Avengers: Endgame

I have a lot of feeling buts I don’t know how to coherently voice them. I’ve been playing with these thoughts in my head for the past two weeks, but I don’t know how to write a post and tie a nice pretty bow around the whole thing.

What I Loved:

  • That scene where those who were previously dead, join Steve as he was about to face down Thanos and his army; knowingly outnumbered. The scene was visually stunning and on top of that, it was a morale boost that the audience desperately needed at this point. I was ready to lose Captain America in that moment but then he was joined and he was able to say “Avengers Assemble.”
  • Sam becomes Captain America after Steve goes back in time and decides to live his life with Peggy.
  • Peter Parker! His interactions are always some of my favorites. But that scene where he has to say goodbye to Tony broke a little piece of me. I believe Tom Holland’s acting as Spiderman is so good, and he does such a great job at embodying all the different aspects of this character.
  • Captain Marvel was also great, though I wish her part was longer throughout the movie but I understand now that Brie Larson had very little knowledge of her own character at this point. But the GIRL SQUAD? Amazing. Loved every moment.

Things to Note:

  • Thor’s weight gain was a running joke throughout the movie and most fans have spoken up about their reactions. My opinion, his character development was realistic. This is a man who has lost practically everything over the course of just a few movies and the amount of loss he had to deal with, just kept growing. It was inevitably going to effect him, feeling as though the death toll was his burden to carry.
  • I’m still not sure how I feel about Black Widow dying. It’s all well and good that she died for a good cause, but why was she the one chosen to die this way? And last I checked, aren’t we getting an origin story for her?

Okay so this ramble was a bit all over the place, but that’s basically how my emotions still are with this movie. On that note, I’m actually going to go see it again this week with a best friend of mine. Possibly with less emotional eyes. Now that I am home from my vacation, I am going to be catching up with Jane the Virgin and finishing up with Pretty Little Liars.

Captain Marvel Ramble Fest

I waited a lot longer than I was originally intending to before writing this. I want to say that it is because I chose to wait until I was sure everyone who would read this had already seen it to avoid spoiling the experience. But the honest truth is that I have papers due in a couple of weeks, a few exams in the weeks leading up to that only to end up with finals after the papers. So I’ve been overwhelmed and haven’t focused on this.

All that aside, the movie was marvelous. (C’mon, I cannot be the first to say this but I couldn’t skip the opportunity. I love me a good play on words.) By starting us off where she’s already in the Kree civilization, believing to be one of them, we are then in the perfect position to be caught off guard and just as confused as she is, when we see her nightmares that look suspiciously a lot like earth. She’s named Vers on Kree, and she’s part of Starforce. She seems to be the one that they cannot control, and that makes sense because she is being shackled by an implant, unable to use her powers to their full potential while also having been stripped of her memories from her time on Earth.

I’m not going to give you a play-by-play, just go watch the movie it’s great. I’ve seen some opinions that the movie was too political for it’s own good and that made people upset. I know that politics are a really divisive topic throughout society right now, with a lot of polarizing opinions but I think; whether we agree with the opinions or not, media has always been used spread political statements. Marvel has always done this, since the very first Iron Man, where Stark is unknowingly supplying the bad guys with ammunition and weapons and he finds himself needing to get back home, by any means necessary. We know his origin story. Marvel has never shied away from making big political statements, because they feel that what they are saying is important.

The next movie that is coming out is Avengers: Endgame. Honestly, I’m terrified. I’ll be in Virginia visiting my older sister when it comes out, so I’ll probably only be able to see it the following friday. I want to watch all of them in order at some point soon but that’ll most likely happen after I watch Endgame because I won’t be able to wait.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This movie was seriously cute, beyond cute even. It was the kind of movie that one can just really sit back and enjoy it because it is genuinely fun to watch. The plot is one that has been around for so long; people fake a relationship that ends up being real when they inevitably fall in love with one another. The plot isn’t new, it’s one we have seen often however, what sets this movie apart is the fact that they do not run from the cliche tropes. In fact, the movie embraces the tropes and uses them beautifully.

We follow Lara Jean, a 16 year old girl who loves reading about romance but is scared of actually talking to boys and bringing that fantasy into reality. She has been writing love letters to boys who she found herself crushing on so hard that she needed some way to release everything. Her little sister Kitty takes it upon herself to mail all five letters, one to Peter Kovinsky, one to Josh Sanderson, Lucas James, John McClaren, and Kenny from Camp. Lucas James ends up being a close friend to Lara Jean, and he is gay so they are able to quickly move past the declarations of love in the letter. Josh Sanderson is the recently dumped boyfriend of her older sister Margot, and because of this, the situation grows that much more complicated. Lara Jean ends up kissing Peter on the track course because she doesn’t want Josh to think she actually likes him and this choice causes an entire chain of events. 

Now; Peter Kovinsky is the ex-boyfriend of Genevieve, Lara Jean’s ex-best friend who never has the moment where she moves on from being the generic vapid evil girl. Evil being a strong word, but she was definitely mean for no other reason than feeling jealous and threatened by Lara Jean but not having the maturity to talk it out. She remains a two-dimensional character, which is actually kind of rare for movies of this time. The movie does an excellent job of moving the plot along without omitting important and cute parts of the building relationship. Despite giving us about one or two scenes per month leading up to the Ski Trip, we are still able to watch as they grow closer. Bonding due to their similar home lifes, with Lara Jean’s mother having passed away and Peter’s father leaving his mom and the kids. It’s a genuine connection that makes the chemistry between them seem so natural. 

I found myself laughing and smiling a lot throughout this movie because it’s entire basis is that of support and love. Even her sisters aren’t shown in the light of sibling rivalry, and she has a great relationship with her father. The only negativity in the movie seemed to be Genevieve and the mess that was the accidental ‘sex’ tape. Even then, Peter defends her in front of the whole school but the movie does a good job of addressing the fact she was getting all the heat while he remained fine throughout the whole ordeal. 

Overall, this is a very cute movie that I will be watching again and again. Being named with the likes of The Kissing Booth, I actually ended up preferring this over that movie. Both are cute but the entire movie was spun in a positive light while a lot of The Kissing Booth has drama and strife. I just think that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is wholesome and with a growing fanbase, I am hoping for the sequel.