Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Funday: Weekend Update, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, & King Arthur: Legend of the Sword


Happy Mother's Day everyone!  Unfortunately, I won't be able to celebrate as much as I'd like to with my family this year as I drew the short straw and have to work.  I can't say I'm surprised though... Oh, well.  As usual, the last couple of week's have been pretty crazy - I've had so much to do.  


In bookish news, this past week I've finished up three books - It's Not Like It's A Secret by Misa Sugiura (ARC won from Epic Reads), Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Of the three, my favorite was easily Sugiura's debut - if you like Becky Albertalli, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, I bet you'll love this novel.


On Thursday, I received in the mail my first hardcopy read for review from author, James Morris, for his new release Feel Me Fall.  I've read two of his earlier novels, What Lies Within and Melophobia, both of which I read for review and turned out to be real hidden gems.  Back in 2015, I listed him as one of my favorite new-to-me favorite authors of that year.  Needless to say, I'm pretty excited to try his newest YA mystery.


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In these last couple of weeks, I actually got to see a couple of movies at the theater - Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in 3D and it's definitely worth the splurge - it's just as good as the first movie.  It's a solid 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding it up to 5 since it was just so much fun.  It's great to see the group together and how they play off of one another - everyone gets their time to shine.  By the way, Kurt Russell is pretty darn good as Peter's father and Mantis makes a good new addition to the cast.  She is hilarious when paired up with Drax.  The dialogue really crackles, but I'd have to say that Yondu has one of the best lines: "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"  The theater broke up at that! 


As for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, it's not as terrible as some of the reviews make it out to be, but it certainly missed out on a solid opportunity.  The idea behind it is pretty cool - how can anyone resist a King Arthur story and good retelling at that?  I liked getting to know our new Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, but most of what makes the legend has been stripped away.  There are points when you see that this could be really something with moments between Arthur and his friends, but unfortunately, the movie gets too lost in the visuals and special effects.  They don't so much enhance the story, as they over stuff it.  Also, near the end during a major fight scene, I actually felt a little motion sickness when the action got extra difficult to focus - I expect you'll know exactly what I'm talking about if you've seen the movie.  Let's just say Arthur suddenly appeared to go from Hunnam to a full on video game character, if that makes any sense, and I'm glad that I wasn't watching in 3D because I'm sure that would have made it worse.  Anyway, when I should have cared more about the supporting cast of characters, I couldn't because we knew so little about them - although I must say I wanted to know more.  For the most part, I'd say Jude Law seemed to be having the most fun chewing up that scenery.  Plus, in the prologue you won't believe who makes a cameo appearance - Katie McGrath, aka Morgana from Merlin!  On that note, if you're looking for an excellent retelling of Arthurian legend, you may want to try Merlin rather than this.



Next up: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and/ or Wonder Woman.


Happy Mother's Day everyone!  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below.

12 comments:

  1. Oooo I've been wanting to see Guardians and King Arthur! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed Guardians. I'm always a little bit leery of sequels but it seems like Marvel really has it well in hand. I'm disappointed though that you thought King Arthur was a missed opportunity. I thought it would be pretty good from the trailer but I can definitely see how the producers and director would get caught up in making it look epic and lose sight of the actual plot. Lovely reviews, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Laura! I hope you'll enjoy watching them - I'd like to hear what you think about both of them! :)

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  2. Sorry you had to work today. I have Into the Water to read soon. It sounds like the movies were worthwhile.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy Into the Water Carole - happy weekend. :)

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  3. First hardcopy for review huh? I never tire of them but after the joy of the first one comes the 'oh hell where did this come from' when several more than you have a shot of reading show up at once.

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    1. Yep! I've received quite a few ecopy review books, but this is the first hardcopy from an author. :)

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  4. Sounds like you have been busy. Hope you enjoy your new books.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  5. Oh, I hope to be able to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soon! I absolutely loved the first one, so I have high hopes for the second one and I'm glad to hear you loved it. I was curious about King Arthur, but sad to hear it's all about the visuals and special effects and missing out on a lot of opportunity.
    It's Not Like It's a Secret is on my TBR, glad you liked it!

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    1. Hope you love Guardians, Lindsey! :)

      Happy reading!

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