2D viewing at Marquee Cinemas in Beckley. The fifth star was earned by an amazing final 30 minutes. Story overall was very well done. The characters we have met before are true to canon. The new additions are interesting and serve the story well. I had no problem accepting Alden as a young Han. Donald Glover is a prize who channels all of the good Billy Dee brought to Lando. Emilia Clarke was fantastic. Such a talented young lady. The dialogue has a lot for long time fans and should also be interesting to new viewers. I am adamantly anti-spoilers so please hurry and see this film so we can talk about it in detail. Kudos to Ron Howard for delivering an enjoyable film that excels down the stretch.
The group travelled to Marquee Cinemas in Beckley, WV to watch Deadpool 2 Sunday. The film was true to the characters established in Deadpool yet this film feels fresh. It was funny. The action was impressive. The story provides a supportive framework for the characters and the action. Ryan Reynold's charisma is incredible. He is compelling and likable in the burn make-up as without. There is no commitment too big or small to make for a funny line or humorous situation. There was no hesitancy to bring humor to the forefront even if for only a joke. References to other parts of the MDU, the DCEU and Current events stand out. The supporting cast is varied and large. They do a good job but the numbers prevent a lot of depth being revealed on the new players. I cannot imagine anyone who enjoyed Deadpool not enjoying Deadpool 2. I left the theatre looking forward to 3 and X Force, hopefully we will get both.
A movie can be not what you expect yet still be great and have a huge emotional impact. The dialog was great. The movie has many humorous parts. I felt the character's actions were true to their established selves. This film is basically part one of two so one of the tests to judge it by is how bad do you want to see the next one. I want to very badly, tomorrow if possible please. Saw it in IMAX 3D. It looked amazing. The running time wasn't an issue. The film didn't seem long and I wasn't anxious for it to end. I'm unsure how this film received 16% negative reviews from "the pros." Maybe they just had their heads up their asses because this is one that is can't miss in the theater. Keep in mind too that it is basically part one of a two part story to finish up in Avengers 4. The breaking point is one that fits the story but I've heard too much criticism that doesn't take into account that the story isn't done. Infinity War was worth the wait.
Marvel continues to amaze at the box office even when the subject isn't a well-known IP. First Guardians of the Galaxy, then Ant-Man and now even more so with Black Panther, Marvel succeeds by combining a solid to great storyline with an excellent cast. I personally don't think the executives putting together the casts get enough credit. These pieces overwhelmingly fit. In the 18th film released Marvel creates an amazing world and delivers its most compelling antagonist. Kilmonger is complex. His motivation isn't that of a mustache twirling psychopath. Instead, he is relatable and brought to life in an incredible performance by Michael B. Jordan. Chadwick Boseman stands toe to toe with him performance-wise throughout the film. The supporting cast delivers great work to a person, each feels fleshed out. Black Panther works great as a stand-alone feature but fills an important role in advancing the MCU's story forward.
The 80s are my wheelhouse. I graduated high school and college in that decade. I -'ve heard the book is a love letter to the kids of that era so I was interested. Then Spielberg signed on to direct. Take my money. I still haven't read the book but it has moved way up on my reading list. Ready Player One is a solid story with important things to say about today's world. The story kept my interest and I found myself pulling hard for the characters. The cast does a great job. The FX are amazing. It wasn't just a walk down memory lane. Those dismissing this film as a mere play at nostalgia are wrong. I'm so glad I saw this movie in the theater on a big screen. It is well worth your time unless you don't like great films. If that's true, why are you here?