Deadpool 2 Basic first thoughts

Hey everyone Michael here so I saw Deadpool 2. I can’t say if it’s better than the first Deadpool movie but I had a lot of fun with it! The performances overall really worked with me, the humor more often than not was on point, and the action scenes were better than the first Deadpool movie.

If I did have to say two negatives for the film while the humor worked most of the time, there was one joke near the end that without giving anything away I felt went on for a bit too long, and some of the CGI was not on point. This isn’t a case of it was an obvious joke like with Josh Brolin’s green arm in one of the trailers, but more I think they bite off more than what there budget can handle.

Overall like I said I had a lot of fun with Deadpool 2, if you liked the first Deadpool movie then I highly recommend it! If you hated the first Deadpool movie then I seriously doubt this will win you over, and for newcomers I would suggest seeing the first Deadpool movie before seeing this movie. That’s really all I have to say for a first time viewing so this has been Michael Schomer and I will see you all next time.

The Emoji Movie Basic First Thoughts

Hey everyone so I got around to seeing The Emoji Movie. I don’t know if I can go as far as to say it’s the worst movie of 2017 but having said that it’s pretty bad.

 

To give credit where it’s due the CG animation is alright by theatrical film standards, and they do have a talented cast where the voice acting isn’t terrible given what they had to work with.

 

But when it comes to the problems, let me first say this I wasn’t against the idea of making a movie about Emojis and was willing to give the benefit of a doubt. Look at The Lego Movie for example, I’m sure many people were rolling there eyes at the idea of that and it turned out to be great. But with this movie the writing was just not good. The jokes were predictable and very unfunny with quite possibly one of the worst offenders being Patrick Stewart as a poop emoji, and while I like the message of individuality it isn’t conveyed well at all. In the end it just felt like a waste of time.

 

Overall The Emoji Movie is a bad movie, while little kids might find the humor to be funny I think there are far better movies to show them that are more engaging and are more intelligently written, especially ones that have the moral or message center around individuality.  So in the end I wouldn’t bother with this one, what a shame.

Fullmetal Alchemist (2017) Basic First Thoughts

Hey everyone Michael here so I got around to seeing the 2017 film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist.  I can’t say I necessarily hated it, but having said that it’s not good.

 

Let’s start with what I liked about it.  I didn’t have a major problem with most of the cast except for a few I’ll get into later, but if there is someone who I think deserves praise it would have to be and I apologize if I mispronounce her name Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust, I thought she embodied what makes the character work.  Another actor I thought represented his character well was Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes, not only did he look a lot like the character he was portraying in the series, but I thought they did his mannerisms well even if he isn’t flaunting a picture of his daughter which I was okay with.

 

The costumes design and the sets are for the most part pretty good.  I can tell they actually tried to get the look of the anime and/or manga down.

 

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(picture of the state military)

 

Now when it comes to the stuff I didn’t like about it there is plenty I have to say.

 

First off the CGI might have been good if this was 1997 but since it was released in 2017 it looks terrible as it is poorly rendered, and you might think well Alphonse looks decent, when he’s standing still sure he looks okay, however whenever he moves around not only does it look a bit janky but also I never got a sense of weight behind it considering he’s suppose to be a soul bonded to a suit of armor.

 

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When it comes to the cast I have to say I did not like the child actors portraying Edward and Alphonse, literally in the beginning there mom just drops dead and for a scene like that, and with the way it’s written you would expect some level of emotion and I more point the finger at directing here but the kid playing Edward just acts rather nonchalant about it.  On top of that with the way Edward is written as a teenager I didn’t care for how it seems like everyone tells him where point B is when they are in point A especially when you consider the show they are adapting he was proactive.

 

The pacing at times is dreadful.  Literally in the first 5 minutes they had Edward and Alphose do alchemy to where there mom approves, she drops dead, they have the funeral where Edward suggests they do a Frankenstein creation in trying to bring her back to life.  What I’m getting at is at times things feel super condensed and this is especially problematic when you consider the movie is over 2 hours long.  I get it’s an adaptation and I know it’s obvious things have to be condensed, but I still feel like there were far better ways to go about it.  Then we have the thing with Shou Tucker which bypassing how he could been able to make Alphonse question if he was given false memories or not. They start off by following the events of the series when it comes to him trying to renew his spot as a State Alchemist by turning his daughter and dog into a chimera which in the show how desperate he was and whatnot.  But when they revealed a twist that he was working for this General named Hakuro it makes that entire thing meaningless because there was no reason for him to be so desperate about his job security when it’s revealed he was working with the military the whole time.

 

The reason why I mention the comparisons to the source material is because unlike the American version of Death Note where at least they tried to do there own thing even if it wasn’t very good in of itself but I digress, this movie on the other hand comes off as them trying to stay faithful while also making changes and failing at both.  

 

Overall this movie was a disappointment.  Like I said I can’t say I hated it completely because it does have some good things in it, and I have seen far worse anime adaptations out there.  Not to mention I can see a live action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist working. But having said that the negatives are just too glaring to overlook.  Would I recommend it? Considering you can see it on Netflix I guess there are worse things you can do for 134 minutes, but having said that I don’t think it’ll really appeal to newcomers of Fullmetal Alchemist or to fans of the source material.  What a shame really.

Batman: Assault on Arkham Basic First Thoughts

 

Hey everyone Michael here so I got around to watching Batman: Assault on Arkham and as far as direct to video Batman films I have seen it’s easily one of the better ones.

 

The animation is actually rather well done, it’s very fluid and I didn’t notice too much dip in quality, but where it shines the most is during the action scenes.  The voice acting is overall pretty good. I have to give Troy Baker props as The Joker, while it feels like he is doing subtle nods to Mark Hamill’s portrayal of The Joker he totally makes it his own.  I also like the way the Suicide Squad was introduced and how they play into the story here, and in fact this is more a Suicide Squad movie with Batman in it rather than a Batman movie with the Suicide Squad in it.

 

If I have to name some small negatives while I do enjoy the fast pacing of it, without giving too much away the last 10-15 minutes felt like they crammed in too much in too little time for a climax.  I also wasn’t a huge fan of the way they did the cameos that some of the other villains like Zsasz, Bane, and Poison Ivy had. It felt like you could have removed them from the movie or simply made them with any nameless grunt and barely anything would have changed.  But this is minor because the pros definitely outweigh the cons in this.

 

Overall like I said, Assault on Arkham is easily one of the better Batman direct to video films I have seen.  It’s short run-time made it’s pacing go by really fast and I had a lot of fun with it. I do recommend it but you have to go in seeing a Suicide Squad film with Batman in it rather than the other way around otherwise you will be disappointed by how little screen time Batman had when compared to the Suicide Squad.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Basic First Thoughts

I finally got around to seeing the latest Batman animated movie Gotham by Gaslight.  Now before I start I have to say I haven’t read the graphic novel it’s based on, and from what I understand it deviates considerably so know that this is me talking about the movie on it’s own merits, not how faithful it is to the source material.  Having said that I thought it was pretty well done.  The voice acting is overall pretty good, I don’t have any complaints about it.  I dig the character design considering it’s Batman in Victorian Era.  Lastly the story for a what if scenario I think has a lot of potential considering how famous of a cold case Jack The Ripper is.  If I do have to name two negatives the first without giving anything away I found the twist involving the identity of Jack The Ripper to be rather predictable.  The second is while I like the character design the animation for some reason felt a bit janky in parts, on repeated viewings though this could be a nonissue.  Overall Batman Gotham by Gaslight is a pretty well done what if story had Batman take on Jack The Ripper.  I do recommend it to Batman fans but you have to go in expecting a different interpretation on the character, otherwise you might be disappointed.  This is also not a Batman movie to show children as it is too intense for them given the subject matter.  That’s really all I have to say for a basic first thoughts, so this has been Michael Schomer and I’ll see you all next time.

 

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