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Capsule Movie Reviews of Lucy & Guardians
8/9/2014 8:33:28 PM

Capsule movie reviews of Lucy and Guardians of the Galaxy by Bill Johnson

Lucy


posted 8/9/14


Lucy has a plot, narrated by Morgan Freeman. A young woman is exposed to a new drug that heightens consciousness. When she is forced to become a
drug mule and a beating lets loose the drug into her body, she begins a transformation to the full use of her brain. All of that is plot, and the
plot is fine. What's only a tiny sliver of the film is a story. It barely registers that Lucy struggles to hold on to her humanity. So one
can watch what happens to see how it will turn out (plot), but there's almost no story that gives access to Lucy's character or asks the audience
to care what happens to her.





Guardians of the Galaxy


posted 8/7/14


I make a distinction between story and plot, and this movie offers a wonderful, transparent example of that. A young boy hesitates to take
the hand of his mother dying of cancer, then is kidnapped by an alien who turns him into a kind of Indiana Jones-type scavanger. So he's lost his
family, and he soon finds himself surrounded by others who have also lost their families, so they have a reason to join together. That's what
the story is about, and it connects all the main characters.



The plot revolves around an infinity stone and how it could be used to control the universe.


Because of the main characters and their new family, they are able to become Guardians of the Galaxy.


The movie is great fun.







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More Blogs by Bill Johnson
•  Capsule Movie Reviews of Lucy & Guardians - Saturday, August 09, 2014  

• Review of Maleficent - Thursday, June 12, 2014
• Focus is on New Media at the Willamette Writers Conference - Sunday, April 13, 2014
• Notes on The Hunger Games Movie & Other Recent Movies - Monday, June 25, 2012
• Quick Cuts - Capsule Reviews of Current Movies - Wednesday, May 30, 2012
• Quick Cuts - Capsule Movie Reviews - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
• Capsule Movie Reviews of The Skin I Live In, Submarine, Finding Joe - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
• Notes on Splice, How to Train Your Dragon, Ironman 2 - Saturday, June 12, 2010
• When Minor Characters Take Over a Story - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
• Notes on Knowing, Star Trek, and Sunshine Cleaning - Monday, May 18, 2009
• Notes on Watchmen, Twilight, Revolutionary Road - Friday, March 13, 2009
• Notes on Changeling and Ghost Town - Friday, November 07, 2008
• Notes on Cthulhu, Righteous Kill, Burn After Reading - Monday, October 06, 2008
• Notes on Iron Man, Deception, The Ruins, Young at Heart - Sunday, May 04, 2008
• Notes on The Band's Visit, Spiderwick Chronicles, The Eye, The Golden Compass - Thursday, March 15, 2007
• Notes on The Guatemalan Handshake and The Bridge - Tuesday, February 20, 2007
• Notes on Pan's Labyrinth and The Good Shepard - Saturday, January 20, 2007
• Notes on Flags of Our Fathers, The Departed, Stranger Than Fiction - Sunday, December 24, 2006
• Notes on The Black Dahlia, The Illusionist, Pulse, The Descent - Wednesday, September 20, 2006
• Lady in the Water - Sunday, July 30, 2006
• The Da Vinci Code - Wednesday, May 24, 2006
• Notes on Underworld: Evolution, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Narnia, King Kong, Bee Season - Sunday, January 22, 2006
• Notes on A History of Violence, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Flightplan, and Hustle and Flow - Wednesday, October 05, 2005
• Notes on The Brothers Grimm, The Island, Four Brothers, Mr & Mrs Smith, and The Fantastic Four - Sunday, August 28, 2005
• Notes on Willy Wonka, Dark Water, The Snow Walker - Tuesday, August 09, 2005
• Notes on Land of the Dead and Oldboy - Friday, June 24, 2005
• Notes on Batman Begins - Wednesday, June 15, 2005
• Notes on Hitchhikers, Sin City - Saturday, April 30, 2005
• Notes on The Ring 2 - Sunday, March 20, 2005
• Notes on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Monday, March 14, 2005
• Hitch - Sunday, March 13, 2005
• The Pacifier - Monday, March 07, 2005
• Quick Cuts - Saturday, March 05, 2005