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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While I believe that the first Guardians was a much more solid film (though vol 2 has a better villain) this new outing is just as enjoyable as the last and even improves on the tone of the film series with a heartwarming/wrenching finale.

Character development takes the center stage as each one has their own obstacles to tackle, save for Baby Groot who is there for his cute factor. Russel's Ego is fantastic as well, though I wish he had some more development on his side.

The style of this franchise is my favourite attribute. James Gunn's choice to seemingly make Marvel space perpetually in the 80's was inspired and always is exciting to see!

Definitely a must see movie. Honestly I must see it again because it was so enjoyable!

Kong: Skull Island
51 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Kong is basically a B-movie on a Hollywood budget in the best ways possible. The cast is both star studded and diverse, the style of the film is deliciously campy without going overboard, and the writing is superb!

The best part of the film is it always keeps you guessing. There's nothing sacred, nothing off limits to what you may or may not see and just when you think you can predict something it pulls a u-turn and does something else.

It's also has a rollercoaster of tone! From epic adventure to gore-filled horror to even heartwarming sentiment, this movie has it all!

Give this film your money people. They don't make movies like this often enough anymore.

Split
Split (2017)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

M. Night Shyamalan's best since Unbreakable, this was one hell of a thriller! McAvoy better get recognized for his portrayal of a man with over 20 split identities! Great storytelling as well. You get little breadcrumbs of a story as you go instead of having someone hold your hand and explain things. Phenomenal.
If I had an issues it would be the climax, while satisfying, could have had some air let out of it. But the final scene made me giddy with delight!

Alice Through the Looking Glass
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I wasn't a big fan of the first film because I hadn't realized it was a new story, rather than a retelling of the original book. Coming into this film without that preexisting notion made this experience highly enjoyable.
The world of Underland is well worth another look and the story, while a tad single minded, works well. All the characters fit nicely, but surely the best creation of this film is Cohen's Time and his castle full of minions. Such great creative imagination went into every moment he was on screen.
If the film lacks anywhere it's in its over-explanation of how Underland, or rather time, works. Wonderland was always a world where the impossible is possible for no reason at all and it did itself somewhat of a disservice to analyse the mechanics of time travel. But it was a minor issue.
I'm glad I gave this one a looksee and could see myself visiting Underland once more if they so choose!

Doctor Strange
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Marvel Studios just knows what it is doing when trying to translate their characters onto the big screen and especially has fun with their lesser known characters, This film is unlike any other Marvel film to date, unlike many films in general in certain scenes.

Cumberbatch plays a delightfully egotistical Strange and his character arc works out very well. It's also nice to see such a diverse cast of characters, and Swinton's Ancient One, though a departure from the comics, is a welcome role for a female actor.

The movie's strongest point is how it translates Steve Ditko's wild and indeed strange imagery into live action. It is unlike anything you've ever seen.

Funny, full of action, with memorable heroes and, yet again, a less than memorable villain, though Kaecilius has some great lines. Everything Marvel Studios is known for. It's always great how their movies can be serious about their threats and lighthearted at the same time.

Go see this film.

Sidenote: I am still not a fan of 3D. While it wasn't as bad as some films I feel like the 3D still does not enhance the experience.