Having a family and a new job with responsibilities doesn’t grant me a lot of free time to go to the theaters anymore. However, this was one of the few movies this year that I was so excited about that I went on opening day. Unfortunately though, for the most part it was a letdown and didn’t meet up to my expectations following the first (or fourth, whatever). The first Jurassic World movie is, in my personal opinion, phenomenal. It delivers on everything I wanted from a new Jurassic sequel, showing me a large and active park for the first time ever while remaining a visual spectacle. I expected the second one to be even larger and more grand, but was unfortunately let down shortly in to the movie… The movie starts out with Owen and Claire having to return to the island to save the dinosaurs from the volcano erupting. Much like in The Lost World, another company is also there to do the same thing (with a small twist), but with evil intentions. For the most part this portion of the movie is rather interesting, despite relying heavily on two completely disposable and annoying side characters. It doesn’t last long though as very early on in the movie they leave the island. Now, when I go into a sequel I expect it to be taken up a notch and be even larger in scale, this one went in the opposite direction in a very dramatic way. Not only did in downgrade from the whole island to a HOUSE, but the new “evil” dinosaur is smaller and less frightening. The rest of the movie after that point just seems to drag on. Sure, I will admit it was still beautiful to look at but almost every shot was picked up from a previous Jurassic movie into this one so much so that it was less a homage and more just laziness. To top it all off the ending plays at a cheap moral decision that we don’t really care about because this movie never takes the time to make us care about ANY of the people. Despite all of that I still remain hopeful for the third and final installment. This movie was clearly a filler movie and we were even told it is purely a filler movie to set up for the third. So, hopefully in the last we will actually get the larger scale we hoped for.
Although The Magnificent Seven is studded with a phenomenal cast, an enormous budget, and a cool plot, it is a very forgettable movie. The Magnificent Seven follows seven men in the old west the band together to save a small town from a large army with one bad man behind it. Awesome right?! Kinda… Although this movie was fun most of the time, and wasn’t hurting for action or talent, there is nothing really spectacular or… Magnificent. Chris Pratt was fun, and though not the lead is undoubtedly the stand-out in this picture. Denzel and Ethan Hawke are also quire good but seem like phone-ins. Everyone else is… there… At the end of the day thats all I can really say about this movie. No one seems to try to hard from start to end and it reflects. Not bad, just kind “eh”.
Passengers is a a movie a lot of people have a HUGE issue with, and I can understand why. Despite the problems though I actually found it quite enjoyable. How enjoyable? Well, according to my updated top 10 list it is now my third favorite movie! Passengers follows Jim Preston and Aurora Lane (I enjoy the fact that she is a journalist and writer with the same last name as Lois Lane) played by Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. These two people are among thousands that are aboard a space ship heading to a distant world to build a new life. All is well until their hibernation pods get woken up ninety years too early and the movie turns in to a Cast Away in space that evolves into a love story that THEN evolves into and awesome sci-fi thriller! Now, the big problem everyone has with it is that [SLIGHT SPOILER] after a year aboard the ship Jim has gone insane despite all his best efforts and wakes up Aurora as well, effectively damning her to a life alone with him aboard the ship and stripping the life she wanted away from her… Yes, I realize that is a terrible and unforgivable act, that is why I said i understood the hate! However as the quote goes, “A drowning man will always try to drag someone down with him. It ain’t right, but the man’s drowning.”… I enjoyed this movies immensely. I thought the story was great and original- though it basically being a Cast Away in space it is fun to see all the ways that Jim embraces his bad situation. The acting of the two leads was amazing and knowing how hard it was for them to be “romantic” towards each other because of their close friendship in the real world their chemistry on screen was superb. On top of all that, the rewatchability of this movie is very high. You have lots of fun and laughs, spiced up with moments of action and character arc that round out to a great sci-fi in my personal opinion. Get past your animosity for this film and just enjoy it.
The original 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy is, in my “professional” opinion, the best movie of 2014. It blew everyone’s minds as well as their expectations out of the water when it came out, and remained the most talked about and watched movie all year. I was in the same boat as everyone else. I watched it countless times and for a long time it was my go-to “background-noise-movie”. So, naturally, I was excited beyond belief of the prospect of a sequel, but, the closer it got the more uncertain I was. Guardians of the Galaxy was a near perfection and out of left field superhero movie that no one expected from Marvel, and I was worried they would cash in on that and overdue all the old jokes… Thank god I was wrong!.. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows your favorite misfit group of galaxy crime fighters. They are working as hired guns more or less, until they end up finding Quill’s dad and a whole bunch of fuckery goes down. I can’t tell you much about the plot or else it would ruin the movie, but, I will tell you what I can about the movie and tone itself… The original movie had so much going for it, the strongest of which were the soundtrack, humor, action, acting, and relate-ability of Star Lord. This movie is not AS good as the first one. I’m not saying it is bad, because it’s not, it’s fantastic, just not nearly as good. It was however much funnier, and somehow much darker at the same time… That right there would have to be my favorite part of the movie. It somehow bounced back and forth, scene to scene, from hilarious to dark and sad. It added much needed depth to the movie as well as the characters… Now, Characters. Chris Pratt obviously killed it as Star Lord, the character he was born to play. Zoe Saldana added more depth to her portrayal of Gamora, playing her part of the will they/won’t they romance very well. Dave Bautista surprised me once again with his impeccable comic timing and stand out acting chops. Bradley Cooper is nearly unrecognizable as the voice of rocket, and Vin says his three words well yet again… The stand out role however is Michael Rooker as Yondu. Yondu has an amazing character and story arc just for him, playing a much larger part in this movie than the last. Rooker delivers as many hilarious lines as he does heart-wrenching. I loved seeing the backstory of Yondu and the difficulties he goes through because of his past decisions… Better than that you get more depth on his relationship with Quill that went unfinished in the previous movie… Not many sequels are good. Fewer are great. It is once in a great while that one is a perfect continuation of the original, and that is what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did.
Not as all-star of a cast as I would have assumed for this movie but still really fucking awesome! This trailer is just fun, and no holds barred and if they keep this up for the movie than it will be everything it deserves to be! Denzel as always is nothing but a bad-ass, and Chris Pratt gets better and better in every action movie he is in with his special style and hint of comedy… I love the listing off of the seven guys and their specialty, and though the Kanye song was unexpected and slightly out of place, I liked it! Lets hope the movie keeps true to the trailer! (But please no Kanye in the real movie).
Chris Pratt is a acclaimed actor known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and Parks and Recreation…Chris Pratt is now one of the most prominent actors, and rising action stars, but it wasn’t always like that. Pratt got his beginnings as a side character, often playing a big, dumb, sometimes funny guy. He was in the show Everwood, but his real breakthrough came from playing Andy Dwyer, a big, dumb, funny guy in Parks and Recreation. Pratt started this role as a guest star in the first season, but was so loved by everyone that he stayed on as a leading role for every prior season. Pratt always had dreams of being an action star, but was turned down for many roles such as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot. Finally, in 2014 after coming off of the fame of The Lego Movie, he became a perfect combination of action and comedy star as Peter Quill AKA Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. His career was skyrocketed at this point, later playing in Jurassic World and getting offers such as Indiana Jones… Pratt is personally one of my favorite actors. He is hilarious, but down to earth in a way that makes is silliness not feel forced. I am curious as to where Pratts career will go, he was able to break out of his big, goofy roles, but I am concerned he will continue to be typecast as the funny-tough-sarcastic guy now. He has a role coming in Passengers, playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence (who my next actor review is off) and I’m excited to see how he plays this!
I’m going to keep this brief because everybody knows how fucking (even a pg 13 movie gets one F-bomb) spectacular this movie is, and we have all watched it a thousand times. If you are the one person in the world that has not, than you are in luck! I am about to convince you to watch this before you can say PrattPrattPratt! Guardians of the Galaxy follows Peter Quill, AKA Starlord, to recover the infinity orb and save the galaxy from a big blue bad guy and alien Amy Pond. Accompanying him are a tree, a raccoon, and two psychotic alien assassins! Not convinced yet? This movie has the best soundtrack out of any movie ever. I am Groot. The action lives up to any Marvel movie you have ever seen, with the comedy still being top notch. I am Groot. Chris Pratt came into this being the fat funny guy in everything and is now a sex symbol. I am Groot. Plus, this movie is a quote spewing machine! Convinced yet? Good.