The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review: Worth the wait!

 

So, I caught Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday and it was awesome!  Being one of the lucky countries that got the film first, I must say it is definitely worth the wait!

The Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the team getting back together to locate and retrieve Loki’s sceptre from a HYDRA facility in Russia.  Since the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has built an Avengers facility, protecting mankind alongside Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce Banner aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

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“We are such a good-looking pair of twins, right?” Source: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

While they are fighting off HYDRA’s men, the team encounters two teens with special abilities, who temporarily stalls their effective efforts.  Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has the ability to run at lightning speed, rendering the team unable to catch sight of him while he delivers punches to them.  His twin sister, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), is left within the facility to use her telekinetic power to mess with Tony Stark’s mind.  In giving him a vision, Tony sees the downfall of the Avengers at his hands.  Afraid, he decides to work on a solution to prevent that from happening.

Back at Avengers HQ, Tony begins toying with the idea of building a program or artificial intelligence which has the ability to end fights on their behalf.  A first line of defense that will prevent attacks and protect mankind.  He ropes in Bruce who was hesitant at first but gave in after being persuaded.  Together, they work day and night to develop the program – Ultron.  After many failed attempts, they eventually took a break and attended a party that they were hosting.  However, it was as they left that the program finally succeeded.

Having successfully been created, Ultron (James Spader) comes to life.  Jarvis (Paul Bettany) was left behind to oversee the program development and upon noticing Ultron’s success, begins to help orientate the new program.  Unfortunately, Ultron had other intentions.  Accessing files on his own and learning about the Avengers, he develops a different perception of the understanding of Tony’s reason for building him.  Jarvis tries to talk him down but to no avail.  Filled with rage, Ultron destroys Jarvis and takes matters into his own hands.

After finally meeting the Avengers and getting his temporary body destroyed, Ultron escapes and ropes in the twins to assist him on taking the Avengers down.  While they had their own agenda of seeing the Avengers wiped off the face of the Earth, the twins were still human.  When Wanda finally sees Ultron’s plan in wanting to destroy humanity as a whole, she and her brother joins the Avengers in their fight against Ultron.

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“What do you say we get rid of this so they can’t trace this mess back to us?” Source: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Marvel does what Marvel does best!  I felt that this film was well done and had plenty of action, laughs and fantastic special effects.  Much like the previous Avengers, this film had great laughs which sorta made these superheroes seem like ordinary people.  I really enjoyed the scene where all the guys tried to lift Thor’s hammer but couldn’t.  The part that got me laughing was really the scene where Captain America nearly lifted the hammer off the table and Thor had a worried look; which eventually subsided when the Captain gave up.

James Spader voicing Ultron was really the best casting ever.  His ability to sound creepy and smart at the same time had me frightened for the future of robots.  What if our constant thirst for building programs that were intelligent turned out this way?  I wouldn’t want my iPhone 9 taunting me this way!  But, with that said, that really shows how talented Mr Spader is.  I couldn’t have thought of a better actor fitting this role.

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“Stop chasing me – I just wanted to be liked!” Source: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

And, even though this was a pretty good movie, I still felt that there were parts that were not fully explained.  Being a two and a half hour film, I thought that they would have some time to tackle certain issues that the characters were facing.  For example, Captain America’s vision of Peggy.  Did he not have any repercussions? Was he really that okay after having a memory like that put into his mind?  I kinda felt that there were too many characters in the film which sorta resulted in having too many things to fill in with too little time.

But nonetheless, I love Marvel so I definitely would recommend everyone catch The Avengers: Age of Ultron!  Bear in mind that there would be a mid-credits scene so stick around for that!  If you want to sit till the end of the credits, just know that there wouldn’t be anything but a line that says ‘The Avengers will return’.   (I’m a stickler for sitting till the credits stop rolling so yeah, I stayed for that line. #noregretsyo)

Rating:

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Random Friday Ramblings: Sleep

It’s been two weeks since I moved into my new apartment.  Since then, I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep in my bed.  I was either doing overtime with the other writers in the writers’ room or coming in at 4am in the morning.

Today was different.  We managed to finish the episode and the writers were dismissed at 8pm.  Having skipped the celebratory drink session, I hurried home to take a nice shower before turning in for the night.

I sat on my comfy bed and put on the hand lotion that sat on my bedside table.  I lifted the covers and tucked my legs underneath before laying down on my pillow.  Pulling the covers up to my chin, I relished the thought of having one good night’s sleep.  Finally.  I wasn’t going to go into work tomorrow, looking like a truck just ran me over… Twice.

Just as I was about to let sleep take me, I heard a loud thump come from above.  I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling, almost daring the thump to sound out again.

‘Thump.’

I figured I’d only take action if it started again.  So, I waited for another minute. Nothing happened.  I let out a sigh of relief and was about to close my eyes when I heard it again.

‘Thump.’

“That’s it!” I muttered.

I threw back my covers and got out of bed.  Putting on the pair of TOMS that lined the door, I opened my front door in a hurry and headed upstairs.  I walked straight to the apartment that was directly above mine and knocked on the door.  But once my hand hit the surface of the door, I realized it wasn’t locked.

I hesitated a little. “H-Hello?”

No answer.  Curious, I opened the door a little wider.

Light from the corridor streamed in and as soon as my eyes focused on the first thing I saw on the floor, I hurriedly ran down the stairs to find the guard on duty.

~ * ~

“Miss Gordon! Calm down! I can’t understand what you’re saying.”

I took a breath and tried to calm myself down.  After seeing the blood-stained carpet, I was so freaked out I had to run down 12 flights of stairs to where the guard was.

“Okay.” I said. “I was about to go to sleep when I heard some sort of thumping noise coming from the apartment above me. I thought that they were doing some sort of furniture moving so I decided to go up and ask that they do it the next day. So, I went up there and knocked on their door, which wasn’t locked. That was when I saw the blood on the carpet. I think something bad happened to the people in that apartment. We need to call the police.”

The guard stood up. “Alright, alright. Miss Gordon, I’m going to accompany you up there okay?”

I nodded as the guard gestured to the doorman that he was heading upstairs.  We took the lift instead of the stairs because time was of the essence.  He led the way towards the apartment while I followed behind.  The door was still left ajar; the way I left it when I high-tailed it down to the lobby.

The guard turned around. “Miss Gordon. Stay here. I’ll go check it out.”

I nodded and waited one door down as I watched him head into the house.

“Hello? Is there anyone here?”

The next thing I knew, I heard the guard yell in surprise and the sounds of scuffling ensued.  Worried that he was in trouble, I hurriedly ran to the apartment entrance.

As soon as I stood in the doorway, the apartment lit up.

“SURPRISE!”

Shock and confusion were the only expressions I wore as I looked at the faces smiling at me in the apartment.

“What the-”

The guard smiled. “Welcome to the building, Miss Gordon!”

I shook my head, unable to grasp the reality of what was happening in front of me. “What?”

The couple to my right smiled at me.

“Welcome to the building, Miss Gordon!” The wife said. “We knew we had a writer in our building and my husband said he’s seen your name on the Law and Order: SVU opening credits. So, what better way to welcome you then with a staging of a murder!”

I blinked, refusing to believe this was indeed happening.

“So, the blood..?” I said.

The husband beamed. “Ketchup! I’m so glad the smell didn’t give it away.”

“So everyone was in on this?” I asked.
“Yup. We had this plan for a long time but you were always either never home or you were back late. So, we decided to spring this plan into action the moment you came home early.” The wife said.

An Asian lady came up to me, holding a platter of mozzarella balls. “Would you like one?”

In that split second, I had to decide.  Was my sleep more important then the platter of mozzarella balls in front of me?

“Screw this.” I muttered to myself.

I smiled at her. “Don’t mind if I take two!”

I reached forward and took two servings off the platter.  Smiling at the mozzarella ball, I stuffed it into my mouth and smiled as I tasted the cheesy goodness hidden by the fried batter.

So what if I was going to look like crap tomorrow morning?  Since my neighbors were committed enough to staging this amazing bait to a surprise party, I had to appreciate the efforts they went through – which includes polishing that entire platter of mozzarella balls.

Now, where did that Asian lady go?

Random Friday Ramblings: Tornado

He walked into the bar, unsure of the new place he had just entered.  Coming to visit his friend from out of town, he was given instructions to arrive at this bar which was the meeting point.

He sat down by the counter with his back facing the other seats. A tall, rugged looking guy walked up to him.

“What can I get ‘ya?”

He thought for a bit. “Um.. Could I get a beer?”

“Sure.”

The bartender reached down to pick up a beer bottle and opened the bottle for him.  He placed it on the counter.

“You from out of town?” The bartender asked.

He nodded. “New York.”

“New York… Fancy schmancy place.” The bartender said. “What brings you down to Nashville, Tennessee? Here to chase your country singin’ dream?”

The New Yorker laughed. “I wish I had a voice for country but no. I’m here to meet a friend.”

“A friend, huh?” The bartender smirked. “A lady friend?”

“Nope. It’s a he.” The New Yorker replied.

The bartender nodded. “Well, I suppose I’ll keep ya company before he gets here then.. Name’s Dougie.”

“It’s nice to meet you, Dougie. My name’s Scott.” The New Yorker said.

Just as they continued with their conversation, the door to the bar opened and the customers in the bar turned to see who joined them.  Almost as soon as they looked up, everyone couldn’t help but keep their gaze on the pretty blond who entered.

She wore tight black shorts with a black tank top along with a pair of black leather ankle boots.  Her boots were decorated with fringe running from the left and right side of each shoe.  Of all the people gathered in the bar in the afternoon, she looked the most out of place.

Scott had no idea he had been staring until she locked eyes with him. Only then did he immediately turn back to face the counter.  For a moment, he thought he was doomed.  She was going to come over and she was going to start a flirtatious banter with him; which was an issue.  All his life, talking to a girl had been a struggle.  He had gone on a few dates but none started with him initiating the talk.  They had all been dates set up by his parents.

Yes, he lived in New York which shouldn’t have been a problem.  But, no.  His parents were lawyers working in New York so by default, he lived in New York.  If personality had played a part in accommodation placement, he would probably be living in Alaska.

He waited for another minute or so before turning to look.  Lucky for him, she was talking to someone else – an older looking guy with a sleazy smile.  He let out a sigh of relief and was about to take a swig of his beer when Dougie held onto his hand.

“Listen. Be careful of that girl.” Dougie said.

Scott put the beer bottle down. “What do you mean?”

The bartender merely shook his head as he continued cleaning the glass mugs. “I like you, Scott. You’re a good kid. Just be wary of her.”

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The next day, Scott had a flight to catch in the afternoon so, he decided to hang out at the bar once more before he left to try and get some answers with regards to Dougie’s warning.  He liked a mystery as much as the next guy but this was freaking him out a little.  Why did Dougie’s warning come off as something someone would say to a person courting death?

He pushed open the door to the bar and saw most of the guys gathering around the counter where the television was.

Scott walked over to the counter. “What’s going on?”

“It happened again.” Dougie said, gesturing to the television.

Scott turned to face the television as the male reporter continued.

“Colin Atkins was found three days after his family filed a missing report. His body was discovered by a farmer while he was out on a routine crop check.”

The visual changed to an old man being interviewed.

“I was doin’ my usual check round them crops when I noticed my field had an extra scarecrow. Now, I sure didn’t make another new one so I figured it must have been those pesky youths out to prank another farmer. But when I got closer, I realized it was a body. His shirt was all bloody from those puncture marks on his body and he was wearing this necklace in the shape of his girl’s name. Must have been a gift from his girlfriend. I can’t imagine the pain he must have gone through… God rest his soul.”

Scott looked away from the screen and turned to face the counter.  That was some pretty gruesome news.  Thank goodness his weekend trip was coming to an end.

“They call her the Tornado.”

Scott turned to his right to see Dougie sitting down next to him.

“W-What?” He said.

Dougie rested his elbows on the counter. “Remember what I told you when you saw her enter?”

“Yeah.. You told me to be careful of her.” Scott replied.

“And now I’m giving you the reason why.” Dougie said. “That girl is known as a Tornado. She helps angry ex-girlfriends go after their cheating ex-boyfriends. She gives them a good time and bam! The next thing you know, you’re dead and you have the name of your ex-girlfriend hanging round your neck.”

“And nobody’s ever caught her?” Scott whispered. “She’s a murderer!”

“Well, nobody really knows for sure if it is her. A cop once tried to follow her and track her whereabouts. But he couldn’t do it. It was as if she never existed.” Dougie said.

Scott shook his head. “This is crazy. Isn’t there someone around who might have seen her and could give the cops a description of her?”

“And risk meeting a grizzly end if them cops don’t believe ya? Listen Scott. You’re not from around here so I won’t fault you for tryin’ to do good for this town. But no one’s ever tried to stop her before and no one ever will… Upset nature and you’ll regret it.”

Dougie pat Scott’s shoulder before getting off the stool to head back behind the counter, leaving him to process the information he was just given.

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Scott left the bar shortly after recovering from the shocking discovery to the answers he had come to the bar to seek.   He was just about to board a cab he just hailed, when he saw the same girl from yesterday talking to a man who was straddling his motorbike.  A part of him almost wanted to yell out to the guy to ride off while he still can but another part was telling him to mind his own business.  He shook his head, thinking it’s best to mind his own business.  Scott glanced in their direction once more and this time, he was greeted by her reciprocation of his observation.

Not wanting to stay out in the open another second longer, Scott hurriedly opened the cab door and threw his luggage in, jumping into the cab after.

“Where to?” The taxi-driver asked.

Scott took a second to catch his breath. “The airport please.”

The taxi-driver nodded and Scott sat back as the vehicle moved.  This had been a rather weird weekend in Nashville and he was planning to forget everything that happened… Only, it wasn’t going to be easy.  The silent exchange between them from a while ago kept replaying in his mind.

She had looked over at him and instead of the expression she gave him the day before, she smirked at him.  It was a knowing smirk that sent chills down his spine.

One that said, “Catch me if you can.”

Random Friday Ramblings: Letter

Packing up the attic was my least favorite thing to do when it comes to moving houses.  This was the only part of the house that had no windows or cool air; which wasn’t an ideal setting for a day in the summer heat.

It has been 10 years since I moved out from this family home and two years since Dad passed away.  Mom had called me back for the weekend to help clear out the house before she moves in with my sister’s family.  In all honesty, I’ve never once returned home for longer than a few hours.  The main reason was due to the broken relationship I had with my mom – one that had never been repaired by either party or rather tried to but failed.

I picked up my high school yearbook and opened the cover.  Nostalgia filled the room as I felt the edges of the yearbook.  Just as I was about to flip to the next page, I heard the attic latch open and my sister’s blond hair peek out.  She opened the latch fully before climbing out of it.

“Hey.”

I closed the yearbook and looked up at her. “Hey.”

“How’s the attic treating you?” She asked, with her hands on her hips.

I looked around and shrugged. “The usual. Hot. Stuffy. Don’t want to be here.”

She sighed. “Oh come on, Rosswick. You used to love playing in the attic.”

“I did. But not packing the attic.” I replied.

She reached over to a box and started pressing down on the lid before she moved to sit on it.

“Look… I know attic duty isn’t exactly ideal but it had most of your stuff.” She said.

I shook my head. “You don’t get it Rosalyn. It’s not the attic duty. I just don’t want to be here.”

“How long do you intend to stay mad at mom?” She asked. “It’s been 10 years. Surely you’ve outgrown the anger?”

I looked at my sister with an incredulous expression.  She’s kidding, right?  My mother made my life the way it was.  Without love, without explanation to why the girl I was engaged to left me.  I tried many times to get the information out of my dad but each time I was inches away from learning the truth, my mother finds a way to stop it from happening.

“Until she explains why Leila left me; no. I will never outgrow my anger.” I said. “She knows something but she isn’t telling me.”

My sister looked at me with a stern expression. “Rosswick. You were in a coma for 2 months since that car crash.  We were all busy looking after you.”

“Even so, Leila would have at least left me a note to tell me why she wasn’t around. Dad was so close to telling me what happened. But thanks to our mother, she didn’t want me to find out where Leila went.” I gritted my teeth. “No wonder dad chose to leave first.”

Rosalyn stood up in shock. “Rosswick!”

I know I sounded spiteful but I couldn’t just stand here while she thought of ways to defend our mother.

She shook her head. “You have no idea how much mom has done to help you. That was a low blow.”

I shrugged.

“I’ll leave you to your hateful clearing.”

Not even bothering with a comeback, I looked away as my sister climbed back down the ladder.  As soon as I heard her pad across the second level floor, I let out a breath.  I knew the moment I said that, I was going to regret it.  I let the anger control me and said the nasty remark about the reason my dad passed on.  Rosalyn is definitely going to hate me for the next few months until I apologize or something.  But I didn’t have to worry about it since I will only be seeing her during Thanksgiving.

I was just about to put the yearbook back into the box when a letter slipped out from between the pages.  Placing the yearbook back in, I bent down to pick up the letter.  In cursive handwriting, almost like Leila’s, it was addressed to me or at least the nickname Leila gave me.

To: Rossy

I frowned a little.  If this was a letter from Leila, why was it hidden here?  It looked yellowish and pretty old so I can only assume it was put in the same year I got the yearbook.  I flipped the envelope to the back side and just as I was about to open it, I hesitated.

Did I want to know what was written inside?  Could it really be a letter from Leila or is this just my imagination?

Urgh.  Screw it.  It’s been 10 years, why wait now?

I opened the envelope and took out the folded piece of paper inside.  Unfolding it, I felt the anticipation explode within me as Leila’s beautiful cursive writing danced off the paper.

Rossy,

I’m not sure when you’ll get this letter but by the time you do, you would have noticed my disappearance.  The process to getting this would have been hard or easy, depending on how severe your accident was.  I know this sounds crazy with my prediction but I know what you’re like.  The day you and I found out I had leukemia was the day I knew I had to prepare both of us for what’s to come.  You never were good with handling your emotions well and when the day I finally leave you comes, you’re not going to be able to handle it.

I know that day is near.  As I write to you now, my parents are outside listening to the doctor tell them that the chemo is still taking time to work but I know it isn’t.  It’s my body.  Who else can give the better diagnosis?

So, when the day comes, I know you’re going to be your reckless, silly self and do something terribly stupid.  If you’re reading this before it happens, great!  But if you’re reading this years from now, I want you to know that what happened to me isn’t your fault.  It’s nobody’s really.  There was simply nothing anyone could do.  At least now I can head up and ask the Big Man why he gave me such a ‘lucky’ life.

Just know this Rossy.  I love you ever since I met you and I will continue to love you even after I’m gone.  Don’t leave your life in the past.  Carry me in your heart but move forward with your life.  Find someone who loves you like me or even more than I did.  Cause I can tell you, she would be a keeper.  🙂

Till we meet again, Rossy.

Always yours,
Leila

P.S: Don’t blame your mother for this, okay?  She saw me slipping this into your yearbook and I told her not to tell you because I want nature to take its course.  When it’s time for you to know, the letter will fall out.

Lost in her words until the end, I only felt the wet streaks on my cheeks get damper and damper.  As I held the letter tight in the grip of my right hand, I felt a headache coming on.  I didn’t know what it was from but the the intensity of the pain escalated and the next thing I knew, my vision turned black.

~ * ~

I woke up in the guest room on the bed with two pillows behind my head.  I looked up at the ceiling as I thought back to what happened in the attic.  Only now, the blank space that once became a permanent fixture of my memory filled up.  I remembered hearing the news of Leila’s passing and grabbing the keys to dad’s sedan as I rushed to the garage.  Driving like a maniac while sobbing at the wheel were the reasons why I drove off the road, hoping to meet Leila half-way.

I sat up, about to get out of bed when I noticed my mother sleeping in the chair she had brought up from the living room.  She must have been keeping watch in that thing even when it’s the uncomfortable one she had always hated but kept since my dad loved it.  I looked out the window and noticed the sky colors changing to those seen in the evening.

My mother stirred and immediately opened her eyes in time to see me with my feet on the floor; about to stand up.

“Rosswick!” She exclaimed. “Don’t you dare get out of bed! You passed out for more than 5 hours. Oh… It must have been the heat up there in the attic! I should have-”

I looked at her worried expression and couldn’t help but feel guilt for not being a better son.

I held back my tears. “M-Mom… I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been mad at you for so long… What happened wasn’t your fault. I know that now.. Can you forgive me?”

I saw the tears well up in her eyes.  Not saying anything yet, she got up from her chair to sit on the bed next to me.

She smiled and lightly touch the side of my face before embracing me.

“There is nothing to forgive. I was never mad at you, Rosswick.” She said. “You are my son and I will always love you, no matter what.”

From the corner of my eye, I see Rosalyn standing by the door frame and she smiled.

She cheekily mouthed, ‘Don’t cry baby bro. I forgive you.’

I merely smiled back and hugged my mother tighter; making up for lost time and letting go off everything that held me back from fixing the relationship with my beautiful and wonderful mother.

Fast and Furious 7 Review: A tribute to Paul Walker

 

Finally managed to catch Fast and Furious 7 and I had a mix of emotions.  On one hand, I was excited to see the mad driving skills and action but on the other hand, I wasn’t ready to see Paul on-screen again.  I felt that it would just remind me how much I miss the guy that brought Brian to life.

Fast and Furious 7 picks up from where Fast and Furious 6 ended.  Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) is seen lying paralyzed in the hospital where his brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), vows to have revenge on those who put his brother in the hospital.  So he goes on a hunt where he first breaks into Hobbs’ (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) office to gather data on the team who went after Owen.  A fight ensues which ended in an explosion.  Shielding his colleague, Elena (Elsa Pataky), who came back just in time to aid Hobbs in the fight, Hobbs took the brunt of the explosion and ended up in the hospital.

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“Who else wants to get their ass kicked?” Source: Universal Pictures

Deckard begins his mission by first hunting down Han (Sung Kang) and simultaneously sending Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) a package from Japan.  That’s where the ending scene of Fast and Furious 6 is weaved into the picture.  After dealing with Han, Deckard calls Dominic up and tells him that he is coming for him.  Putting two and two together, Dominic shouts for his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) to take cover just before the package blew up.

Because of this, Hobbs reaches out to Dominic from the hospital and gives him the low down on Deckard.  Wanting revenge for the attack on his family, Dominic is determined to go after Deckard with or without anyone’s blessing.  He eventually gets help from a guy named Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) who offered him unlimited resources to track Deckard down in exchange for a program called God’s Eye and the hacker, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) who created it.  Rallying up his crew which included Brian, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris), they head out to rescue Ramsey from Jakande, a Somalian terrorist (Djimon Hounsou) and find Deckard Shaw.

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“Hold on tight!” Source: Universal Pictures

I’d have to say that based on action, this movie had it all; flying cars from a plane, flying car going through buildings, fantastic fight scenes between characters.  There were points in the movie where I felt that there were too many things going on and I wasn’t exactly sure what the focus was.  But, that could be because of the many characters introduced into the picture.  Instead of having to take down one bad guy, Dominic and his team had two to deal with.  Having said that, I get that the film had to have plenty of action but it would have been better to just have one bad dude (since Jason Statham is pretty bad ass on his own.)

Paul’s brothers stood in for him during some of the scenes and they had Paul’s face CGI-ed onto theirs.  It’s hard to make CGI seamless especially when it’s mimicking the likeness of a real person so it was definitely hard not to note the parts where it wasn’t Paul.  Some of the cinema-goers that I was watching with couldn’t help but point it out and it got a little annoying at times. I mean, come on.  Have some respect.  It takes a lot of courage for the brothers to stand-in for their brother who passed on.

Of the whole movie, the part that I really liked was the ending of the movie – the scene where they were all sitting at the beach watching Brian and Mia play with their son.  As the camera focused on each one of them, you could see the raw emotion they held, especially for Michelle.  Seeing Michelle tear up, made me tear up.  At this point, I knew I wasn’t able to hold it in anymore.  The floodgates opened when Ramsey says, “You aren’t going to say good-bye?” And Dominic replies, “It’s never good-bye”.

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R.I.P Paul Walker. Source: Universal Pictures

I felt that they kinda gave Paul’s character a nice conclusion to his journey with Dom and the crew.  And the tribute was absolutely wonderful.  So go catch Fast and Furious 7 if you haven’t!  Along with the other ladies in the theater, I felt the tears run like a waterfall as I sniffled away.  Especially when they had the song See You Again playing in the background, while Vin Diesel’s character says this:

“No matter where you are, whether it’s a quarter-mile away or halfway around the world, you’ll always be with me and you’ll always be my brother.”

From me to Paul: You’ll always be remembered and never forgotten, Paul.  Thank you for the wonderful memories that you gave us as Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious and your journey as an actor.

Rating:

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Home Review: An under-rated animation

 

This film has got to be one of the cutest I’ve seen in a long time.

Home tells the story of a species of alien, the Boov and their move to planet Earth after being chased by their nemesis, the Gorg. Upon their arrival to planet Earth, all humans were relocated to make space for the Boovs. Oh (Jim Parsons), is a unique Boov who behaves differently from his fellow counterparts. Having just moved in to his new home, Oh decides to throw a party, hoping to bring his neighbors together and make more friends. Unfortunately for him, no one liked having his company so he decided to take a step further by going to see his best friend, Kyle (Matt Jones), to invite him over to the party. Since Kyle was busy with directing traffic, Oh thought to send him an invite to remind him. With a touch of the wrong button, Oh made a mistake of sending his message to everyone, including the Gorgs. Because of this, Captain Smek (Steve Martin) immediately issues an order to arrest Oh so that they can stop the message from being sent – turning Oh into a fugitive.

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“Let’s be best friends!” Source: Dreamworks Animation

With no where else to run, Oh seeks shelter in a convenience store where he meets Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci (Rihanna). She was on a quest to find her mother who got separated from her during the relocation exercise the Boovs had implemented. The two formed a partnership (despite reluctance from Tip) and worked together to bring Tip back to her mother, Lucy (Jennifer Lopez). The two go through many trials of trust and eventually form a bond that pushes Oh to try new things even when his DNA tells him differently.

Home is an animation that puts together a brilliant cast and adorable drawing, giving the voice actors great comic timing while not losing the heart of the story. Jim Parsons as the voice of Oh couldn’t have been more perfect. I’d like to think that Oh is like Sheldon but with emotions. Rihanna’s voice as a young girl was quite okay and I liked how despite this being her first time voicing a character, she was able to capture the emotions needed for a girl who lost her mom. Steve Martin was definitely my favorite since his comic timing was impeccable and I could almost imagine Steve moving around as Captain Smek.

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“I’m too cute to be bad!” Source: Dreamworks Animation

What I love most about this film is the heart in the story (which made me tear up ALOT). In most ways, I think we are all like Boovs. We follow certain rules of society because we believe it is the right way to do so and we often only cared about our welfare above others. Oh was a lot like this. He had his quirks and might have been the odd Boov around but he still conformed to what his species had been taught. Despite learning what it means to be brave and the meaning of caring for someone, he still couldn’t shake off the habit of running away and putting himself first. But after realizing that he had broken the promise he made to Tip and losing the friend he made, he decides to put her first and returned to help reunite Tip with her mother and stopping the Gorg from destroying the planet.

All in all, Home is a must-watch animation. It tells a simple story that tugs at the heart strings. Kudos, Dreamworks!

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