samuel L Jackson playing a younger, two-eyed Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn playing villainous Talos, leader of the Skrulls. Captain Marvel serves as a set-up prequel to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and hopefully will a good film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME – 26th April 2019

It’s fair to say that the biggest movie of this year is Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to the biggest film of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War. To try to undo the decimation and devastation caused by Thor not going for the head (and the consequent snap), the remaining, non-dusted Avengers must band together to somehow magically rewind time and stop the massacre from ever happening. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner and more, and the film being the last one in Marvel’s Phase Three (and the end of some of it’s biggest heroes), Avengers: Endgame is shaping up to be an awesome film.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – July 2019

As if Avengers: Endgame isn’t enough, Marvel are releasing another film next year, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following the events of Endgame, Peter Parker goes on a summer vacation around Europe with his friends, but he struggles to keep his identity of Spider-Man hidden as the threat of the Elementals rises. Tom Holland is back playing Spider-Man, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing Mysterio, Jon Favreau playing Happy Hogan and Zendaya back as Michelle. Seeing as Far From Home will be the first film released after Endgame, it’ll be interesting to see what the impact on the MCU will be.

TOY STORY 4 – 21st June 2019

Despite all the tears shed after Toy Story 3, Disney are back with Toy Story 4. Though there is no storyline put out there, the trailer shows that it’s something about new toys being played with, in this case, it’s Forky. There’s also something about a carnival, as seen with the soft toys voiced by Key and Peele. I think that part of the storyline will be that Bonnie has grown bored of Buzz and Woody and instead created her own toys (Forky), but I’m not too sure how the carnival will fit in. Tim Allen has said that the film’s story is “so emotional” and he “couldn’t even get through the last scene” while Tom Hanks has also said that the ending scene was a “moment in history.” Only time will tell, but Toy Story 4 is definitely going to be a big film for next year.

GLASS – 18th January 2019

The Unbreakable Universe is expanding. Glass follows David Dunn trying to bring The Beast out of Kevin Crumb, the man with 23 personalities living inside of him from 2016’s Split. In the background, Elijah Price, also known as Mr Glass, emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets that are critical to the pair. The cast includes James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson and is from director M. Night Shyamalan. The thriller seems promising and seeing as it will combine the universes of Unbreakable and Split, it is likely that Glass will one of most successful horror/thriller movies of 2019.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL – 14th June 2019

Though it’s not the best franchise of all time, I really love the Men in Black series. It’s funny, smart and together the films are a great piece of sci-fi movies. Directed by F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator,  Straight Outta Compton), the Men in Black reboot sees Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite to protect Earth from alien scum, except this time, it’s a mole in the Men in Black organisation. The spin-off could go either way, but I have faith in it. It has a good director attached, stars brilliant actors (Hemsworth, Thompson, and even Liam Neeson is in the film too!) and from the look of the first trailer, it looks to be a great movie.

THE LION KING – 19th July 2019

Disney’s 1994 classic is getting a live-action remake with a phenomenal cast, including Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) voicing Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and even James Earl Jones back to voice Mufasa. Just having Childish Gambino and Beyoncé duet to a classic Lion King song is enough to get me excited for this film. The Lion King is shaping up to be a huge success, though I’m not prepared to see Mufasa die again.

JOKER – 4th October 2019

It’s difficult to do a reboot, especially of a character who has been played so well (Heath Ledger) and quite badly (sorry Jared Leto), but I have faith in Joaquin Phoenix in playing the Joker. With Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directing, Joker is an origin story looking at how Arthur Fleck turns from being a failed comedian to a life of crime in Gotham City. It also has a great cast, including Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. Having seen Phoenix’s performance in last years ‘You Were Never Really Here’, Joker is a film that I am looking forward to seeing how it does.

ZOMBIELAND 2 – 11th October 2019

Ten years after the first film, Zombieland finally gets a sequel. The 2009 hit was loved for its great comedy, gory action and it just an all-round great film. Zombieland 2 sees the original cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) back to play Colombus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, where they must face off against evolving zombies, meet other survivors and adapt to the joys and pains of their makeshift family life. Joining them are Avan Jogia and Zoey Deutch, and there are reports that Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray (who died in the first film) are in the film too. If Zombieland 2 is anything like the first, then it definitely going to be a brilliant movie.

US – 15th March 2019

Though I’m not the biggest horror movie fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Jordan Peele’s 2017 success, Get Out. This year, Peele directs and writes Us, the story of Adelaide and Gabe Wilson, a couple who take their children to their beach house. Their fun with friends is disturbed when some unexpected and uninvited guests turn up. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss, the film looks to be pretty awesome. Knowing that it’s directed by Peele and has the acting abilities of Nyong’o and Duke, it’s safe to say Us is going to be good anyways.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – 19th December 2019

The intergalactic adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and BB8 continue this year, with Star Wars: Episode IX. Not much is known about the film’s plot, but it should be awesome. Mark Hamill is to play Luke’s ghost, Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando Calrissian and archive footage of Carrie Fisher is being used for Princess Leia’s character. What’s more, JJ Abrams (The Force Awakens) is back to direct, so it’s going to be a great conclusion to this trilogy.

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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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Thor: Ragnarok: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #10

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I was urged by my friend Tom to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople. After all, he did recommend Baby Driver and that was incredible. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was hilarious, so when I found out Taika Waititi was taking on the God of Thunders next film, I was excited about the comedic route that would be taken. It’s fair to say that Ragnarok fulfilled my expectations.

From kiwi director Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the Thor franchise and the 17th cinematic instalment in the MCU. Thor and Loki meet their sister, Hela, for the first time, who unleashes hell on their home of Asgard. She exiles them to Sakaar where they must escape and get back to Asgard to prevent Ragnarok, the end of everything.

Personally, I had a blast watching Ragnarok. Marvel have been adding comedy to their movies for quite some time, and it has worked in a few places. The closest to Ragnarok’s level of comedy was Ant-Man and had Edgar Wright remained as the director, it may have actually won funniest Marvel movie in my opinion. Taika Waititi directs this instant hit and is the perfect director for Ragnarok. He has a unique style in his films that slotted neatly into the movie. Chris Hemsworth returns to play the titular character, but we see a more innocent and funny side to Thor in Ragnarok. He’s lost Mjolnir and is partially on a journey of self-discovery. When Thor feels he can’t fight without Mjolnir, Odin appears in a vision to say that Thor isn’t the God of Hammers, but the God of Thunder. That’s something Ragnarok did perfectly. It rips away all the irrelevant parts of Thor, like Jane and his home (even though that’s what he’s fighting for) and even his hammer to focus on what Thor really is. The God of Thunder. It was incredible to see him like this, and I see this is as Chris Hemsworth’s best performance as Thor. Speaking of incredible, Hulk was just that! He had a nice character arc. Like in other Marvel films, we see Bruce Banner struggling between his human form and being the Hulk. We have Banner having been in Hulk form for 2 years, then transform back into Banner with some help from Thor. One thing that irritated me was the fight between Thor and Hulk, but I’ll get to that later. Tom Hiddleston returns to play Loki, Thor’s half-brother. Hiddleston plays Loki with the perfect blend of mischief and seriousness and was a great character. The role of the Valkyrie was played by Tessa Thompson. She was fantastic! The Valkyrie was a stubborn character who had evidently been hurt and wanted to leave the past behind. Thompson did this perfectly and brought a hint of badassery to this role. Jeff Goldblum plays the Grand Master, the leader of Sakaar where Thor, Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie try to escape from. He brought the same Goldblum spark as he usually does to films, but I found him more hilarious than others thought. It was the little things he did, like a reaction to Valkyrie stroking his face, or getting excited over something, that had me in fits of laughter. My only criticism is that he was quite monotone as a character and somewhat dull in places.  Thor and the Revengers face off against their half-sister and Goddess of Death, Hela. She was played by Cate Blanchett who evidently had great fun playing this character and she was brilliant at Hela. The best character had to go to Taika Waititi’s Korg. Anytime you mention this film, people talk more about Korg than anything else. He was so hilarious and entertaining, and I would have loved to have seen more from him.

Ragnarok’s music was pretty good. The use of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ was featured in the trailers and twice in the film, and so it did get a little repetitive. The funky-sounding music when the Grandmaster meets Thor was awesome and futuristic. That’s all I really can remember about the music, but overall it was good!

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Asgardians of the Galaxy

The story and plot were indeed interesting but was not the best. I mean, the way the whole film was executed through the direction and acting was superb, but the plot itself seemed formulaic. It was like the protagonist must assemble a team to fight and stop a force of evil. We’ve seen this in most comic book movies, from Avengers to Justice League. Some movies actually do it better than others, and Ragnarok was definitely one of them. Waititi’s direction was amazing. He brought comedy to the MCU and the film had a comic book feel to it. One thing that was both awesome yet a little disappointing for me was the Hulk vs Thor fight. It was teased in both trailers and it was thrilling to see it happen, especially as Thor didn’t have Mjolnir to his advantage. So during this long-anticipated fight, we see Thor unlocking his true thunder powers, and it’s fantastic to see a fair fight, that actually looks like something out of a comic book, coming to life on the silver screen between these to mighty warriors. And Hulk wins. This was infuriating! Hulk may have won, but it was unfair! Thor was zapped and weakened by the Grand Master and the shocker on his neck. Had Thor continued without being zapped, we would have seen who was truly stronger between the two.

There were a few favourite moments from this film. First off, any scene with Korg is immediately a favourite. Korg was the gift that keeps on giving! The two battles with Thor and ‘Immigrant Song’ were Thor-some! I preferred the second one as we saw Thor unleashing his true abilities and it was badass. Meeting the Grandmaster was good fun, Jeff Goldblum was hilarious as this character. The escape from Sakaar was good fun to watch too.

Thor: Ragnarok gets an 8.9/10 from me. It’s personally my favourite MCU film and I had a blast watching this movie. Taika Waititi directed this masterpiece with the perfect balance of comedy and action, which made it more enjoyable. And the comedy was actually funny! Brilliant job on this film, Waititi!

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Black Panther: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #5

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! In this special edition, I’ll be reviewing Black Panther, the latest instalment in the MCU. I’m going to try to avoid Spoilers-ville as much as possible, but a few minor spoilers or scenes may be either mentioned or referred to.

Prior to watching Black Panther, I had a list of my favourite Marvel movies. The list included X-Men movies too and had Deadpool and Logan in joint first, Thor: Ragnarok in third and Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy in joint fourth. When I found about Black Panther getting his own solo movie, I was pretty hyped. I loved Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan Warrior in Civil War, and I had high hopes for this film. Reviews for it were promising and I was excited to watch it. I saw Black Panther on the day it came out in the UK (13th February) with friends and we all had our expectations fulfilled and thoroughly enjoyed the film.

With an all-star, predominantly black cast, Black Panther is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ryan Coogler directs the story of T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) returning to Wakanda after his father’s death. As the precious Vibranium resource that is exclusive to Wakanda is under attack, it’s up to T’Challa to rise as the Black Panther and protect Wakanda from its threats.

Ryan Coogler did a phenomenal job as director. The ‘Creed’ director was the perfect man to lead Black Panthers direction. One thing that I loved in Creed that Coogler used in Black Panther was the ‘One Shot Fight’. This is used for the water fight between T’Challa and Killmonger and perfectly suited the scene. It was smooth, fun to watch and awesome. Chadwick Boseman takes on the titular character, and I can think of no one better for the role than him. He presented T’Challa as a respectable, fair and noble leader wonderfully. I liked Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, T’Challa’s ex-girlfriend and warrior. Though her character introduction was a little hazy for me, she was great for the role. Danai Gurira played the Head of the Wakandan Women’s Warriors called Okoye. She was awesome and great fun to watch on the screen. W’Kabi, a friend of T’Challa’s, was played by Daniel Kaluuya. I can’t say too much about his character without a little spoiler, but his character arc was smart and beautiful to watch it develop. It’s also worth mentioning Winston Duke as M’Baku, the leader of a Wakandan tribe. Though he’s not a large part of the film, he is key to the final act and serves up some of the best comedy in the film, especially with his vegetarian line. It was a pleasant surprise to see Martin Freeman reprises his role of Everett Ross, a CIA agent we first met during Civil War. He was great fun and, like W’Kabi, had an interesting character arc. I struggled to pick just one character that I loved overall in Black Panther and eventually ended up with three, so I’ll review them in no particular preference order. Andy Serkis played Ulysses Klaue, one of the villains trying to trade Vibranium for diamonds. His character was hilarious and gave the film a less serious tone. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright also brought a comedic element to the movie. The scene of Shuri showing her older brother the new tech at the start of the film was fantastic and really showcased her talent. Finally, Michael B Jordan shines for me as the villain of Erik Killmonger. Though he’s not as evil as Loki, Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger was without a doubt one of the best things about Black Panther. I must hand it to Boseman and Jordan for their acting in this film. Boseman’s character chemistry with Shuri was superb, as Boseman and Wright captured a siblings relationship perfectly. I also liked the relationship between Boseman and Nyong’o’s characters. It was well done and developed neatly and smoothly throughout the film. I must give some extra credit to Michael B Jordan. He fully immersed himself in the role of Killmonger and no one else could have played him that way, and especially not to the standard that Jordan did.

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T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes on Killmonger (Michael B Jordan)

Assumably, most people saw the soundtrack of Black Panther prior to actually watching the film. I liked the use of ‘Pray for Me’ by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for the casino scene, and I felt putting in a kind of pump in the back was well suited to the setting. I had ‘All the Stars’ by Kendrick Lamar and SZA stuck in my head throughout the film but felt it could have been used elsewhere during the movie. The best musical moment for me was the escape from Korea with Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok’s ‘Opps’ blasting. It was highly entertaining to watch.

Black Panther’s story was smart and sleek. The way Coogler and Boseman had T’Challa torn between being a good king yet still somewhat unstable was awesome. I liked the opening animation to the film, as it gave us an entertaining yet prompt introduction and backstory to the film. It was also done using Coogler’s classic ‘one-shot’ technique. As mentioned earlier, this was used for T’Challa’s and Erik’s water fight, which left me in awe. I found the story to be a little slow moving in a few places, but I enjoyed it overall. I also enjoyed the action and violence in the film was amazing. I’m a fan of goriness in cinema and Black Panther did it wonderfully. I did feel that for the age rating of 12A it was a bit much, but nonetheless still was fantastic.

Out of everything in Black Panther, there are a few things I must praise and highlight as my favourite parts. First off, the casino scene and escape were just amazing. It showcased the real power Vibranium had and was entertaining to watch. I also loved the scene of Shuri showing off Wakanda’s new tech to T’Challa. Not only did this scene demonstrate a close sibling bond, but gave the audience another insight into what Vibranium is capable of, as well as giving the film a comedic side to it too. I loved the water fight between T’Challa and Killmonger. I know I’ve mentioned it in this post before, but it was magnificent and could not be beaten.

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Wakandan Warriors

Black Panther gets itself an 8.3/10 from me. From fantastic fight scenes to stunning CGI visuals, Black Panther has got it all. It was well worth the wait and hype, and I think it’s Coogler’s greatest film to date, so much so that Doctor Strange has been booted off the favourites list and now Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are tied in 3rd place. I wait excitedly for Creed 2. I urge you to go and watch Black Panther. Not only is it the next story in the MCU, but it is incredible. All my expectations for it were filled, and it is truly a masterpiece. Hats off to you Ryan Coogler, you’ve done a brilliant job here!

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