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poster_turboWhat a complete cliche from start to finish. And it’s a snail. How many kids do you see going to bed with a stuffed snail toy tucked under their blankets? It’s. A. Snail.

Turbo is a wanna be snail, voiced by Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), who dreams of being as fast as race cars and through a series of events is infused with nitrous oxide and he suddenly finds himself just that fast. He is later discovered by a hapless food truck driver who fights for Turbo to race in the Indy 500 as a promotional stunt for his brother’s taco shop.

This movie is so high concept for me, it may as well have been written by John Waters. I just couldn’t wrap my imagination around the fact that the main character is a snail attempting to race humans in one of the fastest racing events in its sport. That being the core of the main plot for this movie makes the movie itself so stupid it attracts flies.

I dug a bit into who made this pile of steam dung and behold the talents of director David Soren who was responsible for another notorious fuckball of an animated feature Shark Tale (2004). He also penned the script which was hopelessly reworked by two other writers with far better talents and credits than him. I’m not impressed with any of them.

The worst part of this film is it uses every animated cinematic convention established since the millennium. The end of the big race and the races have to push, pull or drag their way across the finish line. The hapless loser reflective character, in this case Tito, voiced by Michael Pena (World Trade Center), who always means well but can’t do anything right. A variety of stereotypes supporting characters which prove to offer nothing to the story. It’s all there. Again.

On a politically liberal note, having young kids myself, I get aggravated to see animated movies revel in stereotypes especially ethnic. And I’m not talking about the hip-hop stereotypical snail character voiced by Snoop Lion (Dogg at the time). Stereotypes created by a culture surrounding a musical influence is usually prone and deserving satirical representation. I’m talking about the Hispanic, Korean and French stereotypes involved in highly ethnic characters. It’s simply not needed to represent even animated characters in embarrassing representations like that.

Overall, this was a waste of time from start to finish. The sad thing is my kids seem to enjoy it. Their stupidity detectors are still developing though.

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poster_deadpoolI finally had my turn seeing this R-Rated Marvel excursion. The best thing about it is how unconventional it is compared to the comic book superhero movies which have come out the last 15 years…actually I should say comic book antihero movie.

This write up will be short, and for a more comprehensive review of Deadpool, read the review from my co-hort Brian G. Felts.

Deadpool took no time to poke fun at other comic book movies, action movie cliches and ultimately itself. This is what I enjoyed the most. Pointing out the fact we get to see the X-Men mansion but never get to see inside because of budget restrictions was hilarious.

I enjoyed the humor consistently sprinkled through the entire film whether it spent time on Wade Wilson’s, played by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), relationship, work situation and soon his mutation into Deadpool. What also kept the movie interesting was the presentation of its timeline. Had the film started in chronological order, I think the viewer would have tired of Deadpool’s goals of revenge. This tends to happen with antihero protagonists, but since the timeline was chopped up with past and present sequences, it was easier to remain enjoying the charm of the Deadpool character. Good movie.

Although its a riot and very enjoyable in story and action, Deadpool as a movie has I feel one main flaw. The first is the lack of a solid antagonist. There is more inner conflict with Wilson attempting to reveal himself post-mutation to his fiancee which required more emotional investment into the movie than the character of Ajax, played by Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled). Ajax wasn’t big. He wasn’t terrifying. He NEVER seemed undefetable, and frankly he was weak as a protagonist character. His henchwoman was a badass, super strong and super hot Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6). She completely overshadowed Ajax as any kind of real threat. This lack of a strong character as Deadpool’s nemesis is one area the film could have been better.

On a side note, one of my favorite moments of the movie was when Colossus was fighting Angel Dust in the shipyard during the final climatic sequence and he is forced to stop fighting her to be a gentleman since her boob popped out of her outfit. That was downright hilarious. Being the hero of the situation, why WOULDN’T his character stop to let her put her boob away? And in these cross-gendered fight scenes, why WOULDN’T  a scantily clad female character have wardrobe issues during a big fight scene? The moment was just an example of how this film was very unique to its genre.

Overall, Deadpool kicked ass. It’s comic book movie violence at its finest. It had jokes. It had sex. It’s everything a guy loves to see at the movie theater and their girlfriends usually hate to be dragged to.

Time to pay up, ladies, guys are still owed for being dragged to the last Nicholas Sparks romance you made him sit through.

 

 

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