Guardians of the Galaxy- The First One

The five Guardians, sporting various weapons, arrayed in front of a backdrop of a planet in space with the film's title, credits and slogan.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those movies where positive reception from fans and critics alike was a near-certainty. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those films people will look back on because it was an innovator especially for 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy mostly works because of the humor, drama, and likability of characters which is what drew me into liking this film.

The plot: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) steals an orb that has the power to destroy life in order to sell for cash (not knowing the powerful nature of the orb at the time). This gets him in a tangle with bounty hunters Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) who have to work with each other to defeat a bigger enemy called Ronan

The plot summarized: I am Groot

I want this to be on my drivers licence

I liked Guardians of the Galaxy. Did I love it? I’m not so sure. What I credit Guardians of the Galaxy in doing is getting a film containing a multi-star cast over with critics and audiences and myself as that is a tough task to accomplish. I also appreciate it for being innovative by being a superhero movie that wins the audience through humor while mixing in a tinge of drama. In most superhero movies pre- Guardians of the Galaxy that was the other way round.

The power of dance knows no bounds. If only this was used on Doomsday in Batman vs. Superman, it might have made more sense. Shots have been fired.

The problem is, I am watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time in 2017 is that I have seen many superhero movies doing exactly the same thing: Using wacky jokes in order to be liked. Power Rangers, Suicide Squad, The Lego Batman Movie, and Deadpool have also tried to succeed by using lots of in-jokes and meta humor to varying degrees of success. Still, I would rank Guardians of the Galaxy second behind Deadpool out of the movies that I mentioned. That’s a good ranking considering the other movies could have refined what Guardians of the Galaxy paved.

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Peter explans to Drax the meaning behind slitting a person’s throat by putting his finger on his throat. This goes for nearly thirty seconds. It’s a rare movie where a lot of the humour comes from explaining jokes or gestures.

I liked the meta humor to a point. That point was reached when the would be a dramatic point in a conflict in which one of the main characters (mainly Peter) would interject by saying jokes when I thought it was unnecessary as it patronized the main villain Ronan. It watered down the payoff of key fight scenes in the movie. It made me believe that the heroes were not taking the main antagonist Ronan seriously. If the Guardians of the Galaxy treat the villain like a joke, I see no reason to take the threat seriously and therefore I don’t care for the Guardian’s fates. It felt like the movie was selling itself short.

I say that this secne where the guardians unite is a good scene however Rocket the raccoon believes they look like “A bunch of jackasses” You be the judge.

What wasn’t sold short was everything else in the movie from the character development of all four Guardians of the Galaxy as a cohesive unit from bounty hunters who are all in for themselves to the bonding through grief in order to work together and destroy the villain. The emotional payoffs of the four characters worked and made me want to see them fight and win.

The special efferects are great. It’s not exclusivly purple like Battlefield Earth. There are a variety of colours and textures that are pleasing to the eye in this movie.

The special effects were wild and beautiful to look at most of the time. Marvel have this thing nailed down where they show a lot of colors and shades in their special effects and you never feel like you are drenched in it. Doctor Strange, in my opinion, is still the best superhero movie for the GCI that it had, but Guardians is yet again a close second. It adds a lot of life to the movie and it’s always got me in wanting to see it.

So, Guardians of the Galaxy is not as perfect as what people made me believe, but I am still happy with the final product. Like a lot of three-star movies I give, all they need is some refining and it would have gone a long way with my enjoyment of it. Still, like any three-star movie, I cannot deny I enjoyed it ***3/4

The Lobster Review


Written by Nelson Cumming

The Lobster is one of the bleakest, weirdest, funniest, most satirical, and most original movies of the year. It blends a ton of social commentary about relationships in the most deadpan way possible. It is a story that is absurd and messy but tightly and smartly written. I love it.

The Lobster is absurd at the root of the story, yet there is a twisted, human truth that’s at its very core. The story follows David (Colin Farrell) a recent divorcee who moves into a hotel. David has 45 days to find a significant other. If David doesn’t find a significant other in that time, he gets turned into an animal of his choice. His choice is a lobster partly because “They are blue-blooded like aristocrats”.

Surprisingly enough David is not alone. He brings his brother. The thing is, his brother is a dog because he went to the same hotel but couldn’t find a life partner in 45 days.

When I heard of the premise I was so excited to see it. I was interested because not only was the premise fit my style of humor but it was so original. What’s even better is that the premise is only the surface of the movie, the tip of the iceberg if you will. When I thought about The Lobster more and more, the ideas came out.

Left to right: Lisping Man (John C. Reilly), Limping Man (Ben Waishaw) and David (Colin Farrell) 

The irony of the rich, funny premise is the movie is played deliberately bleak, deadpan and monotonous. Therein lies its satire, a human truth that is the rules of love we make up. The movie presents this hotel as rigorously organized in terms of improving human qualities like hunting and sexuality in the most matter-of-fact way possible as if love is formulaic.

The Lobster even satirizes the ways in which people may lie to their significant others so they would feel more attractive to them. A man called “Limping Man” (That is his name in the credits) is attracted to “Nosebleed Woman” (Also her name in the credits) who has frequent nose bleeds. Feeling insecure, he deliberately makes his nose bleed behind her back in an attempt to woo her.

The second half of the movie occurs in the woods which consists of rebels of the hotel. Their belief is remaining single forever. No one can have a relationship and you literally dig your own grave. Even in its satire, The Lobster is morbid. It goes to all of these extremities to find the humor and to find the darkness with great results.

If deadpan humor is your thing then The Lobster is the film to see this year, if you’re the kind of people who wants a dose of originality then this is will be up your alley. The Lobster can be grim and bleak, but the heart the humor and storytelling more than make up for it. Even the grimness and bleakness is justifiable for the morals of the story. The Lobster is one of the most original left-of-centre movies of the year ****3/4