Deadpool 2, and how to do a sequel right

Just my opinion but…

Deadpool 2 manages to do what few franchises can, and that’s to make a sequel that is just as good, if not better than, their first movie. I know that Marvel often knocks it out of the park, but even if you compare their movies against one another, the 2nd films are often weaker than the first. Thor Dark World, not as good (IMO) as the first one. Same with Iron Man. Same with Age of Ultron vs the first Avengers flick. I think the only exception is Captain America, but that might just be my personal opinion. I thought Winter Soldier was way better than the first movie but I’m getting off track here.

At any rate, Deadpool 2 does it right, and it does so because it doesn’t do what Hollywood so often does in it’s sequels. What do I mean by that? Well let’s take Guardians of the Galaxy for example. The first one was amazing. One thing everyone loved about the movie: baby Groot at the end.  OMG how cute was he right? I loved him. You loved him. He was just the the most precious thing ever. So what does Hollywood interpret that as? Let’s add 150% MORE baby Groot! If they liked a little, Hollywood says, then obviously they’ll like a whole butt-load more! Pile on the Groot!

But Hollywood, you’d be wrong. Just because I liked a little bit of baby Groot doesn’t mean I’ll like a lot of it. In fact a little goes a long way sometimes. And Deadpool 2, well it manages to not give us too much baby Groot. I mean, it doesn’t give us any, obviously (though technically they COULD but again, that’s getting off track), but when I say that I mean it doesn’t overdo what it did well in the first film. It changed things. It shook things up. It added new characters. I removed some old characters. It gave me a new movie, not just a rehash of the same old jokes or stories from the first one.

Another win for Deadpool 2 is that the trailer doesn’t give everything away. Or at least not any of the ones that I saw. Maybe I just live under a rock, but I went and saw the movie on Saturday and had such a pleasant surprise that I literally squealed in the movie theater. Out loud. Like a school girl. Marketing department, please take note! When I see a trailer I want to be gently teased; caressed by that titillating lack of detail. I don’t want to be knocked over the head and dragged into a back room where all the best scenes of the movie–and maybe even the ending–are violently shoved down my throat. Wait. That was vulgar. Sorry about that. I get passionate about these things. At any rate, you get my point. Please stop spoiling movies for me Hollywood. I hate it, and I’m sure I can’t be the only one.

So yeah, did I enjoy Deadpool 2? You’re damn right I did. I won’t give any spoilers, but it’s worth watching if you liked the first one.

But again, that’s just my opinion.

I’m not a professional critic.

IT

I have loved horror my entire life, all the way from the womb and up until today, and likely until the day I die. I say the womb, because apparently when my mother was pregnant with me that was all she watched, and I’d like to think that led to my life-long love of the genre. I think the only horror I don’t like is the stuff people call ‘torture porn,’ and I’m honestly inclined to agree with the term. I love watching (as god-awful as this sentence sounds) the suffering and terror of horror movie characters, but I don’t want to just see them get hurt as the focus as the film. I’ll take Nightmare on Elm Street over Hostel any day of the week.

That said, I’ve always been a fan of the old IT mini-series. Sure it was cheesy with all it’s wonderful Stephen King campiness, but that didn’t make it less enjoyable. Was it scary? Well… I mean not really. I absolutely adored Tim Curry as Pennywise, and the child actors were great, and I loved so many of the scenes that took place in their childhood years. And I think that the people who worked on the new remake movie really understood that those things were what most people liked about the original. The clown, the children, and the interaction between them.

My spoiler free review:

The movie is good. I only had two negative thoughts through the entire thing, and neither of them is at all a ‘deal breaker’ that detracts from the movie. My first ‘con’ to the movie is the length. It seemed just a little too long, and I think this might have been a pacing issue in the middle. I understand that they wanted to give every kid a unique experience with Pennywise, but after a while it was just scare after scare after scare and I thought at one point, “how many more times can these kinds be scared before they aren’t scared any more??” So yeah, just a little too long, but I really can’t think of what I’d cut either, because individually I really enjoyed all the scenes.

My second issue was really only one scene in particular, and not because it was bad in any way, but because it seemed to be the only ‘cheesy’ moment. It sort of took me out of the movie for a second because it just didn’t seem to work as well as the other Pennywise interactions.

Seriously though, go see it. While I still adore Tim Curry’s Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård did some an incredible job that I really have to give him some serious kudos. I think of the two Pennywise interpretations sort of like how different actors gave us different Jokers. Jack Nicholson’s Joker was to Tim Curry’s Pennywise what Heath Ledger’s Joke was to Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise. Two very different versions of the same character, but both equally for all their differences. Skarsgård was creepy as fuck, and I loved him every second of it.

I also can’t leave out what an incredible job those kids did! There wasn’t a single moment any of those children were on that I rolled my eyes or thought they weren’t believable. Their interactions and dialogue actually had me laughing out loud, and I can’t even begin to say how glad I am that this movie didn’t hold back, not on the language or the blood. Where the original was made for TV, this one was most definitely not.

So yeah. Go see this! It’s good, it’s great, and it’s well worth the admission cost.

Spoiler Review Below!!!

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

My little sister is leaving town again this week, but at least I got to spend some time with her last night–a rarity since going out on a work night is never a guaranteed great idea. She’s a big anime fan (right now), and so when it was discovered that KiKi’s Delivery Service was playing close by in a theater, that seemed like a fun opportunity since she hadn’t seen it yet.

The movie (as all Ghibli movies are), is fantastic for both children and adults. It follows the story of KiKi, a young witch just turned 13. In this world, after their 13th birthday, witches are to leave home for a year for training (in witchcraft), and are meant to make it on their own during this time as well. So little KiKi leaves home and heads for a seaside town where she settles down and opens a delivery service. There’s no real ‘serious’ plot she has to contend with (unless you count a minor one about 3/4 the way through), but between the beautiful animation, the lovely themes and rich characters, it’s still a great movie that I think any child or adult can enjoy.

Watching any Studio Ghibli movie is always a treat really, but seeing it on the big screen was amazing. AND it was subtitled to boot! I went through a huge anime phase as well when I was her age, so it’s sort of neat being able to introduce somebody to ‘the classics’. Since her trip up here we’ve seen the more popular Miyazaki movies, so that was nice, and I really think she enjoyed them all. I do still enjoy anime, but certainly not in the all-consuming way I did when I was a teenager.

But she’s leaving on Thursday, and while I’ll miss her, I do think it’ll be nice getting back into my typical routine. I feel like I’ve really been slacking on the reading/writing/querying front, so putting those back into my day will be nice. That said, it also means no real updates to share. I’m still in the first paragraph of chapter 4 for the new WIP, and I managed one new rejection since the last entry. Posting goals is never really a good idea, but maybe if I start small it’ll help me.

So, goals for this next week?

  1. Finish reading at least 2 chapters of FL (writer’s group story)
  2. Begin thinking of another idea for next month’s Short Story Sunday
  3. Get 1k words written in chapter 4 of WIP
  4. Query 2 more agents

Four things… I can do this.

Wish me luck.

#WonderWoman #amquerying

#amquerying

I did it.

On Sunday evening I e-mailed my first query letter, but dammit if I didn’t forget to include my freaking e-mail address and phone number. Of course I only realized that five seconds after hitting send. Figures. Sometimes ‘I can’t even’ with myself, but at least I can take heart in the fact that there will be others, and that the probability of my first query reaping results was slim to none anyway.

That said, it was the first query letter I’ve ever sent, and that’s still a huge step in the right direction. It was hard hitting that send button. After all, querying for an agent is like walking up to a stranger on the street and asking them to judge you. It’s scary, but now that I’ve done it once I know that I can do it again; and again; and again; for however many times it takes. I’ve got a long hard road ahead of me trying to convince someone to represent a book from an over-saturated market.

I figure I’ll shoot for something like 150 queries before I give it up and just self-publish.

In the meantime I have other books to work on, though I’m still not entirely sure which WIP I’d like to dive into next. There are so many, but I think in the end it’ll be a toss up between two. I won’t walk about either yet though, just in case something changes.

Switching topics now…

#wonderwoman

I took my little sister to see this movie on Saturday, and color me impressed! Honestly I’ve been less than enthusiastic about any and all DC movies. Superman isn’t something I’ll watch a second time; too grim and dark. I couldn’t even get through to the end of Batman v Superman. And well, Suicide Squad is just a bad movie. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it, but in more of a guilty pleasure sense rather than it being something of good quality.

Wonder Woman was good though, in every sense of the word. It was beautifully shot. The CGI didn’t jump out at me as unrealistic. The acting was fantastic. The plot was solid. The lighthearted scenes were masterfully injected without detracting from a more serious story. I really have zero complaints. DC needs to bottle that formula and use it again, cause as it stands I have zero interest in seeing their Justice League.