Guardians of the Galaxy

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We really are living in a golden age of science fiction and fantasy movies and TV. The (relatively) low cost of computer generated imagery coupled with the suitability of genre blockbusters for 3D conversion (and the associated additional income) have created an evironment where it’s finally feasible to create pretty much any ridiculous scenario authors and screenwriters can come up with. And…It’s wearing me out. I can only take so many explosion laden blockbusters before I retreat to the subtle charm of an indie character piece. I pick and choose which of the big films I go to see (no Transformers or Turtles for a start) and this year I’ve seen three – Lucy (which I talked about here), Edge of Tomorrow (which I thought was surprisingly good but neglected to mention at the time) and now Guardians of the Galaxy which we watched in 2D. I have to say, I’m happy with my choices so far. Guardians is quite different to both Lucy and Edge of Tomorrow but I enjoyed it just as much. It’s fast paced and doesn’t take itself at all seriously. The 80s vibe worked really well for me and I was reminded of The Last Starfighter (although I … Read More

Lucy

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Lucy is a dumb movie. Let’s get that out there right from the start. Do not go to this movie expecting anything resembling a plausible plot. It’s not enough just to suspend disbelief – you’ll also have to suspend your belief in the laws of physics, common sense and your desire for there to be any sort of internal consistency to a film. This is not a movie that will make the world a better place. But I enjoyed it. Especially the first fifteen minutes or so. The opening scenes build a real sense of menace and Scarlett Johansson gives a raw, emotional performance that was definitely the highlight of the movie for me. The Besson magic is in evidence and it starts to look like a film that is much more intelligent than the trailer would have you believe. And then it all gets a bit silly. The plot bounces from set piece to ever more ridiculous set piece, mixing classic Besson car chases with effects laden computer graphics sequences until it gets to rather bizarre climax that’s hard to really comment on without spoiling anything. It’s a wild ride and completely implausible, even perplexing in places. At one point I … Read More