A month ago, I couldn’t have given two shits about Bato or Major or what happened to them in Ghost in the Shell. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I got worked up over a talking racoon’s existential and emotional crisis.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Honky ass crackers aside, Doctor Strange in an immensely enjoyable addition to the MCU. A veritable kaleidoscope of weirdness and confidence shining a spotlight on a little known Marvel superhero and, from someone who knew very little about him until I watched this movie, allow me to say, it’s a pleasure to meet you, Doctor.
Just where did the animosity between Captain America and Iron Man start?
This isn’t the story of two superheroes being dicks to each other… it’s a story of hard choices, gray areas, and no road home. This is a story of divided loyalties, undying friendship, and problems with no real solutions. Realistically, you can side with either Tony or Steve in this movie… both of them are right, both of them are wrong.
If you create the number one movie of all time, only to see it get smacked down to number two, how else are you supposed to react?
Tiny but Mighty… Oh wait, that was Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
The Avengers have reassembled to take down a tyrannical wise-cracking robot named Ultron who wants to bring peace to the world by destroying it because that’s apparently how robots always try to achieve peace — through destruction. I swear to God, it’s like Dick Cheney in a metal body only with more humanity.
Guardians of the Galaxy has brought the fun back to science fiction in a way I haven’t seen since the original Star Wars. I’m serious. This charismatic, emotionally charged and wondrous creation has not only raised the bar for movies that follow, but has also set a new standard. It is bright, it is inviting, at times magical and heartbreaking and it doesn’t insult you or go unnecessarily dark on you so that it can be “mature.”
Usually, a movie will focus too much on Peter Parker or Hal Jordan and their obnoxious bullshit and not enough on being super. A few movies get it right, but not many. Captain America: The Winter Soldier gets it right and gets it right in the rightest way possible.