Deadpool is not the average hero

Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor

“Deadpool,” based on the popular comic books, is a movie that has been much anticipated by people from all walks of life. “Deadpool” is rated R, unlike most Marvel movies, and the reason is quite apparent. The “F-bomb” is dropped 84 times, which is 83 more times than is acceptable in movies with PG-13 ratings. The fight scenes are much more graphic than anything I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie, although the term superhero applies quite loosely to Deadpool.

Wade Wilson is a man who, when diagnosed with cancer, seeks a cure in a “mutant factory,” a place where a man named Francis attempts to force people to mutate with some sort of serum and around the clock torture. The treatment works, but causes Wilson to become what is described by his friend Weasel as looking like “an avocado that had sex with an older avocado,” which is to say quite ugly. He then spends almost two years trying to track down the man named Francis in hopes of curing his ugliness.

As a fan of Marvel, I was extremely pleased with the way this movie came out. From an openly pansexual protagonist to the well-executed fight scenes and quick humor, “Deadpool” is an all around hit. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast, and the way he portrayed Deadpool was excellent. His comedic timing was impeccable, his character more than adequately developed, and his physical appearance is arguably one of the better ones to ever appear in Hollywood films.

I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadpool”, and after a few more times viewing and examining it, it may even make my top three favorite superhero movies, which is quite an honor indeed. I highly recommend “Deadpool” to anyone with a strong stomach, a tolerance for language, and a sense of humor that toes the fine line between genius and crass.

Mr. Holmes

Story by: Tess Barnett, Reviews Editor

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved character Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by many actors in both movies and a TV series. Until now, all have been at least loosely based off of Sherlock Holmes while he was still an active detective.

Writer Mitch Cullin, however, decided to go in a new direction with his Holmes. “Mr. Holmes,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of a senile Sherlock who has retired to the English countryside. As the story unfolds, we discover that he left the detective business after a botched case that he was unable to overcome.

Sherlock Holmes is accompanied on his journey of trying to remember the case by his housekeeper’s young son, Roger, who is played by Milo Parker. Holmes spends his days caring for his apiary and trying to discover ways to regain his memory.

While it is not the most exciting movie I have ever seen, Ian McKellen,also known as Gandalf, does an extraordinary job of playing the dying detective. His interactions with Roger are highly paternal and he incites genuine concern and wonder from the audience.

“Mr. Holmes” is a highly original movie that starred beautiful people in a beautiful area. There is much to be said for the cinematography of the film, which left me longing to return to the beautiful countryside of the British Isles.

Even though it will not be in theaters much longer, “Mr. Holmes” is definitely a movie that all fans of Sherlock Holmes should see.

Insurgent

Story by: Tess Barnett
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter

Insurgent

The latest installment in the “Divergent” series has finally hit movie theaters. I had the pleasure of viewing it on opening night and it was an excellent way to spend my evening.

The trailer was action-packed and obviously meant to attract an audience that had not read the book. Although I was originally drawn to the series through the books, I appreciated that the films have sought to attract those who are not avid readers.

“Insurgent” follows the struggles that Tris and the other divergents face after Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews, goes public with her plan to eliminate all Divergent from society.

I was drawn into the danger that Tris and her companions faced as they fought against the Erudite. The movie is full of surprising twists and turns, and there are many times when I was on the edge of my seat, wondering if this is the end of Tris Prior.

Director Robert Schwentke did an excellent job of keeping my friend and I engaged, and was true to the book. There was never a dull moment. When the action stopped, the romance began, which gave the audience insight into the personal lives of our beloved characters.

Shailene Woodley, who portrayed the rebellious heroine Tris, wowed be once again, just as she had in “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” which came out last June.

I look forward to the final movie of the trilogy, “Allegiant,” and I am sure that it will not disappoint.