Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings back the beloved crazy group of misfits to save the galaxy once again, with more awesome action and hilarious dialog.
Volume 2 bring everything that the first movie did and brings it up 10 more notches. The visuals are even more impressive then before as they jump from planet to planet, each with its own completely unique look that makes you want more of each world they visit. All the fighting that happens is intense and grips you right when the first shot or punch is thrown. The dialog between the whole group makes it obvious they are much closer as friends and family which keeps the interactions between them stay consistently hysterical throughout the whole film. The overall story suffers because some of the plot twists are obvious well before the reveal.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an awesome sequel that keeps the same great humor and action we have come to love about the Guardians. Even with its easy to read story I was still smiling the whole time seeing the antics of this amazing team. Even if you didn’t like the first movie I believe this sequel will change your mind.
The live action Beauty and the Beast is a dark and more mature recreation of the original animated movie made in 1991. Belle, our main protagonist, wishes for a greater life of adventure while stuck in a “small provincial town”, and has that dream happen sooner than she thinks.
A major part that I enjoy is the movie adds more detail to some of the unanswered questions that may have arised in the old animated version. Such as, there are some questions that are answered about Belle’s mother and why Beast is so overly protective of the rose. These answers gave the movie more depth and intrigued me.
The new songs introduced in the movie fit well within the movie and don’t take away from the original songs many people grew up with. In fact, the addition of some of the songs made the movie more enjoyable at times than the animated version.
The CGI Beauty and the Beast uses is phenomenal. Beast and the servants are extremely detailed, which puts me in awe for the amount of work put in for each character. Many times I forgot these were CGI characters because of how well they were brought to life.
With every movie, there are always issues. Beauty and the Beast seem to have several part rushed through. Some scenes you expect to continue will just suddenly end and go straight to the next part, as well as some strange cuts that felt out of place. This only seems to happen mostly at the beginning to speed up the village scenes to emphasize Beast’s castle. This doesn’t really hurt the movie but still has some awkward transitions that were a minor annoyance to me.
All and all, Beauty and the Beast is a wonderful live adaptation. Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast did a great job in their roles. As someone who watched the original animated version many times over I definitely enjoyed this version to its fullest extent.