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Avengers: Infinity War, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Thanos has finally achieved the start to his grand plan…one of the six Infinity Stones.  If things go according to plan, he will be able to find the other five.  And then nothing will stand in the way of his destiny and grand plan- using the stones to create ultimate peace and serenity in the entire universe.

As he and his children move through the universe to acquire stone after stone they run into a variety of different situations. 

The Avengers must group together with many others from the Guardians of the Galaxy to the Black Panther in order to stop Thanos.  If they don’t then the world as we know it may cease to exist.

But when everyone is scattered far and wide across the universe getting back to Earth may be a bit tricky.  Will they make it in time? Or will Thanos be able to enact his plan?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 149 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthoby Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

So many moving parts.  Just so many moving parts.

I honestly don’t know how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby kept everything straight in the YEARS of comics they wrote to get to this point.

And the film captured it so well.

With such a wide variety of characters coming together at different points in the universe all to make everything happen the way it does.  Everything really comes down to choice.

The writers have done and incredible job with this (and with part two) keeping everything straight and making sure that the story isn’t difficult to follow even with so many different bits and pieces going on at all times. 

We see the development of characters, and the choices they make under the stress of the situation.  We see their deepest fears and regrets.  And we see the world changed because of an extremest view on how to bring peace to the universe-not by working together and celebrating our differences and helping each other…but by simply destroying half of all life in the universe.

I mean…I guess it works after you can get past the chaos of losing half of all the people you care about in the world.  And how many more after that to the after-effects.

The amount of thought and discussion that goes into comics just continues to astound.  I think people who enjoy the movies (since they are more mainstream) and teased people who loved the comics for being geeky and nerdy are realizing just how much is going on in the worlds within those pages.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on the characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Peter Quill, aka Starlord, along with Gamora, Drax, Rocket the Racoon, and Baby Groot have formed the Guardianas of the Galaxy.  While on a mission for the Sovereign race, Rocket steals the batteries they are supposed to be protecting in exchange for Nebula, Gamora’s adopted sister, who was caught attempting to steal the goods herself.

When Rocket’s betrayal is found out the Sovereigns attack the Guardians, nearly destroying their ship.  But a mysterious figure destroys the drones attacking their ship and the group crash lands on a nearby planet.

While there Peter is approached by the man who helped to save them…Ego.  He says that he is Peter’s father.  And when he invites Quill, Gamora and Drax to accompany him to his home planet things go from weird…to weirder. 

Something bigger is going on here.  And it may take all the Guardians and everyone they know to help figure things out.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on the characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

-Length: 137 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debiki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russel

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is a fantastic continuation to so many things in the MCU.

The deep discussions for sure.  This one is all about what makes a family.  We get to see how much Quill loved his mother and how much he longs for his father.  When Ego appears it is so poetic.  Its at a time when Quill is seriously reconsidering his connections to the world.

But in the end he realizes the essence of one of my favorite quotes: The Blood of the Covenant is thicker than the Water of the Womb.

The family we CHOOSE is closer, more loyal and oftentimes better for us than the people who are simply related to us through or “family line”.

A dad doesn’t have to be a birth father…just as a sibling can be a friend. We choose our lovers, our partners… so many things in life so why not our family too.

The end off for Yondu at the end is beautiful as well.  It is one of the many ways that we see a subtle tells into the greater lore of the worlds without just being told about it.  These are the things that the MCU does so beautifully.

They don’t pull punches and they don’t treat their audience as if we are stupid and need everything spelled out for us.

Sometimes it’s the beauty of a ritual that means the world.

And as always…it never hurts to throw in a killer soundtrack. And a baby Groot.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Guardians of the Galaxy, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The year is 1988 and a young Peter Quill is privy to his mother’s death after a long fight with cancer.  When he runs from the hospital room he is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of alien smugglers led by Yondu Udonta.

Twenty-six years later Quill is attacked when he attempts to steal a strange orb from a planet.  The Kree fighters are followers of the fanatic Ronan the Accuser, who is known for his association with Thanos.  When Quill escapes the team and leaves with the orb Ronan sends Gamora, daughter of Thanos and a renown assassin, to hunt him down and obtain the object.

Unbeknownst to both Thanos and Ronan, Gamora is ready to betray them all, to get away from the prison that she has been trapped in since her adoptive father ripped her away from her home planet and her parents.  When she begrudgingly joins forces with Quill, a genetically and cybernetically enhanced racoon called Rocket, and a humanoid tree-creature Groot they end up at the beginning of one of the greatest (and possibly last) adventure of their lives.

What happens along the way could be anyone’s guess…they can only hope it doesn’t end in their deaths.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

-Length: 122 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Rilley, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

THIS is how you introduce a group of characters that most mainstream people don’t know!

I knew basically nothing about the Guardians of the Galaxy before these films.  They weren’t the comics that were in my house, and I never really thought to pick them up myself.

When the first few songs of the soundtrack hit and you get the first few interactions with the cocky Quill it just set the stage for what is to come.  I know that the Guardians (like so many other superhero groups such as Green Lantern Corp or The Defenders or even The Avengers) have interchanging and ever-changing members.  It’s a way to keep the team fresh and, if someone were to die or retire, is much easier to get a new member with very little question.

But I am so glad they chose this particular group of Guardians.  They work well together.  They balance each other.  They are a little off center and crazy but in ways that make the others seem a bit more together.

That paired with some great writing, excellent introduction to characters and stories most are unfamiliar with, and the killer awesome soundtrack was a great foot to start these movies with.

Definitely worth the watch!

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.