Hey everybody, Sorry for the delay. I was watching the Boston Massacre (Cavs-Celtics) last night and neglected to prep this week’s post. Also, since it's Memorial Day and 84 degrees outside I decided to do a quickie (que Deadpool quip). Who wants to stare at a screen on a day like today? Yeah, I’m talking to you!
Speaking of Deadpool, I had the chance to see the Merc with a Mouth Saturday. If you're still deciding whether to spend your hard earned cash on DP2 or Solo, Deadpool is my recommendation. I heard Solo was a flop. Something I think all of Twitter predicted a year ago. The trailer didn't grab me so I opted for a Date with Mr. Wilson.
Deadpool 2 had a purposefully restricted budget. The Creative team had a falling out and script duties changed hands after some felt that it should be a dig budget movie, others felt it should stick with its roots. Which, let me tell you, was the right decision. Plus despite being a small budget film, in no way did it feel like one. Was it a little CGI heavy at times? Sure, but Wade pointed it out to the audience anyways so basically the writers own up to it.
The humor was on point, I felt like I was watching a 2-hour long Family Guy episode.
Sidebar: Can you imagine Seth McFarlene getting a gig on Deadpool? That would be amazing. Throw in Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for good measure and let's see what happens.
At times, the jokes happened so fast that I missed about 25% of them because I was too busy laughing at the other 75%. Not a single dull moment in the film. Plus, Domino was a BADASS.
My one criticism is the ending of the film. Where honestly…the writers screwed up a very key detail.
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In the end, after dying a slow and comical death, Wade finally gets to embrace his girlfriend-whose-name-I-can’t-remember-and-is-to-lazy-to-look-up. Wade gets his closure and the GF tells him that his family still needs him. Touching right?
Then Cable goes back in time to save Wade.
Here’s the problem.
If Cable saved Wade, Wade never dies, meaning he never gets to see his wife and have his closure.
The writers fucked up. And technically Wade should still be depressed and suicidal having not seen his wife.
Cable shoots/saves Wade and he’s ok now? Nah, the writers fucked up.
So in a bid to be moderately sentimental, the ending makes zero sense.
Does anyone care? Probably not, it’s a Deadpool Movie. And a hilarious, entertaining one at that.
Have a great day everyone!
Wow, just wow. With the return of Comic Book Boom, months in the making, it's a no brainer that the first thing I write about is the recent release of Infinity War, something ten years in the making. The film was excellent and hit on all the right notes. We laughed, we cried. The ending was tragic, but as all true comic book fans know, heroes don't stay dead for long. The fact that Spider-Man and The Black Panther will return in their sequels tells us that the end of Infinity War is not the end all be all. It's appropriate that the remaining heroes who stayed alive are the ones that originally started it all (plus contracts are expiring).
The Avengers: Resurrection (title prediction) will feature a swan song of our classic Phase 1 heroes in a final battle to restore humanity. So while the ending of Infinity War was tragic to watch (Peter Parker made my heart ache) we know that the true tragedy is yet to come. Don't take my word for it, read the latest Time article, which posted my EXACT thoughts and published them, before i could even draw up a draft.
So we generally know how Avengers 4 is gonna shake out. No doubt there will be a few unexpected twists but everyone expects to see the latest roster of heroes restored.
But what about after Avengers 4?
Here's what should happen in the next generation of Marvel movies.
Even now this very question strikes a chord. Amidst the multitude of negative (and accurate reviews) of Netflix’s Iron Fist, one thing we forgot to consider was the affect that the garbage that is Danny Rand will have on The Defenders. That’s right, let’s not forget that scrawny Wonderbread Danny Rand is going to share the screen with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Matt Murdock. It’s a very real possibility that Danny will be the poison pill that ruins what would’ve been a fantastic Netflix series.
First let me take a minute to address those who are in favor of Finn Jones/Danny Rand. You are absolutely in denial. It’s bad…it’s so bad. I made it to Episode 11 and I just called it quits. I found Danny to be infuriating and annoying. He didn’t resemble a hero at all and was a poor reflection of Iron Fist. He was whiny, unfocused and lacked charisma. The stories dragged on and the fight scenes pale in comparison to Daredevil. Lewis Tan should’ve been the Iron Fist. A vocal few are trying to defend this show for reasons unknown. It’s ok to hate a Marvel show, you’re not scaring away investors, and there will be plenty of more Marvel shows to come.
So how will this affect The Defenders?
It’s Day Five of a crippling flu that has me benched from both work and blogging. After a quick visit to the doctor’s office and an IV drip of tea, I finally have mustered the strength to write another, albeit late, blog post. In my sickly state, I was happy to see that Iron Fist has been released on Netflix. I thought to myself, “oh boy, a perfect show that I can binge while I recover.” I burned through Daredevil in one weekend, so this was perfect.
It’s Sunday night, and I managed to watch two episodes. Let that sink in, I had 3 to 4 days of free time, and I chose to watch anime over the latest Marvel-Netflix show. It sucks because a reader pointed out to me that a lot of my posts are negative. I’m honestly not trying to be, I guess it’s just easier to be a nay-sayer.
But I guess I wasn’t the only one. Critics gave the show a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Interestingly, fans gave it an 87% which is puzzling because the first few episodes were honestly a struggle for me. Perhaps the 87% RT score is just good ole’ classic nerd fandom enthusiasm. Looking online, I’m seeing folks saying it turns around halfway through. This explains the 16% RT score because critics were only able to screen the first six episodes.
This is not how a show should start out. While I commend the loyal fans for sticking it out, you should not have to sift through 6-7 hours of bad TV just to get your superhero fix. Sure some shows have slow starts but half a season? No thank you. I hold Netflix to a higher standard. I say 1 of their 13 episodes is allowed to be a bad. One. Not six. Plus, in the past I’ve written about how slow starts is the enemy of comics writing.
While I commend the loyal fans for sticking it out, you should not have to sift through 6-7 hours of bad TV just to get your superhero fix. "
Let’s take a look at the small sample that I watched. Our story begins with Grade-A moron Danny Rand, who looks homeless, wandering into his corporate building asking to see the fucking CEO. First of all, CEOs don’t just see anybody on a whim, let alone a guy that looks like he starred in Castaway. Sharp-as-a-used-Crayon Danny then attacks security, breaks into the new CEO’s office, and then wonders why no recognizes him. I mean, it’s only been 15 years, come on reasonable businessman! It’s so fucking laughable. I don’t know how the writers thought “yeah we can get away with dumb dumb Danny doing this for several episodes.”
Danny had 15 years to plan his return home. I’m really disappointed the writers didn’t think of a better way to introduce this character other than waltzing him into the building. To make things even more cringe worthy, after being institutionalized, Danny tells the doc that he’s the Iron Fist and from another dimension. Did the monks not teach Danny common sense? The first few episodes were so unbelievably dumb and poorly written. The writers needed a way to fill up space, so they spent two episodes having Danny bang his head against a wall.
It sucks because instead of introducing a cool, powerful character, our first impression is tainted. Instead of seeing Danny as this powerful martial artist, we see a moron. That’s it. Because the writers handled the intro so poorly, I can’t seriously look at Danny and go “wow, so cool.” His intro paired with weak martial art sequences (especially compared to Daredevil) has me giving these episodes a big ole’ zero. Hopefully things turnaround. Also, I hope Danny chills in the background in The Defenders. I can’t handle any more of his idiocy, let the adults handle the bad guys.