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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

More Than One Wears The Mask

20181 h 57 min
Overview

Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. However, when Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, another Spider-Man from another dimension, Peter Parker, accidentally winds up in Miles' dimension. As Peter trains Miles to become a better Spider-Man, they are soon joined by four other Spider-Men from across the "Spider-Verse". As all these clashing dimensions start to tear Brooklyn apart, Miles must help the others stop Fisk and return everyone to their own dimensions.

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Director Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 7 December 2018
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse can be summed up with one word: wow. Go in expecting a good movie and be blown away by a great one. The standout thing about this film is that it just does everything right. Into the Spider-Verse is not a live-action Marvel film; it knows this and does not try to be one. Watching this film feels very much like reading a comic book. From the art style to the story layout, Into the Spider-Verse is very much a comic come to life. While it may be a stretch to call the film perfect, it comes very, very close.

At its core, Into the Spider-Verse is an origin story. Thankfully, it breaks the mold of superhero origin stories in film. Anyone who keeps up with comic movies even marginally knows Peter Parker’s origin story. A radioactive spider bites him, Uncle Ben gets shot, and so on and so forth. This story is centered on Miles Morales, the second Spider-Man originally introduced in Marvel’s Ultimate comic series. Miles’ story is not identical to his comic origin but shares some similarities, making the film both old and new for existing fans.

Focusing on a different Spider-Man is great and part of what makes Miles story so invigorating is that he is not the first Spider-Man. Far from it; there are many other Spider heroes who have come before him. And like him, most of his predecessors started as average people. Peter Parker and Miles both stand out among other heroes by being normal people. They did not start out as world-class scientists, billionaires, or gods. They were just normal kids who suddenly had this power fall in their laps. And despite their hard lives, they never hesitated to do the right thing with their powers.

This is a movie that breaks the mold for what an origin story can be. Miles is not alone, but his journey is still a hard one. With not even a day’s worth of experience under his belt, he is thrown into a high-stakes adventure. Other, more experienced people are there but if he does not rise to the challenge everything could be lost. He learns more quickly than some others that superpowers do not put you above others. You can still get hurt, the people you care about can still get hurt. But despite all that, you have to persist. You have to carry on. Because everyone has the potential to be a hero.

December 30, 2018

Deadpool

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Deadpool

Witness the beginning of a happy ending

20161 h 48 min
Overview

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Director Tim Miller
Runtime 1 h 48 min
Release Date 9 February 2016
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good

If you have ever been a fan of comic books in the slightest and/or are at least slightly familiar with the character Deadpool, then the Deadpool movie is going to tickle your funny bone with its strange mix of dark humor and snarky yet childlike playfulness. Wade Wilson, also known as our title character Deadpool, is the merc with the mouth. In Marvel’s comics, he is known for being as borderline insane as deadly, with many other characters noting his habit of thinking he is in a comic book (i.e. breaking the fourth wall). Previously Ryan Reynolds portrayed a character who was supposed to be Deadpool in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine; this “Deadpool” shared almost nothing in common with his comic book incarnation other than the name. Thankfully, this rendition of the character adheres to the Deadpool fans already know and love with his snarky attitude, foul mouth, and general love of mayhem coupled with a disregard for life and property damage.

Deadpool’s comics are known for a few different things. Most notably readers go in expecting action, blood, and an endless line of jokes padded with references. This film delivers all of those things and more. Particularly sex, a generous amount of sex. If most other comedies had the constant barrage of jokes that is in Deadpool it would not really work, with the exception of films specifically designed to be nothing but jokes on top of jokes like Airplane and Hot Shots. Like the characters in those films, Deadpool is not at all supposed to be a normal person. Yes, there is the whole superpower side of, “Well, of course, this is not supposed to be a realistic movie,” but the logic of that extends to Deadpool’s character as well. He has been and always will be a wisecracker first and foremost.

This film does not have the maximum amount of action or the maximum amount of comedy; there are films that are wittier and there are also films that are bloodier. However, Deadpool does an excellent job of meeting the two in the middle ground. There are a few sequences in the film that are more humor than anything else, but the comedy continues to roll over into the action sequences with Deadpool’s ongoing commentary. The way he fights also manages to be comedic as well as brutal, partly for the aforementioned comments and partly for some of his uniquely ridiculous combat tactics. This film also by far has one of the best and most hilarious Stan Lee cameos so far.

As the film follows Deadpool, the other characters do not get too much screen time in comparison. There are parts of the film where another character reappears and you find yourself thinking, “Oh yeah, they exist,” because it has been so long since they were last onscreen. The members of the X-men who appear in the film seem to impede Deadpool and create more problems just as much as they help him, if not more so. The villains of the film are also pretty generic and have a very loosely thrown together backstory. While Deadpool is not a “save the world” type of character, it felt like the studio could not decide if they wanted this villain to be a big threat for Deadpool to stop or just some jerk that Deadpool had a vendetta against. This was not necessarily in any way the actors fault; many of them did well with the roles they were given. The issue lies with the rest of the characters not being written as well as Deadpool. Yes he is the star of the film, but a good supporting cast could have made the film more than it was; great for a laugh but with limited re-watching value after you know all the jokes. Still, the movie is worth watching at least once to see something different in the superhero genre.

March 13, 2016