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.
So I’m gonna let you guys in on a secret… I haven’t seen the original trilogy of Star Wars since I was a little kid. And as a little kid I didn’t like them enough, or understand enough to care. I always said that I would eventually watch them, but never got around to it. Well, an amazing thing happened. My local movie theater is doing an 80s at 8 every Thursday this summer, and this was the first choice. I tell you what, I never thought I would see these movies in theaters ever, and it was glorious. The music started, the words flew, and the audience cheered. I can only imagine that feeling times ten come December is what we will all be feeling. So I know it is the second one, but the first one is the only one I have seen repeatedly over the years. The Empire Strikes Back follows Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the loveable droids as they try to escape the evil Darth Vader. This movie is 35 years old and I know the graphics are a little lacking, but I don’t care. The graphics were good in Transformers 2, but I’m going to watch Star Wars before that! I’m going to use character names instead of actor names, because they literally fell into their role. My favorite character was EASILY Han Solo, the wise cracking, ladies man, smuggler. The relationship between him and Leia is one of the best in movie history. Luke was great too, but I don’t feel he hit his stride till the end. Though I did love his training montage! I also see why an entire generation basically has a fetish for Princess Leia! I have a great deal of respect for the fact that the whole movie took place over a very short period of time, yet we traveled all over the galaxy without losing track of the point. And IF you have have been hiding under a rock for 35 years you will LOVE the twist ending! All in all this is a near perfect sci-fi movie, and a great movie that will be a part of history. Watch it.