Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

GotG Vol2 poster.jpgMovie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The entire cast is back for the second movie in the Guardians of the Galaxy world.

Peter Quill has always wondered about his father–who he is–where he comes from. And this time, he’s introduced to his father. But things aren’t always what they appear.

Add in that Gamora’s sister wants to kill her, the Sovereign is after the crew for stealing from them, and space pirates gone renegade.

Guardians brings action and special effects along with a seamless plot. There are a few discrepancies, but nothing that took me out of the movie for long.

I like that the main character, Quill, is flawed. He has hopes and dreams and willing to sacrifice everything for a piece of happiness and reunion with his father. Until he learns the truth.

My rating 4.6 stars out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

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Movie Review: Passengers

Movie Review: Passengers

Passengers is a 2016 American romantic science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts.

A spaceship on its way to a new solar system and planet is hit by a meteor while passing through an asteroid belt. The damage unlocks a stasis pod and awakens Jim Preston, a mechanical engineer. Problem is, no one else is awake and will not rouse for ninety years.

He goes through the ship, doing what most people would do in his situation until he contemplates suicide and falls next to a pod near Aurora Lane. Jim finds out all he can about her. After debating for months, he rigs her pod to wake her up.

The pair go through the ship, fall in love, and then she finds out the truth. Adding to the drama is that the meteor has damaged the ship’s computer and both Jim and Aurora have to work together to fix it or everyone on the ship will die.

I enjoyed the movie and felt for both characters. Some parts were a bit unbelievable. Like why didn’t the accident awaken a gardener or a school teacher, why a mechanical engineer? I would’ve had the malfunction open several pods and maybe the arousal methods didn’t work except on Jim. Or kept one more person awake but then have them in an accident or have a heart attack.

Overall though, I thought the actors did a great job portraying the characters. The movie had predictable parts. I would’ve liked it better if he’d woken her up because she was the most skilled passenger, but then can’t tell her at first and falls in love with her.

Anyway, here’s another take on Passengers if they had rearranged the movie and made Aurora’s character the POV one – WARNING: Contains spoilers

 

My rating 3.8 stars out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review: The Final Girl

Final Girl Updated Poster.jpgFinal Girl is an American action thriller horror film directed by Tyler Shields in his directorial debut, written by Adam Prince, based on the story by Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, and Johnny Silver.[1]

As a young child, Veronica’s parents have died and she meets William who tests her. She passes and he asks her if she’d like to come with him to learn about things other people don’t.

This movie had a great premise but fell short in the delivery.

How is it that William has had her and ‘training’ her for at least eight years, yet has to show her choke holds? She should already have fighting skills and knowledge. She should be able to put a person down a hundred different ways regardless of their strength or size.

The movie plays on her infatuation with William, but I’m left wondering what the heck he did with her for eight years that she has to differ to him on how to do basic skills.

Also, I didn’t like the use of the drugged alcohol (except at the end) for the four guys she goes after. It’s almost like they had to be tripping in order for her, a woman, to beat them. Their ‘greatest fears’ were silly (again, except the last bad guy).

This movie would’ve been better, in my opinion, if they had shown her training as a kid/young teen. Not drugged the bad guys, and actually let her fight and kick butt and do what she could as a secret agent/ assiasn/ whatever.

If the movie had used a bit more like the movie Morgan, it would’ve been riveting and more believable.

Bibliography:  1 “Shields to direct Final Girl. Variety. November 29, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2013.

My rating 2 stars out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review – Max Steel

Movie Review – Max Steel

Max Steel poster.jpgMax is a teenager who has an energy problem. Every time he’s near electronics (or not) they go on the fritz. He can’t even get close to the girl he likes because of it. Steel is a small Symbiote-type robotic being who feeds off Max’s excess energy. Together, they form Max Steel.

What I liked about this movie: some of the computer animation was stellar. However, a lot of it reminded me of a B-movie from the 80’s.  I also liked the back and forth banter between Max and Steel.

Also, the beginning of the movie was a confusing jumble. At least it came together in the ending. But the defeat of the bad guy was typical and unimaginative.

If you like super-hero movies, give this one a try.  But don’t expect the level of the current mainstream movies.

 

My rating 3.2 out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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