Blunt Reviews Presents: Fantastic Four (2015)

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I’m aware there are various reasons why this film was made, concerning intellectual property rights, but honestly they shouldn’t have bothered. They should have given up gracefully, rather than take one of the most popular comic book creations of all time and make an obligatory film that is utterly redundant and doomed to fail. It’s no surprise the film was rubbish, considering the director hated the end product, and the cast of brilliant upcoming actors looked bored out of their minds. It is pointless, uninteresting, badly-written nonsense that is an insult to the legacy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

SPOILER FREE Blunt Reviews Presents: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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This isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the best Marvel film to date. I don’t know how it works, but the Russo Brothers nailed it. There’s so much content and substance packed in, and so many characters, yet they all get the right amount of screen time so the narrative is clear and cohesive and every character is well developed. From its sense of humour and expertly directed action, to its compelling story and outstanding performance from Chadwick Boseman, this film ticks enough boxes for me to tolerate its flaws. Most importantly, there’s some serious arse-kicking from strong female characters!

Blunt Reviews Presents: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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This is still one of the greatest superhero films of all time. Sam Raimi’s passion for the source material is evident in his work, as we see this film focus so heavily upon the characters. Of course there’s action and excitement as we would expect from a superhero movie, however for me the best element was the writing. In between the action sequences there’s a beating heart and intelligent brain that explore complex issues that really aid the characterisation of Peter Parker. This was three dimensional, well executed filmmaking whose heart and brain are placed firmly in the right place.

Blunt Reviews Presents: X-Men: First Class (2011)

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This is the only X-Men without Bryan Singer as director that wasn’t a complete disaster. Because I care about the X-Men franchise I would rather see it handed to a director like Matthew Vaughn who has proven he is a talented filmmaker with respect for the source material, than to see it handed to someone like Gavin Hood who couldn’t direct traffic. This film wasn’t anything showstopping, but it was a half decent action flick that introduced us to a new side to characters we’ve loved for years. It’s quite cheesy in places but it could have been much worse.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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This film is an absolute mess. Performances from Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are the best elements, otherwise it’s business as usual, just the same washed out, grey-scale bullshit that Zack Snyder specialises in. Snyder is a visual director yet he’s failed at his own trade, delivering a tedious and immature action flop that completely lacks any form of substance. Crucially, the fundamental flaws of the film are in the structure and diabolical writing. The narrative is composed of several different films, which have been badly stitched together by a hoofed animal on a broken sewing machine. Fucking disappointment.

Blunt Reviews Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut (2014)

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This was interesting, because I liked the original theatrical cut of the film very much, so there wasn’t an awful lot I would change. That being said, I rather enjoyed this extended edition. It wasn’t groundbreaking, and it certainly didn’t change my experience of the film like many fans would have lead me to believe, but it did add several minutes of previously unseen footage that was intriguing. I wouldn’t say any of the new footage was essential, and I still prefer the original cut, but I’m glad I took the time to see what all the fuss was about.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Deadpool (2016)

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I am beyond relieved to say that this is genuinely a great film. It’s well paced, fantastically written, and the directing is superb. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool and his passion for the source material really shows in his work. What I admire most is that this is Tim Miller’s first feature length film as director, and he absolutely nailed it! We trusted an unknown director to make an R-rated film from one of our favourite characters, and it resulted in a brilliantly executed action film that’s indescribably funny from the opening credits. Basically, no complaints from me!

Blunt Reviews Presents: Spider-Man (2002)

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I admire this film for a number of reasons, mostly because it still stands as one of the best comic book films we’ve been given. Sam Raimi is a fantastic filmmaker and he cares about the source material, and that’s what makes the film so good. The passion he’s had since a child for the character of Peter Parker really comes through in his work for this film because it means so much to him. I think the cast is superb, the action sequences are well directed, and the film is written as a character heavy piece which works perfectly.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Iron Man (2008)

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This is the film that modern audiences deserve, a solid blockbuster that isn’t rubbish. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask, but so many films before and after this have failed to please. Thankfully Jon Favreau came along to direct one of the best standalone Marvel films I’ve had the pleasure of watching. It introduced the character of Tony Stark perfectly, making him accessible for non comic book geeks, whilst also pleasing those who have read the comics for years. It has well directed action sequences, funny screenplay, strong characters and half decent acting, what’s not to like?

Blunt Reviews Presents: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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I think we can all agree for once and say that this film was a bit rubbish, right? Everyone was excited, it looked like it could be a genuinely good blockbuster that introduced us to one of the long awaited additions to the Marvel cinematic universe, and then it hit cinemas like a fart in a elevator. It was nice to see the character of Red Skull finally making it to big screen, and I understand the comic book style they were aiming for, but fucking hell this film was cheesy. Let’s all just be thankful the sequel was awesome.