Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) | Spoiler Review #53

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a perfect follow-up!  Just as good as the first with humor, action and beautiful space landscapes.  Space opera indeed!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Dusty: Sometimes the thing you’ve been searching for your entire life has been there all along.

  • Appreciate the things you have and the grass isn’t always greener.  Quill never realized his daddy, Yondu, was with him all along.

Lovin’ the dancin’ Groot intro

Sky: Say the things you want to say to somebody before it’s too late.

  • If Yondu would’ve told Quill how he felt about him sooner, then their lives could’ve been much different and potentially better.

We love the beautiful space landscapes

Dusty: Family does not leave.

  • Family is always there for each other, regardless of arguments and little squabbles.

Sky: Don’t lock up your enemies together.

  • You’re just giving them the chance to work together and defeat you.  Yondu caged with Rocket?!  Bad thinking, Ravagers.

Yondu’s arrow in action

Dusty: Always, always be extraordinarily humble.

  • We love Drax!

Mantis, look out!

Sky: Keep your mouth shut when they’re on your side. The tide can always turn against you.

  • It’s the downfall of too many people, their “ego” causes them to spout off and turn your friends against you.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

We think the Rotten Tomatoes score should be higher than these, but the critics at 84% and the audience at 87% is nothing to shake a stick at.

Dusty has chosen Toy Story 4 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Dark Phoenix.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #48

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best MCU movies.  James Gunn shows us what a space opera can be with an incredible story and real characters that we’ll never forget.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy

Sky: Know your audience.

  • When you’re trying to communicate to others (like Quill to Drax in the Kiln), make sure to use words they’ll understand.  Your goal is to be understood, right?

These misfits took down the Kiln

Dusty: Always have a plan. Even if you only have 12% of a plan.

  • You can always wing it (like they’re good at), but start with a plan.

Love that 12% scene

Sky: Keep your personal business personal.

  • Don’t alert those around you to the crazy payday you’re on the verge of, especially if they might not skip an opportunity for jacking billions of units from you.

Dusty: Call your mother once a week if not more.

  • Yep, take it from us.  Eventually, you won’t have the opportunity to.

Sky: Work with what you got.

  • When life hands you lemons (or a spaceship without weapons), make lemonade.

Dancing Groot!

Dusty: Always think outside of the box.

  • There’s a solution to every problem, you just have to find it.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

This movie was LOVED by both the critics (91%) and the audience (92%) on Rotten Tomatoes.  See?  We can get along sometimes.

Dusty has chosen John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #47

Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie!  We both loved the humor and the story, and Hela was a great baddie.  Taika Waititi made a killer MCU debut.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Thor: Ragnarok

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with an unknown.

  • They didn’t know what Hela was capable of, starting a fight with her may not be the best idea.  Learn what she’s capable of first, then beat the crap out of her.

Dusty:  Tell your kids everything they need to now well before you die. 

  • Odin made a huge mistake by not telling Thor and Loki about Hela ahead of time.  Communicate, people!

The whole team with Taika Waititi… exactly what Thor 3 needed!

Sky: Accept your circumstances and move forward.

  • You can’t change what’s happened, just accept it and move on.  Banner was having a hard time on Sakaar at first, but things would’ve gone a bit smoother had he just accepted his circumstances.

Dusty: Don’t fight with coworkers.

  • Nope, not worth it at all. Keep things copacetic.

What a beautiful movie

Sky: Kill them with kindness.

  • Thor constantly trusting Loki and being his brother eventually convinced Loki to be on the side of good.

Dusty: Life is about growth and change.

  • Thor learns and grew through his interactions with Loki, and finally realized that Loki was just going to remain the God of Mischief.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

I guess some of the audience didn’t like this new comedic take on Thor?  Rotten Tomatoes scores for the audience is at 87% while critics are at 93%.

Sky has chosen Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Avengers: Endgame.

Captain Marvel | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #40

Captain Marvel is a good addition to the MCU.  This movie’s got humor and a compelling story, and Carol Danvers’ origin is worth watching.  We would’ve liked more detailed fight scenes, but really enjoyed Fury’s larger role in this one.  Plus, Agent Coulson!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Captain Marvel

Sky: You control 2 things in your life: your actions and your attitude. 

  • Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) was right when he told this to Veers (Brie Larson), but he was using it as a way to control her.

Dusty: Always go with your heart. Not your head. 

  • Trust your gut and do what feels right.

“I feel the need for speed!”

Sky: You could be your own greatest enemy.

  • Sky can’t remember who said this in the movie: “Know your enemy, it could be you.” So many people in this life blame the outside world and blame others for their problems. If your life is screwed up, it’s your own damn fault. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can work to better your life.

She’s beating up an old lady!

Dusty: Question everything. Even if you think you are on the right side, you need to check and recheck to make sure you are doing the right thing.

  • Carol Danvers wasn’t too pig-headed and stubborn to listen to Talos’ (Ben Mendelsohn) story and she learned she’d been lied to for years and the Skrulls aren’t her enemies.

Sky: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

  • This is one of the most important lessons anybody can learn in life. People who tell themselves they’re no good at math, will never be good at math. People who tell themselves and the world that they can’t read or write worth crap, will never read or write worth crap. Your beliefs will turn you into the person you’re going to be, and they led you to be the person that you are today. Regarding Carol Danvers, even though she doesn’t know anything about her past, all those experiences turned her into the strong, confident and no–quit type of person she is.

Dusty: Be on the side of good, not evil.

  • Be the hero of your life story and fight for what’s right.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes started really low, but it’s gradually moving up as more people enjoy the movie and leave their reviews.  Currently, Audience at 62% and Critics at 79%.

Next week we’ll re-aire ___ as Sky needs time off to build out his online poker course.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired Ant-man and the Wasp.