Mini-Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2

Release: May 5, 2017

Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) are on the run from a race of gold-skinned, uptight aliens; the Ravagers, led by the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker); and Gamora’s vengeful sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They bump into Peter’s long lost father, a powerful celestial being known as Ego (Kurt Russel). With Ego is his assistant Mantis, a childlike empath played by Pom Klementieff. Ego wants Peter (the leader of the Guardians, played by Pratt) to join him on the planet he created to help accomplish the immortal Ego’s life purpose, but Peter and Gamora (Saldana) are suspicious of Ego’s intentions.

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Mini-Review Monday: Ant-Man

Ant-ManRelease: July 17, 2015

Story: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), one of the best thieves out there, is recruited by former superhero Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to break into Pym’s company (which Hank no longer owns) to steel a suit that allows the wearer to shrink and gain super strength. This suit was devised and created by our villain and former Pym protegee Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll). Cross is a mad man who has terrible purposes for the future and mass production of his new suit (called Yellow Jacket). Pym, knowing this would happen if his shrinking technology got into the wrong hands, wants to steel the suit from Cross and destroy all the data relating to it. Hence the need for a new Ant-Man. Hank and Scott will have help from Hank’s daughter, Hope (played by Evangeline Lilly), who is undercover as Cross assistant; some of Scott’s eccentric and bumbling friends and fellow thieves; and many, many, many ants. With a heated relationship between Hank and Hope (who haven’t been on good terms since her mother’s mysterious death), Scott’s reluctance to go back to a life of crime when he only wants to go legitimate and be a part of the life of his young daughter (who is living with Scott’s ex-wife and her new cop husband), and what appears to be an impossible heist with terrible world changing consequences should they fail, can this rag-tag team of small heroes rise to the challenge and do big things?
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X-Men: First Class

X-MenWhile X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) was about revenge and the exploration of who Wolverine is and what makes him tick, X-Men: First Class (2011) is about two points of view that are touched upon in the previous X-Men movies but, in my opinion, never really gone into in a satisfactory way. What results is a picture that presents thought provoking ideas that make you understand everybody’s motives. Unfortunately, this is at the expense of more thrilling and memorable action moments. Continue reading