Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: A Movie Review

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guardians_of_the_galaxy_vol_two_ver4_xlgWhen Rocket steals some Anulax Batteries from the Sovereigns, the Guardians are helped in their escape by a stranger flying by on the top of a spaceship. They are even more surprised when the man, known as Ego, introduces himself as Peter Quill’s father. Wanting to know more, Quill, Gamora, and Drax return to Ego’s planet to learn the truth. When Gamora’s suspicions that there is something not right about the planet are proven true, the team must once again save the universe before it is too late.

I found Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be just as hilarious as the first one, with great jokes and comebacks as well as continued character development. Behind the comedy, this movie showed the sadder sides to some of the characters—particularly Rocket, Yondu, and Nebula—while also showing some characters do have a romantic side and mixing it all together that nothing felt out of place. The special effects and costumes were also top notch, and although the movie was pretty long (over 2 hours), it kept me entertained the entire time to where I didn’t even notice. I was actually pretty shocked when I came out of the movies and saw what time it was.

What would have to be my favorite part of the movie was the soundtrack. Not only do I enjoy 80’s music, but I thought that this soundtrack in particular went really well with the overall feel of the movie. I loved how music seemed to be essential when it came to fighting the villains, and how mad Quill gets when his Walkman is crushed (beyond the sentimental factors at this moment, I find music to be a necessity in life).

So, if you’re a fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, I highly recommend seeing Vol. 2 (if you haven’t already). You will not be disappointed!

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Jurassic World: A Movie Review

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Twenty years after the events of Jurassic Park, a fully functioning dinosaur theme park called Jurassic World has been established based on the vision of John Hammond. However, after 10 years of operation, public interest is declining. In order to bring attendance numbers up, the dinosaur lab creates a new genetically modified creature ensured to amaze children and frighten their parents. But when their creation proves to be smarter and more cruel than they intended, will they be able to stop it before it tears the park apart?

As a fan on Jurassic Park and Chris Pratt, I was very excited to see Jurassic World and even more excited when the movie did not disappoint. The movie had a good pace and was never overwhelming with information or too slow to the point where you’re wondering if the movie was almost over.

One thing I was a bit nervous about, but that didn’t end up bothering me too much, was Chris Pratt as the main character. As a fan of Parks and Recreation I’m so used to the lovable, puppy dog-type Andy Dwyer from the show and was unsure if I’d be able to see Pratt in a more serious role. While there were a few times I felt like it was Bert Macklin, one of Andy’s imaginary characters, and not Owen in the lead, I honestly think that Chris Pratt was probably the best actor for the role. While I did think Owen had some of the same tendencies as Andy, they were still two completely different characters that Pratt was able to differentiate.

I would say my only complaint about the whole movie was that I felt the ending was a little predictable. As the scenes rolled I was able to guess exactly what was going to happen seconds before it actually happened. However, I do like that they left the movie open for a sequel. I don’t think there would have been enough time in this movie to explain everything that was going on. If they tried I think it would be information overload with several different big plots that would end up ruining the movie by making it too confusing.

So if you’re a fan of the original Jurassic Park, I highly recommend seeing this movie. Not only is it a great new story line, but Jurassic World pays homage to the original that fans will enjoy. I also think it’s a good movie for new viewers. While younger kids may find it a bit scary, Jurassic World may open the door for them to want to go back and see the original.

Her: A Movie Review

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In the final stages of a divorce and lonely, Theodore purchases an artificially intelligent operating system built to suit his every need, known as an OS1. What he doesn’t expect, however, is to fall in love. But as they learn about each other, he becomes drawn to his OS1, Samantha, and she to him. Now Theodore must face feelings of joy and doubt, while Samantha learns to deal with not having a physical form to be with him.

Her was an extremely eye opening and emotionally charged film, addressing the relationships (or lack thereof) we have between each other as people and comparing it to the relationships we have with electronics. I think Her is supposed to be a warning, in a way, about the future. It shows what life could turn into if we continue to strongly rely on electronic devices to interact with other people and provide us with information, even going as far as having complete strangers write letters to our loved ones for us.

However, the movie also touches on the theme of loving someone for who they are rather than what they look like or what they do for a living. I think this movie helps show the give and takes in a relationship and that every day will not be perfect. The movie represents a lot of different types of relationships in different stages, making the overall message universal.

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Movie Review

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After experiencing his mother’s death, Peter Quill is abducted by space pirates and grows up traveling through space committing petty crime. One day he steals an orb for a client, but begins to find out there is more to this orb than he was led to believe. Set with a rag tag team of thieves, Peter plans on getting rid of the orb before it can fall into the wrong hands.

While I’m not huge on comics, the main reason for seeing this film was the cast. I love Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan, and they both did an awesome job in this movie, along with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. I also enjoyed the script, because, to me, the trailers made the movie seem like a comedic piece (which it was), but the writers didn’t lose certain serious elements of the story which helped shaped how certain characters turned out.

My one complaint about the movie, though, was I felt the relationship between Peter and Gamora moved too fast. So fast that it was a little unbelievable. I get that it’s a movie and that you only have a certain amount of time to build on these relationships, but I think there could have been some other elements to make their attraction more realistic.

The 5 Year Engagement: A Movie Review

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The 5 Year Engagement is a great date night movie when the girlfriend wants a romance, but the boyfriend wants a comedy.

Tom Solomon (Jason Segel) decides to propose to his girlfriend who he had been seeing for a little over a year, Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt). Although they’re excited, plans get a little off course when Violet’s sister (Alison Brie) ends up pregnant by Tom’s best friend (Chris Pratt) and they have to have a shot gun wedding. Just as plans begin to start rolling again, Violet is accepted to the master’s program at the University of Michigan. Being supportive, Tom agrees to move from San Francisco, leaving the great cooking job he had, to move to Michigan. Jobless, Tom picks up the wedding planning, but as life becomes busier every day the wedding is pushed off until it seems like it’s never happening, especially after resentment becomes the third wheel.

This movie had to be one of the funniest romantic comedies I have seen in a while. I was cracking up throughout the majority of the movie. The characters are also very well done and the viewer gets to the point where they actually care about what happens to their relationship. This movie is especially fun to watch if you are currently engaged (like me). As I watched this movie with my best friend, I would text my boyfriend random things that happened in the movie, asking if we could have that at our wedding. (Yes, he did know what movie I was watching; otherwise I think he probably would’ve thought I’d gone mad.)

The 5 Year Engagement definitely shows Jason Segel’s writing talent as well. The events weren’t predictable and the script was hilarious. He definitely has a lot of talent.

Grade: A