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Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – Review #74

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images.jpgGuardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn, is the sequel to the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy from 2014, and stars a cavalcade of actors and actresses. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.

I, like so many other people, were blown away and subsequently loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Heh, do you remember when we weren’t sure if this was gonna score? Foresight, huh?

Needless to say, I was amazingly hyped for this movie. It just appealed to me on a basic level; it was probably the music. I’ll say right now tried to be objective as I could whilst watching, to little effect. Because hell yeah, this is a good sequel.

The movie is going the Sam Raimi Spider-Man route in the sense that its more personal and introspective than the first movie. It’s expanding on the characters, and most of them get development that I found to be very intriguing and actually pretty interesting. I cared for these characters, and it made me feel emotions that the current MCU hasn’t at all.

The cast is the same as it was last movie, so it’s great. The main Guardians work off of each other very well. Starlord and Gamora get the most depth in this, which gives Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana some actual leeway to act, and it works. Down the line is Yondu and Rocket, whom also both work very well off each other. Bautista’s Drax and Baby Groot get the least development and mostly serve as comic relief, but I’ll be damned if they don’t work.

We got a few new characters too, and for the most part they work. Pom Klementiff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Sean Gunn as Kraglin are at the very least memorable and harmless. We’ll probably get more from them in later films.

And then we have motherfucking Jack Burton himself, Kurt Russell as the villain Ego. A memorable villain that’s not Loki? Who sacrificed a goat for this miracle because I wanna thank them. He absolutely ruled in this movie. Thumbs way up for me here.

Of course, the 70’s music is one of this franchise’s most distinct and unique features, and here it does not disappoint. The “songs-I-knew-before-watching” number may have dropped from 4 to 2, but it just works. The fact that most of those songs are in my phone now prove that.

I really am trying to find some flaws here. I suppose some of the jokes don’t hit, and there’s one particular joke that they dragged probably a bit too much, but for the most part it flows fine. The funny scenes are funny, and the sad scenes actually strike. This a a good movie and a damn good sequel.

So yeah, in conclusion, if you liked the first movie, then you will have no problems watching this one. This is this generation’s Star Wars, I tell you. Some kids are gonna grow up with Rocket Raccoon and Groot instead of R2-D2 and C3PO, and that’s completely fine by me.


Jurassic World – Review #29

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I like to imagine that this is the reaction most people have when watching this movie.

jurassic_world_ver2_xlg-720x1067Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series of films. The film’s time mirrors our time, as it is set 20 years after the events of the first movie, with the first movie being over 20 years old. The park has been re-branded and has officially opened, which in turn has caused the fascination with dinosaurs to decrease. How the hell do dinosaurs get boring, I do not know. To combat this, the park’s research team have decided to dabble in genetic engineering to create more fierce-some dinosaurs. Meanwhile, two children, Zach and Gray, take a trip to the park to meet their aunt Claire, who helps run the park. When one of the genetic experiments go loose, the two must find a way to re-unite with their aunt, all the while carnage 65-million years in the making ensue.

I’m sure that some of you, if not most of you watched the original Jurassic Park at a young age, before childhood innocence was destroyed by the real world. I am not one of you. I never got the chance to watch the film as a kid, and the first time I watched it was some time last year. With that being said, I still really enjoy the first movie, both for it’s story-telling and special effects, but I lack the nostalgia factor that some people have. Now, does that mean the film is bad? Heck no, it was awesome!

The moment that John William’s theme song hits, you know that you are in for a ride. From what I’ve heard, Trevorrow is a big fan of the original film, and he shows that love in this movie. There are various callbacks to the first film which I dare not spoil, and the acknowledgement to what happened in it. Some of the more famous shots from the first movie are mirrored and/or referenced, with the new technology added in. I am sure that this will bring tears of joy to anyone who have fond memories of the first film. I will freely admit, when the movie panned towards and through the opening gates, and I saw what the park has become, I felt my eyes begin to water. It that can happen to a person whom only watched the film last year, think how it would affect the guys who grew up with the original. They’re gonna have a blast.

There’s no need in comparing the special effects between the first movie and this one. It’s been done to death. So instead, let us see how the effects hold up to today’s standards. Overall, it is really good. The dinosaurs are given top CGI care, and Colin lets us bask in all of its reptilian glory. Feathers be damned. The rest of the CGI and practical usage of props are also very well handled. So, if you’re worried that the dinosaurs will look unconvincing, you can rest assured that they spared no expense.

See what I did there? Heh, I humor myself.

Anyway, for a PG-13 movie, it certainly has a substantial amount of bloodshed. I wonder how they were able to sneak that pass the board. I’m glad they did, though. It increases the already terrifying image of the new dino. Speaking of our beloved evolutionary ancestors, Colin knew what we wanted and gave us what we wanted, and what we wanted was the second coming of the T-rex! After our mighty overlord, or as I like to call him, Jurassic Mrs T., was shamefully defeated in Jurassic Park III, she returns in splendid fashion, even if it was only at the climax. She oozes awesome, and we are there to suck it all up.

Too bad the human characters had to spit in it first.

As I’ve said, no need for comparisons, but the characters are just plain boring. Chris Pratt plays the Raptor Whisperer, and he has no memorable qualities what-so-ever. Same goes for the rest of the cast. Sure, there’s a funny moment here and there, but usually they are just bland slabs of white. Vincent D’Onofrio and the celebrity cameos were just cringe-worthy. Not Chris Pratt’s best, really. At least the kids are okay.

Is Jurassic World better than Jurassic Park? That is for you to decide. Personally, I think Jurassic Park is the better family movie, while Jurassic World is the better action movie. It starts out slow, as our human characters have to be set up, but when the action starts, and the dinosaurs begin to feast, you are in for one hell of an amusement park. It’s like Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. We are Harry,and we venture into Dino World once more to experience a new adventure.

I can’t be the only one that knows Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, right? You all watched that cartoon, didn’t you?