Movie Review: SHAZAM!

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Release Date: April 4th
Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Screenplay by: Henry Gayden
Story by: Henry Gayden & Darren Lemke
SHAZAM created by: Bill Parker & C.C. Beck

This is going to be as ** Spoiler Free **  as I possibly can because of reasons.

I went into the movie maybe watching a single trailer and I have stayed away from anything spoilery. This was the best way to experience this film and I will keep this as spoiler free as I can because everyone deserves to experience this movie like I did. I’m serious. 

I LOOOOOVED this movie so much. I laughed. I cried. I laughed so hard, that I cried (and I’m sure vice versa). There was so much heart to this movie and yet it wasn’t over the top.

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Movie Review: Captain Marvel

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Directed by: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Premiered on March 8, 2019

I’m going to try and be completely unbiased in the following review. Oh. Who am I kidding? I wanted this movie to be amazing. I went into this movie knowing I was going to love it. I have hyped this movie to everyone I know.  And I’m not going to lie, it has taken Marvel much too long for them to finally have a female led movie. To be fair*, they did bring us Agent Carter, but they took her away from us far too soon.

So. Unbiased? Probably not, but I’ll be as honest as I can. I loved this movie. This is also the part where I pledge my undying love for Carol Danvers.

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Thoughts: Avengers: Infinity War (SPOILERS)

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Directed by: Anthony  & Joe Russo
Release Date: April 27, 2018

Full disclosure: This is more of a stream of conscious ramble of thoughts regarding the film than a straight forward review. It’s abundantly clear from the following that I have way too much love for fictional characters.

There will be lots of spoilers as I intend to just dump all my thoughts I have below. So if you haven’t seen the movie or if you have a lot of feelings about spoilers, please stay away.

Seriously. I will spoiler everything.

Thursday was an extremely long day for me.  Ten years of movies had led to that night. I don’t think I can properly convey my excitement as I sat bouncing my knee at my desk counting down the hours that I could leave for the theater. My phone was buzzing next to me as I worked.  My friends were already there and waiting in line. One friend had decided to build an infinity gauntlet out of duck tape and ring pops. We were all very excited. We had been discussing our theories for weeks leading up to Thursday night. We’d spent the past few weekends re-watching all of the movies from the MCU and we thought we knew how it was all going to go down.  We were prepared for our favorites to die noble deaths as they saved the universe. After 10 years we were pretty confident in the formula for a Marvel movie.

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Movie: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

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Premiere Date: December 15, 2017 
Directed by:  Rian Johnson  

Not Spoiler Free!

This has been pretty difficult for me to write. Star Wars and I have a lot of history. For starters, I am not an objective viewer… at all.  I have been obsessed with the Star Wars universe since I was 9 years old and my father took me to theater for the re-release.  I have a very vivid memory of finding myself on the literal edge of my seat as the credits rolled.  I remember bouncing around my mom as I talked all about the movie.  Essentially, my life had changed.  If it’s a Star Wars movie, I’m going to love it because its more of the universe I grew to love so much. I mean, let’s be honest here there are some movies, that I love more than others, but we’re not here to talk about those movies.

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Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Directed by: Jake Kasdan 
Release Date: December 20, 2017

Every other weekend I’m seeing another sequel/remake/reboot of something from my childhood.  One look at my feelings on things like IT and Stranger Things will tell you I’m in no way opposed to jumping on the nostalgia train.  However, it does get a little bit much from time to time to always rehash old things and while there’s a lot of good out there… there’s also Independence Day: Resurgence.  I find myself always TRYING to keep one foot on the ground when I see a trailer.   

In 1995, I saw Jumanji and it was incredible.  Honestly, it should be listed as one of those movies which shaped my imagination.  It was scary and funny and to an 8 year old the danger was “real”.  So, to say that I was going to hold Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to some tough standards was an understatement.  I was going to have to try and be objective and keep an open mind. Which was tough because those first few set photos were not inspiring any kind of confidence.  What do you mean it wasn’t going to feature a board game? What do you mean it’ll star Dwayne Johnson?? It’s supposed to be about kids! Is that really what Karen Gillian is wearing?! What is this?! 

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Movies: Jurassic World (2015)

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Release Date:  June 12, 2015

“I saw Jurassic World.  Text me when you see it and tell me what you think.”

That’s the text I got from my sister as I waited in line at the theater yesterday afternoon.  I promised to text her as soon as the credits rolled and I made my way to my seat.

Long story short? I loved the movie.  To be completely fair and honest, however, I had made my mind up beforehand that I was going to enjoy and have fun while watching this movie.  I wanted to like this movie, because I love Jurassic Park.  So yes, full disclosure my thoughts on this movie are horribly one-sided.

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