Our Brad Slager covered the box office take for Chris Pratt’s latest movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on Sunday.
The movie is doing pretty well, and with good reason.
This is the perfect sequel to another Marvel Cinematic Universe masterpiece.
I saw the movie on opening night and loved every minute of it.
The action is fast-paced, it’s full of memorable one-liners, digs deep into the origin territory of Peter Quill… aka… Star-Lord’s parentage, and of course – Baby Groot.
It’s a solid outing and anyone who enjoys the superhero branch of the action movie genre will not leave disappointed.
Seriously, go see this movie today. Right now!
Ok. Go see it as soon as you’re done reading this.
Now, apart from the fact that this is as fun of a movie as you could ever hope to see, it’s always a rewarding feeling to know you’re supporting the efforts of someone who isn’t the typical, self-absorbed Hollywood “star.”
Chris Pratt is actually a decent human being.
Case in point: Last week, Pratt made an off-handed comment about Instagram’s habit of muting their videos, forcing people to turn up the volume.
Pratt put out a video with subtitles, but commented that folks should turn up the volume and not just read the subtitles.
Some of Pratt’s hearing impaired fans pointed out that they actually needed those subtitles.
It may seem like a small thing, but Pratt was not content to ignore it, so he graciously submitted an Instagram video, using sign language to apologize to those fans with hearing disabilities, who may have felt slighted by his earlier comments.
Instagram does this thing where it mutes all the videos it shows and forces you to turn on the volume in order to hear them. (maybe because most people are watching those videos at work when they should be working and don't want to get caught. I know that's when I do it. ?) So when I made a video recently with subtitles, and requested that people turn up the volume and not just "read the subtitles" it was so people wouldn't scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video. HOWEVER, I realize now doing so was incredibly insensitive to the many folks out there who depend on subtitles. More than 38 million Americans live with some sort of hearing disability. So I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability. So truly from the bottom of my heart I apologize. Thanks for pointing this out to me. In the future I'll try to be a little less ignorant about it. Now… I know some of you are going to say, "Hey! Chris only apologized because his publicist made him!" Well. That is not the case. As always I control my social media. Nobody else. And I am doing this because I'm actually really sorry. Apologies are powerful. I don't dole them out Willy-Nilly. This is one of those moments where I screwed up and here's me begging your pardon. I hope you accept my apology. And on that note. Why doesn't Instagram have some kind of technology to automatically add subtitles to its videos? Or at least the option. I did a little exploring and it seems lacking in that area. Shouldn't there be an option for closed captioning or something? I've made them lord knows how much money with my videos and pictures. Essentially sharing myself for free. I know they profit. So… GET ON IT INSTAGRAM!!! Put closed captioning on your app. #CCinstaNow
He didn’t have to, but he apparently wanted to, and that says a lot about the man’s character.
You’re a good soul, Mr. Pratt.