Guardians Of The Galaxy – Movie Review

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I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect, other than people telling me that it is a must-see. They were also claiming that the film was the best Marvel movie so far. I found that hard to believe, considering the trailers didn’t really peak my interest.

(WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)

Settling down, lights dimmed, the movie began. I was expecting to see opening titles, but it just opened on a place name and year date. Then we are introduced to Peter Quill, a small boy who doesn’t understand what’s happening to his mother, who’s on her death bed. This is the most heart wrenching scene of the movie. They definitely planned it out well. The rise and fall of emotions throughout the whole film was superbly executed.

Standing in the hallway, feeling helpless and lonely, Quill runs away into the darkness of the night. Upset from what had happened, he falls to his knees. A blinding light then suddenly appears and abducts him.

We are then transported in time, 26 years into the future, to where Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-lord, is a grown adult. His personality has a long way to go to catch up with that though. He’s a little…childish, at times.
The first scene that we see adult Quill, he has one of the best introductions to a main character (not including his younger self) that I have ever seen. We see him dancing along to his “Awesome Mix tape no. 1” on his Walkman. The mix tape is explained in the movie, but I’m trying not to give too much away.

Caught stealing an orb, Quill runs for his life. We are then introduced to an array of other characters, one of which is Nebula, played by Karen Gillan. She looks and sounds a lot different. What with her looking like a blue robot and her putting on an american accent. We are also introduced to Gamora, played by the lovely Zoe Saldana. The last film I saw her in was Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s funny because the CGI  and sets look very similar to Star Trek. Even the city looks like it.
We are then introduced to Rocket, a talking raccoon, and Groot, a talking tree. It’s the strangest combination of characters, but then again, this was a movie made from the pages of a Marvel comic.
They are after Quill, and Gamora is after the orb that Quill has in his possession. After a big fight sequence, they are all arrested by Nova HQ. We find out that Quill knows one of the police officers, due to him being arrested previously.
Anyway the movie flows on, with the group of misfits adding one more member, Drax the Destroyer. He wants to avenge his wife and daughter, who were killed by Ronan. He initially goes after Gamora, but they work it out and he joins them to find and kill Ronan. Then they break out of prison and go to meet with the Collector, who they are hoping to sell the orb too. That way it would be in safe hands and they would be rich from the profits.
When they get there, after a few drinks, they get into a fight with one another, until eventually interrupted by the Collector’s assistant. Drax goes off to make a call at this point.
The four misfits and shown the orb’s contents…an infinity stone. It’s unstable and terribly dangerous in the wrong hands. It all goes terribly wrong when one of the Collector’s assistant grabs the infinity stone and blows up the place. They manage to escape and are greeted by the arrival of Ronan and his crew.
I think so far I have explained too much of the film, so this is where I stop…you’ll have to go see the movie!
With epic music blaring from the speakers, a crew that have to learn to like each other and a few mentions of Kevin Bacon, this movie is described in one word. Awesome.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is the best Marvel film so far. The comedy style is different and there’s more of a careless, but yet urgent feeling about what they’re doing. It’s no Iron Man though.
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who loves having a laugh!

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The LEGO Movie – Review

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Since the movie trailer first came out, I had been wanting to see this movie. It was like my childhood self was feeling the emotional awe of playing with Lego for the first time! I loved it so much that it is hard to comprehend how I felt when I sat down to eventually watch the movie on DVD.

When I was a child, I would most often be playing with Lego. Moving on in my life and I grew to love film and wanted to start making my own mini movies. This then became re-united when I saw the movie…and it was definitely everything I thought it would be. There were a few spots that didn’t hold up to the trailer though. Quite a few of the best parts were again, just like Hollywood likes doing nowadays, in the trailer and so I had already seen them multiple times. However, I wasn’t expecting the plot to turn out the way it did, or for the characters to get so emotionally involved, as they did. It seemed to me that every person working on the computer animation, had brought out their inner child, to mess around in all their awesome, nonsensical glory, but at the same time, managed to produce something epic with a pretty good storyline.

I loved the fact that with the animation, the team went for a stop motion animation look, as if it were pieced together shot by shot, instead of the usual computer animation look that we have seen before with many other movies. It was refreshing and really brought home the fact that it was meant to look like real Lego pieces moving around.

One of the sets that to me looked most like you would have created in your own bedroom, was the coffee shop scene. Although you probably wouldn’t have all the items that a coffee shop would have, that wouldn’t stop you from building one. I think a lot of the realism in that scene was due to the camera angles though.

Throughout the majority of the movie, I was geeking out with excitement and loved every aspect of the animation. I loved that the water was made to look like it was made of Lego as well, even though your brain keeps telling you that it is meant to be water.

I kept smiling and laughing at quite a lot of the movie. In fact, a smile was pretty much plastered across my face for the entirety of the movie.

All in all, this movie was an overall joy to watch and I very much want to watch it again…probably not because of the plot though, but because of the animation and the way in which the characters were portrayed.

If you are wondering about buying the movie, or maybe renting it, I would recommend it as a great movie to watch for the entire family or even just someone who is a child at heart.

After word that a sequel to the movie will be made, I definitely want to see it and I hope that it’s just as good as the first! My inner child is screeching with excitement!