Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

It’s been a month since I saw Thor: Ragnarok – my first Thor movie that I experienced on the big screen. I knew it was going to be better than the first two introductions to Chris Hemsworth’s Marvel character, but I didn’t expect to walk out with so much positive energy. Thor: Ragnarok is upbeat, funny and colourful. So much so, that you are distracted by its flashiness and you end up seeing past its flaws.

Includes minor spoilers from the trailer.

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A fair amount of time has passed since I saw Kong: Skull Island but considering the fact that I pretty much hated the movie, I figured I should get all that hate out of me before it festers and eats me up alive. It’s not healthy to keep bad thoughts inside for long, and therefore, my very late and not relevant review of this movie. Delivered to you from somebody who hardly remembers anything about the movie, yet wants to share her thoughts about it – it feels like the right thing to do.

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High-Rise (2015)

high-riseNever have I’ve been so confused and utterly uncertain about a movie, than I am about High-Rise. Adapted from a novel by the same name, High-Rise demonstrates gorgeous cinematography and a great soundtrack, but delivers such a baffling plot, that I can’t even pinpoint its main idea. And if there is an idea, most likely aimed towards social issues, its buried under so much chaos and ridiculousness, that High-Rise feels utterly weak.

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Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak

When the words be aware of the crimson peak are whispered to the young Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) in the beginning of the movie, the meaning of that message is lost until it will be too late. The effect of those words translates similarly to the audience, but when the secret behind crimson peak is revealed to both Edith and the audience, it’s almost like a jolt of disappointment because it happens way too carelessly for it to have a profound effect.

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February Favorites

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Starting my monthly favorites post with the sentence “I can’t believe this month is over” seems such a cliché but it is the only way I can express my feelings today. This was THE month for me, I turned 25 and I have kept a great schedule with posting, gone to the movies, worked a lot and been overall busy. The pressure of school is still upon me, now higher than ever but I don’t want to think about it at the moment, this is the post to revisit the things I loved this month!

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War Horse (2011)

For some reason I had lowered my expectations for War Horse before I even really saw the trailer. The plot seemed too far fetched and after the trailer, I put it aside with a clear plan of not watching it at all. But things change and I decided to give it a chance, why not I thought, but while it rocks a solid 7.2 score on IMDb, for me, War Horse never managed to bring on screen a coherent story: it didn’t take long until I often started questioning the logic and saw its profound heroism as way too mushy for my own taste. Considering its high rank and 6 Oscar nominations, I guess I belong to the minority and I don’t mind – some movies, such as War Horse, are a matter of personal preference.

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The Avengers (2012)

June has been an extremely successful month for my cinema addiction, not only have I seen three movies, two of them have been quite the hits and like with everything, even the luckiest movie lovers get a miss sometimes. There’s a long list of movie reviews I have yet to write, but no worries, they are all on their way, including some certain shows that I need to talk about and actually watch because I’m falling behind on things. Even my summer is so hectic that the few shows that I love happen to be lost in my weekly schedule – not for long, Sunday will be entirely reserved for them!

Enough of this chit-chat and let’s get down to a more serious topic and that of The Avengers! Can’t stress enough of the fact that I am a big Marvel fan and here’s something that supports this well known fact.               “Hey, look, it’s Iron Man!”

Well, now you know, I own a really awesome shirt and it will explain a lot of things I’m going to share in this very superhero filled movie review.  The Avengers has so many favorites of mine that I was especially glad that I saw it on a big screen with my best friend who gets all the jokes and shares all my excitement when it comes to Jeremy Renner wearing really tight pants (I’ll explain later). For the most part, the movie was totally unknown for me because I had stayed clear from everything related to it, including the trailer. That not only helps me to enjoy the movie more but it also allows me not to know the whole story before I actually see it: trailers do tend to give away way too much. In the end, when the final-final scenes of the movie had finished I was glad I skipped everything regarding The Avengers because seeing it without any knowledge about the punch lines probably made the whole movie better.

The entire plot revolves around the chemistry between all these superheros. Really. Everything in The Avengers seems to happen around these guys (and one lucky lady) and their relationship to each other. Captain America, who I know as Chris Evans wearing a tight outfit, is in a fighting relationship with Iron Man, who is Robert Downey Jr wearing a robotic suit and an ironic attitude. They also had a three off with the hammer dude called Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who despite his anger towards Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his step-brother and the villain, wants to reason with him – oh, and they are both gods. Everybody is a bit afraid of the scientist (Mark Ruffalo) who might get angry and turn into a big green thing still wearing his pants. Then they have the good-turned bad-then good again guy (Jeremy Renner) who can aim perfectly because he has a hawk eye thing going on and who secretly loves and is loved secretly by the teams only woman (Scarlett Johansson) who has some really strong hair (I wonder what kind of conditioner she uses).

No, I’m not mocking the movie, far from it, I’m just enjoying it that way because although superhero movies are prone to violence and action, they do have the element of humor in them. Comedic action movies, that’s what they should be called and The Avengers is a great example of that new genre that is gaining its success. Add some of the biggest names in Hollywood (at the moment) to the cast list and you got yourself a movie that gets fans into the cinema like a porch light attracts moths. (Wow, I was really poetic for a second there, must be the chocolate chip cereal I had in the morning.)

So the main plot comes to the surface after the Captain America movie and possibly close to the whole Loki being punished by Thor and all the previous superhero movies, including Iron Man’s two movies, the endless Hulk movies where all the Bruce Banners look different and that’s about it. Every superhero in this one has already appeared in a Marvel movie one way or the other and there is no way they stop with these characters any time soon. Not only are they great way to earn money but the IMDb score of 8.6 on The Avengers pretty much says that they are putting money in their pockets in a great way. Making good entertainment and giving us what we want to see. Iron Man being all ironic and funny, a superhero with an attitude is superb! Captain America hasn’t been in the present for a long time but he has his moments and not to mention the whole brother issues between Thor and Loki. Is it just me or is Loki the most lovable villain out of all the Marvel ones? Or is it just the Tom Hiddleston’s charm that gets me every time.

Although Loki is the one causing the main end of the world situation in The Avengers, the team itself is so mal(e)functioning that the problem at hand gets out of their hands. But in the end they all together save the world, not even sure who gets the most spotlight in this situation because everybody does something. If I had to pick, I would say Iron Man was the coolest out of them all with his knowledge in science and the ability to blow up the bad guys Loki “hires”. And he has the funniest comebacks and punch lines, although he does get a lot of awesome guys to help him and a girl. I keep forgetting the Black Widow because I want to, never really cared for Scarlett Johansson which would be an unpopular opinion. I do like her strong hair though – and I can’t get over that one. Her thing with Hawkeye was also mainly enjoyable because of Renner.

The Avengers’ success is hidden behind the comedy, at least for me. I guess it’s the fact that the action part is typical for any action movie but the comedy might come off as bad or not be present at all. That’s not the case with this one though, everybody made at least one joke. Even The Hulk, who didn’t do much except literally ruin things, got a comedic scene together with Loki. So all that humor and smashing put together and I have a great cinema experience in my mind! Besides, the movie had Jeremy Renner who is turning out to be one of my favorites and not only because he wore some really tight pants in MI: 4 and did some exercise moves while having his back turned to the camera (very nice angle, Mr. Renner), but because he is good. There’s a reason he is the main guy in the next Bourne, the next MI and Hansel in the newest fairy tale turned action movie (just like Snow White is suddenly all bad ass and does no cleaning and cooking what so ever!) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Now as the superheros are so awesome, all the fairytale characters want a piece of the action, literally. But no thank you, I’m sticking with the real heroes!

PS: Joss Whedon, if you happen to read this post, I’m just going to let you know that I think you & The Avengers are awesome and by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

# 223 – Thor

Being behind with my posts has been quite stressful cause I keep taking on new TV-shows and movies and now I’m under a big load of posts that need to be written. So my conscious is telling me to finally write the review for Thor which I watched like a month ago or something.

For those who don’t know, Thor is one of the comic-book movies that comes together with Captain America, Iron Man and others in The Avengers. That being said I think Thor was a bit rushed because Captain and Iron were much better movies than the man with the hammer. Although I might think that maybe the story itself was a bit shaky to begin with but I’m not gonna go there cause I know I don’t have the knowledge. Besides, I do not care for Chris Hemsworth and his Australian charms. In addition to that, Natalie Portman was playing the female lead and well, I’m gonna be totally subjective over here, I don’t like her either. Although other supportive actors were much more appealing starting with Anthony Hopkins who played the father and Tom Hiddleston who played the evil-brother.

If I’m already telling you about the story why not give away some spoilers as well cause knowing what’s coming wouldn’t make this movie any worse. Thor is the overly egoistic son of the king and since his ego pretty much destroys their planet (or universe or something) his hammer is taken away from him and his exiled to Earth – he is now basically like a very big (stupid) man with no superpower giving hammer. So the first part of the movie he is like “Where’s my hammer?” and when he finally finds it he can’t get to it because he still has a big ego and therefor thinks only of himself. But then he of course finds his way and sacrifices himself. After that something something happens and the portal closes and he can’t get back to Earth to kiss Natalie Portman and his brother is still evil and probably walking around on Earth and the sequel will probably have the brother-fight going on the whole time. Sounds about right I would think.

Now, I don’t want to be mean or anything, but I think that 7,2 score on IMDb is too high for Thor cause it’s the same for Captain America. So I’m gonna trust the Metascore which gives CA a 66/100 and Thor a 57/100 and this makes much more sense. People like Thor, apparently it is a likable movie but was it the fact that I watched it on a small TV screen and not in the cinema that gets into my way – maybe. Action movies tend to be better on a big screen with an awesome sound-system and I did see Captain America at the cinema. The reason could also be the fact that I like Chris Evans a lot more than the Chris who played the man with the hammer so it’s no surprise I’m giving Thor a 2,5 out of 5. I just like the shield more than the hammer – I’m sorry Thor, better luck next time.