Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

How Han became Han Solo

With an all-star cast, including Donald Glover from Community, Emilia Clarke who plays Kelesi in Game of Thrones, and rising star of Alden Ehrenreich, Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a thrilling adventure. Seeing it at midnight, here is what I thought of the film.

Synopsis

Han has a dream of owning his very own ship and is willing to steal anything to get it, costing him his first love, Kira. Three years later he finds his soon to be long-term companion Chewbacca who he helps escape from imprisonment so they can find a ship and return to Kira. However, they are recruited by a gang ran by Tobias Beckett, who becomes Han’s mentor and is a well-known smuggler, to help with requiring a highly valuable resource which will make them all rich. When the first attempt goes south, and they return empty-handed to the criminal overlord, Dryden Vos, they quickly create an idea to gather what he wants so Dryden does not kill them. The mission they go on is incredibly dangerous so Dryden sends his lieutenant to help them, Han’s first love Kira. For this mission, they also need a ship which they acquire from a gambler called Lando, Han Solo will later win his ship, the millennium falcon in a bet. They complete this dangerous mission, only for it to reveal that the so-called pirates are the good guys and will use the valuable resource for good. This gives Han a change of heart, deciding to help the pirates and turn on Dryden and Tobias, who double-crosses them. Kira then kills Dryden leaving Han Solo to pursue Tobias and the valuable recourse, only for it to be revealed Kira is in with Darth Maul. Han then kills Tobias and gives the resources to the pirates.

Review (Spoilers)

The Good

Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a great deal of action and introduces all the characters well to the audience and glimpse in how they become the people they do later in the Star Wars Universe. Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is his arrogant self but he is likeability person because he ultimately has a good heart and him Chewbacca make a great partnership. It was good seeing how they met and how their bond builds between them throughout the film. They have various nice moments like Han letting Chewy help the other Wookies when they’re escaping the mine. Kira (Emilia Clarke) plays the temptress ultimately turning on Solo at the end of the film for her own gain and joining Darth Maul. I don’t think anyone wanted more Darth Maul but he was there. Mira is essentially playing the long game to being the head of an evil association which is headed by Darth Maul. The film is beautifully made and the score is well crafted also, an epic scene being when a giant monster is getting sucked into a massive hole in space. Dryden (Paul Bettany) and Tobias (Woody Harrelson) also play their roles well as they are talented actors.

The Bad

The film could have been much better if it was more of a stand-alone film rather than setting up for another film and it suffers being chronologically the first film to watch in Star Wars because of when it is set. I would’ve much preferred just an epic adventure Han Solo goes on having nothing to do with any of film. I also don’t think Lando (Donald Glover) was used to his full potential in the film, potentially just losing his ship and robot companion. He’s just an addicted gambler who loves capes. Although Donald Glover does play Lando incredibly well. I would’ve liked to see the film as more of a Firefly episode, where Han Solo is presented with a job and needs to get it done by any means necessary.

Overall

It is still better than some films in the Star Wars Collection, but it is nowhere near the best one, it’s just alright.

7/10

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Deadpool 2 Review

Deadpool 2 Review

Ryan Reynolds comes back for a more heartfelt violent sequel on par with the first one in my opinion. A more family-focused film as Deadpool discovers a new family.

Synopsis

Since the last film, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has been killing bad guys left, right and centre. However, this leads to them coming to his apartment and killing his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), leaving him wallowing in pity. He seeks comfort in his closest friends, acquaintances, from the X-men, Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand).

They enrol him as an x-men trainee, joining them on a mission to stop a mutant child from killing the people who own his orphanage. After Deadpool stops the child, who calls himself Firefist (Julian Dennison), the child reveals how abusive his orphanage is, leading to Deadpool killing some carers from the orphanage. This lands them both in a jail specifically assembled for containing mutants and abolishing their superpowers.

In this prison, Deadpool tells Firefist he needs to make friends with the biggest guy in there rather than sticking around with him. There is a larger holding cell for the biggest prisoner which is later revealed to be a former X-Men enemy. The prison is attacked by Cable (Josh Brolin), a soldier from the future, looking to kill Firefist. Deadpool stops him for now and escapes the prison in the process.

Throughout the film, Deadpool keeps entering Heaven to see his dead wife. After falling in a frozen lake after fighting with Cable, he goes to the spirit side again, where she tells him Firefist important to him. Deadpool deciding he needs to protect Firefist from Cable because of this.

With Cable still after Firefist, Deadpool holds auditions for a mutant team to help him acquire Firefist who is being transferred to another prison, along with the larger cellmate. He assembles the team called X-Force, consisting of Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Peter (Rob Deleny) The Vanisher and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Bedlam controls electricity, Shatterstar an alien better than everyone else, Zeitgeist can spit acid, The Vanisher is invisible, Domino’s power is luck and Peter is just a normal guy up for the ride. They set out to catch the escort, however, only Domino and Deadpool make it, all the other dying in the process. Before Cable can kill Firefist he releases the biggest prisoner, Juggernaut who snaps Deadpool in half.

After releasing Juggernaut, Firefist and he go to the orphanage he was abused go kill the man who runs it. Cable comes to Deadpool in desperation revealing why he has to kill Firefist. As in the future, after Firefist kills the owner of the orphanage, he gets the lust for blood causing him to destroy the world. Along with Cables family. The funniest part of the film also happens at this point. Cable, Deadpool and Domino unite to go stop Juggernaut and Firefist. Cable agreeing to let Deadpool have 30 seconds with the kid to convince him not to kill anyone before Cable gets to kill Firefist. On the way, Deadpool asks for Colossus’s help after losing his friendship when he killed the people from the orphanage.

Cable, Deadpool and Domino arrive at the orphanage and begin a brawl with Juggernaut as Firefist goes after the owner. After pretty much getting destroyed, Colossus arrives and distracts juggernaut as Cable and Deadpool go after Firefist. They stop him from killing the owner as Deadpool takes a bullet for Firefist causing him to become good rather than evil.

Review

Deadpool

Deadpool is smarky, 3rd wall breaking self the whole way through creating some funny moments in the process. He alludes to Cable being Thanos and compares the similarities of Frozen’s ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’ and ‘Popa can you hear me?’. The post-credits are also fun to watch as he goes back to save his girlfriend, Peter, kills the Deadpool in the film Wolverine: Origins and kill Ryan Reynolds after he says Green Lantern will excel his career.

Minor Characters

Deadpool offers some hilarious moments, especially after Deadpool in ripped in half and is growing his legs back. Every character has their moments including the taxi driver, Dopinder (Karan Soni), who wants to be a superhero with his superpower of courage. Deadpool’s best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller) who again delivers some damning insults, like when Deadpool has baby legs, saying it’s like a woman giving birth from her bum and giving up halfway through. Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) is not in much as the first but is still foul-mouthed as ever. Peter is also the real MVP as he is just some guy who answered an ad in a paper.

Cameos

They are loads of surprise cameo’s throughout also, including Bradd Pitt as the vanisher and Alan Tudyk as a redneck. There is also a host of X-Men cameos including Wolverine and most of the X-Men from the most recent franchise, as they try to stay away from the film. Juggernaut is completely CGI which is quite weird also.

Sequel?

I don’t think they’ll be a sequel of Deadpool specifically but they might be one of X-Force what would be highly entertaining.

8/10

Leave what you thought of the film below and how it compared to the first.

Avengers Infinity War Part One Review

Avengers Infinity War Review

It delivered

All the Marvel cinematic universe has been building to this, Thanos getting off his seat and showing what power he’s got to offer. With the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers coming together this is set to be a movie of epic proportions. Luckily I’m seeing it at midnight so I can avoid anyone spoiling it for me.

Oh and does Thanos show what power he has got.

Spoilers Ahead!

Quick Overview of what happened

From the get-go, Thanos displays his dominance making short work of the Hulk and killing Loki in the opening scene as he has space and power infinity stones at this point. The Hulk does escape however and makes it to earth to warn Tony Stark and Doctor Strange that Thanos is coming for the infinity stones. Thanos minions come for Doctor Strange’s time infinity stone, only they cannot get it as it cannot be released without Doctor Strange’s permission. Thus, he is taken onto the ship, to be brought to Thanos. Little does Corvus Glaive know is that he has also brought along with him Spiderman and Iron Man.

Back on earth, Steve Rogers and Co. narrowly save Vision from the other minions of Thanos Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw. They prepare for the fight of their lives to stop Thanos getting Vision’s infinity stone in Wakanda. An epic battle ensues in which Steve Rogers, Black Panther, Black Widow, Bruce Banner in an iron suit, Falcon, War machine and Scarlet Witch hold of the alien army of Thanos, along with the Wakandan Army. They are later aided by Thor.

Before Thor comes to the aid of Steve Rogers and Co. he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy as saw in the ending of Thor Ragnorak. He tells them about the power of Thor and how he needs a powerful weapon to stop him. Him, Rocket and Groot go in such of making Thor another powerful hammer that can stand up to Thanos, while Gamorra, Starlord, Drax the Destroyer and Mantis travel to Knowhere where the colector holds one of the infinity stones. Thor creates a new hammer, Groot giving him an arm in the process and they travel to Wakanda for the last stand against Thanos.

Gamorra, Starlord, Drax and Mantis arrive at Knowhere where Thanos has already gained the reality infinity stone from the collector causing Gamorra to believe she has killed Thanos. Thanos sees that Gamorra still shows feelings towards him as she mourns when she believes he is dead. Thanos then takes Gamorra leaving the rest to find her again. Once with Thanos, Gamorra is forced to tell Thanos where the soul infinity stone is or her sister Nebula dies. She is the only one who knows where it is and had previously asked Starlord to kill her so Thanos would never find out where it is. He then travels to the planet where the soul infinity stone then sacrifices Gamorra to get it. There is also a cameo from Red Skull.

Having retrieved 4 out of 6 infinity stones, Thanos sets his sight on the time infinity stone which Doctor Strange still holds despite being captured by one of Thanos’ minions. Having killed Doctor Strange’s captor they travel to planet Titan in an effort to kill Thanos with the element of surprise on their hands. They come across Starlord and Co. who are in search for Gamorra not knowing she is dead yet. They battle Thanos on Titan briefly overcoming him, nearly relieving him of his infinity gauntlet, however, Thanos reveals he has killed Gamorra causing Starlord to lose his rag, and ruin the plan. Thanos shows his might by nearly killing Iron man until Doctor Strange gives up the stone for Tony Starks life.

The final stone is taken after Thanos arrives at the battle taking place at Wakanda. With the power he has already gained from his infinity gauntlet, he makes short work of the superheroes on his way to Vision. Scarlet Witch destroys the stone along with Vision, thinking that this stopped Thanos. However, Thanos then turns back time creating stone and Vision, then takes the mind infinity stone out of Vision killing him in the process. He now has a complete Infinity Gauntlet, Thor tries to stop him with his new God killing weapon planting it in his chest. Thanos whispers you should’ve aimed for my head as he clicks his finger causing half the people of the earth to fade away into dust. Including many of your favourite superheroes including Spiderman, Black Panther, Drax, Mantis, Groot, Rocket and Scarlet Witch.

Review

Maybe the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie so far. There were so many deaths at the end, and you need to have watched most of the MCU for them to have a great impact. The film still has humour throughout and all the characters show chemistry on screen together. Starlord and Thor’s interactions being humorous as Starlord is jealous of him. The epic war scene in many MCU creates an inspired visual like always, with the typical two sides running into each other. Thanos world domination plan also shares the same philosophy as Dan Brown’s Inferno, as he looking to create genocide to create a better planet. Thus, Thanos believes he is creating balance in the world through his actions giving more depth to his villainous character. The after-credit scene also looks to introduce Captain Marvel into the MCU as Nick Fury calls her on his pager. Overall great film but my theory is the people who didn’t die in this film will replace the people who did die in this film.

8/10
Let me know what you thought of the film and Thanos wiping out half the people on the planet in the comments below

The Debt Collector Film Review

The Debt Collector Review

Another hard-hitting film from Scott Adkins

Synopsis

French (Scott Adkins) a classically trained martial artist who is low on cash as his gym is failing. In order to gain more cash so he can pay his rent again, he takes the job as a debt collector. However, as he realises quite quickly, this isn’t the normal debt collector job. He and his partner Sue (Louis Mandylor) will have to break bones and beat up anyone who gets in there way.

Review

After recently watching Accident Man also starring Scott Adkins, The Debt Collector offers another hardman Scott Adkins performance in which he just mostly goes around laying the smackdown on people. The moral message is strong in The Debt Collector though, as French struggles to know what if he is doing is right, and who are the truly bad people. Sue has been a debt collector for many years, and it has taken its toll on him, making him heartless. The people who cannot afford to pay their debt or the people ordering their debts to be collected. French and Sue show good on-screen chemistry as they have various back and forths throughout, which adds some humour to the film. French also has a great offence fighting various bodyguards including with two massive black bodyguards who threw him around like a rag doll while Sue deals with the less dangerous money side of it all. When Sue and French to come together to fight, it offers a nice visual as they destroy their opponents. The films end with a double-crossing and a lot of bloodshed with the two protagonists left to die as they choose the morally right action to do. The film is great action movie overall, as Scott Adkins has found his niche in this kind of films acting as a hard hitter.

6/10

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book and Film Review

Book Synopsis

The book written by Stephen Chbosky follows 15 year old protagonist Charlie who has trouble socially, due to a troubled past that is revealed throughout the novel. He is writing letters to an unknown recipient, talking about his life in freshman year in high-school. He deals with unrequited love, sexuality, drug use, and mental health throughout his first year at high school. Unrequited love for his senior friend Sam, along with sexuality in the form of Sam’s step brother Patrick, who is going out with Brad, a closeted homosexual on the football team. Charlie also has his first encounter with drug use as he trips on LSD to be cool and mental health through the effects of his best middle friend committing suicide and his aunt dying in a car crash.

Film Synopsis

The film adaptation starring as Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick and Emma Watson as Sam, follows closely to the book as is also directed by Stephen Chbosky. The only major differences are Charlie teacher has a bigger role in the film. As in the book, he is mentioned as is supportive towards Charlie, but it never talks about his teaching style. Having Paul Rudd play the teacher though, obviously, the teacher was going to have a bigger role. Charlie’s sister being abused by boyfriend doesn’t play as a major point, although it is shown in the film. In a way, a major change is the tunnel scene where Sam stands up, as the song they are listening to is changed from Fleetwood Macs Landslide to David Bowie’s Hero creating a whole new meaning to the word infinite. The film also had Imagine Dragons Its time which was awesome.

Review

Both book and film are worth visiting as they deal with social issues everybody goes through during their adolescents. The book and film holding that nostalgic feeling but also that cringe-worthy moment of when you were younger. An example being, when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Charlie sitting with his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth, played by Mae Whitman, chooses not to kiss her and kisses Sam instead causing everyone to resent him. It shows the perils of being a wallflower as he lying to himself in when he said yes to going out with Mary Elizabeth. Later, when he reveals his true feelings to Sam as she is leaving, she berates him for not acting earlier. The Perks of Being a Wallflower are being very good at observing things in a social situation, taking everything in the conversations around during you, allowing you to be able to judge things more rationally. Thus linking in with Carl Jung‘s theory of introversion/extraversion. Charlie portraying introversion as Patrick shows extraversion in dealing with life. Overall this book is good coming of age book, like the book The Wanderers by Richard Price dealing with taboo subjects and dealing with the trials you face when growing up.

Here links to some of my other book reviews:

Man Seeking Woman and The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

Ready Player One Book Review

A Quiet Place Film Review

A Quiet Place Film Review

A film that promotes going to the cinema

Synopsis

The film centres around the Abbott family trying to survive a world in which making a sound can kill you. After losing their son to the monsters who hunt by hearing sounds, the Abbott family carry on surviving until Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt) falls pregnant causing all kinds of problems. The father of the family Lee Abbot (John Krasinski) focuses on helping his family survive, training his younger son Marcus Abbot (Noah Jupe) to take his place if he was to die. Regan Abbot (Millicent Simmons) the daughter of Lee and Evelyn blames herself for the death of her younger brother after giving him the toy that made that fatal sound attracting the monsters. However, the family have to come together to try safely deliver a child in this chaotic silent world.

Review

A great film in which needs to be appreciated in a cinema full of people all eagerly anticipating every little sound. I don’t think the film would have the same effect if your watching in your house with your phone on and lights. You need to be focused on the film to get the true effect. The sound of silence is the key throughout the whole film, as the silence adds to the intensity along with the actual monsters. It’s brilliantly acted by all involved director John Krasinski putting in a superb performance. His death for his children being a standout moment in the film. A Quiet Place is a great film with a unique concept using silence to full effect.

8.5/10

Ready Player One Film Review

Ready Player One Film Review

Proving books are still better

Synopsis

The film centres around Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager leaving in Columbus 2045. He is on the quest to find the three keys left behind by Oasis created James Halliday (Mark Rylance) who had died 5 years prior to releasing a hidden Easter Egg in the Oasis. The Oasis is a massive MMORPG in which the whole world is essentially playing due to freedom it gives a person in the game. In the Oasis Wade goes as Percival, as his best friend goes as Aech and his love interest, a famous gunter goes as Art3mis (Olivia Cooke). They are later joined by Daito and Sho to create the high 5.  Although the Oasis is free for everyone and allows them to do anything they want, an evil corporation called IOI wants to stop this. This evil corporation is run by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) who wants to create an interface for the Oasis covered in advertisements. Thus, Wade Watts and the rest of the high-five, have to find the keys and Egg before IOI to stop them becoming controllers of the Oasis.

Review

Having read the book first, I still came in with high hopes for the film adaption and they did not disappoint to a certain extent. Speilberg creating a world with the popular pop culture of today as they are cameos from Master chief and there is a Minecraft planet. The film is also acted great by the relatively new acts involved such as Tye Sheridan. The visual effects are stunning as Art3mis looks like an alien version of Ruby Rose along with Aech’s character looking like an war cyborg. Spielberg had to change a lot from the book as he couldn’t possibly create some of the worlds mentioned in the novel. He does replace them with highly creative scenes, like the shinning scene in homage to Kubrick.

Comparing the book to the film

Obviously, Speilberg could not create everything in the book and he could not also create the slow burn feel the book had. The first two ways the keys are found being completely different to the film, along with I-Rok (TJ Miller) playing an overpowered henchman for IOI. In the book, I-Rok just plays an annoyance and a grass. Although Og Morrow (Simon Pegg) still plays a huge role in the film, as he still helps the Hi five along the way, his character is still diminished. In a cynical view, it misses out Daito being killed in real life, leaving his little brother to fend for himself, but obviously, it’s left out for PG reasons. The Hi 5 are also brought together so quickly with them all being friends from the get-go. The book was great because of the nerdy references it made I don’t think Spielberg made it that nerdy.

6.5/10