Where is Thanos? Is this the Star Lord movie? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z!
This is the story of Star Lord. The beauty of part two of this series is the movie plays like a volume from the comic-book. The plot revolves around Peter Quill and his father (Kurt Russell). This might not seem like a big deal but a huge part of the Guardians universe isn’t the villains it’s the Guardians before they ever became superheros. This episode does gorgeous work of giving you a Star Lord anthology.
Here’s the problem for movie goers. You want the Hangover two. Don’t argue with me. Read every review coming out and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. You don’t want good story telling. You don’t want monochromatic pieces slowly coming together. You want the same story told all over again with a different bad guys.
The beauty of this plot is it sets up what we’ve all been waiting for. Part three must get to Thanos and Gamora. Star Lord and his father seem to be setting up out next offspring pairing. The one place this series bumbles is not including more Thanos early on. We’ve seen more Nebula than him which makes little sense except for the fact that Karen Gillian was promised screen time in her contract. Here’s where else this episode didn’t come together. Forced humor. It was overplayed this time around. The plot was meant to be more somber and forcing comedy where the joke is done never works. Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer all get cut down in this episode.
Despite all that this volume still works. They balanced good comic-book story while giving you elements of the original movie. It was nothing short of brave to say, “hey, we’re telling Peter Quill’s story, take it or leave it.” They did it and it worked and you get enough post credit scenes to last you two years until the next movie.
Demographic: 18-35 skews male, and all comic-book fans
Estimated gross: 174 million
Ratings: 8 out of 10 Duffies
Given what happened five weeks ago you really couldn’t call for better timing of this movie. It’s called Rogue One but the everlasting theme is Hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a world free of oppression. Hope for the resistance. You can’t tell me the writers saw this coming. But it came.
While .01 percent will boycott the movie, take that message of hope and wrap it up in your head.
Jyn (Felicity Jones) steals the plans for the Death Star and fights the Empire. Not with Jedi mind tricks. Not with The Force. It’s just her and her misfits. That’s it. There is something so beautiful is saying, if you just fight hard enough, even though you’re not anointed like Anakin, you can can take down the man that became Vader.
I’m going to tell you right now that this is Jyn’s story. She is the leader of the Rebellion and we haven’t had a bad ass female fighter since Leia. No, Natalie Portman can go home and never come back, and Daisey Ridley was too young to be our grown ass woman. But Jyn. Jyn has zero figs to give and she is all about the fight. Think, Xena Warrior Princess. There is a beautiful b-plot about her father and I feel like we’ll get more of him in upcoming episodes.
As good as Jyn is, she can’t have this fight without Cassian (Luna). In earlier episodes of Star Wars some characters are too flimsy written. Think Lando Calrissian, who I hear is getting a proper rewrite come Episode 8. What they did with Cassian and realize that he’s not a sidekick but the next episode which is genius to plant that plot now. He is the foundation to her slight radicalness.
I talk about the Snowman in Frozen and the Chicken in Moana because they are absolutely genius characters that steal the show. Same thing happens here with Chirrut and K-2SO. There are scenes where they are the whole God damn movie. Chirrut is the hype man that will get any ant ready for a fight. His battle scene were unbelievable choreography. Stunning.
You could tell the whole cast took time to be the rebellion. I mean it. They came together to say, we have to been the misfits in real life if this movie is going to work.
There’s a good amount of scenes from the trailer that I’m telling you right now, don’t make it in the film. I think that’s a good thing. It reminds me of Mad Men trailers. Where you watch the episode and the trailer was so vague you get a nice surprise.
This is a fight movie. This is the all heart Rebellion vs the Empire who is more powerful, better funded, and in all honestly has no reason to lose to a bunch of nobodies. And then something happens. To Darth Vader. To Mister Invincible.
Expect to watch an extension of the Empire Strikes back where the Force Awakens was a follow up to New Hope. Expect something you haven’t seen before really in Star Wars. There are no special powers in this fight. It’s all grit. Like Rocky.
Who is going to see this: Star Wars fans first. Laymans will make it in the theater by week three.