Kurt Russel

The Frickin Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

Ooga Chaka Ooga Chaka Ooga Chaka, I can’t stop this feeling, deep inside of me! Girl you know I’m ready for, the Guardiaaaaans! Guardians Of The Galaxy was my number one most anticipated film of 2014. I had no idea what to expect and it was Marvel’s biggest gamble at the time. Could they take this obscure comic and make the general movie goer audiences by in to it. Over 700 million dollars later, I think they found a way to do so.

Vol 2 has been a film I have been super excited for. Could not wait to see where they take these characters. Returning to the franchise is Vol 1 director James Gunn bringing back his rag tag group of guardians that include Star-Lord Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, Gamora played by Zoe Saldana, Drax played by Batista, and the duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively. Returning from the first film we have Karen Gillian as Nebula and Michael Rooker as Yondu. This go around the Guardians are being forced to look at Peter Quills lineage as Kurt Russel joins the cast as Star Lords father, Ego the living planet.

I will be pretty vague with the story because there wasn’t much known going into the film, and I want you to have the same experience as I am not really knowing where the story goes, but basically, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

For the most part Vol 2 is fun and exciting. It is an entertaining ride from start to finish. The marketing department really got the trailers right, they literally only showed us scenes from the opening 20 minutes mostly. The chemistry in this cast is incredible and it is fun to once again be with this family. Everyone takes their characters and dials them up a little. Batista’s Drax is an obviously stand out once again. Think about what you have seen in the trailers, and double it.

I was very worried that Baby Groot would become entirely played out early on. Before I even saw the film I was already almost too tired of Baby Groot. However, they do an incredible job of making you totally forget the overabundance of Baby Groot from the media and marketing department and right from the opening credits you fall in love with him all over again. Sean Gunn as well is incredible reprising his role from the first film.

Unfortunately it is not all great. Most notably the soundtrack is nowhere near as strong as the original. However that is a hard task to have had accomplished seeing as Vol 1 might have been the greatest soundtrack ever put together. So we can’t really fault them for that. What I do fault them for was a very generic and clichéd story. When you really get into what the plot of the movie is they go through some very basic storytelling plot points. It becomes incredibly predictable. As well the emotional beats are incredibly forced and clichéd. It’s like James Gunn said ok guys this is the part you will have the feels” and it’s not really deserved so it doesn’t play off as it should. The film is beautifully shot and the cinematography is amazing. The action sets are incredible, and for the most part the action is well shot. There were maybe 2 or 3 too many slow motion scenes though. James Gunn might have over done it a bit there.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. Is overall a fun and excited addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it doesn’t do much to further the universe on a whole, you get the feeling the effects of this film will be felt within the MCU. Everyone is great in the roles; it is entertaining and leaves you wanting more. I scored the film a 3.3, with a Jeebus Bonus of .3 for both Baby Groot, and the feels that it can give you. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 3.6. So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2? Who is your favorite of the Guardians? Sound off in the comments below! And remember, It Is What It Is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Furious Seven: #ForPaul

This movie is ridiculous! And that is not necessarily a bad thing. We are now at the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. SOme franchises would be getting stale. However in recent installments this one has been picking up steam. WHile i will always contend that Tokyo Drift is the best, due to its guilty pleasure status, Fast 5, and  Fast & Furious 6 definitely stepped up the game. Furious Seven once again stars Paul Walker in his final performance, aswell as Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster, and The Rock. It brings on newcomers Jason Statham, Kurt Russel, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, and Djimon Hounsou. Taking over for Justin Lin at the directors chair is James Wan. Now what I’m about to say may sound like i am bashing on it, but hang in there. I’m really not.

negatively the story is all over the place. There are times that you kinda feel like you are watching two separate films. In a franchise built on over the top action and car races, this one really takes the cake. There are times that plot holes are so big, and i mean grand canyon big, that you kind of sit back and say to yourself, come on now, that is completely unreal. The dialog is very cheesy, and the like the action way over the top. I’m pretty sure Dom says “Family” around 300 times. The Action scenes, while pretty cool, are shot in typical James Wan style. Close ups, high frae, and rapid editing. Not to be mistaken for shaky cam, but definitely misses Justin Lin’s crisp vision. One thing that reinvented this franchise was the addition of The Rock. However this film takes Rock out for a good amount of the film. I also feel Jason Statham was underutilized.

Now that may sound like a lot of issues, but most of them are not the films fault. Look, despite what Vin Diesel says, this is not an oscar contender. Nor should it be. It is the kick off to the what is my favorite part of the movie calendar, the Summer Blockbuster Season. ANd this one kicks it off with a bang. The tory is weak, but that’s not what you are here for. Not to mention, the production was riddled with problems. THe biggest of which being the untimely passing of star Paul Walker. Which probably lead to many many rewrites and direction changes for the franchise. So you can’t fault the film.

While i say that the dialog was cheesy and over the top, it is a perfect 90’s action film type of movie. The one liners are off the chart, and incredibly witty while being cheesy. WHich is hard to accomplish. Tyrese is on top of his game in this film. He is your comic relief and he is very good at it. THe action is spectacular and steps it up from the last film, which you probably didn’t think was possible. It goes into an unbelievable realm of action and stunts, and it is just fun to sit there, eat some popcorn and have a good time at the theater.

The passing of Paul Walker was a devastating hit to the production, and to the world. Everything I ever heard of him was positive. They say he was full of life, and always smiling. The film does an incredible job sending the character off. And I won’t lie, I cried at the tribute at the end. The film wraps up the series well, but that’s not to say the franchise is over. This is a fun film. It is going to make money, and it should. Hopefully in the next installment it can scale things back a little, and start to focus on Luke Hobbs(Rock) and Toretto(Diesel). All in all im scoring Furious Seven 3.6, with a .4 bonus for the handling of Paul Walker, giving us a Jeebus Score of 4.0. While not as good as 5 or 6, and deff not the best of the series, it is worth seeing if you are looking for a fun time at the theater. #ForPaul

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.