Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: A Movie Review

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

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 Place Beyond the Pines: A Movie Review

Motorcycle racer, Luke (Ryan Gosling), leaves his job at a carnival globe of death to reconnect with a former lover, Romina, who secretly gave birth to his baby. With another man in the picture providing security for Romina, Luke tries to figure out a way to make enough money to win her back and ends up robbing banks. However, lives are changed when Luke is confronted by police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) on one of his outings, leaving ruin, even 15 years later, in its wake.

I caught parts of this film on television a few times, but was never able to watch the entire film until the other night. For some reason I thought I wouldn’t like it, but after watching for ten minutes I was hooked. The acting is great and the writing is phenomenal. Although there were parts of the film where I could kind of guess what was going to happen, I found the overall story of how our pasts can connect with and influence incidents in our children’s futures to be a very interesting concept.

Grade: A

American Hustle: A Movie Review

Set in the late 1970s/early 1980s, American Hustle is the fictional story of con-artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and partner-in-crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who are forced to work with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) on uncovering the seedy underworld of politics. However, Rosenfeld begins to grow a conscious when the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), takes him in like he’s family, and wonders whether the entire operation is really worth it in the end.

The interesting part of this film is, although it is fictional, it is loosely based around the true story of the ABSCAM sting operation which began as an operation targeting trafficking stolen, but ended up as a public corruption investigation.

Up for many nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Original Screen Play, American Hustle is definitely THE movie to see. With an amazing cast of characters, the movie is a great mixture of comedy and drama with crime for taste. I would definitely recommend this movie to just about anyone.

Grade: A+

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Movie Review

Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has problems, and after being released from a mental institution in Baltimore, he goes back to Philadelphia to live with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and Eagles obsessed father (Paul De Niro) and to figure out his life. His goal is to find the silver linings in life and to win back his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee). But things become a bit complicated after he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has her own problems to work through.

After a night to think over this movie, I have to admit that I’m still not quite sure what to think about The Silver Linings Playbook Don’t get me wrong, it was a good movie. However, I felt that it was a bit slow. I also felt that they should have done more with it than they did. There is a lot more I wish I saw between the characters, such as more about the dancing stint. I also think they should have had explained more about what was going on in football. Yes, it sounds strange, but football plays a big part in the movie and Pat’s father compares Pat to Deshawn Jackson, but as someone who doesn’t know football I didn’t really get the reference.

I also didn’t feel like it was as funny as they were advertising it to be. The comedy comes in to lighten the serious situation of Pat and Tiffany’s mental problems, which is fine, but at the same time I wouldn’t want people taking the situation too light because there are people in the world like Pat and Tiffany and it’d be a shame if their lives were then compared to a comedy. But, I could be totally taking this the wrong way.

I originally didn’t like the movie very much, but after thinking it over, I do think that the actors did a great job and the directing was well done as well. There were a few flaws in the script, but flaws that are easily looked over and probably only something that I would point out in the end.

Grade: B