Super Mario Odyssey trailer

The good people at Nintendo seem to have found a winner with their new system, the Switch.  Of course it helps that the Zelda game released is easily one of the best in the franchise.  They have finally released the full trailer for their most iconic character’s new adventure in Super Mario Odyssey.  

This new adventure takes Mario to a plethora of different lands (including our own it appears) as he pursues Bowser who has kidnapped Peach again.  This time it seems as if he will be aided by the use of his hat which seems to have all kinds of functions.

The game looks incredibly polished and can hopefully achieve the level of fun the Mario last achieved with Super Mario 64 (which was the first of Mario 3d games).  Nintendo has a great track record with their Mario games, so let’s hope this one continues the streak.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Gameplay trailer)

Another trailer released at E3 was the first gameplay trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2, the anticipated sequel to the well-received, but severely lacking a campaign Star Wars Battlefront.  This trailer gives us a little better of an idea about what the multiplayer will look like and where the campaign (which is officially cannon) will take us.  All in all this iteration seems to have improved upon some of the lacking elements of the first game.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Destiny 2 & Call of Duty WWII trailer

Both Destiny 2 and Call of Duty premiered new trailers for their respective games at E3 this week.  Destiny looks to continuing its trend of improving in MMORPG of Destiny with the much anticipated sequel, which looks to be quite promising.

Meanwhile, Call of Duty, which has completely exhausted its foray into the future of warfare travels back to the past and its roots for Call of Duty WWII.   We will have to wait and see if it will play an well as the already established Battlefield 1.

You can view both trailers below:

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (the review)

The first word that comes to mind after seeing this film is “family”.  After all is said and done, that’s the main theme of the film, and that’s what truly makes this journey as wonderful as it is.

The film begins shortly after the last Guardians adventure.  We are quickly reintroduced to the five guardians:  Peter Quill (Starlord), Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and of course, the adorable Baby Groot.  The story begins in media res with the guardians completing a mission for the Sovereign (a race of near-perfect type beings).  Of course after completing the mission, things go awry and the guardians find themselves being chased by the Sovereign (in a brilliant scene complete with sounds from an 90’s arcade).  

The Guardians find themselves saved by a mysterious figure who turns out to be Quill’s father, Ego.  Meanwhile, Yondu is still searching for Quill while trying to restore his honor as a Ravager.  And the Guardians find themselves keeping Nebula (Gamora’s half sister) captive.  In the interest of not spoiling the film for those who still have not seen it, I will not go into the rest of the plot.  Just be assured that things do not go swimmingly for our heroes.

Is this film as good as the first?  Yes and no.  The film has more heart than its predecessor, but probably won’t match up to the first for most simply because the fact that the first was so unexpectedly good.  This film by contrast has far more expectations upon it.

The performances are quite good, as always.  This time around though Drax, Mantis, Yondu and of course Baby Groot stand out.  Dave Batista’s portrayal as the socially awkward and incredibly blunt Drax is right on point, and this time around he is given more to work with.  Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is an alien with empathetic powers who performance in here scenes with Drax add much to the humor of the film.  Yondu, who we were introduced to in the first film, adds some gravity to the film as an outcast looking for redemption.  Of course Baby Groot steals the show a bit, partially because he is so damn adorable, but also because his condition changes the dynamic of the Guardians.  At the end of the first film, he was the one who protected the Guardians, but here they have to care for him.

All in all, the film is exciting, fun, and unexpectedly touching at times.  It was not until after I saw this film that I thought to myself “These might be the most fun characters in the Marvel universe”.   Case in point, the villain of the film is not shown or hinted at in any of the trailers.  When was the last time a hero movie left out any hint of the villain or main conflict of a film in the trailer and people still flocked to see it?  I cannot remember a time.  Perhaps it’s the fact that these characters are so loveable and engaging that people just want to see them on the screen, regardless of what mischief they are getting into.   And that is a powerful statement to make.

As an addendum:  you may want to stay through the entire credits as there are five (yes five) post credit scenes.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (trailer #3)

20th Century Fox has released the final cinematic trailer for their conclusion to the trilogy of Planet of the Apes.  The third film finds mankind and apes in a full scale war.  The final trailer focuses on the much of the strained relationship between man and the apes and heavily on the action of the fighting between the two sides.  The movie will be out on July 14th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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The Defenders

The good people at Marvel/Netflix have released the full trailer for their upcoming series. The Defenders.  The team is made up of the four heroes :Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist.

Outside of Iron Fist, Netflix has done a great job with each, and this looks to be no different.  You may view the trailer for yourself below:

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The Dark Tower (the trailer)

After many years and multiple failed attempts, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally going to see the light of day.  After teasing it yesterday, the official trailer for the film was released this morning.  

For those of you not familiar with the storyline, it deals with a Gunslinger by the name of Roland who is attempting to protect the dark tower which is the center of all universes.  The story begins with him chasing a man in black across the desert and quickly moves on from there.  Throughout the story the reader sees different worlds and different dimensions.  The series ends up spanning seven books and thousands of pages before its conclusion. In essence, its Stephen King’s opus.

The trailer is impressive.  It shows the Idris Alba definitely has the gravitas to pull off Roland.  It also gives us a feeling for Matthew McConaughey’s man in black character as well.  All in all, the film looks like it will do a good job adapting what was previously described as unadaptable. The film is due out August 4th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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