Why I’m Wrong

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So much to love about Guardians of the Galaxy

Hey, you know what I don’t like? When a movie has a great set of original characters with clear motivations, and I mean A LOT of original characters that you get to know. The core team may have some sadness in common, but they also have wit and pluck and each other and a common goal.

Then they throw in these fantastic, well-built other worlds and mind-blowing sets that I guess we are so used to seeing that some of us don’t even have to mention them anymore. With a memorable soundtrack which will forever be linked to the film, and repeatable dialogue, and a story I can actually figure out, great laughs and wit and pacing.

I’m sorry. Did I say I didn’t like that? I meant I love that. That’s why I loved Guardians of the Galaxy.

From: Wendy Fox Weber

New Godzilla no Jurassic Park

A while back I saw Monsters and thought, “OK story, so-so acting, but great visual effects on a small budget.”

After the rave reviews I heard, I saw Gareth Edwards’ new effort, Godzilla. My review is similar: “OK story, bad acting, great visual effects.” Overall, a serious disappointment.

I can’t believe this film got any sort of praise. Other than Bryan Cranston, the acting was bad across the board. Definitely a career low for David Strathairn, who was clearly phoning it in the whole time. Also, Godzilla should never be uttered in the same sentence with Jurassic Park. It is nowhere near as good or as well directed.

In Jurassic Park, when Grant and Sattler first see the dinosaurs, they do that thing that Spielberg is known for – they stare in awe at the marvelous sight in front of them. THIS NEVER HAPPENED, EVER, IN GODZILLA. Nobody in that movie looked surprised enough, scared enough or confused enough when they caught sight of the massive prehistoric creatures towering above them. Nobody seemed surprised at their existence! Nobody was shaking in fear, knowing that they were possibly about to die. Even Independence Day got that right. People looked scared in that movie.

I could go on, but I’ll just bring up one other thing. After the U.S. MILITARY tries to destroy one of the creatures and fails, the lead character decides to take it on with his 9mm pistol. A 50-foot tall, 20,000-ton invulnerable creature. Yup, that’s right. I literally threw my arms up in the air.

From: Alex Ranarivelo

Aronofsky crucial to Noah

“While every filmmaker ends up selling a part of their soul when they transition to blockbusters, I cannot agree that this problem serves as a major setback for Noah. [Director Darren] Aronofsky does a brilliant job opening the film by demonstrating Noah’s belief in the sanctity of all life, human or animal. Yet as the film progresses and the floodwaters rise, we see a different side of him; he is more a flawed human being than a man of God. He’s dangerous, murderous, and even disturbed by the fact that he and his family have survived while numerous others have been laid to waste. The film’s ending isn’t one of complete happiness; it’s melancholic and even ambiguous in its exploration of morality. There are no clean getaways, and the film’s pro-vegan, environmentalist message is both fitting and haunting. The arrangement of images in the movie, including the river and “evolution” sequences, are especially breathtaking. In many ways, Noah reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, and how by deviating from the source material, both Darren Aronofsky and Spike Jonze managed to craft original, thematically significant and emotionally resonant works of art.”

From: Sean