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DeadPool 2 is Deadly, Madly, Fun

#No Spoiler alert ahead! 

Deadpool 2 is drop dead, mad, filthy yet hilarious watch, with its heart right in place!



What would you expect from a superhero film? Ah! well, let me reframe this- what would you expect from an MCU/ Marvel Superhero film that is released just after the awe-striking Infinity war?

Numerounity's Answer-A CGI filled, a well entertaining superhero film that does not preach you a lot, and worthy of every penny that you spent on the ticket! Yeah ALMOST!

Deadpool 2 is a mad-mad superhero film with an anti-hero who ensures that it doesn't push you to a dark universe, loves dubstep and proclaims that his gory is actually a family film. 

Oh yes, it is a "family film". How? Well, to know more, watch the movie. I bet that will be the best movie you would see this weekend/coming week.

So, what's the story without spoiling it for you? Ummm...

Deadpool is on a mission to DIE and reunite with Vanessa[Morena Baccarin], his ladylove. With a sudden change in the circumstances, he starts making his super-duper fuckin group and recruits some passable characters Bedlam, Shatterstar, Peter, Vanisher and, an impressive Domino [Zazie Beetz] with her incessant probability field.

Then there is Karan Soni's Dopinder who desperately wants to be a superhero himself. Well, that's all you will get on this blog. For the rest of the story, watch the film.

For Those who have not seen Deadpool earlier

Not a big deal if you haven't seen the first movie in the series. The only inference from the first movie is the characters. Let me do a quick run for you-

1) Deadpool AKA Wade Wilson: He is an ex-mercenary and assassin who was detected with a Cancer. To save his life, he resorts to an experimental treatment that turns him into a superpower/superhero mutant who can heal himself at an accelerated superhuman rate from any wound, also making him immune to any disease [almost immortal]. Though he successfully gets healed and saved, his skin turns heavily scarred, like Freddy Krueger.

Not just that, as the programmed patient [that heals him from cancer and gives him superhero status], he turns out to be a superpower slave to the highest bidder.

Deadpool is a highly trained assassin, a great swordsman, and expert in multiple martial art forms. 

2) Sister Margaret and Weasels: Sister Margaret is no nun but it is a bar owned by Weasels, who holds a deadpool wherein his mercenary customers bets as in who among them will die next. This is where Wade Wilson gets his name "deadpool. 

Well, that's all the information you may need if you have not seen Deadpool earlier neither read the X-Men comics.

Yeah Deadpool is an X-men character who does not blink to mock wolverine either. 

Numerounity Review
I didn't grow up to be a superhero fan. Except for my occasional superhero outings, my interests in the MCU universe started ripening from the Avenger's series. Notwithstanding my hunger to re-watch the infinity war, I kind of waited for the Deadpool's release. So when team Budweiser invited me for a special preview on Thursday, I grabbed with both my legs- one real, one semi-mechanical. 

The movie starts on some really gory notes [hold the food and beverage session] but if you can live through those first 5-10 minutes, it moves in a quick pace towards the story [further bloodshed included]. 

Oh there is lot of bloodshed but do not worry there would not be any dark or dull moments in this film cause every time you can sense the movie getting a bit dark, it kinds of raise an invisible fire alarm and the gags starts pouring. 

It is actually a superhero franchise that mocks everything about superheroes, including the lazy writing or over the top CGI fight. I found this quite a smart move. Another smart feature is the opening titles of the movie. Make sure you stay till the end for the end-titles. The end titles were a surprise factor, a la bonus. If I were a movie-maker or had to make a film, I had exactly the same plans to film them. 

Another thing that I liked about the film is its theme wherein a superhero is not trying to save the world. Maybe , it is the superhero trying to save its audience and the genre. Quite a good job in that. let's see what beats this high set of expectations.


Talking about characters, Ryan's deadpool has certain hangovers of Jim carey's Mask, in a superhero garb with an effect of Bugs Bunny.

Cursed with "life" due to his immortality, deadpool brings a tommy gun of humor and keeps the audience engaged.

It is not just the gross, fun but the film is filled with numerous sarcasm, mercilessly thrown on DC, Green lantern, their own franchise and more, with loads of pop culture references. Well, this is the movie that is made for the grown up comic fans. I am not sure if you can take kids for this movie, I would advise not to actually. 

The action is not pasable as lots of action happens during the stunts. There are loads of conversations and engagement during the action sequences. watch out for the scene where the "merc with a mouth" meets the man from the future at the ice-box. 

That brings me to the other cast of the film. Apart from Reynolds, watch out for the Josh Brolin's Cable [yet another time travelled Cyborg atypical of the Xmen series]. A lot of his features though resembles from the comic book character though. His stern, "no explanations given" and strong demeanour which stood out as Thanos, stay very much impressive here as well. I am gonna watch more of his films. Err I would love if there is any rom-com as well :P


Numerounity Verdict

Apart from the over the top violence and beheading, he movie is indeed a fun watch esp for the X-Men fans. A lot of charcters from X-Men comics do come up in this film. Even if you do not know them, that does not affect your viewing experience. 

This may be the set up for the X-Force series, but who cares. For it wraps on high notes and leaves with no "coming soon" mystery messages. BTW, Hugh Jackman's fans, there is something for you too.

Numerounity rating" For all its entertainment value, I rate this movie 4/5/

Next, I have been meaning to watch this movie again. This time probably in Hindi as I really want to see Ranveer Singh [Who would be a perfect cast for a hindi remake ever] or rather hear his dubbed version for Mr. Pool. Any takers? DM me!

102 Not Out : Five Reasons You Need to Watch This Movie

"102 Not Out is an engaging, entertaining and heartfelt movie. The film is what Indian Cinema should be, well scripted and well executed" 
Numerounity  

Two elderly men, living a woman-less life at Mumbai suburban will teach you the art of living easier than any other class can teach in a 2 and a half hour duration. Well, that is how I would sum up this Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and HMV Caravan starrer comic drama.



The movie starts on a great note, carefully and smartly introducing the characters alongside the cityscape. 

I loved the art, the caricature and all things including the Saregama Caravan [that I have been planning to buy for my mom since the launch] playing one of my all time fav- Mere ghar aana zindagi. 

102 not out is not a boring but a well entertaining film that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It has its own shades of grey like a "black and white" opportunist son but then those spots are very feeble in front of this heart touching story.


My review can go on and on but as promised, here are my top 5 reasons as to why you need to watch this film if you have not already.

5 Reasons You Should Not Miss "102 Not Out"

1) The Story: It is a story of a centenarian father [A Bachchan] and his 70+year-old son [R Kapoor], staying at their posh yet lonely house in Vile Parle with a good company of a local chemist boy, playing their Man-Friday. The father in a bid to outperform the record of the longest alive man plans to stay away from all thing dull, boring and negative including his 70 plus-years old son. 

The unique concept of a father sending his son to an "old age home" is quite interesting and you can see the eyeballs it raised amongst the cine-goers. A very relevant plot- old age battling the empty nest syndrome, a son so driven by his own needs that he fails to see the loneliness and exclusion of the hands that raised him.

2) Wonderful Acting: To think of it, the film has just 3 main characters and all 3 of them have done a marvelous job. The actors whether it is Mr. Bachchan's Dattatray or Rishi Kapoor's Babulal or Jimit's Dheeru, they look their characters and plays it well too. 

Amitabh Bachchan is a universally accepted legend. But Rishi Kapoor in this movie, in his Ducky act is a delight to watch. watch his varied expression from the shower and the moment when he is being sent to an old-age home by his father. 

3) Soulful Music: The film has few but relevant songs including one of my old favorite- Mere Ghar aana zindagi [Bhupinder Singh- Dooriyan] and the zesty- bachche ki jaan loge kya. The song does not break the flow of the movie and acts as a good prop

4) Entertaining Engagement rather than Dull Preaching: I liked the fun touch of the film. The story is the hero and the execution is engaging and not depressing. While the plot was obvious from the beginning, I did not feel any dull moment during the film no matter what few critics say.

One of my fav scenes from the movie is when Dattatray asks Babulal to cut ducks out of his favorite Kashmiri shawl. Watch the film to know more. 

5) The Message: the movie shares an unmissable message, the importance of self -sufficiency, the importance of being happy. The treatment is meaningful and inexpensive. I love the conditions that the father throws at his son- the simple yet meaningful terms that need not be expensive or thrifting.

It is also an important message that needs to be given to the children who in the throe of their ambition or personal preferences, chase their parents away only for material means. It is for all of us including our aging parents who need to outgrow their blind love towards their children and give their life a fresh lease and joy.


Numerounity Verdict: My suggestion, do not go with senseless criticism that you may read about the actors or script. They are like an unnecessary regression to color your engagement and pulling you back from a heartfelt engagement. Films like 102 Not Out need not be criticized but welcome with open hands and an open mind. A good job is done- the writers [including the original] and Umesh Shukla. We look forward to your next stint.

102 not out is what cinema should be- engaging, entertaining and heart touching. 

Numerounity Rating: For the subject, the light heartfelt treatment, I give this movie a straight 4.5 star out of 5. 

Let's Try Palindrome

What is the point of blogging if it does not teach you a new thing? And learning is never easy, never too comfortable. Like a palindrome.

So, let me confess that I have never written a Palindrome. Whoa! whats a Palindrome? A palindrome is a form of writing, rather a poem that you can read backward too. Like LOL, Civic, Wow etc...

So my friends at The Real Toad prompted me to try writing a Palindrome today. So here we go. With my poem- Pen or Perish! read on-

Pen or Perish!

I told myself
Time to reinvent,
new
let's try something.


Pen my Pen,
will you
scribble,
attempt,
pain, sorrow, glory, joy
word pour,
a no contempt,
a new challenge,
I gave,
to self!

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So you can read it as-

Perish or Pen

To self,
I gave,
a new challenge,
a no contempt,
word pour
pain, sorrow, glory, joy
attempt,
scribble,
will you

Pen my Pen,
let's try something.
new,
Time to reinvent,
I told myself
__________________


Yay or Nay?

Chin Up Princess!




Face you vices, work them out. 
Virtue is letting go of your fears, and pour your heart.

Raise no brow, but widen the smile. 
Gaze the challenge, straight in their eyes. 
For Grace is glory, and in glory lies true victory. You were a burn warrior. 
Chin up princess,
And fight your battles.
It's a long journey before sunset. 
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Poem by Ekta Khetan. 

Film Review- Blackmail is Funny Gone Banal

What: Film Review
Movie: Blackmail
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta and Kirti Kulhari
Genre: Comedy- Drama
Director: Abhinay Deo


I went to watch Delhi Belly with Zero expectations and came out laughing, with great memories of the film. This, however, was not the case with blackmail.

Not to say that Blackmail is not entertaining. It is entertaining. I went to watch this with great expectations, and came back neither disappointed but felt there was something that was amiss. What was that something? Let's figure it without, without writing the film down.

The movie has many assets. Starting from the biggest- The real Good khan- Irrfan Khan [his presence mere makes the film/project worth its while], premises of a dark humor meets suspense thriller of a genre, an interesting storyline, interesting characters, minimal song, a pretty looking Kirti Kulhari, A goofy [so apt] Arunoday Singh etc etc....

The movie has fewer flaws like a dragged storyline, some lackadaisical characters [played by OMI Vaidya who seem to refuse coming out of his Chatur Idiot mode and Dialogue Writer Pradyuman Singh playing the office colleague]. 

The story is simple- A man in a loveless marriage find his wife cheating on him. He dreams of confronting them but ends up blackmailing [and getting blackmailed too] his wife's Moosey boyfriend, married to an alcoholic yet the rich daughter of the local corporater, all in a Pacman inspired "who blackmails whom" chase.

Irrfan's Dev is a dull guy who sits till late hours in the night, playing Pacman on his computer, masturbating with pictures of his colleague's wife [gross], steals flowers from the graveyard, and overall leads a very mundane life until he finds this gym trainer in his wife's bed. Unfortunately, you do not feel very sorry for this guy who thinks one of the best ways to take revenge from his boss, is to use boss' unassuming wife's picture for his nocturnal ebony.

So it is ok for him to take pictures of other men's wife to his hormonal carnage but so difficult to accept the possibility of his wife sleeping with her boyfriend, being in a marriage where the entire relation revolves around recharging a set-top box. Phew!

There are few other tackiness in this story to deal with. One of them is the unnecessary, un-sexy and absolute pointless item number- Bewafa Beauty featuring Urmila Matondkar. What a waste. The whole sequence was as badly planted as the actress' makeup. Between her and the shitty Omi vaidya performance, I choose- the goofy, low IQ Ranjit of Arunoday Singh who was a delight to watch. Not being the actor's fan, I still liked his act in "this" film. 



There are a lot of real and funny anecdotes used in the movie. Few included- the never-ending calls on IVR, weird bosses with their goofy pep talks, the disguise as a blind gun seller, selling guns using Amitabh Bachchan's dialogue, the multi-purpose detective and the abundant pressure of never-ending EMIs.  The film would be relatable to various people and will entice the same crowd as the "Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety" but with a middle-class setup. 

The film may get dull on some occasions but manages to keep some thrill alive including the blackmail mesh up and the twists in the tales. Overall, it is a good watch. Largely because it is an Irrfan Khan film with an interesting storyline. Go watch it!

Numerounity Rating: 4/5 [cause it is an Irrfan Khan Film and I admire the actor, go, judge]

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