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Apr 262017

As great as Wolverine is, it’s actually nice to give someone else from the X-Men franchise a turn to have his own movie for a change. He’s a superhero mutant called Deadpool.

To be honest, I never heard of Deadpool before seeing this movie. It turns out that he’s a former Special Forces operative named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). Wade is indestructible and has a huge sense of humor. And I often thought Spiderman was the funniest superhero.

As it turns out, Deadpool was also featured on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds played the role then as the sword-wielding soldier Wade Wilson. However, when he was featured as a mutant, Wade was a lot different. He didn’t have the red suit, or go by the name Deadpool. So there’s no way I would’ve recognized him then.

Back to this movie, Deadpool is a smooth fighter and likes to make jokes, mostly dirty ones. As disturbing as his origin story is, he still can’t help but make wisecracks toward his enemies, Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his superhuman associate Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

There are only two other X-Men featured. The first is Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapcic). He was a favorite of mine since he was a playable character on the X-Men Arcade Game. I can still remember how loud the laughter in the movie theater was when Deadpool tried to fight him.

The other X-Men member featured was Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). I never heard of this mutant before, but her power is amazing. She can actually blow things up, like a warhead.

And of course, let’s not forget the Stan Lee cameo. It’s nice to see him make these appearances in each Marvel movie.

Things get real exciting when Ajax captures Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Deadpool goes to save her with the aid of the two X-Men, respectively. If only Deadpool wouldn’t keep forgetting his ammo bag.

This was certainly an interesting superhero movie. However, it’s hard to tell if Deadpool is actually a superhero since he keeps claiming that he’s not. So does that make him an antihero, or what?

Mar 162012

Like many of the superheroes of DC Comics, I first heard about the Green Lantern as one of the Super Friends. The actual story of this superhero becomes clearer on Green Lantern (2011). For starters, his identity is Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) a wreckless and irresponsible test pilot.

One day, Hal goes on an exciting test flight with his love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) as his wingman, against a couple of fighter planes with artificial-intelligence in air combat. Hal wins with a reckless tactic, which nearly cost him his life. However, Hal’s real downfall was when he froze up after remembering how his father Martin Jordan (Jon Tenney) suddenly got killed in his plane when it exploded years ago.

Meanwhile, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) a Green Lantern from another planet, crash-lands on Earth. He is severely wounded, so he uses his ring to choose a worthy replacement. It chooses Hal and Abin Sur uses his last ounce of strength to tell him that he must put the ring in the lantern, which is in the spaceship, and speak the oath.

Later, Hal takes the lantern home, but has no idea how to work it or even what the oath is because Abin Sur didn’t explain the procedure. Luckily, Hal happens to stumble into the lantern, which powers up the ring, and he automatically recites the oath. Now Hal is officially a Green Lantern.

Hal has yet to understand how to work these powers though. Suddenly, the ring whisks him off to the planet of Oa, the home base of all the Green Lanterns throughout the galaxy. There, Hal meets Tomar-Re (voice of Geoffrey Rush), who shows him around the wondrous planet. Hal shows some amazing moves once he learns how to fly.

Soon, the Green Lanterns all gather before their leader Sinestro (Mark Strong). He informs everyone about an incoming threat from Parallax (voice of Clancy Brown) an evil entity that can destroy worlds. I must admit that Parallax is one scary being.

Afterwards, Hal goes into basic training. First Tomar-Re shows him how to use his will to work the ring’s power, which Hal masters easily. Then things get tougher when Drill Sargent Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan) trains Hal in combat. The real problem occurs when Sinestro takes over for Kilowog.

The ring is powered by will power, which is green, and its biggest enemy is fear, which is yellow and what Parallax feeds on to grow stronger. Hal shows courage while training with Sinestro, but it’s not enough because Hal still has fear within himself. According to Sinestro, Green Lanterns must be completely fearless as if fear should not exist. Sinestro even sees Hal as a disgrace because of it. That was enough to convince Hal that the ring made a mistake when it chose him and decides to quit.

That soon changes when a part of Parallax infects Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and changes him. It happened while he was examining Abin Sur’s body in a secret base. Now Hammond has a larger brain and can read minds.

Hal shows his superpowers in order to save people from impending danger. Although Hal eventually believes in himself again, will it be enough? Parallax has killed plenty of other Green Lanterns and is headed for Earth. It’s all up to Hal to save the day now.

This was an exciting film about the classic superhero. It provides a perfect example of how will power can fight fear, but it never comes easy.