Last Week’s Films (14/05 – 20/05)

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)

I enjoyed the first Deadpool film, its plot was pretty dull, but I laughed at the jokes and enjoyed Ryan Reynolds performance. In Deadpool 2, the 4th wall breaking jokes seemed much more grating, and the plot was still incredibly dull (as expected). It was still fine, and there were some jokes that did manage to hit the mark for me, but overall I enjoyed it a fair bit less.  After seeing the various trailers/teasers over the past year or so, I knew I probably wouldn’t enjoy it too much… Whether it’s actually a worse film than the first or I’m just more of a misery guts now than two years ago is up for debate, but all I can say really is this: If you like Marvel films and enjoyed the Deadpool 2 trailer, you’ll like this too. 5/10

The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)

After winning the Academy Award for Best Director in the 1938 ceremony for The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey said “Thanks, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture”. He was talking about the other film he directed in 1937, Make Way for Tomorrow, and I’ve always wondered if he was right. After watching The Awful Truth I can safely say that he was 100% correct. A screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne about a couple who are set to be divorced but go about ruining the other’s new romantic dalliances, it’s well made and has some amusing lines and sequences, but when compared to the heartbreaking and powerful Make Way for Tomorrow it doesn’t really stand up. While still happy to have watched The Awful Truth, it’s not something I would have expected to have won any Oscars. 5.5/10

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