Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

22 05 2017

Rating: PG13
Running time: 136 minutes
Opens: 27 April 2017, Now showing

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) MovieMistakes profile
4) Official Site (English)

Yah well, this was supposed to be scheduled for last week but I messed up a little bit when scheduling my entries so it will appear a week later. In any case, I don’t think it affects much and I shall move on to the entry proper. I suppose the naming convention for this sequel is also different from most other movies, and it sort of mirrors the 2nd volume of oldies soundtrack featured throughout the movie too.

The movie starts off with this new team undertaking a mission whose employer will probably play a bigger role in future though there’s still some importance in this movie, just secondary to the main ‘boss’ this time. More importantly I think this time it acts as a way to trace the origins of the main man further, as well as laying the foundation for further expansions into this team’s future (films), and perhaps even have links to other future Marvel movies when they do appear, considering there’s that appearance and cameo of Stan Lee which I feel is probably something more important than what he has appeared to be previously in terms of referencing something.

Style wise, I would say this team continues to have their own unique teamwork and bickering, along with humour that will be shown throughout the movie, so you could say it continues to be quite a different Marvel production as compared to the ‘mainstream’ heroes which made this genre of movies so popular globally. Rather than focusing on the action stuff, I think this team is better in pulling off crazy things in a casual and unexpected manner which has its own entertainment value too. The plot isn’t so bad, but how it wrapped up was slightly underwhelming for me.

Overall, I think this movie is more of a entertaining production rather than being particularly serious and I am curious on how it will link up with other characters in the cinematic universe as well as how the future movie(s) for this team will pan out. Baby Groot was pretty quite in this movie. Lol. My take: 6.5/10

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大追捕

18 02 2017

English title: Nightfall
Rating: PG13
Running time: 108 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile

For those who are able to read the Chinese title, then one may be expecting some big manhunt for someone/group of people. While it does turn out to be a cop and thief movie in essence, the kind of presentation and process was something different from what I had in mind. Not saying it’s a bad thing, just that it was differing in certain details from what I was expecting.

Given its total duration, it is not surprise that the movie goes into the main topic soon enough with the victim being found and hence the investigation commencing to find the culprit behind a seemingly brutal murder. The movie then spends quite a significant amount of time on the core part – investigation which led to revelation of various possible links to past events and the suspects list is narrowed down. Sounds like a pretty standard procedure, but the nice part is the process of this investigation and trying to find conclusive evidence to pinpoint the real culprit(s) behind the entire incident.

When the truth is revealed, one would see that the entire thing is a pretty simple event but the way it panned out and also the performance by the cast in general really did help to make the movie not become one of those standard formula with disappointing act to go along with it. Of course apart from the main case, there are also other subtle subelements which help to flesh out certain characters’ personality better but remains as that without delving too much in those areas in case it distracts the viewers from the core plot at hand.

Overall, while being a short movie, I think it has been able to accomplish in presenting all their key ideas properly and together with a cast that performed well, the movie was a pretty entertaining watch despite it not being exactly cheerful or anything of the sort. My take: 6.5/10

p.s. Seems like I’ve been on a Chinese movie spree lately (well, not sure if the actual publication will reflect this trend though)





关云长

17 02 2017

English title: The Lost Bladesman
Rating: PG
Running time: 107 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile

Centred around one of the important names in the 3 Kingdoms, this movie focuses not so much on the huge scale battles like we have seen in movies like Red Cliff, but rather really a solo journey of Guan Yu. As I am not familiar with all these events, I actually didn’t know anything on where the movie’s main plot came from prior to watching.

The movie will clearly show each phase of this part of the journey in a fairly detailed fashion, or rather in a pace slow enough for anyone to be able to absorb and understand what is going on in the story even if one has very little knowledge of the events that happened before the setting of this movie. On many occasions of the movie, I feel that the pace is intentionally made slow to ‘soak’ into the more drama aspects rather than focusing merely on action, battles and the likes.

While the main lead has enough skills to pull off the action sequences in the movie, I think for the other aspects of the character, it doesn’t seem to impress me all that much. Or perhaps the way the movie intended to portray him here doesn’t suit the actor’s actual performance, or maybe it’s just due to my poor interpretation of everything. Trying to be more emotional (and the struggles) about the things but not being able to match the feel of it that I felt. In some ways, the supporting cast sometimes perform better in those areas, and that’s not what you want when you have such a specific main character that you are supposed to showcase.

Now that I have watched the movie, I can understand why I saw some of the not so encouraging remarks regarding this show’s performance. While I can’t possibly classify this as a *bad* movie, it certainly is still a notable distance away from being a good one, much less a masterpiece of any sort. Perhaps I have expected too much from a supposed remarkable character. My take: 6/10