Quick Review: Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 is a gleefully profane sequel, full of action and raunchy pizzazz. Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role.
The merc with the mouth returns with more offensive jokes, more violent set pieces and a Josh Brolin cyborg. Deadpool 2 is a blast from the first frame until the last frame. The first Deadpool (2016) became a worldwide sensation, bringing in $783 million on a low $58 million budget. Making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie in box office history and the highest-grossing X-Men film. While the second feature didn’t top its predecessor’s box office gross, nevertheless; this anti-superhero proved not to be a fluke. Currently, the second go-around is sitting at $734 million worldwide. Director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) swings this sequel back to action, with a touch of sass.
We return with the foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool, AKA a never better Reynolds), who brings together a team of fellow mutant mongrels (X-Force) to protect a young boy (a fantastic Julian Dennison) with supernatural abilities. My favorite new mercenary being Domino (played by a fierce Zazie Beetz). Their mission is to keep the boy safe from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg named Cable (a grumpy Brolin). And that’s all of the plot I am willing to give away. Overall, this is another slick adventure with our dirty little friend. You'll laugh until your sides hurt, especially during the mid-credits scene. Deadpool 2 amps up the action, jokes and chimichangas all into one nicely packaged movie extravaganza.
Deadpool 2 is rated R (Restricted). For strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.
RBG values the legendary life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she continues to stand strong, influencing future generations to come.
The 'notorious' RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) finally gets her chance to let her voice be heard on the big screen. Though, the film may be preaching to the choir at times, you still have to admire her strength and empowerment from over the years. Co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films, RBG breaks down the legal legacy an unexpected pop culture icon of Justice Ginsburg. This documentary studies the unique personal journey of Justice Ginsburg, from her quiet warriorship in the lower courts, to her rise in our nation’s highest court of law. The documentaries' material is light, but full of passion. It's a documentary that will surely inspire many and should appeal to anyone with an open mind. Premiering earlier this year at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and then gaining widespread attention there afterwards, RBG’s voice shines brightly. No dissenting here. The doc is co-director by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, as they pay tribute to Ginsburg's work for equality.
The doc begins by traveling back to where Justice Ginsburg was born, Brooklyn, NY. She’s a first generation Jewish-American and during her college year’s she excels at Cornell University. Here, she meets her future life-long husband, Martin Ginsburg. Both of them would go on to become attorneys with Ruth specializing in the representation of sexual equality cases, while Martin went on to become a leading tax attorney working in New York. Ruth represents cases for both sexes experiencing inequality within culture and society regarding issues of sexual equality. Some of these cases involve Ruth representing discrimination cases against women in the armed services who were denied equal treatment in the armed forces, and others were successfully defending single parent male clients who were denied access to social security benefits. Many of these cases would go before the Supreme Court, where Ruth went head-to-head with the top male-privilege Justices.
During the Carter administration, Ruth was successfully nominated for the appellate court. Next, former president, Bill Clinton, successfully nominated her for the Supreme Court. Justice Ginsburg has been at the Supreme Court for 25 years now. Justice Ginsburg’s views and votes on the Supreme Court have helped shape and mold our American democracy to a more progressive landscape. Now, that seems to be shaken in the Trump Era. With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the team last year and now possibly Brett Kavanaugh this fall, Ginsburg has had to move her views further to the left. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last month was a shocking blow to every liberal, progressive, person of color, and LGBTQ family in our country. Justice Kennedy was an incredible swing vote for the court, sometimes siding with the left and others with the right. In 2015, Justice Kennedy was the deciding factor to legalizing same-sex marriage.
We could now be seeing a Supreme Court more conservative than ever before, affecting minority communities and future generations to come. It’s going to be an anxious political showdown this Fall. Ginsburg, now 85, continues to stand strong in the face of opposition even within the far-left wing who wanted her out during the Obama administration. She responded no can do. Madam Ginsburg will stay at this reign until she ultimately no longer can. RBG is a spirited buoyant documentary, that’s worth your time. Full of heart and empowerment, in the end; you will surely concur here. I guarantee it. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
RBG is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For some thematic elements and language.
Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a narratively uneven structure, but ultimately it's still a fast-paced space opera. Dust off the rough parts and you’re in for a ride.
While, the newest Star Wars film failed to break records at the box office (possible franchise fatigue), nevertheless, it still aimed itself to be considered as a worthy tribute to the Star Wars saga. I would somewhat agree with that statement. Solo: A Star Wars Story adds in a fairly eager story about the origins of Han Solo (a wonderful Alden Ehrenreich). Although, at times, it seemed to be fighting with itself narratively speaking. The film takes a good portion of the first act before it kicks up the pace, gears, and stakes. This could be due to the creative differences between Lucasfilm and previous director’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street). Lord and Miller were reportedly fired about halfway through the production process. This led Disney to look for another director, who would take on the responsibility and finish the job.
That direction came into Ron Howard’s (Rush and A Beautiful Mind) hands. Howard kind of gets the job done for Solo. Guided through the rough patches, Han and his crew take flight and fight to save their own skin. In Solo, we are thrown into the dark and dangerous criminal underworld; while we also meet Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Lando Calrissian (the fantastic Donald Glover), Qi'ra (The fierce Emilia Clarke), Beckett (a stubborn Woody Harrelson) and L3-37 – a feminist fighting droid (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). The film really takes it into second gear, when we are introduced to Glover’s notorious Lando Calrissian at a gambling casino. Glover embodies the role as the famous former smuggler played by Billy Dee Williams back in the ‘80s. To me, Glover was the best part of this movie and kept the ball rolling. I would love to see Glover in his own standalone Star Wars adventure.
While, Ehrenreich also brought his own unique attributes to the role of Han. Ehrenreich’s charisma shined brightly throughout this picture. Overall, Solo is a mostly fun flick – nothing more and nothing less. There were, at times, some extremely exciting action set pieces. Like when Han and Chewie piloted the Millennium Falcon together through uncharted space, barely escaping the tentacle monster. While, at others, the film’s plot seemed at a standstill. Along, with the dark and gloomy cinematography, which was frustrating and hard to see. Unlike The Last Jedi, Solo doesn’t take the franchise into any new direction. But in the end, some would say that’s okay. So, if you check your brain out in the tickets admissions, you should enjoy this newest space opera extravaganza.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sequences of sci-fi action/violence.
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