Movie Review: Incredibles 2

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After 14 years, The Incredibles is back! Was it worth the wait? 

Yes, yes and more yes. Incredibles 2 is exactly what you would expect it to be. It’s a fun, well-made sequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved franchises that is great entertainment for the whole family — not quite as good as the original, but easily an enjoyable film. Incredibles 2 is a really well-thought out film, bringing out my inner kid, and laughing at the relatable situations we tend to face every day.

Incredibles 2 picks up right in the aftermath of Brad Bird’s 2004 original. Unfortunately, despite the heroes making a comeback, what they’re doing is still illegal. Their big fight catches the eye of a CEO that is an advocate for super-rights. He contacts the supers in hopes of changing the public’s perception. CEO Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn are publicity and tech geniuses that use their sway to push the supers back into the limelight, starting with Elastigirl. While she’s out fighting the Screenslaver, Mr. Incredible is left to take care of the family. This includes Jack-Jack’s newly discovered powers, Violet’s boy troubles, and Dash’s math homework.

The animation quality has obviously gotten much better since 2004. The film looks extremely detailed. The colors, the action scenes, the details of their suits got all super. My favorite Incredible, of course, is Jack-Jack who stole the show to me. He definitely brought most of the entertainment in the movie, and his superpowers are incredible and fun to watch as he discovers more and more what he can do. There is one Jack-Jack fight scene that is very exciting and funny, but I won’t spoil it for you. 

Incredibles 2 remains super to my eyes. And plus, not all heroes wear capes. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you have seen the film, let me know your thoughts. Enjoy! -xo Mel 

Movie Review: Adrift

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Early this week, I was able to see a pre-screening of the Adrift film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Let me first set the stage for you. Adrift is based on the true story of two sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. 

I just love true story type of movies. Will they survive? Will one of them die? How does one survive 41 days in the open ocean with no help? Yes, I repeat force to survive for 41 days aboard a damaged ship, navigating manually and surviving on rationed peanut butter, until making it to Hawaii, 1,500 miles away. TBH, I don’t think I could of survive that long. The number of hallucinations that happen in just a few days alone with little to no human contact, beaten up from the storm, no food, and on top of that what if you were a Vegan?! I will say this movie does have a few cheesy parts (the falling in love part), but once the storm hits, you get caught up in the suspense on how will they survive. You start questioning what would you do in that situation, can you navigate through the ocean the nearest land.

Without giving too much away, besides the cheesy parts, I also didn't like that the film's chronological back-and-forth because it diffuses the suspense part. Felt like it "drifted" at times. Pun, intended.  I give it a 2.75 out of 5 stars. If you see this film, let me know what you think.

-xo Mel 

Movie Review: Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Cheat Sheet

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"We're in the endgame now." —Dr. Strange

The wait for Avengers: Infinity War is over ... I think everyone finally had an opportunity to see the movie. If you haven’t, no worries this is spoiler-free, so no need to swear me out your life. Avengers: Infinity War snagged a $258.2 million debut this past Fri-Sun, bigger than any movie in history. This is Marvel's 19th movie, their biggest so far, and is for sure worth the wait. Here is my little cheat sheet of recommendations to know before seeing this movie and might help explain it even better. 

 

THE SETUP

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be aware this is the one that pits most of the primary Avengers against the world’s most impressive MCU villain Thanos (Josh Brolin).  You may not like Thanos, but you will love Josh Brolin’s Thanos, he played the character so well that you would almost feel bad for him. The likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and way many more, have never faced a threat this big, as Thanos' pursuit of the Infinity Stones plunges the entire universe into danger. 

So, what are the 5 Marvel movies you really need to see prior to this one? Here’s my take, in order of importance:

  1. Thor Ragnarok
  2. Black Panther
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5. Doctor Strange

Don’t get me wrong, seeing all the Marvel movies helps even more, but if you see these 5, then I think you’ll have a pretty good grasp of what’s going on.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE INFINITY STONES

“Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones.” —The Collector

SPACE STONE (Tesseract)

Color: Blue

Power: Used to control space and create advanced weaponry

Currently in possession: Asgard

 

REALITY STONE (Aether)

Color: Red

Power: Ability to warp reality at will, immense strength, durability, powers, and subjective 

influence over the universe

Currently in Possession: The Collector

 

POWER STONE (Orb)

Color: Purple

Power: Increases physical abilities, allows manipulation of energy. Can obliterate an entire planet

when unleashed.

Currently in Possession: Nova Corps

 

MIND STONE (from Loki’s scepter)

Color: Yellow 

Power: Subjugate the minds of others, bending them to the will of the user. Increased intelligence

Currently in Possession: Vision

 

TIME STONE (Eye of Agamotto)

Color: Green

Power: Able to control the flow of time.

Currently in Possession: Doctor Strange

 

SOUL STONE

Color: Orange

Power: Unknown 

Currently in Possession: Unknown

 

OVERALL

The Russo Brothers did a magnificent job with this one they gave it a darker more sincere feel, it left us emotionally involved from beginning to end, even frustrated and exhausted at times (insert tears). There’s not much I can say without spoiling any surprises, but what I can say is that we see all our favorite characters reunited in one movie which is incredible. #WakandaForever! Avenger's: Infinity War takes you to new planets and locations we’ve only heard of but have never seen. It keeps the movie moving and the viewers interested. Within the first 5 minutes of the film, you understand that this is a different kind of movie. It’s fast-moving and it doesn’t feel like it’s 2 and a half hours long.

Avenger's: Infinity War is a must see. I’ve seen it once … or maybe twice (judge me not) and I can’t wait to see it all over again. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Did you see it? Let me know your thoughts! -xo Mel