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Hey Internet, so before we get to today’s wonderfully awesome review of a pretty wonderfully awesome movie, I must impart to you a tiny nugget of sadness. A nugget that will sit on the top of this wonderful Sunday that is today’s blog post and will be with you all through next week in a sad little corner of nuggetry. I will not be posting next week. I know. I know. It’s okay, let it out. I’ll be in Maine for a week teaching a drama camp and working on my ability to slowly freeze to death. So hang in there guys, and remember, I’ll always be here for you… except for next week… as we discussed. So anyway…

Micah Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy

I’ve been riding the hype train for Guardians of the Galaxy for like a year. In fact I have been DRIVING the hype train. With a hype hat and matching gloves. So could it possibly live up to the expectations of my train… Or some other things that makes more sense with this metaphor? In short: yes. Yes it could.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cause awesome, that's why.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cause awesome, that’s why.

The Plot:

Guardians of the Galaxy opens with a little boy and he’s sad about… about something. I don’t know…. There was a thing and it was unfortunate… And then he got abducted by aliens and everything was AWESOME! We jump forward about twenty years and rediscover our little boy now in the grown up and awesome form of Peter Quill aka (according to some) Star Lord. Peter breaks into a decrepit old temple, does some dancing, and then steals a valuable orb to sell to the highest bidder.

Unfortunately, he’s not the only one after it, and he is soon afterword caught up in a galaxy’s worth of trouble with four misfits, one huge problem, and a couple people out to kill them all! So, can a raccoon, a tree, an assassin, a crazy huge crazy person, and a formerly abducted person during a sad situation that I don’t remember, save the galaxy???

The Pros:

Can’t talk enough about the script for this movie. It was spot on (except for ya know… one or two things) but  the overall flow of the movie is incredible. The  characters are smart, the world/galaxy is amazing, and the movie has an amazing sense of humor and tone about it.

Chris Pratt is great as Peter Quill. The whole cast has a few weak points but Pratt carries the movie from start to finish with great comedic timing, and a surprising amount of heart. Also backing up Pratt is a great performance by Bradley Cooper doing the voice work for Rocket Raccoon who steals just about every scene he’s in.

The soundtrack also deserves its own prop in the pro prop proportion production. The songs are great and they really help set the tone for the crazy pace of the movie and the world that Guardians of the Galaxy builds.

The action is very well done and the visuals are incredibly well realized and have a very distinct look to them. It’s not just another run in the mill sci-fi, spacey looking movie that looks like other spacey looking movies. It’s incredibly distinct and incredibly awesome. Deal with it.

Also, some serious mad props to Marvel for having the guts to make this film. It’s VERY different from anything they’ve done before, and  a refreshing change of pace from a long line of sequels and the dark gritty grit grit of some other comic franchises. Before anything else Guardians of the Galaxy wants to be fun, and it absolutely is. Yes it has some tender moments, and yeah it works into the rest of the “MARVEL UNIVERSE” but this movie has the guts to be incredibly different in a comic book world that is starting to look a little samey. So thanks Guardians, for showing us that comic book movies don’t have to be sequels (Captain America) or dark and moody (Man of Steel) but can just be a ton of fun!

The Cons:

Umm… one or two small script things kinda stuck out but it was literally one word here or there. So nothing too much to criticize there.

Thanos is just not doing it for me. He looks like Barney’s ugly cousin. Or perhaps his alter-ego. Like evil-Barney. I can totally see that being a thing.

Evil Barney: He'll love you. To death.

Evil Barney: He’ll love you. To death.

Also the post credits scene is a waste of your time. Unless you’re fond of old, terrible, comic books movies, from the 80’s you should really just leave the theatre. Seriously though. Leave. Walk out. Run out. Run out and bang your head against a wall for five minutes, it will be more fun than watching the end credits scene.

In Conclusion:

Guardians of the Galaxy is awesome!!! Go watch it. Leave now. Watch it. Watch yourself laugh, watch yourself enjoy yourself. You’ll thank me later. Your face will thank me later. Go watch this movie.

I give it 4 awesome evil Barney’s out of 5.

So there you go gentlemen. Ladies. Guardians of the Galaxy, I was totally awesomely right. You’re welcome. Bear in mind, I will be gone next week so… I don’t know, watch Guardians of the Galaxy for me.

Well hey internet, and welcome to Monday. Let’s all get together and pretend it’s Tuesday huh? You know I could get into a Two Tuesday format, Monday is just a terrible word with a terrible thing. Even if it was a Terrible Tuesday. I could stand two terrible Tuesdays. But aside from all that let’s get back to business, namely the business of my continuing a several year long tradition of completely ignoring the Oscars and just talking about what I want to talk about. Which, in this case, is:

Micah Review’s the Lego Movie

After much time in the theatre I finally went and watched the Lego movie. But could it live up to the hype? Was everything really that awesome?? Only roughly 2 hours in a theatre, would tell.

The Plot:

Emmett is just another ordinary lego. Except ya know… alive. Which isn’t exactly normal lego behavior, I suppose. Anyway, except for being alive he’s just another normal lego doing normal lego things. He goes to work, he builds stuff, he follows the directions. This is the life of Emmett (that really is how you spell Emmett by the way, I checked.) One night though, Emmett is introduced to the wild, eccentric, crazy person known as Wyldstyle (and that’s actually how you spell that too. Apparently in the Lego world we just throw vowels around like… well legos.) Emmett and Wyld-whats-it fall down a mineshaft and Emmett picks up a magical piece of something or other and becomes “the special!!” The special who can save the world from Lord Business and his ultimate super weapon The Kraggle!!!

Also from over-priced coffee... Of which I now want some.

Also from over-priced coffee… Of which I now want some.

On the way Emmett runs across multiple kingdoms, multiple cameos, and multiple lessons about what it really means to be special.

The Positives:

The Lego movie is just fun. It never takes itself too seriously and as such the script is allowed to carry the film and does an amazing job doing it. It’s funny, charming, and even (dare we say it) a little bit poignant. As much as the animation is nice (which it is) and the voice acting is awesome (which it also is) the script is the real star here and it shines like a… ummm… star. Man, it is Monday isn’t it?

Speaking of voice acting, it really is top notch with the two biggest notches being Chris Pratt and Will Arnett, who rock out their respective parts as Emmett and Batman, respectively. Morgan Freeman does an awesome job as well but you knew that already. My saying Morgan Freeman does a good job in a movie is like me informing you that rain does a good job getting the ground wet. Morgan Freeman is good in movies, the sun rises, the sun sets, Channing Tatum’s face is a brick.

Yes, that is a poster for "Sport" behind Emmet. Welcome to the Lego Movie everyone.

Yes, that is a poster for “Sport” behind Emmet. Welcome to the Lego Movie everyone.

One of the questions I got asked a lot before reviewing this movie was, “doesn’t it sound like a 2 hour long commercial for Lego’s.” I totally understand asking the question but fortunately for all of us it really isn’t. Or at least no more so then any other kids movie. No more so then Toy Story (which is a surprisingly astute observation for a Monday) did. Anytime you make a movie for kids you’ve got the chance to do some business on the side and I’m sure Lego Inc had that somewhere in their minds when they got behind this thing. Fortunately, that fact doesn’t in any way affect the tone or pace of the movie so it all shakes out okay.

The animation style is actually interesting to, it gives it an almost stop motion look to it while also keeping the characters expressions believable and the screen constantly interesting to watch.

The Negatrons:

Not exactly a ton to say negatronally really. The Lego Movie isn’t a perfect movie, it’s just a movie with no huge flaws. Everything meshes and all of the parts fit together amazingly well. It drags and wanders on occasion but there’s nothing really to criticize overly there.

In Conclusion:

The Lego Movie is an awesome adventure through a fast moving world. The script moves quickly, the voice acting is top notch and the story is well told. I give it 4 Wyld’s out of 5 Styles.

Thanks for reading guys and check back Thursday to read an article that I write when I am actually awake!!