Zoe Saldana

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back, working for money, and going off on adventures till Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father, Ego (Kurt Russell), comes into his life.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a lot of fun. Drax (Dave Bautista) continues to be a standout as his brutal honesty and lack of understanding of social queues make many a witty moment. There’s a lot of one-liners and the relationship between this characters is charming and brings a lot of the humour.

There’s a great theme of “found family” running through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (anyone who knows me know that’s my favourite trope ever) and it was done really well. You got to see how the team had grown closer since the previous film and the banter and arguments between them all is a highlight. The five characters who make up the Guardians of the Galaxy are great and you get new dynamics to the team with Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) who have bigger and more interesting roles this time round.

The actual plot isn’t so great – I won’t go into the plot a great deal as the promo stuff for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 really has shown only about the first 20 minutes of the film. (Well done marketing department for not showing a load of spoilers and climatic moments). It often feels like a series of scenes and funny moments stuck together with no real overall arc for a lot of the characters. For instance, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is a character who often feels short-changed. The film is a bit messy and while I enjoyed the film as a whole, it did leave me feeling it was a good example of style over substance.

Because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a beautiful looking film. It’s colourful and CGI galore but it works pretty well and looks great. The alien creatures and planets are all different which makes this space opera richer and wonderful to look at. Plus, it still has an amazing soundtrack that will have you bopping along in your seat or smiling to yourself.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a bright, fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s funny and entertaining but it doesn’t really leave a lasting mark. 3/5.

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REVIEW: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

infinitely polar bear movie posterWhen Maggie (Zoe Saldana) gets into Colombia to get her Master’s degree, her husband Cam (Mark Ruffalo) who has bipolar takes over the responsibility of looking after their two young daughters Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) in Boston.

Infinitely Polar Bear tackles some tough themes. A father with bipolar struggles to look after his children while a mother makes the almost impossible decision to move miles away from her family in order to get a better education and therefore be able to get a better job and a better life for her children. It mostly tackles these themes well but sometimes the humour almost makes light of the situation this family finds themselves in.

Infinitely Polar Bear is funny. Its humour is often weird and kind of off the wall but it’s still funny. That being said, sometimes it’s the sort of humour or situations that’s a bit awkward and uncomfortable but that does put you in the shoes of Amelia and Faith who are often embarrassed by their father’s antics.

The performances in Infinitely Polar Bear are what really stands out. Mark Ruffalo gives a great performance as a man who tries, not always his best, but he does try and he argues and fights with the ones he cares about. The two young actresses are phenomenal and are two actresses to watch out for in the future. They are believable sisters and they have great chemistry with both Ruffalo and Saldana. The whole family work well together and have believable relationships which helps pull you into their story.

Infinitely Polar Bear is a charming film with a brilliant lead performance from Mark Ruffalo, it’s well worth a watch. 4/5.

Z is for Zoe Saldana

zoesaldanaZoe Saldana is the new Queen of sci-fi. She’s been a blue alien in Avatar (2009), Uhura in the Star Trek reboots and most recently the assassin Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2013). I think she’s great in all those roles – obviously some are more developed than others but she does a great job with hat she’s given.

Zoe Saldana can do comedy – as seen in Death at a Funeral (2010) which isn’t exactly a great film but it is a lot of fun and she can do action and drama, as seen in the (seriously underrated in my opinion) Colombiana (2011).

My favourite film starring Zoe Saldana is The Losers (2010) – I could wax poetically about The Losers because I love the film and the comic a ridiculous amount. Zoe Saldana plays Aisha, the daughter of a drug lord who is a total badass and can take on the Losers and the bad guys and come out on top.

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) is released later this year in the UK and I can’t wait to see it. It looks funny and sweet yet also possibly heart-breaking. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it when it has been shown at film festivals.