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I May Destroy You
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Another good family film, although this one does run foul of the rule of sequels: let's add more. The addition of new characters means they have to battle for screen time with some of the existing ones. However, some do stand out. The always excellent Hank Azaria gives good villian, Stiller still works as the everyman and Wilson and Coogan get there cool moment. Adam's plucky heroine is starting to get a bit tired, though, and William's is underused. Still, there's plenty of laughs to be had, so it works in the end.
Funny and paced just right, this is Stiller's film. Although the flash comes in the form of the moving exibits, it's Stiller's everyman that ties it all together. The plot is well-tread - father tries to sort out his life to help son, so it time for some life lessons. However, it mostly works, with Wilson and Coogan's feuding minis another hit.
Plot wise, the main story is just an excuse for a series of sketches either serving to give Coogan's fop or Chan's martial artist the chance to show off. But all three leads are likable enough, there's some nice cameos tho the comedy is a little hit and miss, more laughs find the mark than don't.
Nothing original here but still a rather enjoyable film. Urban is a suitably heroic lead and Bloodgood gives good heronie. The stars of the show, though, are Means and Brown, rocking the wise elder and nasty villian roles respectively. The film looks amazing and it has a rather nice set of deaths for the gorehound. It builds to a predictable enough climax but there's fun to be had on the way.
Too many mutants spoil the broth! Which is a shame because there's a good film in here somewhere. Jackman is, once again, a likeable lead that you can build a film around. Schreiber gives good villian...and so does Ryan Reynolds. And there is is one of the problems. The film throws in too many characters (is Stryker the villian of the movie? Sabertooth? Deadpool?) and then adds even more (was Beak really necesary? or the Cyclops plot?). Gambit is a good inclusion, as is Deadpool, and both deserve their own time. But then logic breaks spill things even further (if Sabertooth really knows Wolverine so well, how do you explain the lack of chemistry in X1?).