If there’s one thing you could say about Ryan Reynolds, it’s that he’s unrealistically good-looking. If you could say another thing about him, it’s that he just loves to swear at kids for no real reason.
That’s not an assumption or anything… it’s on film. That’s because Reynolds took to the streets dressed in his brand-spanking-new Deadpool outfit to gather an army of X-Men who are, seemingly, blameless kids. It was then that he released a torrent of foul language and jokes that went straight over their heads.
“I wish we could sew his mouth shut again” pretty much sums it up from the wise bearded child Wolverine.
Can Ryan Reynolds do anything wrong?!
… other than Green Lantern.
The Green Lantern star gets serious in Cannes kidnap drama The Captive, but it’s James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby that’s the better portrait of loss.
Ryan Reynolds has played superheroes, romantic comedy leads, seventh-year college students, and sitcom characters, but at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, he appeared in a role he hasn’t for years — that of a serious actor. Reynolds tends to get cast as the smartass, even in darker films, but he’s shown some underappreciated dramatic chops when he’s had the chance.
In the role of a working class Niagara-area dad in The Captive, the latest movie from Atom Egoyan, Reynolds joins fellow Canucks Scott Speedman and Kevin Durand, as well as Rosario Dawson and The Killing’s Mireille Enos, in dealing with some heavy material in the story of the kidnapping of a young girl and the eight years that follow.
As Matthew, Reynolds navigates a seemingly permanent winter, his daughter Cass (Alexia Fast) being kidnapped, his marriage falling apart, and the discovery, much later, that his child might still be alive. He gamely weathers wild plot twists, but it’s a lot of effort to a disappointing end — The Captive is a ludicrous movie that believes it’s a very serious one, and the cast gets caught in the carnage.
Two-time Oscar nominee Egoyan earned his place as one of Canada’s top filmmakers with a run of acclaimed movies in the ’90s, including Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, and Felicia’s Journey. But nothing he’s done since has been on the same level. His last feature, Devil’s Knot, was dropped unnoticed into theaters earlier this month, despite starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, and Dane DeHaan.
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The Captive feels like an unintentional parody of those earlier Egoyan films, bringing back many of the same themes and tropes for a central idea that isn’t just silly, it’s offensive. The fractured timeline, the thriller-as-dark-fairy-tale feel, the repeated references to The Magic Flute — they’re in line with Egoyan’s past work, but this time, in service to a story of a technological sophisticated ring of pedophiles so advanced in their perversions, they get off on stories and images of grief, some of which they caused.
As the movie skips back and forth between the (genuinely nightmarishly staged) moment in which Cass vanishes, the situation in which she ended up, and the changing relationship between Dawson and Speedman’s detective characters, the stakes feel lower the more information is revealed. And despite its subject matter, The Captive essentially excises the idea of sex from its storyline by suggesting it’s been sublimated into this consumption of suffering and memories instead. It’s a paranoid helicopter parent’s ideal affirmation — a thriller in which the world really is conspiring to snatch up your child, but only to mess with you.
The Captive will be released in theaters in the United Sates by A24, but another Cannes movie about the loss of a child and the way it affects a marriage will likely beat it into theaters.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, due out on Sept. 26 courtesy of The Weinstein Company, is a nuanced, well-acted portrait of tragedy that’s as grounded as The Captive is heightened. Jessica Chastain plays the title character, named for The Beatles’ song, a thirtysomething New Yorker who abruptly moves home with her parents (William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert) after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. James McAvoy plays Conor, Eleanor’s restauranteur husband who flounders when he’s cut out of his wife’s life, and the film reveals more and more layers about their past relationship as the two try to figure out what’s next.
When The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby originally screened as a work in progress at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, it was as two movies, Him and Her, showing the different sides to the separation as individual storylines and totaling 190 minutes. Them, the single movie version that played at Cannes and that will open first in theaters, drops around an hour of footage and intercuts the two points of view into an experience that’s good, but far less experimental.
The foremost point of the original two-part version, which is slated to be released in a few theaters a month after Them, seems to be to highlight the ways in which Eleanor and Conor have failed to connect and communicate in their grieving experiences. Them ends up reducing this idea to something that’s talked about rather than seen in combining the two sides into one more conventional story.
It’s a little disappointing, given the nuance with which the film treats loss and how you can love someone while not being able to stand them. Them, as a stand-alone movie, works well enough, and utilizes its leads’ slightly elfin charms to excellent effect, especially in happier flashbacks. But it’s Him and Her that retain the possibility of something truly unusual, and that are worth lining up to see in the fall.
When you’re married to a hottie hot hottay like Ryan Reynolds, you’re going to occasionally catch a glimpse of him chopping wood shirtless (The Amityville Horror), smoochin’ Sandy Bullock (The Proposal) or participating in a sex montage without your fine ass anywhere in sight (Deadpool).
That’s show business.
Blake Lively visited The Tonight Show to vent about the majorly awkward plane ride she sat through on Father’s Day with her daughter, James, as the pair watched patriarch Reynolds enjoy a little mashed potato play.
She told host Jimmy Fallon,
It’s kind of torture these days because I’m on a plane and everywhere I look, every screen, is my husband in a sex montage, throughout the holidays with another woman. Because everybody wants to watch ‘Deadpool’ on the plane, everyone. But, like, for 14 hours having your husband having, like, mashed potatoes eaten out of his butthole it’s lovely. It’s a cruel and unusual form of torture.
James, on the other hand, is more than happy to see her dad after some time away, regardless of the circumstance.
My daughter goes, ‘Dada!’ and she starts, like, hugging and kissing the screen and waving at him and he’s not waving back and she doesn’t understand why he’s not waving back at her, because she thinks it’s like FaceTime.
The next time you feel jealous of Blake Lively or her flawless glamour baby, remember you’ve never had to spend Father’s Day watching your dad in a sex montage, you lucky sonofabitch.
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With the recent record breaking performance by Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office, some people are wondering what is next for the Marvel movie franchise. If Marvel knows what is good for them, they’ll start working on the movie fans have been craving since X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out…The Deadpool movie.
Who is Deadpool you ask? Deadpool is one of the most fun characters in all of comic books. He was a part of the Weapon X program that made Wolverine the ferocious mutant that he is today. What makes Deadpool unique is the hilarious dialogue that is employed in his comic books. While most superheroes are brooding and dark with a lot of pain, Deadpool is a funny mercenary who even breaks the fourth wall, as seen here.
Ryan Reynolds played the character in the Wolverine movie back in 2009 and did such a marvelous job that rumors immediately started circulating about a separate Deadpool movie. Unfortunately, to this day those rumors have yet to come to fruition.
But recently, test footage from the planned movie has surfaced and people are starting to get giddy again. Rumor has it, the test footage was released to gauge interest in the film to see if it will be the box office smash that studios hope it will be. Well, based on the amount of views on the video and the buzz that it created, fans are SUPER INTERESTED!
One of the problems people find with the movie is that most summer blockbusters come with a PG-13 rating and a Deadpool movie would need to be rated R for it to be an authentic Deadpool movie, as Deadpool has quite a potty mouth and is known to be a quite gory comic book as compared to many of the other comics.
But that’s what makes it awesome and unique! It’s a funny, different take on being a superhero (or anti-hero as Deadpool is often classified). We’ve all seen the super heroes go through their struggles with hardly any kind of humor. Sure, there are funny throwaway lines in some Spider Man movies and Robert Downey Jr. has perfected the character, Tony Stark with his witticisms, but there is no hero quite like Deadpool. His movie would keep fans laughing and interested all while providing the action that would be necessary for a superhero movie.
So this is my plea to Marvel, Fox, Sony, whoever has the rights to the Deadpool movie (I’m not quite sure) – PLEASE MAKE THIS MOVIE. It will be awesome and you will make a lot of fans’ dreams come true. Honestly, before the movie came out, The Guardians of the Galaxy were a relatively unknown Marvel commodity. Deadpool has a cult following and would certainly bring in just as much, if not more interest and money as Guardians. That is…if it is done right.
Deadpool has such a cult following that he is one of the fan favorite cosplay heroes at Comic Cons across the country. And these people know how to do it right.
The Deadpool movie would have to be equal parts funny and action-y. But I have faith in the big guns in Hollywood to take care of this. I beleive in Deadpool and I believe in the Deadpool Movie! SO MAKE IT ALREADY!
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