The Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Image result for guardians of the galaxy movie posterRecently, I watched The Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time. This was definitely different than any Marvel movie I’ve seen before, with it being set in a much bigger universe than the others. Of course, Thor’s movies have also been set in space, with some Earth scenes; this, however, was different. It gave you a better idea of how wide the scoop of the Marvel universe is in terms of Earth not being the only world concerned.

There were some great fighting scenes, as with any Marvel film, complete with weaponry, space ships, and acrobatic/martial arts. The main character, Peter Quill – or Starlord as he calls himself, reminded me of Marvel’s version of Han Solo. He’s quirky, funny – gets himself into a slew of trouble, and despite everything, at the end of the day, he has a good heart. Like the famed Star Wars character, Peter is high on people’s list to capture, and is definitely not buddies with the majority of the star studded, space neighborhood. And so, when he gets captured after so long, he finds himself stuck in a high-security prison with several other beings that he managed to run into along the way.

You have the intelligent raccoon called Rocket, the living tree that is a mystery to everyone and only speaks three words – “I am Groot,” the green, Black-Widow of space named Gamora, and another guy who tries to kill Gamora early on, Drax. This rag-tag group of people, who really only cares for their own self and interests, comes together in a hilarious and intense way. Throughout most of the movie, conflict arises between one or more parties, and poor Peter Quill continually tries to step in and smooth things over. Or as he said, no one is getting killed on my ship! (Something like that XD)

If you like Marvel movies, or just movies with action and humor in general, then I think you will find The Guardians of the Galaxy very enjoyable! Alright, that was my spoiler free review! If you read on any farther, fair warning, there are going to be some spoilers – though, I will try to steer clear of major ones.

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Ok, with that out of the way, here are some of my favorite things about this film (in no specific order).

1. Introduction of new species/beings Image result for corpsman dey guardians of the galaxy

I thought it was cool how they brought in different species and beings that have not been seen in the Marvel universe before. Some of them looked exactly like humans, except for the color of their skin. Others were not similar to humanity in any way, shape, or form. It would be great if we could ever get some of their specie names and see how they’re all related.

2. Star Wars similarities

I really could not go through this list, without bringing this up. I’ve already mentioned that Peter Quill reminded me a lot of Han Solo, being someone rough-around-the-edges, but at the end of the day, he makes the right choice and helps people. I noticed, additionally, that when Gamora, Peter, Rocket, Groot, and Drax are entering the planet/city/etc – I think it used to be a mining community if I’m remembering correctly? – to sell the orb and get the money, some similarities to the Star Wars planets and more dangerous cantinas.

Image result for yondu's arrow guardians of the galaxy3. That arrow weapon

Yondu’s arrow is freaking awesome XD How does that thing work??? It’s kind of eerie if you think about it. There’s this blue guy whistling some tune, and an arrow floating in the air. Then before you know it, everyone around him is dead! Crazy. I thought that was a really cool weapon addition though.

4. Earth references

It was hilarious how no one understood Peter’s references XD Especially, the one where he makes the cutting-the-head-off-motion and Drax, along with the others, is literally like, “WHAT IS THIS GUY DOING.” So funny. And when he calls Rocket a raccoon, and says there are a ton like him on Earth, Rocket goes off on a, “THERE IS NO ONE LIKE ME,” rant.

5. ThanosImage result for thanos guardians of the galaxy

Wow. Like…WHAT. First of all, the entire idea of Thanos having a family is weird. Galaxy murderers should not have children. Just say’in – life lesson there y’all. I thought both Nebula and Gamora were awesome, creatively done characters. I am curious, however, as to why Nebula is so hateful towards her sister, and why she stayed with Thanos. I mean, he’s not exactly in the running for “Father of the Year” award. And, apparently she can regrow lost body parts. Well, that’s certainly a unique ability.

Furthermore, did anyone else wonder why if Thanos is so powerful, he chooses to live on a rock? It’s not even a nice rock. Literally looks like he dropped a boulder on a boring ‘ol rocky planet and decided that was going to be his throne. Personally, I’m not really getting take-over-the-universe vibes from that. Anyone with me?

Overall, I really enjoyed watching The Guardians of the Galaxy. I appreciated the creative touches that the film’s team added to this, and can’t wait to see how they expand on that in the next one. I thought baby Groot was seriously so adorable, and as a romantic, enjoyed those moments between Gamora and Peter. To those of you who have seen it, what did y’all think of The Guardians of the Galaxy? Favorite moments? Loved it, hated it? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Southern Dreamer

War Room Review

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“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him,” says 1 John 5:14-15 (ESV).

Prayer is extremely powerful but often times we forget how truly versatile a weapon it is. This, in essence, is what the new film – War Room, is about.

Directed by Alex Kendrick and produced by Stephen Kendrick, this movie follows a family where the mother and father are struggling in their marriage. Tony Jordan, the husband, has an occupation that takes him away on trips often. This ends up putting a strain on his relationship with his wife Elizabeth who has festered frustration and exasperation towards him.

With their disagreements becoming more common and an inward struggle growing in Tony’s heart, a certain spunky character makes an appearance. Miss Clara. An older woman with wisdom to spare, meets Elizabeth, who is a relator, when she puts her house up for sale. As they tour her home, they come across a certain room – err, closet. Miss Clara informs her that this is her prayer closet where she undergoes her most strenuous battles. Needless to say, Elizabeth is surprised by this interesting notion.

Ever the chatterbox, Miss Clara senses an unrest in the younger woman and begins to prod. A bit wary at first, Elizabeth tells Miss Clara she will consider her offer of meeting the consecutive morning. She meets her. And such starts a lovely mentor-student relationship where Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth the fine art of fighting everything through prayer.

Danielle, the daughter of the Jordan’s, and Jennifer, her good friend, find her mother in her clothes closet. Or what used to be her clothes closet. Elizabeth has begun to follow in Miss Clara’s footsteps and transform her own closet into one of prayer. Sticky notes and colorful paper are tapped onto the wall with scrawling’s of prayer letters along with several photos reminding her of those she is praying for.

Meanwhile, Tony is battling himself with the desire to cheat on his wife over a co-worker. As the movie progresses forward, he begins to notice a change in Elizabeth’s attitude towards him. Unlike before, now she tries her best to offer him grace as Jesus does. This in turn ends up having a great effect on Tony as he marvels at this.

With the discovery of Elizabeth’s prayer closet, he is humbled by how she has been praying for him and realizes he needs to get right with God and his family. Asking for forgiveness and confessing his wrong-doing, tears fall as the full extent of his actions is understood.

However, the strife is not yet overcome with their marriage slowly being restored. Tony has a secret to confess – one that could have disastrous consequences. He has been sneaking one bottle of pills for himself to sell after each business trip. It amounts to over five thousand dollars in all.

Fearful, yet knowing that this is the right course to take, Tony returns the pills to his previous boss and prepares to take whatever decision they make. The two men in charge have completely different reactions. One desires to prosecute him immediately while the other, Coleman, decides to have two days to think it over. And so the prayer waiting begins.

Amazingly, Coleman comes to the choice of not prosecuting Tony Jordan and offers an overwhelming gift of grace. The couple celebrates and praises God as the goodness of His mercy falls on them.

This film, however, is not without its humor. Elizabeth, has particularly pungent smell in all of her shoes (likely from her feet 😉 ) and they portray this in a relatable, funny way throughout. Additionally, several innocent comments made by Jennifer and Danielle cause amusing grins to appear on one’s face. Such as when they discover Elizabeth eating chips in her clothes-turned-prayer-closet. Jennifer remarks curiously, ‘Is she not allowed to eat chips?’

I would recommend War Room to people of all ages and diversity. It is in theatres now and I encourage you to go see it!

~ Southern Dreamer