Star Wars Episode VIII announcement teaser trailer

So that was fast, the upcoming Episode VIII has literally just started filming and there’s already a teaser out, stating off with that lingering, intriguing final shot from The Force Awakens as we see Luke in his old Jedi robes as he meets Rey, with an expression that could mean a number of things.

I’m surprised this teaser is even out and yeah it’s also a bit tongue in cheek as there’s nothing to even show at this point but it’s something for Star Wars fans to drool over for a bit, which is cool with me.

Deadpool review

Deadpool is directed Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccharin, TK Miller, Ed Skrein as we follow the life of mercenary Wade Wilson and his origin story in becoming the superpowered, super healing mercenary Deadpool, brash, unapologetic and blunt, the dialogue and writing in the film is as blunt and in your face as the violence and for the angle that Reynolds and Fox were going for, it works.

Reynolds is a pretty much perfect fit for the role and seems to pretty much be Wade Wilson in real life (minus the being a mercenary) and he’s a great embodiment of the character, bringing to life his wit and fast talking style, which may be annoying to some but there’s something endearingly earnest and real about Deadpool, a character that’s self aware and aware he’s being watched by us, the audience. And thus the fourth wall is broken with Deadpool talking directly to the viewer at certain points in the film (as he does in the comic books) and it’s a great touch, matching the style and tone of the characters straight out of the comics, authenticity is something that the film really nailed and Fox did a great job of capturing the essence of the character.

It may have taken a second try and years of campaigning and trying to figure out how to do it but they did it and it’s certainly a faithful adaptation, with sex, fairly gratuitous violence and a lot of swearing, which earned it its R rating in the US, something I think it really needed to have to really allow the character of Deadpool to be himself with no real boundaries. And even to the point of showcasing Deadpools’ fighting abilities and capabilities, he gets hurt but he heals, he’s also an excellent marksman and very skilled in hand to hand combat/with his swords and this is highlighted in some pretty brilliant fight sequences which are as frenetic and fast paced as Deadpools’ dialogue.

Plus with the film taking place in the realm of the X-Men (sort of), it was great to see 2 X-Men proper in Negasonic teenage warhead and Colossus, who had some fun interactions with Deadpool.

I have to say that the humour and writing is really on point as well, you already know about some of the funny moments in the film if you’ve seen the trailer or TV spots but there are quite a few peppered in throughout the course of the story and surprisingly more good jokes than I personally expected, with a few laugh out loud moments in there for sure. Especially with Weasel (TJ Miller) and Wades rapport and banter. As well as Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Wades’ own rapport, which is another highlight of the film, their relationship is the underlying backbone to the film and in a sense, there is a crude version of a love story here as well as a revenge story and that added more flesh to the bones as it were, giving Wade Wilson motivation as he aims to reach his goal.

The acting on the whole is solid with Reynolds stealing the show, though Ed Skrein, I think makes a pretty awesome villain in Ajax, albeit a pretty basic and by the numbers one and the same can be said for his muscle, Angel (Gina Carano) and generally the plot is pretty simple but Deadpool brings the spice to proceedings and elevates the story to a much more fun and enjoyable level. You’ll get what you probably expect with Deadpool but that’s not a bad thing at all and the result is a pretty fun, genuinely funny comic book film that’s a breath of fresh air, something different and a very faithful adaptation of a comic book character.

7.5/10

. Great action, fight sequences and set pieces

. Well done humour, good writing

. Great pacing, well contained story

Batman V Superman official final trailer

Hi guys, yes I’m still alive and we have a new, final Batman V Superman trailer, following weeks of TV spots and 2 recent Superbowl teasers, this trailer kicks off with the Dark Knight in his element and seriously kicking some criminal ass, showing how effectively good he is now that he’s come out of retirement to fight crime (and Superman).

We also previous shots from trailers, establishing why Bruce wants to take out Superman and why they square up in the first place, with some emphasis here on how mismatched they are on fighting terms – at least I think so, though Batman looks to be giving it back to Superman pretty hard. And we get a bunch of new footage with quite a few combat scenes, namely between the two titular heroes and everything is looking good, we finally hear Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman talk which is good.

And importantly, the emphasis on this trailer is squarely on Batman and Superman fighting, which is something the fans all seem to want, with some past backlash to the trailer that showed Batman, Superman and Wonder woman teaming up against Doomsday, this trailer gets back to the premise and the basics of the story and I think it’s a great final trailer to hype people up for the film (if they even need to be more hyped up at this point). But yeah I can’t wait to see it.

February film preview

We did it guys, the veritable film wasteland that is January is now over as we slog through winter and progressively edge towards spring and long awaited blockbusters like Batman V Superman but hold the phone, we are talking about February after all, so here are some films to look out for.

Hail, Caesar! – Released on the 5th of February

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Starring: George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill.

The Coen brothers direct this period drama set in the the 1950s in the world of hollywood film making after a popular actor vanishes during filming, fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) attempts to find him and get to the bottom of the mystery.

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Released on the 5th of February

Directed by Burr Steers

Starring: Lily James, Sam Smith, Lena Headey, Matt Riley, Charles Dance.

A pretty self explanatory film, based on the novel of the same name that parodies Pride and Prejudice, adding a nice dosage of zombies in this intriguing looking twist, don’t expect a straight comedy though as the film looks to be fairly faithful to the story otherwise, with the added premise.

 

Regression – Released on the 5th of February

Directed by Alejandro Amenabar

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis, Dale Dickey, Devon Bostick, Aaron Ashmore.

Psychological thriller taking place in Minnesota in 1990 as a detective investigates a reported case of past sexual abuse of 17 year old Angela (Emma Watson) who seems to have no recollection of it occuring.

 

Deadpool – Released on the 12th of February

Directed by Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin.

The merc with a mouth and cult comic book favourite character Deadpool finally gets his seemingly faithful on screen adaptation in the upcoming R-rated action comedy film, following the characters origin story and wacky adventures, expect a lot of insults, cursing and well, you know what you’re in for by this point if you’re going to see the film.

 

Zoolander No 2 – Released on the 12th of February

Directed by Ben Stiller

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrel, Penelope Cruz, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Munn, Christine Taylor.

Zoolander gets its long awaited(?) sequel with a new updated story featuring the quirky model alongside his friend Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson) as they try and infiltrate the world of high fashion again in order to stop a spate of assassinations of celebrities.

 

Eddie The Eagle – Released on the 26th of February

Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken.

Part biography part comedy drama centred on the real life story of Olympic athlete Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and his exploits in the 1988 winter Olympics.

 

Gods of Egypt – Released on the 26th of February

Directed by Alex Proyas

Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Young.

Fantasy adventure film set in mythical ancient Egypt as the God set takes over Egypt, a human allies with the God Horus to retrieve his eye and order to fight back in order to save Egypt from Sets’ tyranny.

 

Triple 9 – Released on the 26th of February

Directed by John Hillcoat

Starring: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet.

Gritty crime drama following a group of criminals and corrupt cops who plan to pull off a daring heist by activating a ‘Triple 9 call’ in the city.