2017: A Great Year for Super Heroes, so far.

It has been several years since the super hero movie genre has taken its hold over audiences and box offices world wide. There have been ups and downs, but it seems like this year has had mostly ups. Starting with Fox’s Logan and continuing to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the super hero movies have already had a great start. Now, with DC’s Wonder Woman being released world wide, the greatness continues. Aside from the money these films have made, all three of these movies have shown another side to the super hero genre that has been in desperate need for something fresh and new.

Starting with Logan, we see a vulnerable and old aged Wolverine. Despite his plans, he is given a quest to help Laura (X-23) get to North Dakota so she can meet with others like her. Even with his objections, Logan does it and brings Xavier along.

In the meantime, they are being hunted by Donald Pierce and a bunch of Reavers. The story, at its core, is rather simple. Logan has to get from point A to point B, but that journey is powerful. He gets to experience what it is like to have a family. He even gets to sit down with one and have a meal.

The emotions in this film are so raw and heartbreaking that it becomes memorable for its fantastic storytelling. All the symbolisms and the action lead to a climax that eventually leads to a fulfilling end. The acting is superb. The setup is clear. And, the movie delivers a rated R take on a beloved superhero’s journey.

Next, there is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This film, although a sequel, found a way to be different from the first Guardians of the Galaxy and it shows in the way the characters interact with each other. In the first film, they all barely know each other so it is the goal of the film to unite the team.

For the sequel, the team is united, but now the focus shifts to familial themes. Considering Starlord’s background, he has a bit of an issue with connecting with others until he finally gets to meet Ego, his father. It is in the events that follow that allows Starlord to see the difference between the man that helped create him and the man who was there to raise him.

Ultimately, the team reunites and becomes stronger than ever. The family theme in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 resonates and shows that sequels can be fun and original.

Then, finally, there is Wonder Woman. This movie showed that a female leading superhero film can be successful at the box office and be a rather decent film. Even though it is an origin story, it takes place in the World War 1 era so it removes itself from the current DCEU timeline. This allows the movie to create a contained story about Diana and how she became the hero that she is now.

The movie begins with her living with her mother, Hippolyta, on the island Themyscira. As the events in the film unfold, Diana journeys with Steve Trevor to modern day Europe so she can help end the World War.

As a result, she is able to become the hero that is known to fight for love and justice. The plot is rather simple in many ways, but it gets the job done. It tells a straightforward story, while also giving a hero to millions of girls and women around the globe.

Wonder Woman also showed the box office that both men and women alike will go see a movie about a female superhero as the main focus of the story. With a character as beloved and iconic as Wonder Woman, it is great to see this film’s success as it becomes one of the most successful movies in the summer of 2017.

With these three movies in mind, it is refreshing to see the super hero genre alive and well. It is also splendid to see them evolving into emotionally driven and character-focused stories that inspire millions. Hopefully, this trend continues as Spiderman: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnorak, and Justice League come out later this year.

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Been a Bit Busy

Hello,

I know it has been some time. But, I have actually been productive with writing a story with a friend and so that has kept me away. However, I do want to get working on some other writing projects as well. I have more story ideas that I want to start brainstorming and fleshing out. Apart from that, I want to start using my free time at work to jot down some words that I can use as a theme so I could perhaps free write on this blog at some point.

Freewriting has always been a useful tool for me and I want to use it to help me get my words out. Of course, editing is crucial too. But, I just want to get things going so I can actually build on it.

I need to start somewhere, right?

My problem is that I have so many ideas and not much time to work on them, so I lose time. That is why I am really going to try and make better use of it.

I think I will start with simple exercises that will help me get into the flow. For example, I was thinking of practicing descriptive writing. Take a scene and just describe it with words. Maybe throw in some people or animals. Who knows? It could become a story of its own. I already have an idea with some of places that I have seen even in recent memory.

So, tomorrow, I will check back in with a description of scenery. Let’s see if I can form a narrative with it. Even if I can’t, at least I am trying to practice.

Besides, writing is like a muscle. If you never exercise it, you will lose it.

Today’s Post is Filler

Sorry, I didn’t get around to writing a whole lot today. I wanted to get to it, but my mind needed a bit of a break.

When that happens, I try to settle in and watch something that I find enjoyable. Today, I continued on with the current season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.  I absolutely adore this show. The characters are wonderful. Of course, I love seeing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together as well as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.

Anyway, I always find it to be a good idea to watch a narrative that explores characters at their best and at their worst. Yesterday, I was considering conflict and the thought kept blooming in my mind as I watched this show.

Sometimes, it is nice to take a moment to read or watch something that could later inform the way I write. Maybe, I’ll consider the ways in which the characters interact and create drama between themselves. Besides, no matter what kind of work I am doing, the characters are still people. Regardless of genre, it is important for me to keep them and their struggles human.

Music Lights My Way

Let me take a moment to give a shout out to music. Without it, I don’t know what I would do or how I would get through days where I feel as if I am at my worst.

Even a week ago, I had an awful experience at work that caused me to feel a bit of anxiety mostly because of how I get treated by a micromanaging co-worker of mine. She nitpicks everything I do and always has to point out the wrongs in my work and it doesn’t help that I don’t have friends or anyone to really connect with. So, it is just me and the wanna-be boss.

Last week, I realized I wanted to change my career path so I can focus on writing. However, it takes time to move on from the place I am currently stuck in.

Despite this feeling of dread and anxiety, I have one ally that has not let me down once. That ally is music.

Sure. I don’t listen to pop music so much, but what I do listen to is Symphonic Metal.

I listen to bands like Epica, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Kamelot, and Tarja. There are more but these ones are my all time favorites. For those who may know Nightwish and Tarja, yes, I counted them separately for a reason.

Anyway, these bands inspire me since a lot of their songs carry emotional journeys within them that make my mind wonder in awe. When I listen to these bands, I always get ideas for writing.

Considering my recent epiphany, I have a feeling their music will continue to light my way.