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I Love to Laugh

I’ve been reading the Brotherband Series by John Flanagan recently and I was struck by one character’s action. The whole group or brotherband as they are known were worried about one of their group who was injured and left behind to recover and also missing the constant bickering that usually came from that member’s presence. So this character, Thorn, decides to create some bickering with another crewmate’s help and soon everyone is laughing and enjoying themselves again.

I’ve also been rewatching a lot of Marvel movies with my sister, and each of these movies intentionally adds a lot of comedic scenes and moments into their plots. I think this is part of the reason that they are so well liked.

We all like to laugh, to smile, to experience joy. It’s part of our human nature. Now laughter may not always be the appropriate response, it could be seen as offensive or hurtful in certain situations. Just as Solomon writes there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4a). Sometimes it is not a time to laugh. But laughter is important. Whether it’s laughing with friends at an inside joke, or a funny line in a movie, or book, or just at a punny situation, laughter is part of life. And often, it’s the best medicine.

Laughter breaks up boredom, releases tension, heightens enjoyment and has many other physical benefits.

So I’m thankful for all the people that make me laugh: my family, friends, and even the comedians online or on TV. I hope you have a good laugh today. Remember to enjoy life, laugh at the awkward situations you find yourself in, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes all someone needs to brighten their day is a little laughter.

So here’s a clip to help you laugh a little today. Enjoy!

 

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Spider-Man Homecoming

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So I saw the new Spider-Man movie last week. I don’t want to spoil anything, so if you haven’t seen it, go ahead and watch it first! It is so worth it. But if you really want to read my thoughts first, I think you’ll still enjoy it and I’ll try not to give away anything too important to the plot.

There have been a lot of Spider-Man movies in my lifetime but this one was unique. This was the first movie actually set in the Marvel Universe, which means other characters like Captain America and Iron Man could also be mentioned or make an appearance. This movie also provides us with the youngest version of Spider-Man. Not only is the actor younger and actually looks like he is in high school, but he is also only 15 years old in the story instead of a Senior. It’s really cool to see him developing in this movie and knowing that he still has a long way to go. I also particularly enjoyed how Iron Man takes him under his wing and becomes a mentor in the only way Tony Stark can, with a lot of humor, wit, and mistakes. The scene where Peter discovers all of the extra features his suit contains is quite funny. Tony really is the best at making superhero suits, but they can be a bit over the top.

One of my favorite parts of this movie is just how realistic Peter is; he trips, falls, fumbles with his words and it’s just so funny. And he also does those little heroic things that anyone could do, even without a suit, like giving an old lady directions. I also really loved that he doesn’t have to keep his identity a secret from everyone. In both of the previous versions of Spider-Man, Peter is very much alone with his secret, unless a bad guy finds out about him. But in the new movie, not only does his mentor Tony know, but soon his best friend at school finds out too and it makes for a great comedic combination. This movie is full of laughs and all things that make a great Marvel movie.

In addition, the story does not revolve around a love interest as the other Spider-Man movies do. Yes, there is a girl that Peter likes and it’s a fun part of the story. But the plot line in not about getting the girl or saving the girl and that is quite refreshing. All in all this version of Spider-Man is much lighter and more enjoyable than its predecessors. There’s definitely not as much dark brooding or angst but there is plenty of excitement and a very well developed bad guy to keep you engaged with the story.

I highly recommend this movie and I may have just found my favorite version of the Spider-Man character. And as always, make sure to stay to the very end of the credits. Marvel has done it again and there are two end credit scenes.

I’ll just leave you with this preview in case you still need some convincing to see this awesome movie.

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Movie Reviews

Alright, I have been to the theater so many times in the last couple of weeks that I figured I should just cram all of my reviews into one post. So here we go, let’s review Arrival, Moana, Dr. Strange and Rogue One. We’ll start with the one I was most excited about: Moana.

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I love kid’s movies and whenever a new Disney movie comes out, I am eager to see it. This movie may not have become as huge a phenomenon as Frozen, but it still has a good story, and very good music. I enjoyed the visuals and the growth of the characters in this film. From the previews, I was not expecting Maui to be the antihero. But I actually liked it and I’m glad he gets a redeeming story-arch. Walking away from this movie, I wasn’t all that impressed, but since Disney has released some of the music onto YouTube, I’ve been getting all of it’s songs stuck in my head. And it’s not just the main theme song that gets repeated, all of the music is catchy and enjoyable. I get a new one stuck in my head each day. This probably comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s style, who also wrote music for the successful Hamilton show on Broadway. So, even though this wasn’t my favorite Disney movie, the music was well worth the cost of the movie ticket and I’d even consider going to see it again.

Here’s a clip of one of the songs in case you’re interested:

Next let’s go to Rogue One.

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This was a very highly anticipated addition to the Star Wars franchise and my sister wanted to see it so bad that we actually got our tickets early and saw it on opening day. Even though we were both excited to see it, there wasn’t an immediate “I love this movie!” feeling after leaving the theater. A lot of emotional things happened in this movie and honestly, some of it was a bit hard for me to follow. I enjoyed the movie and I think it blends in nicely to the series. I especially enjoyed the references to other characters in the Star Wars universe and the epic appearance of Darth Vader. But it was hard to get attached to the new characters. And I’m almost glad I didn’t get attached what with the ending we’re given. (Spoiler Alert) They all die. But even with that as the ending, it was still a good movie and I think most people will enjoy it.

Next we’ll dive into the Marvel Universe’s latest creation: Dr. Strange.

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I had no basis for this character and what his backstory should be as I came into the theater. All I knew was Benedict Cumberbatch was playing the lead. I do enjoy his acting, so I was looking forward to the movie. And it was pretty good for a superhero movie, though I think it wasn’t what I was hoping for from Marvel. Honestly he’s probably just not the type of superhero I enjoy watching. Every superhero should have a flaw but since his is arrogance, it’s just not as enjoyable for me to watch. Plus his whole powers thing is kind of weird and too magicy for my taste. I did enjoy the few comedic elements in the film, as Marvel always gives us. But I think I enjoyed Ant Man’s comedy style more and from the new Spider-man movie trailer that movie will probably be more my style.

And lastly, we’ll look at Arrival.

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This movie was not even on my radar but some of my family wanted to see it, so we headed to the theater and sat down to watch another alien movie. I am not a huge fan of alien movies, and I usually avoid them. But this one was more interesting. It focused more on the problem of communication and not on a kill the aliens and save the world set up that I’m used to seeing. Also, the film did a great job of staying realistic. I really could imagine my college shutting down because of the arrival, and everyone calling each other and freaking out while people in the army and government try to figure out what to do. The only downside I could see was it had some slow parts. And I wasn’t quite satisfied with the ending. There is a romantic relationship in the plot, but through the movie we’re shown that it won’t work out, and me and my girlfriends agreed the movie would have been much better if at the very end, we saw the two main characters getting back together.

So anyway, there’s my movie reviews so far. If you’re interested in any of these movies, go ahead and see them, I think they’re each worth it. But if you’re going to the theater for a fun family movie that everyone can enjoy together, I’d say go with Moana.

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Ant-Man

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So Marvel is at it again. Their newest movie Ant-Man came out this month. When I first saw the trailer I thought, no way am I seeing this movie. I’ve already seen so many Marvel movies and this is just one more. I’d never even heard of this Marvel character before and honestly I thought it sounded stupid. How could shrinking to the size of an ant make a good super power? But somehow I got sucked in, a new trailer came out that made the movie look better, then when it came out friend after friend asked if I’d seen it and said it was good. Finally I got tired of other people telling me it was a good movie so I decided to see it for myself. And what do you know, it was good.

Marvel has gotten their movies down to an art. They have the perfect balance of humor and action along with several references to their other movies and characters. They even made a joke about how stupid of a name Ant-Man is anyway. And of course they throw in a couple of extra scenes during the credits. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the newest collection of characters it adds to the Marvel universe. And I’ll probably see the movie again, maybe not till it comes out on DVD, but I will see it again.

So if you’re in the slumps of summer and looking for a good movie to see in theaters, go see Ant-Man.

I’ll leave you with a preview

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

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So I got to see the new Avengers movie yesterday and it definitely was a summer blockbuster. It had plenty of action, all the returning Avengers, plus several new faces. It was 2 hours and 20 minutes long and I never got bored during the whole thing. The director also did a good job of balancing fast action with slow character development. The movie definitely was a thrill ride. And if you haven’t seen it yet, go ahead and stop reading now, and see if for yourself. Otherwise, beware of spoilers.

One of my favorite parts of any of the Marvel Universe movies is the banter and jokes between characters and this film did not disappoint. Whether it was in the middle of a thrilling action sequence, or while our heroes are taking it easy at Avenger’s tower or their safe house, there is always a cleaver line thrown in. Even our villain has several humorous comments to add, probably because he was developed by Tony Stark and inherited some of his wit. I also loved the bit about Thor’s Hammer and how no one could pick it up, though Captain America did manage to move it. And then in the climax, our new hero Vision is able to pick it up easily, proving that he can be trusted.

The one downside to this movie is that there is literally so much going on that it can be hard to follow the plot or connect with new characters. It could have just been the mood I was in, but I didn’t get as caught up in this story as I have with other Marvel movies. I didn’t cry when Quicksilver died or when the the Avengers saw their worst fears or memories. Maybe I will the second time through, but the first time I was constantly trying to keep up with who was who, and what was going on so that I didn’t get emotionally invested.

But in any case, it was a fun movie to see and I enjoyed it and will probably see it again soon.

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