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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review (Spoiler-Free)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’m going to be talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the long-awaited sequel from Marvel Studios. Now back in 2014 I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, it was an unexpected surprise of that summer and so creating a sequel that would equal or exceed the previous film was going to be a mammoth task. But anyway I saw the film yesterday/this morning as part of a double bill at Cineworld and now I’m reading to pass judgement!

The story can be summed up as the following:

“The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

At this point in time I’m finding it a tad difficult to formulate my thoughts into works. Guardians Vol. 2 is an interesting beast, it is really good and an overall fun adventure, however it’s also uneven and not as cohesive as the first film. So depending on how you felt about Guardians 1, this film will be more of what you enjoyed before or be a disappointment.

If the story does one thing well it is covering the main theme of family as this film has a strong emphasis on the ties between Peter Quill and his father, Gamora and Nebula, and of course the Guardians team themselves. This film shows what it means to be a family, whether you’re blood related, adopted or have a strong connection to someone and we also see the highs and lows of those relationships. Another strong element was the fact that the story also got quite emotional and dramatic and I didn’t expect that, but it was a welcome surprise. As for the humour, one the first film’s strongest points, it was a little hit or miss, some of the jokes were amazing and other didn’t land as well, plus they were coming a little too frequently for my liking, so anyone annoyed with the frequent humour in Marvel films won’t be a fan of this film. And lastly for the first time in a while Guardians Vol. 2 feels like a standalone adventure with ties to other films or the larger MCU being next to non-existent and there not being any major set up for future films. Now of course there is some set up for a sequel and some great references to the comics, but otherwise this was an isolated film, so anyone hoping for MCU connections definitely be disappointed.

As for the cast they were all very good, though some stood out more so than others. Chris Pratt is a standout as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, he has not only a great sense of timing for his humour but he’s incredibly engaging and has good dramatic moments too. Zoe Saldana was solid as Gamora, she had some good moments with Peter and Nebula, but like the last film I wish I had seen more from her. Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer like the last film had some great comedic moments, and some unexpected subtle dramatic material too, some of his jokes didn’t land but otherwise, good stuff. Baby Groot was adorable, hilarious and used well throughout, and Rocket Raccoon had some really solid moments in this film and like before, Bradley Cooper’s voice work was really great. Other returning cast members including Karen Gillan as Nebula and Michael Rooker as Yondu do really well, Nebula got a lot of additional story material that really enhanced her as a character and while Gillan’s performance was a little overdone at points I still liked her, oh and Rooker was incredible as Yondu having more dramatic and hilarious material than before and I loved the character. As for the new cast members Kurt Russell did well as Star Lord’s dad Ego, I thought he brought a dramatic sense of flair, personality and humour to this role and his scenes with Peter was great. Pom Klementieff as Mantis was so cute and funny, I liked her abilities and interactions with the guardians team and Elizabeth Debicki was interesting as Ayesha, she had some funny scenes, but other times it was a little awkward. I also appreciated the appearances from Sean Gunn, Laura Haddock and Sylvester Stallone.

When it comes to the presentation it was really solid. Visually like the previous film, we are treated to a gorgeous film with a vivid colour scheme, good cinematography, great artistic direction, really detailed CGI and action sequences that were fast, ferocious, inventive and fun to watch. The soundtrack for this film was pretty good, though not as recognisable and as varied as the previous film, and Tyler Bates returns for the film score and he crafts some really nice music, some returning themes and some new material that works well with the on-screen action.

So to conclude Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a solid sequel, it did well to advance the story of the characters, had good action, humour and heart. However, the uneven story, misuse of certain characters and a not so solid humour prevent it from being the amazing sequel I thought it could be.¬†And so how would one compare this film to the other MCU films. Well as a sequel I’d say it’s better than the worst two films, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World, and Iron Man 3, so I’d say it’s sort of on the same level as Age of Ultron, okay now here me out before you verbally attack me. Age of Ultron is a film I that had a lot of great elements within but overall wasn’t as consistent and enjoyable as the previous film and I felt a similar way about this film, while not as disappointing, I felt like this film wasn’t as straightforward or consistent as the last adventure, but it’s still worth a watch.

So have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Jurassic World Review

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another film review, today I give you my review of Jurassic World! Now anyone who’s followed this blog for a while will know I wasn’t terribly excited for this film when the first trailer came out, but over the last month or so I really started to get on board with it because of the recent footage and interviews with the direct Colin Trevorrow, and after watching all three previous Jurassic Park films on Blu-ray recently I was super hyped. So I saw the film yesterday and now I’m read to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”

So this is essentially another film about humans messing with things they don’t understand and paying the price in the long run, but it works. What I liked about this story is that it was something familiar and yet fresh. Seeing the trailers you get the general gist of what to expect but luckily there’s still a lot more to the story and I’m glad that there were certain choices made to keep things unexpected. That being said there were some plot points you can see coming miles off when it comes to the characters or dinosaurs especially if you’ve watched the previous JP films, though these elements don’t detract too much from the film. The people behind this film clearly know the source material and know what this film is. It is a straight up monster movie, the dinosaurs are the stars, however the human characters have to be relevant and this film fives a good explanation for why the humans have ended up in this kind of situation again, plus there’s something surmising revelations with certain characters that definitely gives this film more depth. I also appreciated that the film had the right balance between seriousness and humour, and didn’t ignore the tension, mystery and awe that comes from these kinds of events. There’s also a great amount of respect given to Jurassic Park as there are a lot of visual and verbal references for keen-eyed fans to enjoy as well. OH and one more thing I should mention, there’s a certain pint in this film that reminded me a lot of the Toho Godzilla films, I won’t go into it specifically, but anyone who’s watched an old school kaiju¬† film will know exactly what I’m talking about (hopefully haha).

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As for the cast they are all pretty good, but some do stick out more than others. Firstly Chris Pratt as Owen Grady was awesome, I was worried that Pratt would be a little goofy in this film because of the humour shown in some of the trailers, however his character is a very smart, serious and down-to-earth kind of guy who happens be an expert at training Velociraptors. Owen is such an awesome person and he’s exactly the kind of person that you need in situations like this, he’s logical but is also a risk-taker too. Bryce Dallas Howard also does a fantastic job as Claire Dearing, as the operations manager she has to oversee the whole park so she’s uptight, bossy and a little uncaring and she’s mainly all about the business side of things and only seems to care about profit. But when things gets complicated she has to adapt to things quickly to safe her nephews and the people of the island. Besides still being incredibly pretty, Howard is really good in this film and with Pratt they have some good screen time together. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins do well as Zach¬† and Gray Mitchell, I would say I liked Simpkins more because his character captured right kind of reactions to this kind of theme park and was the more interesting of the two brothers.

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Also Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins is great, his character is a bit of asshole but he’s likeable because of his cocky and chilled out personality. Irrfan Khan was very interesting and fun as Simon Masrani while Omar Sy as Barry was pretty cool too. I was so happy to see the return of B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, he was one of my favourite characters from the first film and I’m glad that this film fleshed out his character, gave him more history with the park and dinosaurs similar to the source material. Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus were nice as Lowery Cruthers and Vivian, they had some great moments together and individually, especially with Johnson, he made me laugh a lot which was surprising considering that I didn’t find him funny at all in Let’s Be Cops last summer.

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When it comes to the presentation it’s pretty damn good. Visually the film looks and feels like a JP film, the cinematography is great and the action set pieces are awesome, dynamic and very chaotic. As for the special effects they are on top form, most of the dinosaurs looks great and are really detailed, however sometimes the CGI did look a little blurry and some of the dinosaurs felt like they lacked a bit of weight to them. As a long-term fan of the series I’ve gotten used to the mixture of practical and digital effects when it comes to the dinosaurs, and while it was mainly done in the past due to technical limitations, when it was used effectively it looked brilliant. These days everything can be done with CGI and that’s all well and good when it’s at the highest quality possible, but there is something lost when there’s isn’t something physically there. I looked very carefully and I’m not sure there was any practical effects in this film, there were a few occasions where I couldn’t tell for sure, but I’m certain it mainly digital. As for the soundtrack, the brilliant Michael Giacchino steps in to do the score for this film and the man delivers a wonderful score full of mystery, power, tension and awe, and of course he incorporates the original John Williams theme in there to great effect too. I definitely got some Dawn of the Planet of the Apes vibes and that was great as well.

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In the end Jurassic World is a return to form for this franchise, it captures the nostalgic elements of the first film, but mixes things up in new and interesting ways. While the film definitely is not without its faults, it is a lot of fun and at the end of the day that’s all I needed it to be. If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series you should check this one out as soon as possible.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Jurassic World and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Joys of Watching Parks and Recreation

Howdy people of the internet, time for a semi-review of sorts. Today I wish to talk about one of my favourite TV shows in recent history, Parks and Recreation, one of the best comedy TV shows I have seen for a long time. If you have read this blog before then you will know a little while ago I did a blog post about my history with TV shows and some of my favourites of all-time, but the one show I was probably missing and I would add now is Parks and Rec. It is THAT good. Now that the show is in its final season with the final two episodes set to air tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to talk about this show and why it kicks so much ass.

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Before talking about the show, I wanted explain why I started watching it. basically I had heard some talk about Parks and Rec back in 2012 and 2013 on various websites and fair amount on AMC Movie Talk. But it wasn’t until Chris Pratt was cast as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy that I decided to give the show a watch (that and the fact that John Campea of AMC Movie Talk spoke so highly of him on the show). And that’s where it all started.

So why do I love this show? Allow me to explain…

In a nutshell the story of Parks and Rec follows the absurd antics of the town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. The show is set Pawnee, Indiana and follows the adventures of Leslie Knope as she attempts to improve the town through government with her crew from the parks department.

The reason the show works is because of the following three main reasons: 1) It is funny, 2) The cast is brilliant and 3) It never stays the same.

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I have to admit that the first season did take some time to get into, it was fine, but the show didn’t find a focus and it’s funny factor until season two. From there all of the stories have more focus and energy, the jokes are much better and the characters really start to show their more unique and hilarious personalities. Each season afterward presents new, exciting and absurd stories for us as viewers to see, nothing ever stays the same for too long and thankfully things change for the better rather than ruining the formula of the show. The are surprises to be found and plot twists that happen in the most surprising of ways, the show’s almost like a comedy mixed in with a soap opera. There is good humour but also a lot of drama to be found (but I’ll get to that later in this post.

One of the main things that make this show work so well is the humour. People who read this blog know that I’m not the biggest fan of comedy-based stuff, though when I find a TV show that I find really funny, then I’m a happy place. For a time I thought Community was the funniest US TV show I’d watched, but then Parks and Rec, came along and blew the former out of the water. Parks and Rec is funny, it is really funny. The show has some of the snappiest humour I have seen in any show in a long time. Whether it be verbal or physical humour, it works so well and as the seasons go on the show’s funny factor stays consistent and provides many laugh-out-loud moments. Plus since the show is done in a documentary style with characters able to the break the fourth wall and talk to the audience, it just adds a level of intimacy and humour that other shows lack.

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The best thing about the show is its characters. The characters of Pawnee happen to be some of the most absurd fictional human beings ever conceived, they’re like all of the people that go to Community‘s Greendale Community College, except on a much crazier level. Whether it is the primary, recurring or guest cast members, everyone gets their chance to shine in this show. What is neat about the citizens of Pawnee is that most of them are all given plenty of screen time for you understand who they are and why they are funny, so when they make future appearances you remember and appreciate them more.

Firstly we have Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope who is delightful to watch. Leslie is a woman crazy obsessed with government and a lot of strange habits, however she is also very kind and is a brilliant friend to all of her coworkers. Poehler is just perfect for this kind of role and I love how much her character’s progressed. The gorgeous Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins is also great, she start’s out as an outsider and a nurse but eventually become integrated into the government through her friendship with Leslie. Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford is one of the most funny people in the show, the man is classy, but also selfish, arrogant and sarcastic, but all of those traits make him so likeable. Then there’s Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson who is arguably my favourite character. He is a man of few words, hates government, loves meat and normally likes to distance himself from his coworkers, and that’s just a few elements that makes him amazing. I LOVE Offerman’s performance and he just makes me smile whenever he has key scenes in the show.

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Another great person is Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate. Here we have a live-action version of Daria, except much more creepy, cynical and lazy. April is SO much fun because she is cute and yet so awkward and strange. And then there’s Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer who is the character I think it arguably the best person in the show. The guy is incredibly stupid and child-like, but he’s also very sweet and his singing and physical humour makes the show SO much fun to watch. Pratt’s energy and charisma really elevate the show and provide some of the most memorable scenes in the series. Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt is probably my least favourite character in this group, that being said he has his moments where he is pretty funny (and that mainly comes from being around Leslie). Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger is just one of the best people ever. He is inhumanly heathy, absurdly positive and has such a great relationship with everyone. Jim O’Heir and Retta also bring me much joy as Jerry Gergich and Donna Meagle. Donna is a surprisingly funny and sophisticated woman who has great moments with Tom while Jerry is a man who just suffers, whether he is getting into accidents, being ignored or just being pranked by his colleagues, there is never a dull moment when he is around.

I also love small recurring characters like the brilliant Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), the sassy/crazy Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins), the absurd/sexy Tammy II (Megan Mullally), the humourous Brandi Maxxxx (Mara Marini), the absurd Bill Dexhart (Kevin Symons), the always entertaining  Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson) and quiet and creepy Orin (Eric Isenhower) just to name a few.

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Watching this show feels like more than just 30 minutes for fun TV, it feels more like checking on good friends and seeing what they’ve been getting up to from episode to episode. What the writers and actors do so well with this show, more so than a lot of others, is make you feel connected to these characters and their situations with very real, emotional and relatable stories. For all of the humour that takes place in this show, there is a A LOT of heart, so much so that there are episodes that make you want to cry tears (sometimes of joy and sadness). I love the show so much that I re-watched the whole thing again (before season seven had aired) and now we’re on the final season and I’m not quite ready for another one of my favourite shows to end, but I guess this rollercoaster ride has to end at some point.

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In conclusion Parks and Recreation is pretty much one of the best TV shows I ever decided to watch. Few shows have the power to engage me on such a level where I am addicted and need more like a crack-head junkie. The cast is brilliant, the humour is great and each season beyond the first brings something new, strange and fun to the table in ways that most shows can’t. If you haven’t experienced the awesomeness that is Parks and Rec then I implore you to do so, you’re missing out on some good stuff yo. ūüėÄ

So have you seen the awesomeness that is Parks and Recreation and if so what do you think or it? Whatever your thoughts be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Jurassic World Teaser Trailer Review

Okay ladies and gentlemen, an important day has come, a day I have looked forward to for a while now; the day, when the Jurassic World teaser trailer was released. Now the teaser was meant to come out on Friday, however it got released early, TODAY and now I have to talk about it!

Check out the teaser below:

My first reaction after seeing the trailer? Underwhelmed.

Now, before you people attack me for expecting too much, allow me to explain. Do not misunderstand me, I do like the teaser, there are a lot of interesting things to take away from this trailer. That being said, this trailer didn’t knock my socks off or speak to my nostalgic inner child.

With those first factors established, let me talk about the major points of interest in the trailer.

  1. Isla Nublar Has Turned Into A Futuristic Orlando Resort: I think the most interesting element of this trailer is the fact that Isla Nublar, the island from the first film, has been converted into the equivalent of Disneyland and Orlando Resort, but more so Orlando than anything else. Looks like Jurassic Park is now this massive tourist location with hundreds of customers, it is filled to the maximum! People casually travel by these clear, spherical cars to watch dinosaurs or catch a big water show with a huge dinosaur (like when you watch a show with a killer whale or dolphins). I can’t wait to see this place get trashed.
  2. Dinosaurs Everywhere!: It seems like we have a good few dinosaurs on display like Brachiosaurus, Gallimimus, Velociraptors and something that looks like a Pliosaurs. Seems like there will be a lot of dinosaurs on display and hopefully they will be around to cause some chaos and eat people too.
  3. Humans Never Learn & People Will Die: Since this is a sequel, the film exists in canon to the previous films. You’d think that these scientists would know not to tamper with this science stuff. Even more so the visitors, are they all brain-dead? Going to an island theme park filled with dinosaurs, don’t you think there might be some danger involved? I can’t help but feel like these humans will just be cattle for the slaughter and have no reason for me to care about them when they get eaten.
  4. There’s A New Dinosaur In Town: In this trailer there’s talk of a new genetically modified dinosaur, one that’s a big deal and has the people who work at the park worried. We cannot see the dinosaur, but it seems pretty dodgy. The only thing that troubles me is that it maybe a dinosaur/human hybrid like the concept art which was released online a little while ago, those things were ugly!
  5. Raptors! But They’re Not Attacking The Human?: Right at the end of the trailer we see Chris Pratt on a motorcycle along with the legendary Velociraptors, but one thing looks off about these monsters; they’re not attacking Pratt. Instead it looks like they’re running and fighting with him. So what, are they docile now? Do they have a close attachment to Pratt’s character? Or do they see something more interesting ahead of them? One can only speculate at the moment.

Other than that Chris Pratt looks pretty cool and Bryce Dallas Howard seems to be a smart person caught in the center of the chaos. There isn’t much detail about the story, but that’s to be expected at this point. Also let’s talk about the CGI. Now I know one should not knock a teaser trailer for its special effects considering that it is still over half a year away, but, the trailer has been released as it is, so naturally people are going to be critical of things that aren’t finished. With all that being said, the GCI, it looks good for the most part, however there is no denying the fact that it looks a bit rough and nowhere near as polished as the original film (the scene with the shark comes to mind). I think the reason why people go on about the special effects is because in 1993, the first film created some of the most impressive-looking visual effects in film history and it is insane to think that visual effects companies still can’t seem to reproduce the same results as a film that’s 20 years later. But hell, we’ve got time, hopefully things will look super slick by June next year. I also hope that the story holds up, I mean this film does just look like humans messed up and now the dinosaurs are on the attack again, but let’s hope that there is more to the film than that.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Jurassic World looks interesting. The whole concept of an Isla Nublar being a theme park is very intriguing and different from the previous films and the idea of there being a genetically modified dinosaur which hasn’t been seen has my interest. Along with Chris Pratt’s involvement and my massive nostalgic love from Jurassic Park, Jurassic World will be watched in cinema regardless of how the film ends up.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World? Does it fill you with excitement or are you not very impressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to comment below and let me know. See you on the next review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for¬†a film¬†review I was meant to have done last week Friday, I am of course talking about the film that’s on fire in the¬†cinema right¬†now, Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point in time I’ve already seen the film twice and I’m not going to hide the fact that I think this film is incredible and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The story in this film basically involves a group of misfits from very different backgrounds coming together to become something more and take out a common enemy. Yes this a type of story that has been done many times in the past and very recently with Marvel’s Avengers film that came out two years ago, but this film is so delightfully different in its execution that it easily stands on its own two feet. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only a very different kind of Marvel film but also a different brand of superhero film too. And in a way I wouldn’t even brand it in the superhero genre as this film is clearly of the¬†science fiction genre and it has all the great codes and conventions of what makes the genre so fun to watch.¬†The film is incredibly strange and quirky, it is not typical in any way, there is so much unexpected¬†moments for humour spread throughout and luckily the humour isn’t over-bearing as it has a reason for being there. In addition to the comedy there is a surprising amount of heart to this film. I feel like Marvel Studios are diving deeper into emotional territories and producing very intriguing stories with intimate character moments that are well-crafted and engaging. This film has a great balance of humour and seriousness, and that’s the thing that I think will surprise people. For all the comedic moments there are also some moments to think and reflect, be melancholy and a lot more.

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The performances were all great and the core team of heroes are probably the best set of characters together since the Avengers were assembled. Firstly¬†Chris Pratt just ruled as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, he is a man with history and now lives life on the edge sleeping with women and obtaining special treasures. It is not until he sees the danger of the item he holds that he decides to do something that benefits the galaxy and not just himself by assembling his group of misfits. Pratt has so much energy and charisma and it makes for such an engaging, funny and well-rounded performance.¬†Zoe Saldana as Gamora is awesome, she is deadly, sexy and a totally cool¬†warrior. Gamora is clearly a woman with a troubled past and wants to start life anew but happens have run into some complications along the way involving her sister and Quill. Saldana is no stranger to action and sci-fi and she is so beautiful and good in this role.¬†Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon was pretty much the best thing ever. The character is the source of so much humour but also so much drama as well. Every line Rocket had been super memorable and funny as hell and Cooper’s delivery of his lines are so good as well.¬†Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot was great, I know he just says “I am Groot” all the time, but the different ways in which he said it was very cool and versatile and just hearing Diesel scream and shout was so cool and reminiscent of The Iron Giant. One surprise for me was¬†Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer as he was a lot more enjoyable in the role than I expected. Drax is a maniac driven by revenge and hatred, but he is also very literal and simple-minded and loves chaos. I loved how many funny lines and moments this character had and I really liked what Bautista did with this role, that being said there was some moments where the delivery of his lines could have been better.

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Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser was pretty decent, he was an evil, corrupt and power-hungry individual who ultimately wanted to rule over all the inhabitants of the galaxy, he was a serviceable villain, but did fall into the trap of Nero from Star Trek and Malekith from Thor: The Dark World in the¬†sense that he ends up not being as well-developed or as interesting as the heroes he is fighting against.¬†Karen Gillan as Nebula was totally hot and great as this female villain who clearly has sibling rivalry with Gamora and hearing about her history with Gamora and Thanos makes her seems really intriguing. Another person of interest is¬†Michael Rooker as Yondu, Rooker is always a joy to watch and he was just as enjoyable as ever here as a man who is closely linked to Quill’s history and a man who looks out for number one and takes out anyone in his way. Rooker was so funny, cool and charismatic, he was such a joy to watch.¬†Benicio Del Toro was great as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector, I feel like he was a little more serious and less cartoony than he was in Thor: The Dark World.¬†I really liked¬†Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, he was intimidating and badass as hell. Even though it his inclusion was small, Josh Brolin as Thanos was totally cool and gave us a wonderful look into what to expect from the Mad Titan in the future.¬†And finally the performances from Glenn Close and John C. Reilly¬†as Commander Rael and¬†Rhomann Dey are pretty good too.

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When it comes to the presentation I think it is incredible on both the audio and visible side of things. Visually the film is incredibly unique, distinct and just bursting with colour and detail. Along with the story, the cinematography and CGI work on space, planets and even the characters instill¬†a great sense of wonder and mystery to the film and anyone who is well versed in sci-fi will feel glimpses of Star Wars, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and Serenity too. The soundtrack maybe just as impressive if not more so than the visuals. This film is filled to the max with nostalgic songs from the 1960’s and 70’s and it is a very eclectic soundtrack which is very unconventional when it comes to Marvel films, but it works on three¬†levels, a) Because of Peter Quill’s love for the music he grew up with, b) It adds to the film’s quirky nature and c) For those who are old enough, it is like stepping into the past and having a crazy nostalgia rush with some really good music. In addition to the great selection of songs, the score by¬†Tyler Bates¬†is pretty good and has some beautiful and epic moments throughout.

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In conclusion the Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a different kind of superhero film, in a way it hardly a superhero film at all. It is truly a film of the science fiction genre with all sorts of humour, action and fun. ¬†and I can’t wait to see it again lol.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10 (Seriously liked this film a lot though I’m not sure it is 9 material yet)

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Did it live up to your expectations or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #2 Quick Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another trailer review and today I’ll be talking about the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy that was released yesterday. Now I recall seeing the first trailer and liking it, but not being blown away by it, however after a while I really grew to love it and see it in the cinema has gotten me hyped on a few occasions. So with this new trailer I was hoping to be shocked beyond belief. So how does the second trailer fare? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So what and I thinking after seeing this trailer? Well this is what I would say, “Cool, I like it. However I wasn’t blown away.”

I feel like I’m getting some deja vu because I did have similar thoughts to the first trailer that was released, but I feel like that one you could give the benefit of the doubt because it was the first one. Plus I feel like that trailer had a more engaging tone and style, while this one of more of the same just with new scenes and music.

That’s not to say that this trailer didn’t have cool things to show off and new things for us to learn. What’s on display here is pretty cool and I like how much more we get to see of Star-Lord and his grew coming together. This second trailer really emphasizes the fact that this is a group of misfits, brought together through pure circumstantial reasons, but when put together they can achieve great things.

What I like the most about this trailer is seeing more of the world, this film looks gorgeous from what the trailer is showing us. The visual effects look incredibly detailed, large in scope and the colour scheme is so vivid and versatile, it looks like a whole new type of space that hasn’t really been seen before. For me, there haven’t been too many films that have depicted the look of space in a unique or interesting way (not since Star Wars at least), but GotG looks like its set to change that and I can’t wait to see what the rest of film has in store for us. And speaking of the visuals both Groot and Rocket Raccoon look awesome, we get to see a lot more of them, we hear them speak, move around a lot more and just see their personalities in general and it feels they’re getting a fair amount of screen time in this trailer and rightfully so, these are the characters that the film has to see to the casual audience.

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In conclusion the second trailer Guardians of the Galaxy looks delightful and I can’t wait to see it. While the trailer didn’t really make me geek out like the later trailers for Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, in the end it is still a good trailer with plenty of interesting things to talk about for weeks to come. August is taking too damn long to get here, like a spoilt child would say, “I want it now!” ūüėÄ

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy second trailer? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a trailer review and today’s trailer is one that I and a lot of other Marvel fans have been anticipating for AGES! I am of course talking about Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though Marvel Studios misses a CLEAR opportunity to show off this film at this year’s Super Bowl, it is here now so let’s start talking about it!

Here’s the trailer:

So my immediate thoughts? This is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen and I’m pretty sure that is a good thing. There is a fair amount of humour, mystery and chaos going on here.

The first thing I’ll say I liked was the tone, this film looks like it’ll be pretty funny and I’m always down for that. Some have complained that since Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 that Marvel films have too much humour in them and lack a serious tone, personally I don’t mind it. If all film were dark and moody like The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel then comic book movies would suck. But anyway moving back to the teaser trailer it is the small things like Chris Pratt’s character calling himself Star-Lord or when he gives the Nova Corps officers the finger or when Rocket Racoon spits while being examined, it is all pretty jokes and I can see many moments like that going down throughout the film. And with a property as random as this, there is gonna have to be a least a little bit of humour if this film is gonna be taken seriously.

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We also get a run-down of the team. Chris Pratt seems to be on good form as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, he’s likeable, relatable, funny and charismatic and since he’s sort of the main character it was nice to get a feel for his personality the most in this trailer. Dave Bautista is looking a lot better in motion as Drax the Destroyer, there wasn’t much in the way of speaking for him but he did have a firm and scary presence. Zoe Saldana continues to show that she can look hot no matter what colour she is as Gamora, her character looks rough and ready and I like how she smiled when her crimes were being listed off in that examination room. Rocket Raccoon looks cute and totally badass, he’s small but very agile and knows how to use a firearm. And then there’s Groot who seems pretty docile and nice but also looks like he has a temper on him too. Side note, I like how Rocket and Groot are paired together, that’s nice and convenient for the sake of story.

The appearances of John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey alongside Peter Serafinowicz as a Nova Corps officers was great, they had great lines and good comedic timing. Djimon Hounsou seems pretty badass-looking as Korath and quick glimpses we got on Karen Gillan as Nebula and Benicio del Toro as The Collector was nice.

Then like all other trailers there’s a montage of scenes and a lot of it looks mad. There’s spaceship battles in the sky, Rocket and Groot fighting together, Groot throwing someone, Star-Lord looking badass topless, explosions, Nebula look even more awesome, there is a lot to take in basically.

Overall the look and feel of this film has my anticipation really high. My only issues with the trailer would be that song at the end, I guess it is meant to be funny or something but it really rubbed me the wrong way. Like the trailer doesn’t want you to take the film that seriously, but after seeing the trailer a second time I’m getting over it.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer Guardians of the Galaxy looks unlike a film unlike anything that Marvel have done before and at this point that is a very good thing. It is really random. I like the look of this new space adventure, the cast look awesome, the humour is great and the action looks like it’ll be on-par with anything Marvel Studios have produced before. While I wasn’t completely blown away, I am still hyped for this film and my curiosity has definitely risen a lot more.

So what did you think of the GotG teaser trailer? Leave your thoughts below.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Lego Movie Review: “Everything is awesome!”

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for a new film review and today is the first of three starting with The Lego Movie. At first I thought the concept of this film was absurd, then I got into the trailers and after hearing about the great reception it got in the US I knew I had to watch it. So yesterday I checked it out and I’m now ready to share my thoughts.

The story in this film involves a prophecy, where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the superweapon known as the “Kragle”. Later on in life an ordinary guy by the name of Emmet, mistakenly thought to be the “Special” and a MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant known as Lord Business from destroying the Lego universe with the “Kragle”.

I thought the story was great because of its playful, funny and energetic. The whole deal with Emmet and his journey has been done in films before, but this film has enough different elements to make it unique.¬†What I love is how the film speaks to people of all ages offering moments of action and adventure, humour, pop culture references and nostalgia.¬†Another great point is how wacky and fast-paced in nature the story and tone is, a lot of it is strange but it works with in the context of the world and characters. As with any animated film there’s a heartfelt message behind the film and the story will speak to anyone who has played with Lego at any point in their lives. The only nitpick would be that the story slows down a bit at one point towards the end which kind of messes with the flow.

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The voice cast are brilliant, all embody their characters so well, are bursting with personality and most importantly they are all extremely funny.

Chris Pratt as is amazing Emmet Brickowski, as the main character he is so charismatic, silly, hilarious and relatable too.¬†Emmet, while average, has good intentions, is very strange and always full of hilarious moments and I think part of why I loved him so much is because I could always imagine him as Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation.¬†Will Ferrell as Lord Business was cool and brought he’s comedic chops to his role. He was one of those kind of villain who was ruthless but also funny and likeable at the same time. I also liked¬†Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, she¬†was great because she had badass persona and did so many amazing things both as a builder and masterful fight (was getting Matrix flashbacks). I think one of the stand-out performances comes from¬†Will Arnett as Batman.¬†Arnett kills it as Batman, he has the voice and personality was cool and funny. Batman had some of the best lines, great comedic timing and the film loves him while also taking the piss at the same time.

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Nick Offerman is good as Metal Beard, his voice was unrecognisable for me and the character was so strange, but he was very good too.¬†Alison Brie was wonderful as Uni-Kitty, her character was adorable, always happy and just had a strange view of the world which made her amusing to watch. On and¬†Charlie Day was incredible as Benny, a “1980-something space guy.”¬†Day was awesome as the spaceship-obsessed astronaut offering so many random and humorous moments in the film.¬†Liam Neeson was another stand-out as Bad Cop/Good Cop, his character mood switches made for some hilarious moments with verbal and physical humour. And¬†Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius the wizard was awesome, Freeman is great in every film and in this one he was very funny, eccentric and silly.¬†There are also some amazing cameos featuring the some other cool Lego characters with some delightful celebrity voices, but I won’t ruin it, watch it for yourselves haha.

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The presentation or the film is incredible too both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is amazing, the unique Lego world is colourful, vibrant and the attention to detail with the computer animation recreating the style of stop motion animation is insanely impressive and leads to a lot of humorous moments throughout the film. Also just seeing the different Lego characters, models, toy sets and references was such an awesome nostalgic rush. And then there’s the soundtrack by¬†Mark Mothersbaugh, it is pretty good but has a bit of an electronic/dubstep feel at times and for the most part it works but is also kind of awkward. By the way¬†the song “Everything Is Awesome!!!” will be in your head long after the film is over, it is really addictive and hard not to like and sing a long to.

In conclusion The Lego Movie, simply put is awesome. While it didn’t meet the epic hype I’d heard about in America, it was extremely inventive and hilarious. The voice cast really make these characters come to life and the humour is definitely the film’s strongest aspects! I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good time at the cinema. ūüôā

Rating: 8.5/10 (A bright and colourful adventure with great characters and humour)

So what did you think of The Lego Movie? Did it tickle your funny bone and fill you with happiness and nostalgia or were disappointed? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Chris Pratt Teases Details About Jurassic World

Hello again ladies and gents of the interweb, time to rely upon you some more film news and we finally have something interesting to report related to Jurassic World. Yay! ūüôā The following information comes from superherohype:

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“On the heels of¬†yesterday’s update¬†which named several shooting locations for director Colin Trevorrow’s¬†Jurassic World,¬†MTV News¬†sat down today to speak with leading man Chris Pratt (who also stars in this week’s¬†The LEGO Movie), who dropped a few plot and character details about the June 12, 2015 release.

“What I liked about it is that it answers the question of, ‘Why would they do that?'”¬†says when asked what drew him to the project.¬†“How do you suspend disbelief to be like, ‘Oh, yes! Let’s make this mistake again! We haven’t learned our lesson about dinosaurs. We should definitely live with them and see how that works out!” After three tries, they answer the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it and justifying it. Kind of, in his own way, having fun with that so that anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused the way I was.”

Pratt also talked briefly about his character, comparing him to Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm.

“He’s got a little of both [characters],”¬†Pratt explains.¬†“He’s got a little bit of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement at the wonder and the biology of it all.”

The much-anticipated sequel is also set to star Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan. It will be directed by Trevorrow from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.”

I’m liking Pratt’s comments right now, he’s saying the right things to keep me intrigued and wanting to see this film unfold when it eventually comes out in 2015. The best thing comes from the segment where he says that obviously the whole dinosaur problem has happened three times already and that us humans should know better, but obviously have gone back and done it anyway. So if he believes the script justifies the actions of making this dino madness go down again then it must be a story worth telling. Also the fact that his character has personality traits of both Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant, the two best people in the Jurassic Park films, that can’t be a bad thing. I’m totally interested to see what he does in the film.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Delivery Man Review

Hello there to al who may be reading this blog. So continuing the film reviews that I started before I’m now gonna review Delivery Man. Now this was a film I had no intention of seeing, AT ALL, but when I needed a film to pass the time between one film another I had no other choice. I’m usually into comedies so I went into this with low expectations. So does it deliver or fail? Read on and find out.

So when it comes to the story it focuses on David Wozniak, he’s a guy who has his heart in the right place, but is very irresponsible and has questionable judgement about various things¬†in general. At one point¬†due to anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago,¬†he finds out he’s fathered 533 children and¬†142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Now he must decide whether ¬†he will reveal himself or not.

The story for the film is surprisingly unique and interesting for a comedy/drama and while it is obviously adapted from a French film that came out 2 years prior, it is still something that is different and lends itself well to this genre, if done properly. The problem is in the execution. The film tries to make you feel emotional because of these different children’s stories and because of David’s change of heart as he goes on this journey of maturity, but it also tries to throw in comedy moments at the same time. The film is when it works it works, the emotional side of the film is definitely the film’s strong point, and when the comedy hits the right notes its decent, however there are too many times when these too elements clash or happen to take place very close to each other and don’t mesh together that well. If the script was stronger and the film had a more experienced director, I think this film could have been elevated to a much higher quality of film.

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When it comes to the cast they are pretty good but some stand out more than others. Let’s start with¬†Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak. This is definitely a different kind of Vince Vaughn film and is much better than his recent efforts, his character is goofball, a bit unreliable and useless, but he has a big heart and he knows how make people feel good when it counts. While he does get a little annoying at points you ultimately root for his character because his heart is in the right place.¬†Chris Pratt as Brett is pretty jokes and has a lot of the better humour in the film, I’ve recently become a massive fan of Parks and Recreation and Pratt is amazing in that show, however unfortunately he’s not nearly as great as he is in that show here.¬†Cobie Smulders as Emma is probably the weakest link in this trilogy of main characters, she’s David’s girlfriend but she doesn’t like how unreliable and useless he can be at times. However the way in which she goes from not wanting him around once to eventually wanting him around again is not done that well and it doesn’t feel like a natural progression and comes a little too quick. Plus she’s a bit boring.

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Other cast members that stick out are Andrzej Blumenfeld as Mikolaj Wozniak who makes for a really good father figure for David.¬†Adam Chanler-Berat as Viggo is okay, his moments in the film vary between being good and really annoying.¬†Jack Reynor as Josh is one of David’s kid we come across first and while he is a bit of a smart ass he’s cool and charismatic. And¬†Britt Robertson as Kristen was probably my favourite kid, her character was one of the more complex children and she was adorable and had some wonderful interaction with Vaughn.

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In conclusion Delivery Man wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be and definitely had a lot more heart and emotional elements that made it more interesting than the conventional Vince Vaughn film. That being said the film wasn’t all that funny and had trouble trying to balance out the dramatic aspects with the comedy ones and I feel like if the writing and direction were better this film could have been so much more. Overall it is pretty decent, but nothing you’ll remember for a long time.

Rating: 6/10 (a nice film but the balance between comedy and emotional stuff was messy)

So what did you think of Delivery Man? Whatever your thought be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review (which should be out soon) ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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