Aquaman (2018) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

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Wow!  Aquaman was spot on a great movie!  Fingers crossed for more DC greatness to come. Good action, cool special effects, nice acting and a great story that progressed nicely.

Updated 2.8.20: We re-released this as episode #87 in anticipation of DC’s Birds of Prey.

Lessons Learned from Aquaman

Sky: Stressful situations are opportunities for growth.

  • Arthur’s powers grew when he was being bullied in the aquarium.

Dusty: Arrogance and pride will be your downfall.

  • Just like General Cornwallace in The Patriot: pride is a weakness that can cause your downfall.  Here, Arthur (Jason Momoa) thought he could easily defeat his younger brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (Mera)

Sky: Heroes create their own villains.

  • Arthur created the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) by not helping him save his father.

How does he fight with such a huge head?

Dusty: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Aquaman would want to be saved, so that’s good enough reason to save the father and at least turn him in to the authorities.

Sky: Don’t dismiss your impact on the environment.

  • The Atlanteans got fed up with humans dirtying up the oceans. Remember ‘The Happening’ when mother nature got fed up with humans and the trees started causing us to commit suicide? Yep, it can happen.

Dusty: Learn from your mistakes.

  • DC is learning from theirs and making better movies now.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

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.

On Rotten Tomatoes the audience has it at 80% (matching Sky’s score) but the critics are off the mark again at 60%.  At least it’s fresh.

Sky has chosen Galaxy Quest as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Bumblebee.

Spider-man: Far From Home | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #55

Spider-man: Far From Home was amazing! (pun intended)  Great story, a cool and believable villain, tons of humor and great webbing action.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Spider-man: Far From Home

Sky: Honesty is the best policy.

  • Ned’s lie stuck Peter between the teachers for the entire flight. Just say, “Hey, MJ, want to sit next to me?” I like the plan, but be honest and direct instead.

Dusty: Always check to see if the place is open on the website. 

  • Mr. Harrington neglected to check the website prior to their trip.  Dusty went to Florence and the David sculpture museum was closed.

Yeah, a bit stiff up there on stage

Sky: Always have a backup plan.

  • Quentin had a great backup plan for blaming Spider-man in case they got into a fight and the illusions were exposed. In the real world, always consider what could go wrong and plan for it (even if Sky doesn’t always do that).

Jake Gyllenhaall as Mysterio was a great choice

Dusty: Always trust your Peter Tingle (gut).

  • When something feels wrong/bad/dangerous, that’s your subconscious (gut) alerting you to the danger.  Heed your Peter Tingle just like Spider-man did.

Sky:  Surround yourself with smart, capable people.

  • CEO’s, managers and Mysterio have great teams that allow them to succeed with their plans.

You want the people close to you safe, but you expose her as someone that Spider-man knows?  Really?!

Dusty: Don’t apologize for being the smartest in the room.

  • This was a great line from Mysterio to get Peter on his side.

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.

Another consensus!  The Critics at (94%) and Audiences (98%) on Rotten Tomatoes agree on this one.  Now, a positive RT score means that the person giving the rating thinks the movie is worth seeing.  What kind of Critic or Audience member says you shouldn’t see this?  There are some joyless people in this world.  What a shame.

Dusty has chosen Rush Hour as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Toy Story 4.

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.

Dark Phoenix | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #52

Dark Phoenix is not the ending we wanted, but it is the ending we needed.  MCU, here we come!  So much to dislike about this very *meh* super hero movie.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Dark Phoenix

Sky: If something isn’t working for you, cut it out of your life.

  • Like Magneto did with cutting vengeance and violence out of his life. This is applicable to us normal humies with maybe cutting alcohol or bad influences in our lives.

Loved Nightcrawler!

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Missed opportunity… little Quicksilver action = royal screw-up

 

Another stone-faced movie performance… we’re sure she wanted her character to die

‘They Live’ favorite scene:

Trailer:

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.

Yeah, the Rotten Tomatoes Critics score makes sense at 23%, but Audience’s at 64%!  Maybe the audience for X-men movies ARE stupid… ?

We chose Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (instead of The Dead Don’t Die) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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.

Avengers: Endgame | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #46

Avengers: Endgame is a perfect ending to 11 years and 22 movies in the MCU.  We can’t imagine a more fitting ending to some of our favorite characters and a great starting off point for new stories beyond this.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Avengers: Endgame

Sky: If you’re going down the wrong path because of past actions, see a counselor.

  • Thor had the weight of the universe on his shoulders, and failing them all, it makes sense that he spiraled downwards.  A counselor *might* have helped.

We have a plan

Sky: There’s always hope.

  • Things seem hopeless, but even 5 years later, something comes around to give them a chance at reversing the past.

Nebula had a great arc through these movies

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Nebula (Karen Gillan) and War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

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.

Some great Rotten Tomatoes scores with the audience at 90% and critics at 95%.  A little surprising, though, with audience > critics.

Dusty has chosen Thor: Ragnarok as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

Shazam! | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #43

Shazam! was a fun origin story with a character we knew nothing about.  They nailed the humor and the humanity with this foster family turned super hero family story.  Definitely a worthy inclusion in the DCEU.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Shazam!

Sky:  Everyone is more understanding if you step out ahead and admit your foibles.

  • The name Shazam is pretty child-like, and the fact that they poked fun at it in the movie (when Billy laughed at the name) and the trailer gets the audience on their side.

Dusty: Stand up for the little guy

  • It took the mention of a “mom”, but Billy turned back and stood up for Freddy against the bullies.  If someone can’t defend  himself, step up and lend a hand.

Not exactly heroic… yet

Sky: Kids need to feel loved, accepted and wanted.

  • Without his mother’s love, Billy Batson felt lost and alone in the world.  For all the parents out there, it’s very easy to show your child you love them.

Dusty: No matter what situation you are in, act cool.

  • Don’t let ’em see you sweat, nor that you don’t know what you’re doing!  But, it makes sense that a 14 year old wouldn’t be able to keep his cool when given super hero powers.

Flossin’!

Sky: Closure isn’t worth striving for.

  • Billy spent every moment looking for his mom.  Not exactly looking for closure, but to fill a gap in his soul.  Looking for closure means you probably live a life of regret and you’re also living in the past.  “Live in the NOW!”

Dusty: Look to the help of your family and friends.

  • Billy found his family and they all worked together to defeat Dr. Sivana and the 7 Deadly Sins.

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.

What a consensus!  91% and 90% Rotten Tomatoes.  We agree.

Sky has chosen Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired Deadpool 2.

Deadpool 2 | Episode 42

Originally aired on 6.28.18 as our third episode.

Deadpool 2 was such a fun movie!  We loved it as much as the first.  The humor, the action, the superheroes and the villains… everything worked so well!

Lessons Learned from Deadpool 2:

Rules are made to be broken.

  • We both prescribe to this life lesson. You just have to accept the consequences.

Never do the superhero landing.

  • Deadpool does it and hurts his knee.

Family is not an F-word.

  • Family gives you something to fight for (just ask Dominic Toretto).

Know how to defend your home.

  • Deadpool, while a trained fighter, successfully defended his home (once he sharpened the cream cheese spreader and used better aim the second time).

Don’t follow Deadpool’s lead.

  • He led all but Domino to death due to his poor planning.

Real friends are there when you need them.

  • Colossus coming to Deadpool’s aid; Deadpool doing all he can for Firefist.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  We believe it should be 100%.

We have chosen Shazam! as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired our episode on Mission Impossible: Fallout.

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.