“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Release Date: August 1, 2014
If you are looking to have the most fun at the movies that you have ever had, then going to go see “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be your best option. This is by far the funniest Marvel film to date. Peter Quill…I mean Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) definitely draws the most laughs in my opinion, but the rest of the cast also has many funny moments throughout the film. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is one badass assassin, Drax the Destroyer is a very powerful being who has revenge only on his mind and he also is a very literal person…nothing, including jokes, will ever go over his head…because he has very long arms. Rocket and Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) are in a way yin and yang. Rocket has a terrible attitude toward everyone while Groot has a soft heart for almost everyone, except for those trying to kill him and his new friends. From the very first scene that we are introduced to Groot, you immediately fall in love with him.
The visual effects are astonishing as well…especially if you watch it in IMAX 3D…which this was the first time I have ever watched a film in IMAX and it was simply amazing. The soundtrack used was brilliant in that many of the people who went to watch this film was not even born, including myself, during the time that the songs were popular, so in effect, gives the audience something new to listen to in a more current action film. Star-Lord’s constant dancing will also brighten up some of the dark moments of the film as well. Chemistry among the Guardians is superb and even the villains show some pretty good chemistry together when they are in the same scene as well. Overall, one of the best movies of the year, but for me, I would still have to say that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is still the favorite that I have seen so far this year. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely number two though and I highly doubt that those two films will be moving from their current spots when all is said and done.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Chris Pratt………..Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Michael Rooker…….Yondu Udonta
John C. Reilly………Corpsman Day
Glenn Close……….Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro….The Collector
Laura Haddock……Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn………..Kraglin / On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz……Denarian Saal
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Set five years after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” all of the Transformers’ (Autobots and Decepticons alike) lives have changed dramatically. With the cast being completely overhauled, we have Cade Yeager, an inventor who is doing all he can do to provide for his daughter by digging through junk and trying to come up with the next innovative invention that will change the future forever. When Cade buys an old beat up semi truck that crashed through the local movie theater, his life will be intertwined with the Transformers forever.
My only complaint about this film is the length. With a runtime nearing close to two hours and forty minutes, there certainly are a few scenes that could have been cut from the motion picture. Most of those scenes were trying to draw a quick laugh from the audience. Most people going into watching this new installment of the “Transformers” franchise has a pretty clear picture what to expect…tons of action, multiple explosions, top of the line computer-generated imagery, and some quirky one liners. You are either going to really like this movie or you are going to hate this movie…there is no in between.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Mark Wahlberg……………Cade Yeager
Stanley Tucci……………….Joshua Joyce
Kelsey Grammer……………Harold Attinger
Nicola Peltz………………..Tessa Yeager
Jack Reynor………………..Shane Dyson
Titus Welliver……………..James Savoy
Sophia Myles……………..Darcy Tirrel
Bingbing Li………………Su Yueming
T.J. Miller………………..Lucas Flannery
“Edge of Tomorrow”
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Did you have the feeling that while watching the preview for this film, you started to say to yourself that this reminds you of Tom Cruise’s last film, “Oblivion,” or even a little bit of “Groundhog Day?” Well, do not worry about that as the only thing that “Edge of Tomorrow” has in common with “Oblivion” is that Tom Cruise is the lead actor in both films…and that both of the movies are exceptional. The basic concept used in this film’s preview could be considered very similar to that of “Groundhog Day,” but once you watch just ten minutes of “Edge of Tomorrow,” you will soon forget about any such comparisons. I know this will come to a shock to most us watching either sequels or reboots for what seems like the past two years, but “Edge of Tomorrow” has a very original and refreshing script that you cannot help but give a double finger pistol salute just like Shooter McGavin after he sinks a crucial putt.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are masterful in their roles as Major William Cage and Sergeant Rita Vrataski. Great chemistry between the two and Cruise absolutely nails his timing down perfectly with every little expression that he makes with every character that he interacts with. You want the full package when watching a movie? Then this film should solidify those needs quite well. You have a ton of action going on left and right, an immense and very detailed description of what is exactly going on throughout the film, and just the right amount of comedy used in certain situations, especially from Cruise, that makes this film one hell of a ride.
Essentially, this movie is about Major William Cage being thrown into the front lines of combat between humans and an alien race, even though Cage has no skills, except for Public Relations, whatsoever. Cannot really say much more about this film without giving anything away as the slightest detail could give away some of the plot.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Tom Cruise……….Major William Cage
Emily Blunt……….Sergeant Rita Vrataski
Bill Paxton………..Master Sergeant Farell
Brendan Gleeson…..General Brigham
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Is this the best X-Men film? That certainly can be debated, but for me, I would have to say yes, yes it is. Think you know what is going to happen just by watching the trailer of the film? Well you will be in for a surprise once you sit down and start watching. I cannot remember one single dull moment throughout the entire movie. Sure, there are a few discrepancies that you will come across if you are a big X-Men fan, but to the casual viewer, those little details will fly over your head without you even noticing.
The storyline is fantastic and each character plays a pretty important part for what Bryan Singer is trying to portray to the viewers. You all know that Hugh Jackman will bring his best performance playing as Wolverine, but the rest of the cast is outstanding as well. James McAvoy is brilliant in taking his character, Charles Xavier, to all new heights than what we saw from him in “X-Men: First Class.” Naturally, Michael Fassbender ups his game as well because Magneto cannot let his best friend get the best of him right? And that brings us to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen who plays Professor Xavier and Magneto as well and their on screen chemistry has not changed one bit. Jennifer Lawrence kicks some major ass and her character, Mystique, plays a very important part in this film. Who is the best new character to watch for you ask? Well, that is a pretty easy question to answer right there. That title belongs to Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. Peteres will certainly steal the show in the scenes that he is in.
Overall, this is a film that I hope most of you will be able to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. With the runtime at a little over two hours, it will only feel like fifteen minutes went by after the movie ends, which I could have easily sat down for another two hours if Singer wanted to make this X-Men film into a similar style of that of director Frank Darabont. Will “X-Men: Days of Future Past” be my number one film for 2014? I do not have a clue yet, as I have only seen 4 movies this year so far and I will be debating for the rest of the year whether or not “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or this film is better. I may just have to flip a coin when doing my rankings whenever I get to them sometime next year.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Hugh Jackman………………..Logan / Wolverine
James McAvoy………………Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender…………Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence………….Raven / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult……………..Hank McCoy / Beast
Ellen Page…………………..Kitty Pryde
Peter Dinklage……………..Dr. Bolivar Trask
Shawn Ashmore……………Bobby / Iceman
Release Date: May 16, 2014
As you are sitting there for the first hour of the movie, just taking in all the flashbacks and the intense buildup to a well written script, the camera begins to pan all the way from the ground to an estimate of 355 feet in the air. Then all of a sudden, you receive goose bumps all over your body as an intense roar commences and all you can do is grin from ear to ear and give a fist pump just like Dwight Schrute does whenever he sees a fire truck arrive to a scene. That roar that nearly all of the world can recognize by now is from the great King of the Monsters himself, GODZILLA!
Godzilla remains dormant for decades, but once the human race messes up, like usual, someone has to come and clean up our mess. Some may not like the long wait until you finally get to see him, but once you do, it is well worth the wait. The buildup for that specific scene makes up for the wait in my opinion. The cast of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe helps you feel like you are actually right there in the middle of everything…if you are watching at the theater that is. This will be a film that I will be watching over and over for decades to come.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson…………….Ford Brody
Elisabeth Olsen……………………Elle Brody
Bryan Cranston……………………Joe Brody
Ken Watanabe…………………….Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Sally Hawkins…………………….Vivienne Graham
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Going into this film after seeing the preview over and over, I began to have some doubts about the amount of villains that would be making an appearance. But, those doubts were put to rest fairly early into the film as having those 3 villains (or is there more???) actually make the storyline that much better. This sequel is just as amazing as the first film in the franchise. I really like how “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a sure fire continuation of the story from the first film, as nearly everything that happened in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” plays a factor in what decisions Peter Parker/Spider-Man and the rest of the characters have to make. In many sequels, there will be a few mentions of what occurred in the original, but they never really go into much detail.
There is a ton of slow motion special effects throughout this film, especially during the fight/action scenes, which I think were pretty cool and something a little bit different than what the rest of the Marvel films have done here recently. It is always nice to change things up in order to give the audience some new material to ponder at. I would have to say that we get more of the Spider-Man that most of us are used to…you know, the one that is cracking a joke every chance he gets while battling one of his enemies. But, mixed in with the comedy are some dramatic and dark scenes that will certainly dampen the funny vibe in a heartbeat. All in all, Spidey is back and he is better than ever! After watching this movie, you will realize that they can go in different amount of directions as to what will happen in the later movies in the franchise.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Andrew Garfield……………..Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone…………………Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx…………………..Electro/Max Dillon
Dane DeHaan………………..Green Goblin/Harry Osborn
Sally Field…………………..Aunt May
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Well, we have our frontrunner for Best Movie of the year. Marvel continues its dominance in the movie industry and from the looks of their future projects; they will remain at the top of the entertainment business for a long, long time. Granted, this is the only film I have seen from this year so far, but in order for another movie to climb above “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on my Top 20 list, its going to have to go all out and put everything on the line…which from the looks of the preview of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” we will be witnessing one heavyweight bout that will go the full distance.
Back to Cap, this movie has it all. Some of the best hand to hand combat that I have seen in a film in a while now and thus, Captain America shows off a whole new skill set that we have not been able to witness in his previous movies. The storyline provides you with many twists and turns that will more than likely catch you completely off guard if you have been following this franchise since “Iron Man.” There is constant action in nearly every scene that will have you on the edge of your seat saying wow (or some expletives in some cases) over and over again. Throw in some subtle comedy sprinkled in all throughout the film as well as some of the most dramatic scenes so far in the franchise and I do not know what more you can ask for in a movie.
Chris Evans has the Captain America persona down to almost perfection and his chemistry with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson grows even more in this installment. Scarlett Johansson is back playing as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and she is hotter than ever. As Mugatu would say while he is watching this film, “It’s that damn Johansson! She’s so hot right now!” Samuel L. Jackson continues to be a complete badass on the big screen as Director Nick Fury. A new hero joins in on the action of helping Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff on their mission as Anthony Mackie plays as Sam Wilson / Falcon. The new “villain,” The Winter Soldier, may soon be reaching the popularity level of the trickster himself, Loki, after Sebastian Stan’s portrayal will be able to let Marvel go in many different directions in how they want to handle their storylines and such. The great Robert Redford graces us with his presences and certainly brings it as well.
All in all, this is a film that I could watch on a continuous loop. It was worth every penny to go see in the theater.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Chris Evans…………….Steve Rogers / Captain America
Samuel L. Jackson……..Director Nick Fury
Scarlett Johansson……..Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Robert Redford………..Alexander Pierce
Sebastian Stan…………Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie……….Sam Wilson / Falcon
Cobie Smulders……….Maria Hill