In cinemas: Deadpool 2
. Ehh, it was alright. Entertaining enough
. The first Deadpool felt like a breath of fresh air, and while the air here was far from stagnant- it wasn’t nearly as refreshing.
Lots of gags; but as is often the case for comedies- the majority of the best ones were spoiled by the trailers, unfortunately.
There were a couple of groaners, like “You stole that line from Robocop”, because pausing to acknowledge the existence of other movies is funny, right?
A couple of nice, quickie sight gags too though, like: the cure for blindness, and the “more popular” X-men not getting involved.
Domino stole the show. The mid-credits sequence may have been the highlight.
. 1 hour 45 minutes of good acting, but not much else. I was expecting some sort of big twist or incident to happen after the diner scene, but then the credits rolled. I had to laugh. "That's it?"
No lessons taught, and no consequences. Not sure what I was supposed to take home from this.
Best picture 2017? Besides this
cynical rundown, I don’t get it.
No items. Fox only. Final Destination
. Neat horror concept: no monster, no slasher, just death itself out to get you.
The presence of Death is occasionally represented by an ominous shadowy effect creeping up on the victims, but more often it is signified through a gentle breeze- which might have been an effective sort of “calm before the storm” visual metaphor if it wasn’t kind of silly.
Good idea, but hampered by the film’s slow pacing.FD 2
. Accessible to newcomers, but it rewards fans with the little connections to the first. Deaths are more whacky and inventive this time; the fire escape sequence being my personal favourite of the series. Perfect sequel.FD 3
. Standalone sequel. The story bullet points are already feeling repetitive: premonition, police interview, elaborate first death, the “deaths are in order” realisation etc.
The hilariously creepy coroner doesn’t show up on screen this time. Bummer. The tanning salon deaths were probably the nastiest of the series.
OK, but skippable.The Final Destination
. Lots of embarrassing CG up in your face because 3D cinema fad
. No interesting twists. Actors sound bored.
The characters are convinced they’ve won around the 50 minute mark, it was disappointing the film didn’t just stop there and then.
. A tiny tweak to the regular formula in the third act elevates this one high above the previous two films. And the coroner makes a return, yay.