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The Counselor
The Counselor (2013)
2 months ago via Movies on iPad
½

Review:
I didn't enjoy this movie at all. Everyone is talking in bloody riddles and the storyline got boring after a while. There was a sense of intensity throughout the movie which kept me interested for a while, but once the characters started the useless speeches about nothing, I totally wanted to switch it off. Ridley Scott really wasted a great cast, who are not to blame for the film because there performances wasn't to bad. It's really the concept that was disappointing and in some ways, boring. It's a shame, because I did have high hopes for the film after seeing the cast and the fact that Ridley Scott was directing it, but I was totally let down. Disappointing!

Round-Up:
Brad Pitt really hasn't made anything that amazing recently, which is a shame because the guy can act, but his bad choice of movies are becoming a bit of a habit. I did like his little cameo in 12 Years A Slave, which also starred Fassbender, but he hasn't headlined a blockbuster which has blown up the box office. As for Fassbender, well he is on fire at the moment. With the new X-Men coming out in the cinema and the weird Frank, which does look funny, I doubt that this disappointment with hurt the flow of his blossoming career. I did like Javier Bardem's character, who was a bit of a rich show off, but I wasn't that impressed with Diaz who was a complete bitch. Anyway, I was expecting much better from Ridley Scott.

Budget: $25million
Worldwide Gross: $71million

I recommend this movie to people who are into there crime, thriller about a drug deal the goes terribly wrong. 3/10

Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 (2018)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Deadpool 2
(2018)

Plot:
American action thriller in which Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as alternative superhero Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool. When a mysterious young boy with incredible powers captures the attention of the ruthless time-travelling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin), Deadpool must acquire a group of fellow rebels with incredible abilities to stop Cable in his path of destruction and save the boy.

Review:
Although I preferred the first movie, mainly because it was unique and quite shocking in parts, I did find this movie funny, even though I wanted Ryan Reynolds to shut up most of the time. The action scenes were pretty impressive and I liked Josh Brolin as Cable but I found Firefist a bit misplaced. Domino was also a great addition to the so-called X-Force but I would have liked to have seen more from Negasonic, who was great in the first movie. I think the main problem with this film is that we're not seeing anything new from Deadpool. We do get to see a bit of an emotional side after the dramatic beginning, and his relationship with Firefist shows that he has a heart, but from a superhero point of view, it's very much like the first movie. As usual, the jokes do go a bit far sometimes, but that's what makes Deadpool a unique character that is certainly different from the other superheroes on the market. The movie is set with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) successfully working as a mercenary for two years, but when his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is sadly murdered after they decide to start a family, Deadpool tries many ways to kill himself. Colossus saves him after another attempt on his own life, and he takes him to the X-Mansion to rehabilitate. During his rehabilitation, Colossus and Negasonic respond to a standoff between authorities and the unstable young mutant Firefist (Julian Dennison) at an orphanage labelled a "Mutant Re-education Center". Deadpool realises that Firefist has been abused by the orphanage staff, and kills one of them, even though he agreed with Colossus not to kill anyone. Soon after that, Firefist and Deadpool are arrested and restrained with collars, which makes them unable to use their powers. Meanwhile, Cable (Josh Brolin) - a cybernetic soldier from the future whose family is murdered by an older Firefist - travels back in time to kill him before he ever becomes a killer. Cable breaks into the prison and attempts to kill Firefist, but Deadpool's collar breaks and he defends Firefist, who is unaware of why Cable is trying to kill him. Firefist overhears Deadpool saying that he doesn't care for him, so he gives himself up to the guards. Deadpool puts together a team, called the X-Force, to break Firefist out of a prison-transfer convoy, and defend him from Cable. During there mission, most of his team die whilst landing from a parachute jump, except for Deadpool and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Whilst fighting against Cable, Firefist frees fellow inmate Juggernaut, who agrees to help him kill the abusive orphanage headmaster. Juggernaut destroys the convoy, allowing himself and Firefist to escape. Cable offers to work with Deadpool and Domino to stop Firefist's first murder and agrees to give Deadpool a chance to talk him down. After an epic battle between the newly formed X-Force, Firefist and Juggernaut, Deadpool fails to talk down Firefist, so Cable attempts to kill him. Deadpool ends up jumping in front of the bullet, and after Firefist sees his sacrifice to save him, he doesn't kill the headmaster, who is eventually run over by Deadpool's driver Dopinder (Karan Soni). With Firefist under control, Cable uses the last charge on his time-travelling device, which he needed for returning to his family, to go back several minutes to stop the bullet from killing Deadpool. It's hard to see where they can take this franchise because they cram so much into one movie. With the newly formed X-Force, and the introduction to some new superheroes, the possibilities are endless but Deadpool is the Marvel cash-cow that has got audiences begging for more. Personally, I think his non-stop banter, and crazy one-liners won't last forever, but now that he has access to the time-travelling device, Marvel has the chance to do something special with the 3rd movie. I just hope they don't mess it up! Anyway, this movie is definitely worth a watch, especially if you were a fan of the first movie, but I would like to see him face a worthy opponent, who he would have to take seriously. Watchable!

Round-Up:
This movie was directed by David Leitch, who also brought you John Wick and Atomic Blonde. He's due to remake Enter the Dragon, which should be left alone, and the Division starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. He's also filming a Fast & Furious spin-off called Hobbs & Shaw, which is about Dwayne Johnson's character from the Fast & Furious, teaming up with Jason Statham. It also stars Idris Elba so it's definitely a blockbuster that should get a good reception. As for this movie, it's very well written and full of action from the beginning to the end. The references to different movies cracked me up, and when Deadpool went back in time to kill Hitler, I just couldn't stop laughing. It certainly went down well with the critics, and it made a hefty profit at the box office but it's currently 100th in the highest-grossing movie chart, with the original in 85th place with a $783million profit. Although it's primarily a comedy, there is a lot of gory scenes, which meant that it's not suitable for kids, so that might explain why the profit wasn't as big as a lot of the other Marvel movies. Anyway, I can't wait for a 3rd instalment, and I hope they involve some of the X-Men.

Budget: $110million
Worldwide Gross: $742million

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni, Eddie Marsan, Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Paul Wu, Matt Damon, Bob Delaney and Leslie Uggams. 7/10

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Ant-Man and the Wasp
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Ant-Man & The Wasp
(2018)

Plot:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'. Still reeling from the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War', Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enlisted by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for an urgent new mission. He must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as they join forces to uncover secrets from the past.

Review:
After watching Avengers: Infinity War, this movie is a right joke. It's more like a Carry On movie than a superhero film, and the jokes weren't even that funny. When the Ant-man was supposed to knuckle down and battle against evil, he still was splurting out these unfunny lines, which became extremely annoying after a while. Also, his superpowers have lost the shock factor, and it didn't help that the super suit didn't work half of the time. The so-called enemy was also pretty useless, but the first fight against the Wasp wasn't too bad. The storyline had way too many holes in it, and there were loads of times that they could have shrunk to get out of certain situations. I did enjoy the first movie, but this sequel really did need a re-write. With that aside, it's still an important movie in the Marvel world because I'm sure that the Quantum Realm will play a big part in the Avengers coming face to face with Thanos again. Anyway, two years after Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was placed on house arrest due to his involvement with the Avengers in violation of the Sokovia Accords, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) briefly manage to open a tunnel to the quantum realm. They believe Hank's wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) might be trapped there, after shrinking to sub-atomic levels in 1987. When Scott had previously visited the quantum realm, he had unknowingly become quantumly entangled with Janet, and now he receives an apparent message from her. With only days left of house arrest, Scott contacts Hank about Janet, despite the strained relationship they have due to Scott's actions with the Avengers. Hope and Hank kidnap Scott, leaving a decoy so as not to arouse suspicion from FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). Believing the message from Janet to be confirmation that she is alive, the trio work to build a stable quantum tunnel so they can take a vehicle to the quantum realm and retrieve her. Now, on paper, the concept sounds pretty impressive but the director made the whole film as a comedy, which took away the deep complexity of the quantum realm. Michael Douglas tries to bring some depth to the whole movie, along with his daughter but it's swept under the carpet, because of it's silly characters which include a black market dealer, Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), who has been selling Hope parts needed for the tunnel. Sonny soon realises the potential profit that can be earned from Hanks research and tries to double-cross them. During a fight with Sonny's men, Hope is attacked by a quantumly unstable masked woman "Ghost" (Hannah John-Kamen) who escapes with Hanks lab, which has been shrunk down to the size of a suitcase. Hank reluctantly visits his estranged partner Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), who helps them to locate the lab but the Ghost captures the trio and reveals herself to be Ava Starr. Her father Elihas, another of Hanks former partners, died along with his wife during the experiment that caused Ava's unstable state. Now with all this going on, you would think that the movie would be entertaining..... well your wrong. There is a sense of intensity with Ava, which made her mysterious at the beginning but it doesn't really lead to anything. The same goes for Bill Foster, who was quite important to the plot but he didn't make a big impact. When they finally get the tunnel going, and Hank retrieves Janet from the quantum realm, she helps Ava and they live happily ever after. What poor writing! If it wasn't for the ending, which connects this movie to Infinity War, the whole film would have been pointless. I'm sure that I would have to watch this movie again, once Endgame comes out, but I really thought that it had Disney's footprint all over it. If they release another Ant-man movie, they really need to bring some seriousness to the script because this film really wasn't my cup of tea. Disappointing!

Round-Up:
This movie was directed by Peyton Reed, who also brought you Bring It On in 2000, Down With Love starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger, The Break-Up, Yes Man and the first Ant-Man movie. The only reason why I think he was chosen to direct, is because of Paul Rudd comedic background, but apart from that, I personally think that he was the wrong choice. You can easily add wit to movies without making it a full out comedy, which I felt this movie was, and it always helps if it is actually funny, which this movie wasn't. The fact that there were 5 writers, which included Paul Rudd, might explain why the movie felt like a right mess. They all had there own vision of what they wanted from the character, which is why you have the family element, along with the love element and the saving the world element. Mixed with bad comedy, all of these elements just didn't work in this film but I think that it's the beginning of something bigger, which Marvel is keeping close to there chest. Although it made a decent profit, and the critics thought that it was a much-needed MCU palate cleanser, I personally thought that some of the action scenes were half decent, but that's about it.

Budget: $195million
Worldwide Gross: $623million

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. 3/10

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