Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species (thought to be mere myths) rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Review: I haven’t seen the 2014 Godzilla film, but there was a nice recap at the beginning to catch us up. I actually only watched this one because I heard there will be a crossover with King Kong (from Kong: Skull Island) in the next installment of these monster movies. I loved Kong: Skull Island, but this had a much different feel.
I’m not a particular fan of Godzilla, but I enjoyed this film. Where Skull Island was full of suspense and humor, this installment is much more dramatic and intense. These monsters are on a completely different scale. The cinematography and CGI is impressive. And there is a good story beyond just the monster fighting, as well as interesting characters. Millie Bobby Brown was fantastic, of course. The big showdown is over-the-top and a lot of fun. And the post-credit scene made me excited for the next film.
4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features: • Commentary by Director • Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian • Mothra: Queen of the Monsters • King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine • Rodan: Airborne God of Fire • Godzilla 2.0 • Making Morthra • Creating Ghidorah • Reimagining Rodan • The Yunnan Temple • Castle Bravo • The Antarctic Base • The Isla de Mara Volcano • The Undersea Lair • Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature • Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight • Monsters Are Real • Welcome to the Monsterverse • Deleted Scenes
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos – the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Review: Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have culminated to this film. Infinity War left off in possibly the biggest cliffhanger ever – with half of the universe turned to dust. Now, the original Avengers, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Rocket, and Nebula decide to go after Thanos and use the Infinity Stones to bring everyone back. But things (obviously) don’t go as planned.
While this film has an insanely large cast of characters, the main story predominantly focuses on the original Avengers – their lives post-snap and their search for a way to undo what Thanos did. Some stay the course, some lose themselves, and some just decide to move on. It’s intriguing and heartbreaking. At 3 hours long, it seems like there would be slow times. But it actually felt crammed full of action, suspense, drama, and still plenty of humor. The surprising timeline builds to an epic final battle and a sweet, heartwarming tribute with a wonderful send-off to some beloved characters. This is a superhero movie worth watching over and over.
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer): Digital Exclusive: • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.” Blu-ray & Digital: • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos. • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU. • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero. • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back! • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble. • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created. • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.” • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set. • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo. • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Synopsis: It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala.
Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives.
There are dark secrets in the jungle, though-some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.
Review: The Poison Jungle is the 13th book in the Wings of Fire series. This latest story arc is set in a distant land where the Hivewing queen controls the Silkwings and have driven the Leafwings into hiding. Sundew’s Leafwing sect is ready to take out the Hivewing queen at any cost. But the rest of the Leafwings want to live in peace. But the Leafwing queen has been keeping a secret, with consequences that could destroy everything.
Sundew and her friends are another group of fun and engaging characters. This latest installment is full of danger and suspense. Somehow, this series hasn’t gotten stale at all. The stories continue to evolve and become more complex, adding new characters along the way. It’s a quick read that I always wish was a bit longer. And the climactic ending leaves off with a big cliffhanger.