Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 (2017) Film Review

Groot (Vin Diesel) is tiny, Peter (Chris Pratt) has found his dad, Ego (Kurt Russell) and people are chasing and trying to destroy them. Plus there is a killer soundtrack, some absolutely awesome fight scenes, brilliant make-up design and a lot of laughs.

This is my type of superhero film. Funny and pretty and ridiculous. Plus. I believe there is a whole heap of crossing over between universes coming up and I am looking forward to that!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Film Review

In 2010, disaster struck BPs Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. It ‘blew out’, causing the death of eleven workers and spilling an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil. This film is the dramatisation of these events, with Mark Wahlberg as worker Mike Williams, Gina Rodriguez as worker Andrea Fleytas, Kurt Russell as rig boss Jimmy Harrell, and John Malkovich as BP executive Vidrine. It’s an amazing film, one that totally passed me by in the cinema. It has all of the explosions and excitement of a good action film, but with a tragic and plausible plot.

It starts like a fairly dull, normal day for the workers returning to the rig, dealing with the handover and the pressure being put on them by the executives who just want the pumping to start. Then, when things go bad, it’s all about survival. It’s tricky from here, because audiences are used to heroes in action films, and Wahlberg is such an action hero type actor. Consequently, I don’t know how much is accurate to the actual events and how much is modified for good audience viewing. I think as long as the audience are aware of the potential artistic licence, it’s a film worth watching.

Deepwater Horizon was nominated for Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Visual Effects and for a BAFTA for Best Sound.