‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review: James Gunn Delivers Yet Again With A Good Sequel

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While not as fresh as the original, Vol. 2 surprises yet again with great banter and new characters

The first Guardians of the Galaxy surprised almost everybody watching. With a bunch of new characters, it shouldn’t have been that great but it was. Marvel found a way to make the viewers embark on a journey they had no idea where the destination would be. Let me tell you, they found gold. I fell in love with the ragtag team made up of a talking raccoon and a big tree that only knew three words. They didn’t pave an easy way for Vol. 2. Despite it not being as good as the original, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still loads of fun, packed with laughs and over abundantly cute.

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‘Doctor Strange’ is the trippiest Marvel movie yet – REVIEW

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a very strange change

Move over Scarlet Witch; there’s a new wizard in town, and his name is Doctor Steven Strange. He brings with him new destinations, never before seen universes and some visually stunning CGI work. While Doctor Strange continues with old grounds, there is an enrichment of the MCU. The final product is, however, still a Marvel movie filled with costly Marvel mistakes, but the changes prove to be a nice step forward.

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A neurosurgeon both charming and arrogant, named Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), lives life to the fullest. His arrogance leads him to a car crash which severely damages the nerves in his hands causing him to develop shaky hands. After the numerous attempts to recover, Strange decides to embark on a journey to Nepal.

There he meets The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a powerful and magical being, who shows him the way of magic. As Strange uncovers the power of the magic, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelson) tries to destroy his plans using the forbidden dark magic. As worlds clash, Strange will soon find out about his true potential.

There isn’t any question that Doctor Strange’s dazzling visual effects are this movie’s strength. The buildings of New York bending and twisting is phenomenal work that aids the film with its flaws. The magic is also a great addition to the MCU. This mystical element added to the amazing fight sequences as well to the overall Marvel universe.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton continue to be great actors. Their performances were both powerful and emotional. Cumberbatch is the star of this movie, and he drives it home. His character arc changes as he learns different information about chakras and energy. Swinton’s performance is excellent as well. While questions may have arisen about the whitewashing of Asian talent, Swinton delivers yet again an incredible performance to here diverse roles. She was fantastic, but that role could have gone to an Asian actor without any fuss.

Though, Doctor Strange isn’t without its Marvel tropes. The villain is completely forgettable, and the movie greatly underutilizes him. His fight sequences are nothing special, and he is only there to provide the film with a villain. Though not the first time Marvel has made this mistake, and it is time to call them out on it. Kaecillius falls yet again into the forgettable Marvel villains that you probably won’t remember in a week.

The strangest flaw is something that Marvel has had problems with sometimes. The comic relief in Doctor Strange comes in such awkward places. Sometimes, it hit, but other times it completely affected the tone of the movie. The poorly timed humor robbed some of the most powerful scenes in the film and what could have been pivotal scenes were sometimes crushed by a single misplaced joke.

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Doctor Strange does take a jab at the MCU formula that people grew tired of yet prove that there is still much more to do. However, it is a change of pace and a glimpse of what’s to come. The future Marvel films will surely adopt this mythology. Of all the gates they opened, who knows what’s next?

REVIEW: B+

Top 5 directors for the Captain Marvel movie

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel? That’s how it is looking like as of now. The Oscar winning actress is the front runner for the role. Now, fans were rooting for Emily Blunt as her career has yet to break through. A big role like this would have been a great gift for the wonderful actress she is. However, things are not looking like going her way. Maybe next time Emily Blunt. Although, I myself was rooting for Emily Blunt, Brie Larson does not seem like a bad idea.

Other surprising news from Marvel is the directors they are eyeing to direct this female superhero. As of right now, indie darlings Niki Caro and Jennifer Kent are the most-likely to direct this film. However, I prepared a list on my thoughts for who should be the director for Captain Marvel. One thing that i’m excited for is that Marvel is looking into a female director something that not a lot of studios are considering. Kudos on that Marvel!

5. Niki Caro 

This director has made many indie fans proud with films like McFarland, USA and Whale Rider. One thing is for certain, Caro is a fabolous director. However, the reason she is number 5 is i’m doubting her ability in directing fight scenes which are a pivotal part in a superhero movie like Captain Marvel. If they do picki her, i’m hoping to be surprise.

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4. Karyn Kusama 

Kusama is a director Hollywood keeps ignoring. With her hits like Girl Fight, Jennifer’s Body and her most recent and hands down her best movie to date, The Invitation. I have yet to understand why she is not considered for more bigger projects. I believe she would make a good Captain Marvel coming off her best film. She has the momentum and she should be ready to direct a big movie soon.

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3. Ava DuVernay

After Selma, people were saying DuVernay was going to be a force in the movie world. However, she has refused Marvel’s Black Panther and just is not making any stride forward. Captain Marvel would be a perfect opportunity to make those wrongs right.  However, the question remains if she would want to make that movie that she no doubt has the talent for.

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2. Katheryn Bigelow

The Zero Dark Thirty director has an untitled project coming in 2017 according to IMDb. Nevertheless, Bigelow would be a perfect director for Captain Marvel. She proves time and time and time again that she can make marvelous movies. The MCU seems to be going in a more dark direction and I feel like Bigelow could perfectly capture that tone.

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1. Jennifer Kent

All in all, I believe Kent is the best director for this movie. I’m dying to see more movies of her after her brilliant movie, The Babadook. Marvel would miss a big oppurtunity if they do not bring her in as a director. The Australian would do an awesome job with this movie just like James Wan did with Furious 7.

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Do you agree with this list? Who do you want to direct the Captain Marvel movie.