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!

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.

Star Trek Into Darkness: A Movie Review

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After returning from a mission, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is faced with several challenges: first, his demotion and replacement of Spock (Zachary Quinto) onto another vessel, and then a man who is his own weapon: Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch).

A threat to the organization, Kirk makes it his priority to capture and deal with Khan, and in the process discovers that Khan isn’t the only problem he has to deal with.

Not really being a Star Trek fan, I was still interested in seeing this movie after I had the chance to watch the first 20 minutes at the midnight premiere of The Hobbit. I had also watched the first Star Trek remake in 2009, and enjoyed it so knew there was probably a slim chance I would hate it. The overall movie was very entertaining. The make up and visual effects were great, and the acting was phenomenal.

The only complaint I would have about it, which is really my own fault in a way, is that there were some parts that I didn’t quite understand. I wasn’t sure if it was because I’ve only ever seen a few episodes of the original Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation, or if I should have rewatched the first movie over again. But I have heard that before seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, you should really watch The Wrath of Khan (1982) so you get the full story of who Khan is.

Grade: A