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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Ant-Man Looking Promising Despite Director’s Depature

I’ve been worried about Marvel Studio’s upcoming superhero film Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas) ever since Edgar Wright left. Having watched the recently released trailer, some of those fears have been quelled. It looks good on a cinematography level, on a design level (the sets and the Ant-Man costume look great), the action scenes look like they have a lot of potential, and the film is aware of its ridiculous concept. I’m actually excited for this film again. I really hope it’s successful. The movie’s title alone makes it a tougher sell than even Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and that had a talking raccoon and a talking tree in it. But if people can embrace some of the sillier aspects of the movie and notice the cool aspects, then maybe Marvel can take another shot at a more maligned character, Howard the Duck (yes, I do want to see that movie happen).