Blade – Franchise Catch Up

Before the MCU, before X-Men and Spider-Man there was Blade. I was too young when the films came out, and even though I read a lot of comics, I’ve never gotten around to them. The first one has been re-released in 4K at the cinema, so I thought it was a great opportunity to make it the next Franchise Catch Up.

For those that are new, Franchise Catch Up is where I take a series of films (of at least 3 or more) and binge watch them, writing a initial thoughts for each one shortly after watching it. If you haven’t seen the Blade trilogy and are curious, or you love the franchise and want to see what a newbie thinks, I hope you enjoy.

Blade (1998) - IMDb

Blade – ★★★★

I really enjoyed this, a lot more than I thought I would. It was stylish, funny, and the action was great. Wesley Snipes is fantastic as Blade. There’s a great energy to the action, especially in the first scene in the nightclub. The effects are great, the plot’s interesting. It’s an all round great comic book film. At least I’ve finally gotten around to the film now.

Blade II – ★★

I can’t believe how disappointing this is compared to the first one. The action is still good, but the plot is just so bad. There are so many plot holes and it’s really slow. A wasted sequel. The best thing about it is the effects, they are extremely good, some of the best effects I’ve seen in a film like this. Especially considering the age of the film. I liked the opening sequence, but after that it was a let down. Very low hopes for Blade Trinity

Blade Trinity – ★★

Ryan Reynolds is absolutely fantastic in this. He’s pretty much doing what he does best, with snarky humour and his normal general charm. Beyond that this film is dull and a little boring. I honestly don’t know how the sequels are this bad, when the first film was so great. They’re all written by David S. Goyer. The action is pretty bland, the effects are a lot worse than the second one. Pretty much the only redeeming thing about it is Reynolds.

Blade: Trinity (2004) - IMDb

Final Thoughts

I really liked the first one, a lot more than I thought I would, but beyond that this series is pretty bad. I hope the new MCU reboot does the character justice. I think the best one is the first one, followed by Trinity and then the second one as the worst. But to be honest only the first one is worth watching.

Thanks for reading and until next time,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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