Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol 2

I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.

That is my full review, as read by the best character in the movie, Groot.  In the event that you are not fluent,  I will include the translation below.

"Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" is another hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It is laugh out loud hysterical, but also exciting and even emotional.  You will not be bored for even a second., but that won't be at the expense of a great story.

With the origin story taken care of in the first movie, there is a great family dynamic in the team this time around.  Especially when it comes to their care towards Groot.  As you have probably seen in the trailers, as well as the merchandise through the stores, Groot is Baby Groot in the movie.  Not just in appearance, but also personality.  Vin Diesel returns as the lovable tree creature.  While Groot sticks to his trademark phrase, which could easily become monotone, Diesel delivers the line so that you can understand how he feels each time.

The presence of Baby Groot creates a role reversal of sorts between him and his best friend, Rocket.  In the first movie, Groot was the muscle there to help protect Rocket.  This time, Rocket is looking out for his childlike friend.  Bradley Cooper voices the small but strong raccoon, although he is still not sure what a raccoon actually is.  While many of the movie's jokes are thanks to Rocket, he also displays a compelling, and maybe even surprising, depth throughout.  Not to worry, he has not lost any of the great sarcasm he is known for.

Zoe Saldana returns as the fearsome warrior, Gamora.  As with the others, her character development continues.  Gamora certainly had a strong presence and Saldana is fantastic bringing the character to life.  While her story arc might now be as big as some of the others, Gamora plays a big part in the primary story as well as her subplot involving her sister Nebula.

Drax still has some issues with social interaction.  Although his time with his team seems to have given some sense of what is literal and figurative, but not completely.  It doesn't take long for him to leap before he looks.  Dave Bautista reprises his role as we get to learn more about this character.  At first, he may seem to come off as pretty simple, but there is more to him than that and Bautista portrays it well.

Rounding off the Guardians is Star-Lord himself, Peter Quill.  Played once again by Chris Pratt, Peter struggles with some very human issues, just on a galatic scale.  It would be easy in such a big action movie, for these type of emotional scenes to drastically take from the film's momentum.  However, not only do they avoid that pitfall, it actually fuels you to root for the hero even more.   I can't tell you much about the villain without revealing certain story points.  What I can tell you is that they commit what I believe is the most despicable crime of any of the MCU villains to date.

Michael Rooker is back as Yondu, the Ravager captain from the first movie whose motives were never quite clear.  His performance is fantastic.  Yondu may just surprise you this time.  Not saying if that is good or bad, all depends on what you thought of him last time.

While "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" certainly continues the franchise's trend as the funniest movies in the MCU, that's not all there is to it. They also manage to deliver a gut-wrenching, yet extremely heart-felt scene.  It is perhaps the most powerful one yet, maybe in part because it comes in such an otherwise hilarious movie.  Don't let that scare you off though, the sequence following is done with just enough humor to keep with the feel of the film.

If you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining and high energy movie to see, "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2" is the choice for you.  You will never be bored and the story is extremely well written to keep it all together.  I have no doubt that Jeremy (my little brother, and the founder of World Wide Blog of Movies) would have called this movie "Amazing" and he would have been right.  He loved the first one and would have felt the same this time.

Friendly reminder, it's a Marvel Studios movie, so don't leave until you know the credits are done.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

This movie absolutely does not disappoint! Yes, most of us may already know the main story line, but don't let that allow you to think you won't enjoy this version. There are lots of twists, turns, and additional stories along the way. Additions to the backstory of Beauty and the Beast are a definite treat in this movie. They give the characters and the story a lot more depth and allow you to feel like you know them better. If you had questions about the plot and how things got to where they were after the animated film, they will be answered after you watch this. It keeps you interested and locked into the story until the very end. Even the end credits are enjoyable to watch, so be sure to stay through them.

Belle is portrayed by Emma Watson and she brings an unbelievable depth to this character. She shows that Belle is a strong individual, who believes strongly in family, and who never gives up. She shows care to those around her, and doesn't let others bring her down. The costumes for Belle throughout the film are beautiful and truly fit the character and the scenes. All of the costumes for this movie are works of art.

The Beast is a fantastic combination of making you angry at the person he is to begin with, while making you slowly grow to care for him as Belle does. Dan Stevens, who Downton Abbey fans will recognize, performs this role very well. He brings a great personality to the character.

Gaston is truly the bad guy you love to hate in Beauty and the Beast. Luke Evans is excellent. His facial expressions are a really good addition to the character. His sidekick, LeFou, portrayed by Josh Gad, is awesome. His comments are very entertaining and make you laugh! For avid fans of Frozen, you may occasionally feel like you are listening to Olaf talking!

An iconic character in Beauty and the Beast is Mrs Potts. Emma Thompson is so good and her singing is beautiful. The spunky little Chip is adorable and loveable. He is portrayed by Nathan Mack – who brings a bright, youthful, inquisitive personality to Chip.

The music is the perfect mix of the original songs from the animated film and new pieces. Many of you will leave the cinema wanting to purchase the soundtrack! The production numbers for songs such as “Be Our Guest” are mesmerizing – a nod to classic stage performances.

The sets and scenery really make you feel like you are emerged in their world – from walking through the village to entering the castle – it is all very realistic and well done. There also seems to be a nod to “The Sound of Music” in Beauty and the Beast – let us know if you see it too!


In the words of our founder, J-Wing, Beauty and the Beast is truly an amazing movie. Please go see it and share your thoughts! Just remember – no spoilers on World Wide Blog of Movies!

~Jenny~

  Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Logan

 Before we get going with the review, I want to address one issue around going to see “Logan”. This is not a part of the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Please do not decide to take young kids to see this thinking it is just another superhero movie. In fact, there were kids in the theater for the premiere that were under 10-years-old. Not all of them stayed through the entire film.

With that being said, if you are ok with the viewing advisory, it really is a good movie. As you may have seen, the story concept was based on the “Old Man Logan” story arc from the comics. While it was reported that this would be Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine, I hope they do an installment that explains a little more of how they got to this point in the story. It is a far cry from the happy world Logan returned to at the end of “Days of Future Past”. They do paint a picture that suggests the worst of it may be at the hands of a beloved mutant.

Hugh Jackman doesn’t fail to deliver in his 9th appearance as the Wolverine. This includes his short but funny cameo in “X-Men: First Class”. He continues to build the depth of this very intriguing character, with a mix of the animal instincts of the Wolverine and Logan’s desire for a simple life.
Not surprising, Patrick Stewart does an outstanding portrayal of Charles Xavier. He gives a powerful performance as the professor like you have not seen him before on the movie screen. The veteran actor packs so much into every line.

The two of them play off each other so well. You can really feel the family bond that has formed between them. They have an onscreen connection that makes it sad to know this is planned to be Hugh’s last time in the role. There could be reason for concern about the X-Men franchise going forward. This may be the best installment yet, but most of what made it work so well will not be a piece of the future movies.

With all the talk about the brutal violence in the movie, it may surprise you to find out there is really a compelling and well-written story under it all. You will go from being on the edge of your seat through the intense acting, to finding yourself feeling for the characters in emotional scenes. The filmmakers really do a great job of blending the two together into a terrific movie


As long as you are ready for some fairly brutal action, I think you’ll enjoy “Logan”. We’d really like to hear what think of it. Was it too violent? How does it compare to the other movies? Just remember not to include spoilers and let us know in the comments below.


See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie

Have you ever played with LEGO and imagined what their world would look like? If you have, than you will love “The LEGO Batman Movie”. In the spinoff from the LEGO Movie, this story follows the Dark Knight, in a very unique and fun take on the story.

The laughs start before the first scene even plays, and they keep going for pretty much the entire time. Will Arnett reprises the role and does a fantastic job of bringing the plastic superhero to life. His timing and delivery of the lines is right on. If you are looking for an epic dramatic movie along the lines of the Dark Knight Trilogy, you probably shouldn’t be looking at a movie made entirely of LEGO. However, if you are looking for a fun, off the wall movie, this is one for you. Truthfully, this may be the best DC theater experience in a long while, with a surprisingly compelling story hidden in the bricks. Hopefully the producers of their other movies will learn from this and realize the benefit of adding a bit more fun instead of trying to be so heavy with drama from start to finish.

The visuals are unbelievable. They are once again able to achieve the appearance of stop-motion animation with computer generated imaging. You become immersed in a world made entirely of LEGO bricks. Much like the “LEGO Movie”, everything, even explosions, are made up of bricks. There will likely be award nominations for the animation and effects in this film.

If you enjoy movies full of Easter Eggs, you will get a kick out of this movie. To clarify for those who may not know, “Easter Eggs” is a move term used to describe hidden nods to something outside of the specific film. “The LEGO Batman Movie” is absolutely full of them. Good luck counting them all. In fact, tell us in the comments how many you spotted. Don’t list them or you may spoil it for others.

This is a movie everyone can enjoy. You do not have to be a comic fan to follow and enjoy the movie. If you are a Batman fan, and ever questioned the logic of certain things, they pretty much cover it all. It is a fun, fast paced story where Batman faces his classic villains, plus a few others (it is LEGO). I’m pretty sure it would get the Jeremy mark of “Amazing”. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Almost every Star Wars fan remembers the first scene, where the Rebel ship comes into the screen, followed by the Imperial Star Destroyer. What you don't know is how they got there. Now, “Rogue One” is your chance to find out.

The writers did a great job in creating this film. If you are new to Star Wars, or just not extremely into it, this movie tells a whole story from start to finish. However, if you are someone who may even be able to chart out the Skywalker family tree and how all the characters connect, then you will love this too. There are several Easter Eggs, and name drops throughout this movie that connect it to the Star Wars universe.

The acting in the movie is certainly of top Star Wars caliber. Although if the stories do take place “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” then it is possible that the descendents of several characters go on to travel to Earth and settle in Europe, because the number of English accents continues to increase. That is no way a negative, just a funny side note.

One of my favorite parts of the production is the continuity to the original trilogy. When “A New Hope” came out, it was full of futuristic tech based on the 1970s view of the future. Since then, the view has changed, but that doesn’t matter when the story takes place earlier in the timeline. One of the issues with the story flow from the prequel trilogy is that the tech all looked newer than the original trilogy. They really went the extra mile with “Rogue One” to make it fit.

The writing, directing, production, and acting all come together to create a fantastic movie experience. Like other Star Wars films, it is a great combination of action and drama, with plenty of laughs along the way. Many of those laughs are thanks to one of my favorite characters K-250. Every Star Wars story has a droid, and he is a great addition to the cast. He is sort of a mix of R2-D2 and C-3PO. I imagine what he says is similar to what you would hear if you could understand R2-D2’s beeps, with the addition of C-3PO’s lack of tact for when to say it.

I believe that if this team was in place when they created Episodes I, II, and III, it would have turned out so much better. “Rogue One” is not an episode in a trilogy, and they waste no time in showing you the difference, but it is a part of the timeline and connects some dots along the way. Whether you are a full-on Star Wars expert, or someone just looking for a great movie this is the one to see. Our founder, Jeremy, would have definitely called this film “Amazing” and I agree.

Who spotted Easter Eggs? Comment below and tell us how many you caught.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Doctor Strange

Throughout the course of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have have seen heroes abilities come from a variety of sources. Technology, science, skills, and training have all been a part of the Avengers origins. Something that has never been a part of it is magic. The closest has been Thor, but that has since been explained as having only appeared to be magic because it was alien technology that humans did not understand. It appears that we now have a hero whose power does come from magic, at least for the most part.

Benedict Cumberbatch gives an incredible performance as Doctor Strange. The audience can really sense the pain he goes through as he moves on from the life he has always known. What I really like about this story and his portrayal of the title character is that it fits with the going trend in the MCU. While he does change throughout the origin story, he still holds on to what made him who he was to begin with.

When Doctor Strange begins to learn about the mystic arts, he meets Murdo, portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. He gives a compelling performance as a supporting character who also has his own complex back story.

Along with an outstanding supporting cast, the acting in this movie will keep you glued to the screen. If they don’t, the visuals certainly will. As Doctor Strange and the others bend the very reality of their world, the special effects pull you right into the scene. If you are able to, I would highly recommend attending a 3D showing of the film. Although I am sure the effects are extremely compelling in 2D as well.

I can’t wait to see how Doctor Strange will interact with the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adding another very unique power set will increase the already great dynamic of the Avengers. I think I am most interested in what will happen when he meets Scarlet Witch and Vision, and what Marvel Studios take on that will be.


As always, remember this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel Studios, remember what our founder, Jeremy, said and don’t go anywhere until the credits are completely finished. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Easter Eggs. I didn’t know much about Doctor Strange from the comics, so I am sure there are plenty that I missed. If you spot the Easter Eggs, let us know in the comments below. Just remember, NO SPOILERS, so please don’t over explain the context of what you saw.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

Lots and lots of laughs from this one, especially if you have, or have had, pets in your home! The personality of each character is unique and very well portrayed. They bring to life all the things you wonder about when you close that door and leave the pets at home. The animation is great with lots of scene details, and lively characters.


Must warn you though, although its a cartoon - it definitely earns its PG rating – and I wouldn’t recommend taking young children to see it. Might be a little too rough and scary for them at times.

~Jenny~


Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!