Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ (2017)

A review on Marvel Comics feature length film, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ (2017). The Production House is Marvel Studios while its Distributor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by James Gunn
  • Cinematography by Craig Wood
  • Costumes Design by Judianna Makovsky
  • Production Designed by Scott Chambliss
  • Edited by Fred Raskin & Craig Wood
  • Music by Tyler Bates
  • Produced by Kevin Feige

+Note

There are several cameo appearances by Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex T’Naga, Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, and Michelle Yeoh as Stakar’s female counterpart Aleta Ogord. David Hasselhoff makes a special cameo appearance in addition to contributing to the film’s soundtrack, while Rob Zombie once again has a Ravager voice cameo. CG characters Krugarr and Mainframe, with the latter voiced, in an uncredited cameo, by Miley Cyrus.

Stan Lee’s key appearance confirms long popular fan-theory. Guardians of the Galaxy comics are written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning.

+ Main Cast

  1. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  2. Kurt Russell as Ego
  3. Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  4. Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
  5. Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  6. Vin Diesel as Baby Groot

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta
  2. Karen Gillan as Nebula
  3. Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  4. Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha
  5. Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord
  6. Seth Green as the voice of Howard the Duck (Cameo)

+ Plot

It continues their unravel journey into deep space and opens backstory of Peter Quill’s parentage.

+ High Points

i – Marvel knows the formula what to do with its characters and how to present them well on-screen. Therefore their films are most interesting and lovable by majority.

ii – Big budget $200 m is well put in its superb production design.

iii – Baby Groot was really nice add-on in this multiple super hero characters film.

iv – Once again it was well written and directed by James Gunn. This time he was sole person behind this incredible story and introducing new comic characters onto the big screen.

v – Main villain as Ego was presented in much more convincing manner.

vi – The film had multiple good humor and was generally very hilarious.

vii – The visual effects is stunningly beautiful, filled with amazing fight sequences.

viii – Makeup & Hair styling was Top Notch. Two thumbs up!

ix – The story & screenplay was very engaging enough to pull the audience towards the film to watch with keen interest.

x – Several cameo appearances by many stars and different comic characters.

xi – There are at least 4 – 5 special endings during and post credits.

+ Low Points

i – Although Kurt Russell performed well as Ego but he did not looked threatening enough as did Ronan (previous film main villain).

+ Overall

Superb as it is, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is handled by incredibly skilled director – as much exciting as its predecessor.

Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on the film ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

A review on Marvel Comics feature length film, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016). The Production House is Marvel Studios while its Distributor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
  • Cinematography by Trent Opaloch
  • Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
  • Edited by Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt
  • Music by Henry Jackman
  • Produced by Kevin Feige

+Note

Captain America: Civil War is taken from its 2006 comic book story line “Civil War”, while also focusing on story and character elements from the previous Captain America films to conclude the trilogy. It is the highest-grossing film of 2016 and the twelfth-highest-grossing film of all time. This Marvel film is not just great or wonderful but in least praiseworthy I would say is “W-O-W”! Yes, the Marvel studios managed to pull this off by high packed of action, lots of humor, drama, including more super heroes than Avenger’s films and multiple interesting scenes to watch.

Only two super heroes are not included in the film which is BTW not a spoiler since this was already mentioned well before the film was in the production level.

+ Main Cast

  1. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  3. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  4. Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
  5. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  6. Don Cheadle as James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine
  7. Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  8. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Paul Bettany as Vision
  2. Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
  3. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
  4. Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent-13
  5. Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  6. William Hurt as Secretary Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross (Retd. Gen.)
  7. Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
  8. Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo

+ Plot

After the events of the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, Helmet Zemo comes up with a scheme to bring the mighty heroes to have conflict with each other.

+ High Points

i – I have literally fallen in love with this film. Whenever we watch a film based on Marvel comics, we say “It’s hard for Marvel to be able to make a better film than this”. But to what it seems, they able to surprise us with another awesome film… One after the another. We think after watching the previous Marvel film, it’s a challenge for them to make a better film than this but almost every time they execute it. After watching ‘Captain America: Civil War’, you would notice that the team behind the making of the film did justice with every main & supporting character they showed on-screen. The introduction of new super heroes was properly done, not in hasty behavior.

ii – The new “Peter Parker” aka “Spider-man” character was not only amazingly handled but the actor Tom Holland did a great job in portraying the character. Audience at the cinema hall gave a HUGE cheer and a round of applause when new Spider-man makes his first appearance in the film.

iii – No matter how much you loved having new Spidey in the film who is most closely related from the comics, “Ant-man” I believe did the best job in making audience laugh every time he was shown during the fight sequence of ‘Great civil war of super heroes’. And like always, our lovable Archer “Hawkeye” fight moves are way too cunning for any super heroes to take him lightly in the first place.

iv – The actor who played the super hero character of “Black Panther” showed the viewers that he is tough cookie which is not be taken lightly. “General Thunderbolt Ross” character from the film ‘The Incredible Hulk’ played by actor William Hurt is cleverly handled. He is the only character made an appearance in Marvel cinematic universe from that film.

v – “Helmut Zemo” character is introduced as main villain, is not an average villain you would see on-screen. His character development is slowly revealed as the film progress. “Cross Bones” character is secondary villain to appear in the film who actually fights his 2nd round with “Captain America” in the film as his other hidden alias but his 1st round as “Cross Bones”. All fight sequences are wonderfully executed through out film.

vi – The character development shown of “Agent 13: Sharon Carter”, recurring character from previous sequel of Captain America. In this film, although there was no as such need for villains to be included since most of film run time is based on super heroes’ conflict with each other. But like I said before, everything and everyone were given utter importance and effectively done. So, I don’t feel anyone would think of complaining.

vii – “Black Widow” character played by actress Scarlet Johnson was no surprise as she played her part in one of the most impressive manner.

viii – We able to see brief details of Tony Stark parent’s death, a great screen time shared by actor Robert Downey Jr. who has played vital role of “Iron Man” and his on / off going conflict with “Captain America” throughout film till the end is has been handled excellently.

ix – The story & screenplay was very engaging enough to pull the audience towards the film to watch with keen interest.

x – I believe this film ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) is better than ‘The Avengers’ film.

xi – Some of the iconic scenes from its comics was shared on big screen. If you read this limited series story ‘Captain America: Civil War’, you would be able to identify it immediately.

+ Low Points

i – Unlike in comics, the producer already made it clear that the film will not be dark.

+ Overall

Captain America: Civil War turns out to be one of the best superhero films Marvel has ever produced.

Rate: 5.0 out of 5 stars