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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

by on May.14, 2017, under Movie Reviews

guardians of the galaxy volume 2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a blast, go see it. Let me just start with that…

So, ok, it picks up soon after the first film leaves off ultimately landing on Peter Quill being united with his long lost father, Ego. Now, there’s a lot more that happens leading up to that as our favorite band of misfits in space has managed to piss off an entire civilization while Nebula pursues Gamora in hopes of killing her, oh and then there’s some big stuff going on with Yondu to boot. Suffice it to say there’s a lot happening in the film.

The story is multi-layered and flows well to an emotional, exciting and very satisfying conclusion. James Gunn is back as one of the writers in addition to doing an excellent job directing the film. They’ve already started working on Vol. 3 by the way and for good reason, you just want them to keep going after seeing this one.

The action and effects are at the top of their game. This particular series in the Marvel universe feels a lot like this might be their Star Wars. Well, they’re owned by Disney who owns Star Wars, but you get where I’m going. The craftmanship and design of the foreign planets the Guardians travel to all feel unique and interesting. The worlds themselves feel like they have historical value when you see them, I’d be interested in hearing the backstories they came up with when developing them, that must’ve been fun to write.

The performances from the cast are all at the top of their game. It looks like they had fun making this one given the material and the passion each actor brings to the table. The stellar lineup here includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (yes, he’s Baby Groot too), Bradley Cooper (who plays the voice of Rocket), Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki.

Try to catch it in the theater if you can, it’s great on the big screen. On a side note, I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed that much during a Marvel film, the humor is great and don’t forget to hang out through the credits! Marvel nerds like myself will be pleasantly surprised by the easter eggs.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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The Expendables 3

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Movie Reviews

There’s maybe 15 minutes worth of dialog in this whole film, the rest is explosions, gun fights, knife fights, more gun fights and Harrison Ford flying a helicopter gleefully spewing one-liners. In other words, it’s just like the first two: gun porn. Which begs the question – why are we so ok with over-the-top gun violence but we’re so much more conservative with regard to nudity and sex? Oh, right, I’m reviewing The Expendables 3; now is probably not the best time for philosophical contemplation…

The storyline goes like this: Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his rag-tag band of mercenaries are in the midst of their latest mission. Things are going ok but some kinks in the armor begin to emerge with the seasoned members of the team. The second mission goes bad and the enemy of the film emerges, more mistakes made, someone gets hurt. Barney decides it’s time for a change, a new lineup of The Expendables debuts only to find themselves on the wrong end of the shit stick. The crew comes together once again and so it goes.

If you liked the first two, you’ll like this one. The Expendables 3 is the same kind of guilty indulgence as the first two, but that perhaps is also the film’s weakness. There isn’t anything being introduced writing-acting-directing-action-wise that’s new (other than a female Expendable and some new celebrities). The film presents the same kind of gun fights, fist fights, tank fights, and well, you get it. The premiere of the movie didn’t do well in theaters but it was still that kind of guilty pleasure film that turned out to be fun to watch. I just hope this is the last one because things are getting really repetitive.

The lineup is more indulgently enjoyable than ever with the aforementioned Ford and Stallone alongside: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson (who’s playing nearly the same Voz character he played in Machete Kills), Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammar, Ronda Rousey, Antonio Banderas, Glen Powell, and Victor Ortiz. No Bruce Willis this time, didn’t miss him.

The film is well-directed and well-produced. It’s fun to see on the big screen but only if you don’t mind more of the same in terms of action, dialog and presentation.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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The Expendables 2

by on Sep.14, 2012, under Movie Reviews

Sly Stallone and company are back for round 2 of The Expendables. The movie poster is as over-the-top as the movie itself is; take note of everyone on there shooting something. So there’s no doubt what you’re getting in this film, much as the first one – gun porn.

The script is what it is – an easy paycheck for our favorite band of misfit mercs goes haywire, the wrong person dies, and it’s vengeance served with a healthy helping of bullets, knives, anything that explodes, and copious one-liners from the action heroes that uttered them in the first place. This ain’t Shakespeare baby, and I can’t say that I cared. It was an enjoyable, explosive romp that doesn’t require thinking. It only requires the ability to enjoy watching stuff blow up on the big screen repeatedly and I certainly hope that anyone that walks into the theater knows that.

The action is great and well done although Jet Li isn’t in here long enough. The obligatory martial-arts expert substitute does an admirable job considering the shoes she has to fill. Seeing Stallone and Van Damme square off is good fun while Statham turns in his usual dynamic fight scenes as well, the knife work is a nice touch too. And since we’re on the subject of the lineup, let’s go down the list: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crew, Randy Courture, Nan Yu, and Liam Hemsworth. Whew!

It’s well shot, well directed, and bloody as hell. The effects and explosions are a blast to watch. There was only one stunt they pulled that was actually ridiculous enough to pull me out of my state of delirious suspension of disbelief (I say delirious because a film like this requires a higher level of disbelief than a standard film). The stunt involves their plane and a mine, that’s all I say, you’ll have to see it for yourself.

See this one in the theater if you like action flicks, it’s worth it just for the Chuck Norris scenes alone.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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