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Guardians of the Galaxy
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

No complains. It's fun. It's funny. It's bright. It's cheesy. The ensemble cast really works well together, and the director really had a clear vision from beginning to end. Go see this movie.

Maleficent
Maleficent (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Otherwise known as, "Disney really wished they had the rights to Wicked." Yeah, this is Disney's take on an evil woman who isn't so evil once you know their side of the story...but there's some problems here.
Let's start with the good, this film looks incredible. Very magical and full of life. And don't get me wrong, Angelina Jolie really takes on this character incredibly well. But the story is still just...meeeh. Clunky might be the right word. It might be because the story (Disney's version that is, which strangely is what Disney is trying to rewrite) was never a narrative masterpiece to begin with. It, much like this film, was mostly a visual spectacle. So while trying to build upon what Sleeping Beauty had in terms of depth was an admiral attempt, but there's only so much you can do with the source material.
Part of the awkwardness of giving Maleficent a relatable backstory gives this film a deceivingly dark and gut wrenching first act, and making minor characters from the original either inconsequential, straight up idiots, or more evil than Maleficent herself. The only exception I found to this rule was Maleficent's crow familiar, Diaval (played by Sam Riley.)
Honestly, I kinda liked the evil incarnate version from the original a bit more than this. True, the original didn't have the depth of character like this film, but the original just adored being a villain so much and was just a joy to watch. Jolie's version shines in her most evil moments, but since this is a story about the redeeming of a previously perceived bad guy, we actually don't get much of that. So yeah. A mixed bag on this one for me. But you gotta admire the film for attempting what they tried to go for.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Yup, the film (and this franchise in general) is riddled with plot holes. A lot of them. And yet somehow, I don't care. I think that speaks to the quality of this film. A success at being the first comic book film "ret-con," Days of Future Past combines pretty much all the mutant stars in this 15 year franchise to lay rest plots of the past, fix mistakes, and bring forth something new. Not an easy task, and the script isn't 100% successful, but damn it! It's still a good ride! The ensemble cast all get some time to shine, some brighter than other (I feel like Jackman is getting really tired of playing Wolverine) but by the end, I was loving all of it and was actually excited to see more from this tired old superhero franchise.