Triple Feature

Quick, mini-reviews of "Infinity War", "Deadpool 2", and "Barry".

Kellin Cremeens, Writer

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It is my last day on the Paw Print staff and, before I go, I wanted to do one last story. So, as a parting “gift”, here’s me doing what I do best: rambling about things I watched.

I didn’t have time to fully flesh out a single review, so here are three mini-reviews of things I saw.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

It’s weird to judge Infinity War as a movie. For all intents and purposes, it’s an event. There’s little to no character development because the story has had 18 other movies to develop those characters, not to mention that there’s 46 characters, give or take.

That being said, for what is essentially a 2.5 hour juggling act, Infinity War succeeds. It’s not high art, but it’s an incredibly entertaining  ride.

 

Other Thoughts

  • Thanos is, by far, the best villain in a Marvel movie to date. However, without spoiling too much, the movie doesn’t condemn his ideology as much as it should. It’s hard to explain but it felt like they were trying to force a “He’s the bad guy but he’s got a point” thing.
  • Chris Hemsworth gives, in my opinion, the best performance in the movie. He perfectly portrays someone who has lost almost everything.

Final Rating: 8/10

 

Deadpool 2

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this movie. I loved the first, but the fanbase surrounding Deadpool caused me to lose any and all interest in the second.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when Deadpool 2 turned out to be clever, entertaining, and surprisingly meaningful. Ryan Reynolds’ love for the character shines as he puts his heart into every punchline, even the most low-brow ones.

Other thoughts:

  • Despite relying on one of the worst tropes in movie history, Deadpool 2 is, somehow, one of the more progressive superhero movies in recent memory. I really never thought that’d be a sentence I would write, but here we are.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

 

Barry (HBO)

So, this feels like a game of “One of These Things Is Not Like The Other”. The first two reviews were of popular mainstream comic book films. This is a kind of niche show on HBO. But, believe me, Barry is worth talking about.

Starring, and created by, Bill Hader, Barry is a dark comedy about a Midwestern hitman named Barry. Lately, he’s in a bit of a rut; killing people, the one thing he’s good at, is slowly eating at him from the inside. While following a target in LA, Barry stumbles into an acting class, and ends up participating. Like almost everyone in the class, he’s absolutely terrible. But, he loves it. He decides that he’s going to stop being a hitman, and pursue acting. But, over the course of eight episodes, Barry realizes that escaping the criminal underworld, and his own habits, won’t be as easy as it may sound.

I won’t dare spoil it, but Barry goes to some interesting, unexpected, and dark places. The show doesn’t beat around the bush with it’s main character’s morality. Unlike Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead, there aren’t any attempts to justify Barry’s actions. He’s a killer, a criminal, and a downright sociopath. Comedy becomes tragedy as Barry desperately tries to seek redemption, and it is oh-so-good.

Final Rating: 10/10

 

Giving my first (and last) perfect score seemed like a fitting way to end my last review. Before I go, I want to say that writing for the Paw Print, getting to know everyone on staff, and having a place to spout my opinions was an absolute dream. I wish everyone on staff next year the best, and can’t wait to see what they do. And so, in typical Kellin fashion, I’ll end with a quote from my favorite movie of all time:

 

In case I don’t see ya; good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

Kellin

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