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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Is the Perfect Comic Book Movie

I don’t watch Guardians of the Galaxy a lot but when I do it’s never a boring experience. James Gunn found the perfect balance between humor, fun action sequences, and heart, culminating into a comic book movie that is honestly one of the best of all time!

The cast for the characters was spot on. The jokes are still hilarious. The soundtrack is stellar. The vibrancy of the galaxy and the locations they visit are entrancing. And yes, this movie still manages to make me shed a tear.

Groot’s sacrifice gets to my emotions every time, especially knowing that he did in fact die and that the Groot we see in the later films is another version of the character. And don’t get me started on the “Take my hand!” part.

I watched that film last night because I plan on watching The Suicide Squad on HBO Max today and I want to see the comparisons between the two films. Will James Gunn recapture that lightning in a bottle that he somehow managed to find with Guardians of the Galaxy in The Suicide Squad? Or will it be more like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; a chaotic not-that-funny mess?

I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all tomorrow and I hope they’re mostly positive.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Ranking the Romantic Moments in the MCU: From Worst to Best

I’ve already written this post for the Star Wars franchise (Ranking the Romantic Moments in ‘Star Wars’: From Worst to Best) so…well, I felt like I had to write this post for the MCU…especially after that Loki finale. So, here goes nothing.

(This will not include EVERY romantic moment in the MCU nor will it feature The Incredible Hulk.)

24. Jane Foster Kisses Thor Too Hard

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The romance in Marvel varies from great and well-established to sometimes awkward and icky and the first two Thor movies feature the ickiest romantic storyline in the MCU.

Jane Foster’s infatuation with Thor was cute…until that kiss. It was so unnecessary and so gross-looking I’ve only seen it twice even though I’ve watched the movie maybe four or five times.

In fact, I think that kiss contributed to Hemsworth’s wife standing in for his kissing scenes in Thor: The Dark World to be honest.

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Why ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Still Hurts

A couple of days ago I watched a Marvel marathon on TBS consisting of Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame…yeah, the Holy Trinity. I had a blast, to say the least, as I let Marvel Studios occupy my day into the night while simultaneously watching the extended editions of the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit movies on my laptop. (I was…busy.)

And as I watched Avengers: Infinity War I found myself so happy (which is expected considering that it’s my favorite MCU movie) but mainly impressed by how much it has affected the events of the MCU. When Endgame happened and the heroes changed things and defeated Thanos it seemed like Marvel Studios had every chance to kind of walk back the trauma caused by Infinity War and make it seem like everything would be okay. But it’s become very clear that the events of Infinity War will most likely affect the events of Phase 4 for a while.

Think about Wanda Maximoff. When she got brought back she didn’t find solace in her fellow Avengers. She instead wallowed deeper and deeper into her grief without Vision and created a whole new reality for herself, causing years of trauma for Westview’s citizens and becoming a bit of an anti-hero. Now she’s the Scarlet Witch and according to the Darkhold (you know, that book) it’s her destiny to destroy the world. Uh-oh.

Vision was killed and his corpse was used as a weapon against Wanda. Soul Vision (that’s what the creators of WandaVision call Wanda’s vision) gave him his memories but that doesn’t mean anything. He’s been programmed by Hayward, not Tony Stark, Banner, Thor, and the Mind Stone so his directive is very different. White Vision is very robotic and may not even harbor feelings for Wanda…hence the Vision that died in Infinity War really feels like he’s gone. You know, like Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy who actually died and the Groot that we have now is a different version.

Iron Man’s death has undoubtedly left an impact and his protege, Spider-Man, has become pretty much his replacement. Steve Rogers is gone and now his legacy has been left to his best friends, two individuals who have to fit into this new blipped world. Gamora is back but who knows how she’s fitting in. She’s definitely not with the Guardians of the Galaxy anymore. Monica Rambeau got brought back only to discover that the person she treasured most in the world, her mother, had died. Black Widow died. And Hawkeye will forever have to live with his dark deeds when he went Ronin on everyone.

Infinity War changed the entire scope of the MCU in really impactful ways and I can’t wait to see how these upcoming shows and movies delve into the lasting trauma Thanos’ actions have left on these characters.

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Counting Down my 20 Favorite Trailers: #6: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Have you ever experienced a trailer that was lightning in a bottle? Well, that was my experience watching the teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time. I had no idea Marvel Studios was making a movie about these wacky band of misfits and so when the trailer started I was like, “What the world is this?” When the Marvel Studios logo appeared I got even more confused. And then…magic happened.

Here’s the trailer.

Let me take you through the delightful weirdness of seeing this trailer for the first time.

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A Movie Ranking: Chris Pratt

I had never heard anything about Chris Pratt until The Lego Movie. Suddenly, I was introduced to this hilarious actor who was not only a great voice actor but would turn out to play one of my surprise favorite superheroes too. So, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I thought it would be fun to highlight him. Enjoy!

9. Onward

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Ratzenberger, Tracey Ullman, Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna, Wilmer Valderrama, Catherine Apple, Sharon Calahan, Grey Griffin, Chris Pratt, Kori Rae, Mel Rodriguez, Dan Scanlon, Octavia Spencer, Keith Bunin, Kyle Bornheimer, Noah Klocek, Lena Waithe, Adam Habib, Jason Headley, Tom Holland, Ali Wong, and George Psarras in Onward (2020)

I do NOT like this movie. I repeat. I do NOT like this movie. It was SOO annoying, so predictable, and by the film’s conclusion, I was just peeved.

Plus, despite clearly loving Pratt and Tom Holland for their roles in the MCU, I found them to be ultra annoying in this movie as elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Chris Pratt

A Movie Ranking: Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan is an actress who has managed to make me smile over the years. She turned out to be one of the coolest women in the MCU as the cybernetic assassin, Nebula. And then she manages to make me laugh in her role as Martha in JumanjiI thought it would be fun to highlight her today. Enjoy!

6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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While this is my least favorite installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise it is the film that gave converted Nebula to the hero side of things so…that’s nice.

5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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In the Marvel movies, Karen Gillan is painted all of these different shades of blue and she speaks in this rich, metallic voice that makes you feel like she’s one part shady one part mysterious one part awesome. And then she completely transforms in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, embodying the personality of an insecure teenager within the body of a confident hot female game character. It’s pretty cool and a nice twist for Karen.

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

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While both of these Jumanji films are practically identical in likability I just happen to prefer this one because it really does take things to the next level. I can’t wait to see the third one (because there is going to be the third one if the post-credit scene was anything to judge by.)

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Ever since the first time I saw Nebula I knew she was a really cool character. I was very relieved when she wasn’t killed off in this film, for I felt like she was a character whose story had plenty of chance to grow. And she did.

2. Avengers: Endgame

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I was really hoping Nebula would get her chance to face Thanos in this film. She didn’t but that didn’t matter. We still got to see her interact with The Avengers as an ally whether than an enemy. Her interactions with War Machine were the most intriguing, considering that he was one of the few characters that she seemed to legitimately bond with due to both of them having to use technology to function properly. I wonder if we can see their relationship grow over the years.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

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This is the best Avengers movie and no one can tell me otherwise. It’s action scenes are all phenomenal. The character interactions are stellar. Every hero is treated in a way where you don’t feel like the writers missed any opportunities. And by the conclusion, it is very clear why Thanos was indeed the big bad Marvel Studios had been trying to get to for ten years.

This has been a fun edition of A Movie Ranking and I can’t wait to see who I will be featuring next week.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.