Movie: Everything, Everything
Maddy is an 18 year old with SCID, a disease that prevents her from leaving her house. When a boy named Olly moves in next door, the two quickly fall in love. While I’m not a fan of romantic films, I figured I’d give Everything, Everything a shot, and objectively—as a film—it’s pretty good. Both young actors played their parts very well, (Amandla Stenberg perfectly portrayed someone who’s never been outside) and the concept, while nothing new, leads to some interesting drama. However, I take issue with the lessons it teaches. Many decisions are flesh-driven, made without any thought of the consequences, and though the world portrays this as romantic, in reality it’s selfish. Also, I cannot agree with the unnecessary sensual scene placed in the film. Everything, Everything is actually a good lesson on what not to do in relationships. (Look up 1 John 2:16).
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels more like a comedic space opera than a superhero movie. When Peter Quill suddenly runs into a strange man claiming to be his father, the Guardians are given a chance to save the Galaxy once again. The film stands well on its own; I never felt lost even though I skipped the first film. Each character holds their personality consistently while maintaining an element of depth. Star Lord is a displaced 80’s kid, and many of his references reflect that; and Baby Groot is probably the cutest thing to ever come to film. My main complaint for Guardians is the large amount of profanity and the overly crude nature of the jokes. Guardians is a fun movie to watch with its space theme and zany characters, but it was sad to see such a clever and creative film be dragged into cheap innuendo.
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean — Dead Men Tell No Tales
The dashing Captain Jack Sparrow has set sail once again, this time in search of the powerful trident of Poseidon. I found this recent installment to the Pirates franchise to be entertaining—albeit unambitious—in its narrative, hitting many of the same beats as the previous films. Jack is as zany as ever, but the interactions between the Captain and co-stars felt flat. This is especially evident with Henry Turner, the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. The two characters rarely interact, and when they do it’s mainly exposition. Javier Bardum’s portrayal of Armando Salazar combined with the ghostly submerged effect was one of my favorite things about the film, however the villain is criminally under-used. There are still some instances of inappropriate humor, but they are few and far between. If you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, then you’ll probably enjoy this addition.
Micah Trimmer | Salt Lake City | Intermountain Division