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Here is my review of Guardians of the Universe 2 (Released at Cinema in April 2017) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

I was really looking forward to this film and could not wait for it to be released at the cinema.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to Guardians of the galaxy and takes place a few months after the previous film. The team now find themselves as galactic heroes for hire and Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign race, hires them to protect valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Gamora’s estranged sister Nebula, who was caught attempting to steal the batteries.

Afterwards it is revealed that Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) has stolen some of the priceless batteries for himself. They find themselves pursued by the sovereign drones. However, the drones are destroyed by a mysterious figure, and the Guardians are forced to crash-land on a nearby planet. The figure reveals himself as Quill’s father, Ego, who invites Quill, accompanied by Gamora and Drax, to his home, while Rocket and Groot remain behind to repair the ship and guard Nebula.

Meanwhile, Ayesha hires Yondu Udonta and his crew, who have been exiled from the greater Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians.

I won’t reveal much more of the story but the main thrust of the action is the Guardians trying to stay one step ahead of the Soverign and the Ravagers. But the real heart of this movie is Peter Quill meeting his father at long last. But what are his father’s motives?

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I thought it was just as good as the first one. The best and funniest bit of the film in my opinion is the opening scene where the galactic avengers are fighting a giant octopus-like creature. But instead of keeping the camera on the battle we watch an adorable Baby Groot dancing to Mr. Blue Sky. It is really funny.

I thought the film was action packed and full of good special effects. With a good mix of action and comedy. Chris Pratt is outstanding as Peter Quill. The unifying plot thread throughout the movie is family. While Peter Quill’s lineage is a big focal point, we also learn a lot more about why Nebula has such hatred for Gamora and what went on during their childhood with Thanos, And there’s more insight given into Drax’s relationship with his deceased family. There’s time spent exploring how Rocket’s creation caused him some major trust issues, and it’s even explained where Yondu came from. As the team grapples with the conflicts and personal demons that threaten to tear them apart, their individual stories dominate the movie.

We also learn about some new characters as well. There’s Ayesha and the Sovereign, Taserface and his Ravagers, and another new group of Ravagers (with Sylvester Stalone playing their leader). Pom Klementieff is a standout as Mantis, but then, so is Kurt Russell as well who is great as Star-Lord’s father.

I love Marvel films and I was not let down on this occasion. I left the cinema very satisfied.

So in my humble opinion, Marvel have yet again produced a great film in their marvel universe franchise. By the way, there are 5 (OH YES 5!) post-credit scenes, so don’t leave too early.

 


Here is my review of Doctor Strange (Released at Cinema in October 2016) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

To those unfamiliar with Doctor Strange, he is not your typical superhero as he doesn’t have super powers or gadgets, instead Doctor Strange relies on magic, astral planes, time travel and extra dimensions to fight evil. I have read a couple of comics, watched a couple of cartoon versions and so know a bit about him but wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw this film. However, I did expect a lot more than the 1978 TV film version which starred Peter Hooten. Yes I am afraid I was the one person that watched that when it first came out. This TV film was meant to be pilot for a TV series, but it was never picked up as a series. Surprisingly it did not put me off superhero movies.

Anyway Back to the 2016 version. Doctor strange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch and is the 14th film in the Marvel Universe. When we first meet him at the start of the film Doctor strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon (well the very best on Earth in his humble opinion) who is egotistical, arrogant and rude to his colleagues and every one else around him. He is involved in a serious car accident (caused by his own arrogance), which disintegrates the bones in his hands along with his identity. As his ego shrinks, Strange comes to see himself as a “tiny speck in an indifferent universe”. Desperate for a remedy so that he can regain his identity, Doctor Strange travels to Nepal, where he comes in contact with The Ancient One. She is an ageless entity who offers to revive his hands while simultaneously awakening his consciousness to the unseen powers of the multiverse. However, she is actually training him to make him a defender of the planet.

We are told that whilst the Avengers fight physical enemies, the ancient one and her defenders are here protect the world against mystic threats. Who Operate from sanctums across the globe. They can leap between realities and dimensions, portal-hopping to present-day London and New York in an instant.

While Doctor Strange learns to tap into these energies and learn about astral projection, parallel dimensions and time travel he still remains desperate to find the key to healing his hands which are still scarred and shaky from surgery. Meantime, he must confront Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), a former pupil to The Ancient One who has stolen pages from her sacred texts pertaining to eternal life and is trying to steal all of the Earth’s time and is planning to turn it over to an evil lord called “Dormammu” of the Dark Dimension.

Can he save the day? you will have to watch it to find out :).

Well, what can I say. To start with, this was not your  typical Marvel film as it deals with mind-bending concepts such as parallel dimensions, time travel and mysticism. Even so, I thought this film was awesome. It was much better than I ever anticipated. It was superb from beginning to end. Although the film was approaching 2 hours long it certainly did not feel like it.   The special effects are just jaw-dropping although this film does have the look of “Inception” but this is much better in my opinion. It is a visual feast as you watch city’s bend and fold when rival sorcerers fight each other, cast spells, alter reality and run through portals into other different realities. The scene where Doctor Strange travels into different astral realms resembles what I imagine an extreme acid trip would look like (I have never taken acid myself so I would not know lol) .

Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant and played Doctor Strange fantastically in my opinion.  He fits into the movie’s comic-book world with ease. He is witty, funny, arrogant and pulls off being a sorcerer really well. Madds Mikkelson played the “baddie” pretty well although he did feel a bit underused at times. But of course I have to mention the cloak of levitation (a magic cloak with a mind of its own) which stole the show for me.  Even my wife and son thought the film was great too. I have run out of good things to say about it. All I can say is that I left the cinema feeling extremely satisfied and can say this is one of my favourite marvel films so far. So, if you are a fan of Marvel, go and see it.

I cannot wait to see Doctor Strange join up with the Avengers. It opens up all possibilities of what may happen in future films. Will we see parallel universes or even time travel? We shall see :).


Well folks, Hope you are well. The other day we saw “Guardians of the galaxy” on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd November 2013) and here is my review.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

We have been looking forward to this for a long time as I was very curious how this fitted with the Marvel film universe and unfortunately we were unable to see it at the cinema.

The film opens In 1988, where following his mother’s death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta.

Fast forward 26 years and Quill, now played by Chris Pratt, is a charming renegade in the Indiana Jones mould. On the planet Morag, Quill steals an orb, after which he is intercepted by Korath, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan. Although Quill escapes with the orb, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture, while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb.

When Quill attempts to sell the orb on the Nova Empire capital world, Xandar, Gamora ambushes him and steals it. A fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters: the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoid Groot. The Nova Corps arrives and arrests all four, imprisoning them in the Kyln. While there, a powerful inmate, Drax, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill dissuades him by saying that Gamora can bring Ronan to him, at which point Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, unwilling to let him use the orb’s power to destroy entire planets such as Xandar. Learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, she, Quill, Rocket, Groot, and Drax work together to escape from the Kyln.

Elsewhere, Ronan meets with Gamora’s adoptive father, Thanos, to discuss her betrayal and the loss of the orb. Accompanied by Drax, Quill’s group escapes the Kyln in his ship – the Milano – and flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed-head of a Celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan while the rest of the group meet Gamora’s contact, the collector Taneleer Tivan. Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Suddenly, Tivan’s tormented assistant grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs Tivan’s archive.

Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronan’s followers and Gamora’s sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, and Ronan’s forces leave with the sphere. Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive; Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threaten to attack Yondu’s ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiates a truce by convincing Yondu that they can recover the orb. The group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, yet despite that they also understand they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy. On Ronan’s flagship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the Stone in his warhammer, taking its power for himself. He contacts Thanos, threatening to kill him after the destruction of Xandar; hateful of her adopted father, Nebula allies with Ronan.

Near Xandar, the Dark Aster is confronted by the Ravagers, the Nova Corps, and Quill’s group and climatic battle ensues. I wont reveal the ending but the last 20 minutes or so are very exciting.

And watch out for the usual post credits scene.

BRILLIANT, that’s all I can say :).

I was looking forward to this for a while and I was not disappointed. I (well we all did) really liked the film. It was great fun.  The effects were brilliant. The humour is brilliant. The dialogue and action sequences were brilliant. In fact I think it’s the best film I have seen for a while.

Pratt carries the show marvellously, and Rocket the talking raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, nearly steals the show for me with his fast talking banter.  But I have to mention Groot (voiced by action man Vin Diesel) who knows only three words, “I am Groot,” which he repeats again, again and again with different inflections throughout the movie.

Although I have not heard of Guardians of the galaxy before and had not seen any of the characters in comics  before I warmed very quickly to them.  I think this is a brilliant stand alone Marvel film and fits very well into the Marvel film universe. Whether further films will link events between the avengers and guardians of the galaxy I don’t know.

Would I recommend it, well hell yes it is definitely worth a watch.


Hi folks, here is my review of “Captain America: The winter soldier” which we  saw recently at the cinema using the DBOX experience (Released at cinema on 26th March 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This review will be in 2 parts, firstly I will review the DBOX experience and then I will review the film.

We went to the Cineworld cinema at the Pars wood complex in Didsbury. Basicaly the D-Box programs the seats to move in sync with the action during the film presentation. The seats allocated for D-Box were the best seats in the house in my opinion eye-level with the screen, half way back into the auditorium from the front row. Each seat has a self-adjuster on it which allows each film goer to set how much they want their own chair to move. As expected it is more expensive than a standard ticket.  I was reasonably pleased with the DBOX effect and it enhances the film in my opinion. Is it for all films, no not in my opinion, But for action films then yes its brilliant.

So onto the film. Two years after “the Avengers” Steve Rogers works for the S.H.I.E.L.D. under director Nick Fury while adjusting to modern society. Rogers and Agent Natasha Romanoff are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Georges Batroc and his mercenaries. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, to confront Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt Romanoff’s recovered data, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight.

On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill, Fury is ambushed by assailants led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes to Rogers’s apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised. After handing Rogers a flash drive containing data from the ship, Fury is gunned down by the Winter Soldier. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body. What follows is intrigue, betrayal, action and many twists and turns.

The identity of The Winter Soldier is just one of the dramatic twists that forces its hero to weather with characteristic idealism. He can’t just kill the bad guy. Thrown out of SHIELD and on the run with The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and his new teammate Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap is forced to uncover dangerous truths about SHIELD and, by extension, American foreign and domestic policy over the last 70 years. What he finds will change SHIELD forever.  To say this film is a game changer is an understatement.  Not only does it affect the future Avengers movie but it also has ramifications for the Marvel AGents of SHIELD TV Series.

I must admit I quiet liked this film. There are some great special effects and action sequences. It’s not as good as “the avengers” but way better than the first Captain America movie. From the opening set-piece, dropping in on a ship captured by pirates, Cap sends goons flying via his super-serum-assisted punches and kicks, while his trademark shield is exploited more effectively as a weapon than the first time around. In addition,  it is much darker and faster paced. Samuel L Jackson is particularly brilliant as the Nick Fury and comes up with some pretty good lines.  Chris Evan portrayal as the tormented hero is also good. But I have to mention Scarlett Johansson who stood up well against her male counterparts.

So combined with the DBOX experience, well worth a watch in my opinion.

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Last Friday on channel 4 was the first episode of “Marvels agents of shield” and here is my review.

This is a coup for channel 4 and we watched with anticipation.

This spin off follows on from the avengers film but here, S.H.I.E.L.D’s boss Nick Fury (played by Samuel L Jackson in Avengers Assemble) is neither seen nor mentioned, at least in this first episode. It is Agent Coulson (a charmingly wry Clark Gregg) who takes centre stage. If you remember Coulson died in the battle for New York. but it seems that Coulson was actually swiftly resuscitated and sent to recover in Tahiti (“Welcome to Level 7”) – or so he thinks. There’s a secret  that we’ll have to keep watching to discover (“He can never know,” says Agent Hill (Colbie Smulders) mysteriously). I have my suspicions that he is actually a clone or some sort of robot, what do you think?

Anyway The big question was whether anyone else from the Avengers would drop into the opening episode. In a word, no. Not a single familiar superhero popped his head around the door. A quick cameo from Iron Man or Captain America (Coulson’s favourite) would have been a nice touch– though it was admittedly unlikely. Yet we can cling to the possibility of this happening in future episodes.

So back to the pilot.  The show opens is with a flurry of comic books pages and the Marvel logo. We are taken to city block where an unknown man is seen with his son outside a building which explodes in a fireball. The man tells his son to stay put and then rushes to the building. He puts on his hood, thus dubbing him “The Hooded Hero” in news stories throughout the episode, climbs a brick wall like Spiderman and saves a woman from the inferno.

We are then taken to Paris where S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is in the midst of trying to steal a piece of Chitauri technology from an enemy named “The Rising Tide.” There is a fight scene as he gets caught trying to steal the Chitauri artifact, but he makes it out with the device and catches a helicopter on the roof with the Eiffel Tower in the background. He then heads to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters we he meets Agent Coulson. The Rising Tide is then revealed to be an anti-government criminal organization, trying to reveal government secret programs like S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to know who the newest gifted (person with superpowers) is before The Rising Tide gets to him first. Coulson and Ward set out on a mission with Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) to find the Hooded Hero via a fringe Rising Tide hacker named Skye (Chloe Bennett) they have tracked, and who saw the Hooded Hero save the woman from the fire.

It is revealed that the Hooded Hero, real name Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), is actually a created superhero. He has a “centipede” on his arm, which is a metal injecting device filled with fluid similar to the superhero fluid developed in the 1940s to make Captain America. The centipede is also filled with Extremis, which Marvel fans will remember from “Iron Man 3”. The side effect of Extremis are irrational anger and, eventually, spontaneous human combustion. Once finding this out, Skye switches allegiance to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Mike begins to exhibit symptoms of Extremis and attacks his boss, who had fired him earlier, with his superhero strength.

It is then revealed that the explosion at the beginning where Mike saved the woman from was a resulting explosion from another individual with Extremis. The woman Mike saved was the doctor who gave him the centipede with the super soldier fluid and the Extremis fluid.

Mike confides in Skye that he just wants to live safely with his son. Skye informs him that he can remove all evidence he ever existed so both S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Rising Tide will never find him. Mike begins to exhibit Extremis paranoia and he kidnaps Skye.

S.H.I.E.L.D. begins a massive hunt for Skye and to contain Mike before he explodes and destroys everything in a “two block radius.”

In a climatic battle Mike takes a hostage and is shot by a unknown foe, probably an associate of the doctor that gave him the Extremis potion, Agent Coulson finally subdues him and promises him peace. The doctor and her hired gun get away.

However, there is a happy ending as Mike is reunited with his son, relocated to a safe house by Coulson. Coulson then offers Skye a job with S.H.I.E.L.D. He then receives a call about an “OH4” that needs immediate attention.

And the episode ends.

First, how can I sum up “Marvels agents of shield”, well It’s a secret agent series set in the Marvel Universe. I really enjoyed this pilot episode. It had action, gadgets and some good lines and references to the marvel universe.  Overall, it is witty, quick moving, smart and incredibly well-done. But those wanting to see loads of superheroes with powers will be very disappointed. However, this is a great start and this series has the potential to be really, really good. Well worth a watch in my opinion.

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John Favreau has recently let slip some details about ‘Iron Man 3’.

The director has revealed that the follow up to ‘Iron Man 2’ will directly follow on from the events of the superhero group movie ‘The Avengers’.

Favreau told MTV, “In theory, ‘Iron Man 3’ is going to be a sequel or continuation of ‘Thor’, ‘Hulk’, ‘Captain America’ and ‘Avengers’. This whole world… I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”

“Honestly, right now ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ are their (Marvel) big priorities, and you learn things by shooting and making movies. The script is one thing, but when you actually see what you land on at the editing room – especially with Marvel where they film, cut, film some more and shape the film – you really learn as you go.”

Firstly, I just hope  these Marvel films live up to my expectations…. And secondly, do we need Iron man 3 or will it be just too much superhero movies to cope with.

Personally, I can’t wait to see Captain America and Co on the big screen. 

What about you, what do you think, are you bothered or not?