Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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It’s been three years since Guardians of the Galaxy was released and became a huge hit for Marvel, and finally the Guardians have returned to the big screen in Vol. 2. This time, the Guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage. Thankfully, James Gunn knows how to make a standout superhero film for the second time. Vol. 2 doesn’t lose the charm, heart, and humor that made the first one so great. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel are all still so brilliant and hilarious as the dysfunctional family who must save the galaxy for the second time. There’s something so refreshing about their characters that brings a smile to my face. Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, and Karen Gillan also return from the first film, and their characters are explored much more interestingly this time. I was also impressed by newcomer Pom Klementieff as Mantis, a charming new member of the Guardians.

With a great visual style, script, and action sequences, James Gunn shows he can make a Marvel film that’s special and heartfelt. Guardians Vol. 2 feels somewhat distinct from the classic MCU formula, and isn’t too caught up with setting up a universe, but with bringing the best out of its characters and visuals. If you loved Awesome Mix Vol. 1, prepare for another great soundtrack in Awesome Mix Vol. 2, which includes some great songs that are used very well in the film. It’s been a while since the first film came out, and the first one felt so fresh and new when it was released, but by now the visuals and humorous style don’t feel as new and special as they did back then, but I can’t really blame the film for that. There are a few characters that are useless and I wish did more, and there’s a twist thrown in that was foreshadowed a little too much, but it feels different than what Marvel has done before. However, Gunn’s creative style makes this movie as entertaining and awesome as it should be. He knows how to make a great soundtrack and shoot action sequences very well, and he even pays homage to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in a certain scene. Also, stay during the credits for not one, but five post-credit scenes after the film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another great Marvel feature with a terrific cast, an excellent soundtrack, great action and visuals, and a script that doesn’t feel as well-realized and fresh as the first film, but this movie still demonstrates James Gunn’s great talent when it comes to making huge blockbusters, and leaves you excited for Vol. 3.

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Furious 7

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Following the events of Fast and Furious 6 (as well as Tokyo Drift) Owen Shaw’s brother, Deckard (Jason Statham), seeks revenge on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew. The gang teams up with a government agent (Kurt Russell), and a young computer hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), to retrieve a device that will help them take down Deckard, as well as a terrorist (Djimon Honsou) hunting Ramsey.

Furious 7 is easily the best in its franchise. Director James Wan brings the stakes up and does a fantastic job with the action and the cinematography. The film is very exciting, and the sound and effects make the action more thrilling. The cast all do an excellent job, and the script made me laugh at parts. Everything plays out perfectly, besides the fact that Jason Statham isn’t such a strong villain. The ending is sad, and a brilliant sendoff to Paul Walker, who was killed in an accident on November 30, 2013. I really hope they don’t make any of these films without him, he is part of the heart of the franchise and I can’t imagine this series without him. I’m glad this movie had as much heart as it did, which is one of the reasons it’s better than its previous installments.

Overall, Furious 7 takes the series up a notch with exciting action, humor, and a touching cast. I would recommend this film if you want to get to the movies to simply have a ton of fun!

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