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The Ten Most Kid-Friendly Marvel Movies

Marvel has become a wonderful franchise that people of all ages can enjoy. Some Marvel films are catered to an older audience while others may appeal to younger fans. But which of these movies are the most kid-friendly of the bunch? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy! (And I’m not ranking these movies by the way.)

Ant-Man

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As someone who’s a little older Ant-Man can be a little cheesy at times but younger children will have a blast watching this film. There isn’t a lot of profanity, the violence is contained and not that graphic, and it’s a fun film filled with a lot of humor. Children will quickly fall in love with Ant-Man after seeing this movie.

 Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Like Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun movie that caters heavily toward children. It isn’t dark and gloomy like some of the other Marvel films and it isn’t filled with a whole bunch of profanity. It’s simply a fun movie that’ll have your kids bouncing in their seat with joy.

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The Evolution of Drax

Drax isn’t high on my list of Marvel heroes, in fact he’s near the bottom, so forgive me if I’m not very enthusiastic with his evolution throughout the movies. I still hope you enjoy though. 🙂

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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I have to admit, I actually kind of liked Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes he was little much at times but overall he was funny (I loved that he took everything literally, even metaphors) and when he needed to be he was quite heroic. He was also an interesting character because of his devotion to his dead family. He was determined to find them justice with the death of Ronan and he wouldn’t rest until that goal was achieved. I can totally get behind a hero with those sort of admirable motivations and it made him a character worth caring about. It was his next movie that made my appreciation of his character dwindle drastically.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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I actually liked Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy but the sequel turned into a joke, literally. Gone was his serious attitude that I liked and he was forced to become this vessel for comedy that just didn’t improve the movie in the slightest. Now I legitimately enjoyed his interactions with the new character, Mantis. They were a rather funny duo but he definitely needs to be dragged down a notch in the comedic realm if I’m going to start caring about his character in the slightest again.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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From what I’ve seen of Drax in Infinity War it looks like he’s finally going to return to being the serious Drax I have grown to enjoy. I am definitely kind of excited to see what will happen with him in this next film and if he’ll finally finish his goal of bringing justice to his dead family by defeating Thanos. I can’t wait to see what happens.

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The Evolution of Groot

Groot is awesome in his own “I am Groot” way. I remember when I first saw him I was like, “Who’s this talking tree thingy?” He was definitely unique and a little odd but it didn’t take long for me to really latch onto his Chewbacca-esque character. He was so sweet, kind, and sometimes disturbingly violent but overall he was a great addition to the band of misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m excited to share with you his evolution in his previous two films. Enjoy!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Groot is just a really nice character. I mean he’s undoubtedly the nicest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. His involvement in the movie wasn’t complex in the slightest. He just followed everyone around like a lumbering tree who, on occasion, gave his opinion in certain situations. So it’s kind of sad to think that he came to a tragic ending as he died sacrificing himself for his friends near the end of the movie. Yes, if you didn’t know, he died! James Gunn just recently told everyone in a tweet that Groot actually did die when Ronin’s ship crashed and I was instantly heartbroken. For years I had thought that Baby Groot was just Groot reborn but no, that was his son. The original Groot ended up perishing in that crash and that has made that heartwarming scene when he tells Rocket, “We are Groot” all the more touching and heartbreaking at once.

“I am Groot.” (RIP Groot.)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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And then there’s Baby Groot. Oh my goodness, Baby Groot is so cute and he could’ve been even cuter if the movie had been written better. Did he really have any development in this Guardians sequel? Not really. He was just cute throughout the entire movie…and sometimes a little feisty, but there wasn’t a lot of character development for the character. I mean come on, he’s a baby. Of course he’s not going to be written with as much care and attention as say, the adults! But he was one of the few positives to the movie and that’s good because the film needed that.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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And now when Groot returns he’ll be a grumpy teenage Groot, which I’m sure will bring a lot of comedy to the film, and I’m excited to see this new version of Groot that we haven’t exactly discovered about.

I am super excited to see this movie and I can’t wait to see Groot return. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

The Evolution of Rocket

Rocket is actually a pretty cool character if you really think about it. I mean, he’s a talking, gun toting raccoon and yet he’s not corny or extremely weird. How is that possible? You see, that’s how awesome of a character he is. His blaring personality makes us see him as basically a human being…in raccoon form. I remember when I saw Rocket for the first time. I was definitely a little baffled by this raccoon Marvel character with his tree counterpart but the strangeness of that combination was what made Guardians of the Galaxy such a fascinatingly different superhero movie. Guardians of the Galaxy could’ve easily been a flop but James Gunn brought this weird bunch of space guardians to life in an impeccable way that I wouldn’t change in the slightest. Rocket is part of that equation that made the movie so enjoyable in the first place and so today I am beyond excited to share with you his evolution heading towards Avengers: Infinity War which is coming out in ELEVEN DAYS!!!!! Oh my gosh, I’m SOOOO EXCITED! Okay, I’m getting a little off topic here. Enjoy the post. 🙂

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Since the first time you see Rocket in the movie he’s immediately likable because of his sarcastic, kind of mean attitude that’s just hilarious to see coming from this raccoon fella. His personality roared into life on the big screen and he was just fun to watch. His evolution throughout the film isn’t at the forefront of the story but when you really look at the movie it’s kind of incredible how much of a good guy he actually becomes by the end sequence of the film.

You see, at the beginning of the movie he was basically a bounty hunter searching for douchebags across the galaxy who were going to get him a quick dose of money. That’s how he came across Peter Quill. Peter was wanted, Rocket was ready to collect his bounty, but in a scuffle he got himself captured and placed in a prison along with, well, the eventual Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point in the movie he’s still in the bounty hunter mentality as he concocts a plan to break out of the prison and practically salivates over the fact that if he and his newfound friends sell that strange orb they will be four billion units richer.

He doesn’t really change from being the grumpy raccoon he pretends to be until after he finds out the orb is an Infinity Stone and what it could do to the people of Xandar. When Peter and Gamora get captured by the Ravagers outside of Knowhere he doesn’t hightail it out of there and leave everyone to their own devices. No. His first thought was to go back to Xandar (to the people who imprisoned him!) to warn them about what was coming. That sounds like a much different Rocket than the Rocket who we meet at the beginning of the movie.

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Where does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Rank in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

So I just recently watched the second Guardians of the Galaxy and yes I enjoyed it but did I think it was better than some of the other Marvel films? Well, it’s time to find out where it ranks amongst the now fifteen (not including Spider-Man which I still haven’t seen yet) Marvel movies.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is definitely my favorite Marvel movie to date. The story isn’t overcrowded by a multitude of superheroes, there aren’t any boring moments, and it’s, to me, Marvel at its best, storytelling and all.

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My Review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

So, I just recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (a.k.a GOTG Vol. 2) and I was skeptical. I had heard a lot of reviews and not a lot of them were good. A lot of people said that it was decent but not nearly as good as the first one was. And then there was a choice few who said it was pretty entertaining. So when I watched it for the first time I didn’t know what to expect.

I had already had a bad impression because of all of the advertising for the movie. It was like everywhere I looked there was GOTG…and this was months before the movie was even supposed to come out. A lot of times when movies are advertising heavily way before the movie comes out (like Batman vs. Superman) the movie usually isn’t good. So that was already a red alert. And then the content they did show wasn’t that great looking. The first GOTG had me interested from the very teaser that long time ago at the end of 2013. This one…not so much.

So the movie started and I was just hoping it wouldn’t be as bad as Ant-Man because that was a pretty corny Marvel film. And then the movie ended. And then the very next day I watched it again because there was so much going on I just had to make sure I got all of the itty-bitty details. And now I’m here, writing this post, and I hope you enjoy.

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen this movie yet and you would rather stay in the dark about this film’s moments then I advise you to discontinue reading now. Thank you.

The Story

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Okay, so I loved that they started the movie by showing Peter’s Dad and Mom with the song, “Brandy” playing through the scene. It was the perfect way to come into the movie. And then it jumps 34 years later and who do we see, “The frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s been such a while since the last one came out that it was nice to see the bunch arguing about nonsense, as usual, before that tentacled beast came roaring out of a rift in space. And then Baby Groot (by the way, Baby Groot is BEYOND adorable, oh my goodness) turned on the music and GOTG Vol. 2 started. That was my favorite part of the movie because it was so hilarious and cute and colorful and the song was great. Watching Baby Groot dancing around while everyone was fighting for their lives against that monster cracked me up big time.

And then after that, the story really began. I liked how Peter’s dad came into the movie. It didn’t seem out of place or rushed. I was surprised at how early he came into the film though. And then the Guardians parted ways and that’s where the story also went into two directions. On one side you have Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Mantis whose story is very, very engaging. And then you’ve got Rocket, Baby Groot, eventually Yondu, and Nebula on the other side whose story is super boring.

With Star-Lord and company, I was riveted. Peter was a demi-god which was mind-blowing because that put him in a league with the likes of characters like Thor and Loki. I was loving the father/son relationship that was happening. It was great. Drax and Mantis began to create a cute friendship that was really fun to watch. And then you’ve got the awkward romantic thing going on with Peter and Gamora on the planet as well. I mean, the movie was good when it came to their side of the story.

And then you’ve got Rocket, Baby Groot, etc. and their story I didn’t like too much. I didn’t like Taserface. I felt that he was a dumb character that didn’t really need to be in the movie. Baby Groot searching for Yondu’s fin was a little overkill. I was like, “Okay! We get the message. Baby Groot can’t distinguish objects because he’s a baby. We got it!” It just took way too long. The jokes weren’t that funny. The music was okay. All in all, I was relieved when they escaped and started heading for Ego.

Then the movie took a turn for the better with the realization that Ego, Peter’s dad, was the real villain of the entire movie. I was flabbergasted, and disgusted, and horrified at what his plans for the universe and what he had done to try to accomplishment. Seeing all of those bones of the children he had bred to be his right-hand man in that cavern was nightmarish. But then when I found that Ego gave Peter’s mom cancer, that he was the one who killed her I was shocked. That was a really big surprise I didn’t see coming.

It gave the movie the boost it needed. The next forty or so minutes of the film were fun to watch. The humor was there, there was plenty of action, Mantis’s powers were cool to observe, and Ego was the ultimate Dusche bag. And, thanks to spoilers I had accidentally stumbled upon while reading a magazine, I knew Yondu was going to die but it still made me tear up a bit when he did. Peter’s farewell speech felt very heartfelt and it definitely tugged at my emotions. And then when Gamora and Nebula made peace between each other and hugged, that was also an emotional moment that nearly made me cry.

Was the story as good as the first one? I’d have to say it was better. The only thing is the first GOTG was executed flawlessly whereas this one wasn’t. I was glad to see that there were surprises in the film despite all of the commercials and that the movie wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it would be.

The Characters

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First of all…I. LOVE. MANTIS! She has literally become one of my favorite characters in Marvel right now. She’s funny, weird, sweet, and her powers are pretty impressive. I’m so glad she’s a part of the GOTG.

Star-Lord was great, as expected. He was hilarious, he was a demi-god…for a little while, and his story in the film was very fun to watch.

I have to say Gamora was a little underwhelming. In the first GOTG, she wasn’t just the love interest. She had a story, she had a purpose, and she could kick your butt with or without a weapon. In this one, she seemed to be very Peter-centric, at least during the second half of the movie after they danced. She was never the same after that. Gone was the cool assassin who betrayed Thanos for the greater good. She instead became the woman who was infatuated with the man she suddenly realized she loved. I like Gamora but she didn’t float my boat as much as last time I saw her.

Nebula was cool, as always. Her story was interesting and I loved that she turned good. She was too cool a character to be the villain all of the time. I can’t wait to see her come face to face with Thanos now that her mission is to kill him.

Drax was better in this movie than the last. In the first one, I couldn’t stand Drax. He was too odd. I mean it took me forever to figure out what his name was, that’s how much I didn’t like him. He was definitely more tolerable in this film.

Yondu was alright. I’ve never liked Yondu that much so even though it was sad to see him die I won’t miss him in the slightest.

And then finally, Rocket and Baby Groot. They are the CGI characters in this movie and unfortunately, you can tell. Rocket was great but he looked weird this time around. In the first GOTG, they did such a great job he almost looked real. In this film, hmm, not so much. At one point he’s face to face with a snarling, real Yondu and he looks very fake. It’s kind of a shame. And Baby Groot also doesn’t look as tangible but what he loses in realism is over shadowed by his superior cuteness. He’s so adorable that I can barely handle it. I was not anticipating him to be that cute in the movie. Can I please have a little Baby Groot?

 

The Music

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I loved, loved, loved the music in GOTG Vol. 2. The songs were definitely better than in the first one. I loved the song at the beginning that Groot was dancing to and I loved “Wham Bam.” The other songs were just as good but those happened to be my favorite. I’m can’t wait to see what the new playlist might be the next GOTG.

The Villain Situation

Ayesha was an okay villain. She didn’t really ooze menace or any sort of threatening atmosphere. And Ego was just a planet-sized jerk. They have, unfortunately, joined the long list of lackluster villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I will say though, they’re better than Ronin for sure.

My Conclusion of the Movie

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Was this movie better than the first one? In ways…yes. The music was better, the story was better, the characters were more developed, but this is where GOTG Vol. 2 goes wrong.

This movie felt very CGI-centric compared to the other one. The locations, for some reason, felt more realistic to me in the first one than this one. Even the fights, such as the final one between Star-Lord and his dad, Ego felt like CGI bombs. I just knew there was a green screen in nearly every take.

Secondly, there wasn’t enough location hopping for me. (I mean you could say Rocket, Baby Groot, Yondu, and I think his name is Kraglin jumped to 700 different planets but that doesn’t count.) In GOTG there were all sorts of different worlds whereas this revolved around Ego’s planet for nearly the entire movie. That’s like having a Star Wars film centered around a single planet the whole time. That would be boring.

And the humor sometimes felt a little forced to me. Some things were really funny (like Star-Lord and Rocket fighting for control over the Milano) and then other jokes were not (like Nebula, after shooting Yondu’s fin, saying that fruit she ate wasn’t ripe.) And was it just me or did it feel like there was a lot of excessive hollering in this movie?

The good did outweigh the bad though. I loved the vibrant beauty of the movie. That’s in fact what I enjoyed the most. I liked the romantic plot between Star-Lord and Gamora. It’s the most authentic love story between two characters in Marvel since Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. I enjoyed the introduction of new characters. The story was engaging and felt important to the timeline of all of these Marvel films. And I love, loved the credits. It’s rare to have credits that engage you throughout the entire time but they did with all of the end-credit scenes and the silly pictures and words. This movie had the potential to be better than GOTG but it just wasn’t executed as perfectly.

All in all, I give this movie an 86 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It was much better than I thought it would be and I’m just glad about that.

Well, thank you for reading this looong post of mine. As you can see I was really excited to write a review about this movie. The next film I’ll probably review will be the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie once it comes out on Digital which should be any day now. Until then I thank you for reading my post and I hope you have a beautiful day.

 

Why I Think Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May Not Be A Smashing Success

Ever since I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier I’ve been a major fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, The Avengers was an incredible film that was really the most epic blockbuster of that time but I didn’t like Thor, I liked Iron Man but I hadn’t really seen his movies, and I hadn’t even watched Captain America: The First Avenger. The Avengers was the first Marvel movie that made me start to actually like this interesting band of superheroes but it wasn’t until 2014 that I was sold on the Marvel brand. Not only did The Winter Soldier come out which was already a virtually impeccable film but they introduced me to another group of superheroes (can they really be called superheroes?) whose movie was the definition of a perfect blockbuster. And they were the Guardians of the Galaxy.

When the movie credits were finished and it said The Guardians of the Galaxy will return I was ecstatic. It was thrilling to know this ragtag band of scoundrels, criminals, and an assassin were not going to be a one time occurrence. It was definitely a little disappointing to know it wasn’t going to come back to the movies until 2017 (yay, it’s 2017 now) but I could wait. Now it’s less than three months until the next Guardians of the Galaxy a.k.a GOTG comes to theaters and I have to admit, I’m not as enthusiastic to see it as I was with the first one and I’ll tell you why.

The Story

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Now I’ve watched all of the trailers since the very first teaser and every one does get better than the last. Unfortunately I came away from this final trailer a little disappointed. Yes it’s easily the best trailer so far and yes, it has made me excited for May 5 to come but there is something unfortunate about this preview of the highly anticipated sequel. I can already tell what the movie’s about and the gist of events that will take place in the movie.

Spoiler Alert!

I’m going to speak about a minor spoiler about this film’s connection to an upcoming Marvel film so if you’d rather be surprised I suggest you to not read any further.

Okay…here we go. Yondu, Nebula,  the new character, Mantis and the rest of the more well-known crew will be in Avengers: Infinity War. Yes, they’re all going to be in it. It’s a great surprise that I’m really excited to see unfold in the next Avengers but it’s kind of something I wished hadn’t been announced until after this next GOTG. I love to watch a movie and the entire time not know if everyone’s going to make it out of the situations. Of course I’m not saying I want anyone in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to die but simply knowing that they’re all going to live kind of destroys that suspenseful factor that I enjoy so much in movies.

Secondly I’ve been watching movies since I was a baby. Most movies run on the same plot so there are a lot of times when I can already predict what the movie is about and what’s going to happen in it just by looking at a trailer. Unfortunately I can already tell the story of this new GOTG just from the trailers which is never a good thing.

I believe the main gist of the film will be focused on the GOTG being a family instead of the ragtag team that they were at the end of the first film. I already foresee a sappy moment where the Guardians will come together in the name of saving the galaxy in a touching scene. This is GOTG we’re talking about however so someone will break up the sentimental scene by saying some sort of sarcastic joke (I’m thinking Rocket or Star-Lord will ruin the moment.)

I also predict that Star-Lord’s father is going to die. Why you might ask. Well here’s the thing, there’s going to have to be a dramatic, slightly heartbreaking moment in this film to make it feel really substantial. Look at the first GOTG. They “killed” off Groot to create a moment in the movie that could make you sad and would really solidify the fact that these characters are truly heroes who would risk their own lives to save the galaxy. What better way to create an intense, possibly tear inducing scene than to have Star-Lord’s father die from some unfortunate event. It would really shake up Chris Pratt’s character and it would definitely be the turning point of the blockbuster. And besides, he’s the only main character in the film that’s not been announced to be in the next Avengers.

There is undoubtedly going to be an epic fighting sequence at the end that’ll deliver some sweet visual effects and some mind-boggling combat but, according to the next Avengers, they’re going to beat the villains so that surprise flew out the window. Now of course I can’t predict every little part of the movie but unfortunately those three predictions cover all of the bases. How everything’s going to go down, I have no idea, but I have a feeling I’ll come away from this movie saying to myself, “I knew it.”

The fact that I feel like I already can tell what the movie is about just from the trailers is very disappointing. When I watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers I would’ve never guessed that Quicksilver was going to die or that they were going to introduce an amazing new character like Vision. When I watched the Captain America: Civil War trailers I couldn’t tell exactly what the movie was about except for the fact that it seemed like The Avengers were fighting each other. That was great because when I actually watched the film the movie had me on my toes the entire time. And the end was insane. When Captain America dropped his shield my jaw dropped. Was Steve Rogers really no longer Captain America? Even Doctor Strange was filled with surprises that I would’ve never gleaned from the commercials or trailers.

I still am very excited to see this movie and I have no doubt it’s going to be highly enjoyable. Will it be as entertaining as the first one? I don’t think so. That one was complete perfection. Will it be as terrible a sequel as Avengers: Age of Ultron was? Very unlikely. It’ll be a surprise however if this movie could contend with Marvel films like Civil War or Winter Soldier. That would be a tremendous accomplishment.

I hope after I watch it this May it’ll be much better than I predicted. Unfortunately I have to wait nearly three months to find out. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed and thank you for reading my post. Have a wonderful weekend!