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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Starring:

Taron Egerton

Colin Firth

Mark Strong

Julianne Moore

Plot:

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Review:

Now this was an excellent, in your face over the top action movie. I loved it! The world that is created is rich and amusing, the characters are fleshed out and enjoyable to watch, and the way it’s shot highlights all the right things. Honestly, I’m so glad that the first one did so well that we got a sequel and I can only hope that we have more to come.

I will say there was one scene that bothered me. It wasn’t the brief moment of canabilism or the head shots or even Elton John kicking butt, it was the scene were Taron Egerton’s character had to finger a mark. My issue wasn’t so much as that he had to do it, but was in the way it was shot. Did we really need to see his hand skim across her abdomen and disappear into her panties? Really? I could have done without that, but since the nature of the movie is to push further and further across the line I guess I understand, even if I didn’t like it.

All in all, I loved the movie and can’t wait to be able to buy it and watch it again.

4.5/5 

Side Note:

OMG the president in this is spot on, love him!

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Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver (2017)

Director:

Edgar Wright

Starring:

Ansel Elgort

Jon Bernthal

Jon Hamm

Kevin Spacey

Lily James

Plot:

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Review:

The first seven or so minutes of this movie is awesome. It’s one of the best car chases I’ve ever seen. It’s then followed by another really awesome car chase.  So my hype for the car chase at the climactic conclusion was pretty high.

The first half of the movie was excellent, great car chases, interesting characters, good music. I couldn’t ask for more. Sadly, after the first half things took a turn, it went from focusing on the driving to emotional character stuff. It was still alright, just not exactly what I wanted to watch.

The ending, though, was a giant disappointment. The trailers and the first half of this movie sold it as an action movie focusing on car chases. They showed us two new muscle cars and then nothing. There was no climactic ending. It was a massive let down and had my husband cursing furiously at the TV.

The movie is worth watching just for the beginning, but I had really hoped for more from this after all the hype I’d read.

3/5

Fate of Devotion

Fate of Devotion (Finding Paradise #2) By: K.F. Breene

Plot:

After rescuing their daughter, Marie, from corporate-controlled Earth, Millicent and Ryker thought they were safe on their off-world paradise. They were wrong.

Toton, once thought the weakest conglomerate, is now dominating ruined Earth with a sinister new technology. By harvesting minds for use in their supercomputers, they’re enslaving the best and brightest humans to further their agenda. Millie and Ryker know that it’s just a matter of time before Toton realizes the biggest prize—Marie’s “gifted” mind—is merely a rocket ride away.

As the anticorporate Rebel Nation and rival companies alike scramble to thwart Toton’s inhuman machinations, society teeters on the brink. No longer safe, Millie and Ryker must sacrifice their hard-won freedom to return home and stand with the burgeoning revolution—outmanned, outgunned, and aided only by a most unexpected ally on the inside: Millie’s nemesis and estranged sister, Danissa.

But can a family’s love survive greed gone mad in a world that measures human life on a balance sheet?

Review:

This book basically didn’t stop at all. There was a point where I was actually wondering if everyone was going to die. There was a lot of death, mainly from red shirts, but the people I wanted to live, lived.

Again there was a lot of technical speak and my eyes would glaze over, I actually think there was more this time, so I didn’t always know what was going on. I’m actually a little unsure about the ending, I think I understand what happened, but there was just so much going on, and people were doing stuff with tech that isn’t real and it was confusing and I didn’t really care about that I just wanted to know if the people were alright.

My favorite character, Trent, wasn’t in it as much as I would have liked, and was constantly belittled and made fun of, it annoyed me because what he was saying was what I was most interested in.

The book had a lot of the same themes as the last one only the stakes were higher, this time two worlds. Lots of kicking butt, lots of close escapes, and just general all out chaos. Really wondering if there will be another book and if there is what will it be about?

3.5/5

Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Director:

James Mangold

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Patrick Stewart

Dafne Keen

Plot:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Review:

A violent, indie Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the violence and language, but if they were going to be indie I wish they’d embraced it more. Wasn’t a fan of the ending, and not just because of the deaths, I wish they’d gone Children of Men and just ended it.

It was nice to see this Logan, and I liked the world expansion, but is it ever going to be expounded on? Or are we left with just that?

Too many questions and not enough answers.

3/5

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Director:

Chad Stahelski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Riccardo Scamarcio

Ian McShane

Plot:

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Review:

I did not get to see this in theaters, sadly, I think it actually bothered my husband more than me, but what can you do. Newborns.

Anyway, knowing that it was highly unlikely we wouldn’t like this we ordered the steelbook from Best Buy and watched it the day it came out. We were not disappointed.

So many good fight scenes, and it was all shot so well, no stupid shaky cam or over usage of quick cuts. I loved the world expansion and all that we learned, it’s so interesting. Sure it’s romanticizing assassins, but it’s just so damn cool.

Something I really enjoyed was the fact that this told a complete story, but it also set up for the sequel. The point of this movie though wasn’t the sequel, I’m looking at you Avengers Age of Ultron. The way it was done made me want to know more about the characters and the world, but didn’t leave me without a conclusion to the current conflict.

Loved this movie, though, I’ll need to watch it another time before I decide if it was better than the first.

5/5