‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

guardians2Guardians of the Galaxy was easily the most obscure property that Marvel studios have set their sights on adapting, and the only really surprising announcement since they made since the MCU’s inception. It was a risk that paid off though, with the film being arguably Marvel Studios’ most unique entry, both content and quality-wise. It certainly tends to lie near the top of any fan’s ranking (I’ve got it at 3 myself). With the addition of this sequel though, confidently the strongest ‘part 2’ of any MCU series yet, they might well prove to be the Studios’ biggest stars. Continue reading

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review

fast-furious-8I’ve begun the last couple of reviews for films in the Fast & Furious series by noting just what an unusual path this franchise has taken to becoming one of the most successful and important film series of modern times. I don’t want to get too repetitive, but let’s just say that my opinion of this series has turned around so much that I’ve gone from thinking they were actively bad movies that I wouldn’t consider paying to see, to being hugely excited about seeing the latest instalment on opening night. Continue reading

‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Review

xxx-the-returnI won’t pretend I have any idea what goes on in Vin Diesel’s mind, but now he’s made all of the money with the resurgence of the Fast & Furious films the producer-star has revealed that he apparently wishes to resurrect the other properties he led early in his career, first with 2013’s awful Riddick sequel/reboot, and now he’s turned his eyes on xXx, his mostly forgotten 2002 “extreme sports James Bond” actioner that started another franchise he promptly exited after a single film. Who knows why, but he has the clout to get it made, so get it made he will. Continue reading

‘Furious 7’ Review

furious 7As the summer movie promos were kicking into gear online a few weeks ago, I was struck by quite a thought; by the end of this year, I’m going to have seen new Terminator, Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park films. What would my 13-year old self have made of this? Honestly though, I would probably have been more surprised than any of these to learn that 2015 would see the release of a seventh Fast & Furious film (the original of which came out when I was 13). Seventh! Even weirder, the seventh instalment in this preposterous series also marked a turning point for me; for the first time I was actually quite excited to see a new Fast & Furious movie. Well what the hell happened? Let’s just take a minute to consider how supremely unusual this series is. Continue reading