REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

“There’s figures on this. Seventy percent of what people react to is how you look, twenty percent is about how you sound, and only ten percent is actually what you say. So, if you look good and sound good [but talk nonsense], everyone’ll go wild!” –Eddie Izzard

Even those who were left unimpressed by 2014’s crowd-pleaser Guardians of the Galaxy were in unanimous agreement about how fantastic its soundtrack was. Employing a vintage Sony Walkman and a cassette mixtape to accompany the humourous action of the movie, its soundtrack topped the Billboard chart for 11 weeks, was the best-selling soundtrack of the year after Frozen‘s, and introduced a new generation to the hits of the Raspberries, Norman Greenbaum, 10cc, The Jackson 5, and Blue Swede.

The fact it was such a fun movie and a solid sci-fi actioner/superhero flick was better, but even if it had been just okay, the music (and the dazzling CGI) would have been enough to mostly make up it. The traction-less Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is proof of that.

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REVIEW: The Fate of the Furious

Image: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

I’m the guy who hated Furious 7.

You knew there was someone in the world, right? After all, the seventh movie in the action racing franchise earned $1.5 billion, making it the sixth-highest grossing film in global history, so clearly a vast number of people loved what the series did with its new evolution. It felt like a huge fall backward to me, though.

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REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

One of the big differences between movies adapted from Marvel superheroes (Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc.) and movies adapted from DC superheroes (Batman, Superman, etc.) is that Marvel movies generally are more enjoyable. DC movies tend to be more dark and brooding, while Marvel’s entries seem to care most about just taking audiences on a fun ride. Of all the already entertaining Marvel movies, Guardians of the Galaxy may be the most playful and the most amusing.

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REVIEW: Riddick

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Riddick has much in common with another recent movie: the Tom Cruise-starring Oblivion. Both are sci-fi movies without a single original thought, which steal liberally from other movies. The main difference between the two is that Oblivion, for all its unoriginality, was one of the most visually spectacular movies of 2013. Riddick, on the other hand, has directing, acting, and visual effects as weak as its writing.

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