I think I’m the only one amongst my friends who didn’t like Deadpool. I don’t know. I guess I must be a pretentious snob but I’m so glad Oggs Cruz of Rappler had the same idea after I read his review (Deadpool Review: Vulgar Marvels). I don’t read reviews until after I’ve written mine so the moment I was done and sent it off to Juice, I started looking to see if anyone agreed with me or if I was alone in not liking the film and while Oggs Cruz did find it entertaining, he saw what I saw. Unfortunately for me, he says it so much better than I do. What took me a whole paragraph to explain, he says so eloquently in one sentence.
Read my review here: Deadpool: Half-hearted Irreverence (link / Juice.ph).
It’s a taste thing, for sure. I didn’t find the humour of Deadpool funny. But that doesn’t take away from the major disconnect the film had with its tone and narrative. I wouldn’t have minded the humour if the film in itself was structured properly but it wasn’t. It promises to be irreverent and doesn’t quite do it. It puts the elements of irreverence on a reverent and conventional narrative. That’s not what was advertised and neither is that clever or refreshing.
And then there’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I wasn’t expecting much already. I was hoping it was going to be fun but I knew it wasn’t even going to be that. I really just wanted to see it for Lily James.
And it was even worse than expected.
Read my review here: More Show, Less Tell: a review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (link / Juice.ph).
And then, there’s the very excellent Spotlight with Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton. Now that is a great film and I hope it does well.
My review of Spotlight: The Truth Hurts: a review of Spotlight (link / Juice.ph).
I think these film reviews show what my aesthetics are. And I’ve been making these jokes about being pretentious and I can’t help but feel that I am. I have such high standards, I think, from having watched so many films. But I do enjoy pure enjoyment films. I liked Pacific Rim. It knew what it wanted to be and didn’t aspire to anything else. That’s my biggest complaint for Deadpool and why Spotlight exceeded expectations.
But that’s me.