Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)

Director: James Gunn

Writer: James Gunn (Screenplay) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Jim Starlin, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen (Characters)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell


Plot: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Character Building of the Galaxy


Story: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol, 2 starts with the guardians Peter Quill (Pratt), Gamora (Saldana), Drax (Bautista), Rocket and Baby Groot protecting the galaxy once more doing a paid job for Ayesha (Debicki). The payment is none other than Nebula (Gillan) who they aim to target her bounty, but when Rocket commits the same crime the Guardians are once again on the run.

Being saved by Peter’s father Ego (Russell) the team split up with an old friend Yondu (Rooker) the Guardians will learn more about themselves, working together and being the saviours of the galaxy again.


Thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


Characters/PerformancePeter gets a chance to learn about his father while still trying to be the leader of the Guardians continuing on his maybe romance with Gamora. Gamora tries to continue being the strong silent type but this time gets to deal with her relationship with sister Nebula. Drax becomes the best character in the film getting all the best line with his way of life that he once lived, having a connection with Mantis. Rocket continues to deal with his wishes to be alone and not make friends seeing himself in Yondu. Baby Groot is fun for the most part getting the cute award. Yondu continues on his arc as we continue to learn he isn’t as much of a bad guy as he wants to be. The additional characters include Mantis who does get plenty of laughs with her innocent nature, Ego is also very interesting with his past becoming the interesting.

Performance wise, I feel Chris Pratt does struggle to maintain the charm he gave us in the first film, Saldana does continue to look the part of a kickass warrior though. Dave Bautista for me is the star of the film getting all the laughs wanting you to see his next scene. Cooper continues he great work voicing Rocket and Rooker does well with his increased involvement in the film. Kurt Russell fits into an 80‘s themed movie perfectly and does well throughout. If you are going to look into Stallone to be a big part you will be disappointed as he is only in one scene building his character for future films.

StoryThe story can be described in one phrase ‘character building’, I say this because we have a lot of pairing up as the good guys work with bad guys putting their differences aside to see themselves in a new light. This is the base of the story and is great for the next stages of the Marvel Universe but in the end we are left with something slightly flat with the normal big fight feeling at the end. This isn’t the best story but can entertain where needed.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action is large scale but nothing new with the adventure also not being on the level of the first film, the sci-fi is all good looking at the potential universes the Guardians could have adventures in the future.

SettingsThe settings are all created to look beautiful and unique without being something of complete wow factor.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all great and it is hard to find a fault in them for the most part.

Final ThoughtsAs a huge fan of the original film, I couldn’t help but find myself slightly let down because this film does feel slow in places and too character development heavy.


Overall: This is a fun film and it will be important to where the film franchise goes next.





5 Questions About The Trailer – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

5 Questions About The Trailer

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Plot Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

DirectorJames Gunn

CastChris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Sylvester Stallone, Kur Russell, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker


1) Can I have a Baby Groot please?

2) Who is the villain going to be?

3) Is the music going this good throughout the film?

4) Have Rocket and Groot become the most interesting characters?

5) Is Gamora going to be a less one dimension character?

What are your thoughts on the Trailer?

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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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Plot: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Compelling Story Telling


Story: The Place Beyond the Pines starts as motorbike travelling stunt man Luke (Gosling) learns that his fling the year before with Romina (Mendes) has had a child. Luke quits his travelling to be around to help raise his kid even though she has moved on with her life with a new man.

Luke turns to a life of crime robbing banks with his partner Robin (Mendelsohn) as he is trying to build a life with his own little family. This life runs Luke into rookie police officer Avery (Cooper) who is trying to climb the ranks of the force who catches the eyes of a ring of corrupt cops.

The Place Beyond the Pines tells us three stories in the order they unfold over a span of 16 odd years. This really works because when one chapter finishes it roles straight into the next on with fresh characters and then on to the final one. All of these stories are tied together by the events from the previous too. This bad side to this film is that you do get sold on the idea of certain characters when this is a much deeper character piece. This is a very dark story and is one I full believe is worth the watch.


Actor Review


Ryan Gosling: Luke is a stuntman that travels around America with his act, when he finds out he has a child he wants to start a normal life but the only way he can make money is to turn to crime. As his crime spree continues his risk becomes more apparent along with his violent nature coming to the foreground. Ryan is good in this role being very uneasy throughout but well spoiler he isn’t around as long as he should be.

Bradley Cooper: Avery is the rookie cop that finds himself thrown into the limelight after stopping the criminal at large but is he ready for this new life which is including corrupt cops. Bradley is good in this role but we also only see him for half of the film.

Eva Mendes: Romina is the woman that Luke had a fling with while on tour, she now has a child while moving on with her life, she doesn’t know whether to let Luke back in but is willing to let him get to know his own child. Eva is good in this role where we see her character go through all of the emotions.

Ray Liotta: Deluca is a cop that wants to bring Avery on his ring of corrupt cops always looking to make something for themselves. He has been leading other cops astray for years but will this be the end for him? Ray is always good for a shady character in a film.

Support Cast: The Place Beyond the Pines has a supporting cast that work with both sides of the stories to help push both Luke and Avery in the directions their stories take.

Director Review: Derek CianfranceDerek does give us three very compelling stories that all connect through one moment.


Crime: The Place Beyond the Pines gives us a range of different crimes going on with robbery, corruption and drug abuse.

Thriller: The Place Beyond the Pines does keep us on edge as the story unfolds year by year.

Settings: The Place Beyond the Pines makes us feel like we are part of this small neighbourhood where the events have all taken part.
Special Effects
: The Place Beyond the Pines has great effects when needed but is more story driven.

Suggestion: The Place Beyond the Pines is a film I really do think the story telling fans will enjoy but don’t go if you are a fan of just a star in the film. (Try It)


Best Part: The stories just work well.

Worst Part: Sold very differently.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Tagline: One moment can change your life.


Overall: Brilliant Story telling from start to finish




10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

cloverDirector: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle (Screenplay) Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken (Story)

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr, Douglas M Griffin, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper


Plot: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Mysterious Thriller


Story: 10 Cloverfield Lane starts as we see Michelle (Winstead) walking away from her married life with Ben only to find herself in a car accident. Upon waking up she finds her chained up in a bed as she desperately looks for a way out. Michelle’s capturer is Howard (Goodman) who claims to have saved her from an attack on America. Michelle isn’t the only other person in the bunker with Emmett (Gallagher Jr) also there.

Howard has been preparing this bunker for years and has everything needed to survive in luxury with electricity and plumbing. The three have to learn to live with each other as the paranoia about what has really happened keeps rising.

10 Cloverfield Lane is a very clever thriller that creates the paranoia of what could be going happening through nearly the whole film. We are sat wondering what is happening outside the bunker and what will happen inside the bunker. The downside from where I am sat was knowing it was a sequel, if this was just about the bunker and the final twist was that it was in the Cloverfield universe we would have found ourselves fully on Michelle’s side but as we know it is all real we kind of side with the paranoia filled Howard. This is good and tense throughout but the title alone takes away something truly special about the film.


Actor Review


John Goodman: Howard is the man who has built the bunker, he has let both Michelle and Emmett stay in his bunker as he believes America would come under attack from something. He is ex-navy and very paranoid, we are left wondering whether h is crazy or not though. John is great in this role where we see him using the talent he has.howard

Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Michelle is a young woman who is wondering about her life before finding herself being in a car crash. She wakes up in the bunker where she has to learn to live with Howard and Emmett. She is never comfortable there always trying to find a way out. Mary is great in this strong female role.michelle

John Gallagher Jr: Emmett was hired to help build the bunker and found himself inside when the attacks happened. He tries to be nice to Michele which only pushes Howard into his paranoia. John is good in this role if only the supporting of the three.

Support Cast: 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t have many other characters with most just being in one scene.

Director Review: Dan TrachtenbergDan gives us a thriller that really does keep up guessing what is real.


Horror: 10 Cloverfield Lane gives us the idea where we just don’t know what is going on showing the paranoia driving the horror.

Mystery: 10 Cloverfield Lane keeps us guessing from start to finish.

Sci-Fi: 10 Cloverfield Lane enters into a world which could have a post-apocalyptic world but never really understand.

Thriller: 10 Cloverfield Lane keeps us on edge for the whole film where we are left to wonder where the film will go.

Settings: 10 Cloverfield Lane has nearly the whole film inside the bunker where we see the tension rise.
Special Effects
: 10 Cloverfield Lane has good effects when needed without being in the film being all about special effects.

Suggestion: 10 Cloverfield Lane is one for fans of the original to enjoy but just remember this is only in the same universe rather than a sequel. (Watch)


Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Title is misleading.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: We could have.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Something is coming

Trivia: Howard states that he worked on satellites for the military. Michelle sees an envelope in the bunker from a company called Bold Futura. Bold Futura is the company responsible for the satellite that is seen crashing into the ocean in the ending of Cloverfield (2008) which is what is believed to be responsible for disturbing the creature.


Overall: Great concept we don’t see in sequels with this only being in the same universe only.



Emma Stone Weekend – Aloha (2015)

logoDirector: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe (Screenplay)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin

Plot: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog assigned to him.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Boring

Story: Aloha starts Brian Gilcrest (Cooper) who dreams of going into space but his dreams go sour after teaming up with billionaire Carson Welch (Murray) before getting a chance to go back to Hawaii. He is now a representative for Carson due to a war injury who has to deal with his ex-girlfriend Tracy (McAdams) but has to follow orders from captain Allison Ng (Stone), while meeting back up with former friends.

Brian working for Carson as he wants to introduce a space program to Hawaii but first Brian needs to negotiate with the locals. All this while Brian ends up in the middle of a love triangle with Allison and Tracy.

Aloha is a film that just never pulled my attention, be it the bland characters slow moving love triangle or whatever Carson was meant to be doing. I personally am not sure what was meant to be happening, everything that did happen just seemed to be very slow moving and offering nothing to really root for. You simply jut didn’t care what was happening. (2/10)

Actor Review

Bradley Cooper: Brain is an injured war veteran who has sided with billionaire Carson to look into making space travel happen, he has to return to Hawaii where he ends up having to see his ex-girlfriend and be followed around by the golden soldier of the local military. He is here to help create a deal to make space travel in Hawaii. Bradley gives a very average performance not getting a chance to show his real talent. (5/10)brian

Emma Stone: Allison is the most prized soldier of General Dixon who has to show Brian around, she admires him and doesn’t want you to forget she is a quarter Hawaii. While many people criticised the character created she was one of the better things in this film. (6/10)allison

Rachel McAdams: Tracy is the ex-girlfriend of Brian who lives on Hawaii with her new husband and family, when the two get to spend time together they get the closure they never really got. Rachel gives a plain performance that really doesn’t seem to do much. (4/10)

Bill Murray: Carson is the billionaire who is looking to make his own space program on the island of Hawaii and he give Brian one last chance to prove himself to him. Bill tries to bring his quirkiness to this role without really pulling it off. (5/10)

Support Cast: Aloha has the standard attempted comedic actors trying to pull this off but they had little to work with.

Director Review: Cameron CroweCameron has given us some great films in the past but now he has managed to give us his worst. (2/10)

Comedy: Aloha doesn’t have many laughs at all can hardly be called a comedy. (2/10)

Romance: Aloha tries to give us an engaging love triangle but doesn’t really succeed to make us care enough. (3/10)

Settings: Aloha tries to give our location something special with the idea of putting it all on Hawaii for the beautiful setting and doesn’t even get that right. (3/10)

Suggestion: Aloha is one too miss this year, if anyone says to watch just say no. (Just Say No)

Best Part: The end.

Worst Part: It is over an Hour and half.

Funniest Scene: Woody and Brian’s ‘Conversation’.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Please God No.

Post Credits Scene: I didn’t both to look.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $20 Million

Budget: $37 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello.

Overall: Just watch paint dry it will be more entertaining.

Rating 10