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‘Deadpool’

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Well then!

So the usual primer: I know my comic books and comic book films, but really, knew next to nothing of Deadpool.

(Which probably made me the target audience for this film.)

Just my opinion, but I think you have to go back to the first ‘Avengers’ to find a comic book film this funny and that ‘knew what it was.’

Most of us recognized Ryan Reynolds had ‘it’, at least a decade ago.  The women loved him, he’s quick witted, can’t say I’ve ever had a bad story about the guy, ever (which is borderline impossible in this town).  And he’s had some ‘shots’ but they never…quite…worked out.

Until now.

Short non spoiler setup: A mercenary learns he has terminal cancer and volunteers for a ‘secret project’ that can potentially cure him.  And he’s cured all right.  Mutated to the point he heals from any wound inflicted on him.  Down side…he looks like a burnt piece of shit.  The ‘story’ of the film is a fairly straightforward ‘revenge’ story where he seeks out the people responsible for ‘curing/destroying’ him.

The real joy of the movie is the number of in-jokes for the comic book (movie) crowd.  No one is safe: not the studio (Fox), not the comic giant (Marvel), not Ryan Reynolds’ um…past attempts to headline a comic book franchise (Green Lantern).  And that’s not even half the jokes.

(Especially if you’re like me) if you’re a little fatigued at this point by the genre, you have to see this film.  It’s worth it.

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The Ides of March

George Clooney’s latest, ‘The Ides of March’, is about a young idealistic campaign manager who finds his ideals challenged and must make the choice of whether to stick to his guns or ‘play the game’.  It’s a good film and I’ve gone on record of being someone who drinks the Clooney Kool-Aid. But having said all that, this is my third favorite film of his as a director (behind Good Night and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). The real irony of that statement is I still consider this one of the better films I’ve seen this calendar year.  Maybe it’s because at this point the studio system only gives us five adult dramas a year, but The Ides of March was film geek crack if that’s the case.

I was in a hotel room last week when I caught Clooney having a sitdown interview with Charlie Rose.  He claims at this point in his Hollywood career, he’s just a character actor.  That’s a tragic statement that probably has a lot of truth in it from a business point of view; regardless for the film he’s made here it makes complete sense.  The cast is headlined by Ryan Gosling, who’s surrounded by Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Clooney himself. That…is not chopped liver for character actors.  At all.  So why didn’t I like this movie more?

Hard to say.  I don’t have a strong like or dislike for Gosling; right down to the name I always think of him as a more serious version of Ryan Reynolds (which is not meant as a jab at either one of them).  But maybe not having a strong connection to him hurt him in this role.  He pulled off the character arc just fine; but if my instinct is telling me that a young Matt Damon or Affleck (or others) would have killed that role, maybe that’s not for the best.  Or maybe I’m just being nitpicky cause I really loved Clooney’s other directorial efforts to this point.

More posts later in the week.

Green Lantern

 

The best way to start this is by saying I probably know more about the backstory of this character than most just through having a good friend who’s a diehard fan of this character, but in terms of my expectations for this movie, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.  And as I turns out, I wasn’t.

Now that doesn’t mean I thought this film was bad, that’s going too far.  From my point of view though, there were two major problems.

One, it was trying to be all things to all people.  There’s a storyline about the three main characters and their relationships with their fathers; that’s interesting.  There’s the visual, outer space story about how the Universe is broken up and how there’s a Green Lantern for each section of the Universe.  That’s interesting.  There’s the love story between these two childhood friends who can’t commit to each other.  Interesting.  And there’s a story about their third friend who is the smartest of them all but gets the least emotional support.  Also interesting.  And the movie tells all four of the stories, fairly equally.  So you have about a half hour total with each story, with the tone moving from ‘The fate of our world is at stake’ to ‘I look pretty cool as a superhero’ to ‘Daddy didn’t love me’.  I think you see where I’m going with this…it was a lot.  And that was my take as a casual fan; I heard some true fanboys spewing hate as the credits rolled.

The other problem for the film (which others have said) is that this is a rough time to make an ‘average’ comic book film.  The bar is just ridiculously high.  And especially if you’re not one of the Big Three (Superman, Batman, Spider Man), you have to really knock it out of the park to get the casual moviegoer to say ‘I want to see more of that.’  I’m kind of indifferent to ‘Thor 2’ for example, but I am interested in how ‘The Avengers’ will turn out.

You’re on deck, Captain America…