Stellan Skarsgard

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor THe Dark World

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Director:

Alan Taylor

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth

Natalie Portman

Tom Hiddleston

Anthony Hopkins

Rene Russo

Jamie Alexander

Christopher Eccleston

Zachary Levi

Stellan Skarsgård

Plot:

When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.

Review:

Thor, Chris Hemsworth, must put the nine kingdoms back in order after the destruction of the rainbow bridge and Loki’s shenanigans gave the wrong people some ideas. Once that’s taken care of he moons over his lost lust partner Jane Foster, Natalie Portman. Jane is on Earth and has waited for Thor two years with no contact. So she decides to date again and picks Chris O’Dowd, a wise choice. Sadly, science calls her away and next thing she knows she’s in another dimension and aether has infiltrated her body.

When she disappears from view and Thor is unable to get an update on her, he rushes to Earth where he is properly slapped.

Meanwhile, Loki is in jail where his mother, Frigga, Rene Russo, is the only one to visist him. She loves him, he loves her, he acts like a petulant child, and then his mother ends up dying. It’s sad, but Frigga went out like the queen she was. Loki dies, again, but not really.

So Dark Elves are a thing, they want to destroy the universe for some reason, or at least their corner of it. Thankfully, through the power of science and might they are thwarted.

Then the good stuff happens. Thor and Jane kiss, he goes back home, tells his father, who is now Loki, that he is going to stay on Earth. He returns, and you KNOW he and Jane do it. Next thing you know he’s single. So my theory is that he’s a lousy lay. It’s a sad day, it truly is, I don’t want to think it, but I really can’t come to any other conclusion. She waited years for him, finally gets him, and then dumps him. Lady Sif, Jamie Alexander, dodged a bullet. It’s just…it’s something to think about people.

Anyway, I’ve watched this movie twice, the most recent time just a few hours ago and I barely remember it. I believe there is a spell on it so that you can’t remember it. There were a lot of pretty scenes, the CGI was much better than the last Thor movie, but it dragged in a lot of places. It was much too long and that’s all I have to say about that.

2.75/5

 

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The Avengers (2012)

Hulk Smash Loki

The Avengers (2012)

Director:

Joss Whedon

Starring:

Robert Downey Jr.

Chris Evans

Scarlett Johansson

Mark Ruffalo

Chris Hemsworth

Jeremy Renner

Samuel L. Jackson

Clark Gregg

Cobie Smulders

Stellan Skarsgård

Tom Hiddleston

Gwyneth Paltrow

Plot:

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Review:

After forever in the ice Captain America, Chris Evans, has been found. Which works out beautifully because Loki, Tom Hiddleston, has come to Earth to exact his revenge against Thor, Chris Hemsworth. Naturally, Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., is pulled into things because he’s super smart and they need his help. To round things out a bit we get Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, and Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, who both work for S.H.I.E.L.D. to join because they know the system the best, plus, you know, they’re super good at what they do.

It was truly incredible that they were able to get all of these characters in one movie and not once did I feel like someone was slighted with screen time. They each had their moment to shine, they each had their own thing, and it all came together seamlessly. The fact that they did that with the first Avengers movie speaks to the quality of writers working on this film.

Iron Man still very much has his issues, he’s got his attitude, he desperately needs to speak to a professional, and yet he doesn’t because he’s good. For some reason Pepper, Gwyneth Paltrow, is wearing cut off blue jean shorts the first time she appears on screen which is not like anything she’s ever worn before and is kind of weird, but apparently they didn’t want her to be taller than Tony and…yeah it was stupid, but whatever.

Captain America is very much a man out of his time and is very easily pulled into saving the Earth because it’s the one thing he’s familiar with. His skill set transfers well and even though he clashes with Tony I don’t think he feels that they’re too serious clashes. While Tony reacts to him in a very juvenile way that really shows his short comings.

Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, is a harder sell. He doesn’t want to hulk out because he’s finally figured out how to control the monster inside, however, he’s a good man and does want to help save the world. When he’s assured they don’t want his green alter ego he joins them. His interactions with Tony are fun, they’re both super geeks, though, he is worlds more mature than Tony. I feel like if they’d done a movie together they would have worked fine together until Tony pushed him too far and The Hulk beat the ever living shit out of him.

Black Widow and Hawkeye are honestly just there because they’re the best S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. They’re really good at their jobs but I wouldn’t really call them superheroes. This movie really started the poor Black Widow fight scenes, there are so many quick cuts and close ups you honestly have no idea what’s going on and it’s disappointing to watch. Hawkeye is…well he’s a great shot, clearly smart, but I don’t really have anything else to add regarding him.

What I find interesting about the movie is you can pinpoint the exact moment when the general public’s opinion of The Hulk completely changed. He went from a character that people were bored with and didn’t really care about anymore to treating Loki like a rag doll and calling him a puny god. All of sudden people were again talking about another standalone movie for him, which thankfully Marvel has not done. In my opinion, The Hulk works as a great supporting character, but doesn’t work as well on his own.

We were introduced to another female character, Maria Hill, Cobie Smulders, that kicks a lot of ass, is basically S.H.I.E.L.D.S. second in command, and is promptly shoved aside and mostly forgotten. That makes how many characters now? Sure Black Widow has been in a lot of movies, but she is almost always a side character and about as interesting as a pile of rocks. What about Lady Sif? Agent Maria Hill? Jane Foster, Natalie Portman’s character in the Thor movies? Thank goodness Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell, got her own TV show, as short lived as it was.

The Avengers struck the perfect tone, there was just enough comedy to lighten up the potentially Earth ending consequences. The characters were each given their moment to shine, Tony proved that he can rise to the occasion and make the hard decisions without whining about it, he also proved that he can set his ego aside and acknowledge when someone else knows more than he does. It was really a great moment of growth for him, I just wish it lasted. Cap was, as always, incredibly amazing even while clearly struggling with his new surroundings. Thor needed a haircut and wash, it was too long and stringy. Mark Ruffalo was a much different Hulk than Edward Norton, but he filled the role well and worked better with everyone else than Norton could have done. It was a great movie and set the bar high for the following movies.

4.5/5

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Starring:

Robin Williams

Matt Damon

Ben Affleck

Stellan Skarsgard

Plot:

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Review:

My favorite part in this movie is when Matt Damon tells off the Harvard kid, it makes me feel like if I just applied myself I could be as smart as an Ivy League student. Then I don’t apply myself and instead spend my time reading fun books and watching TV and I guess I’ll never be able to tell off a douche bag that’s had more education than me.

Good Will Hunting is a movie about a genius, the level of Einstein, who’s had a troubled youth and has issues to overcome. Thankfully, Robin Williams is there to help him.

I miss knowing that Robin Williams is alive and well somewhere in the world.

Movie is good, definitely worth watching if you never have.

4/5

Frankie & Alice (2010)

Frankie and Alice

Frankie & Alice (2010)

Director:

Geoffrey Sax

Starring:

Halle Berry

Stellan Skarsgård

Plot:

A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Review:

I like a good dissociative identity disorder movie. When you’ve got a good actor/actress they can really do a lot with the roll.

Halle Berry was fine, but I thought they focused too heavily on camera shots to tell the difference between the personalities. Whenever she was about to be Alice they would zoom in on her eyebrow because it would get all regal. She did a good southern accent when she was Alice and for the most part it was always clear, they didn’t need to focus on the eyebrow. The voice she had when she was Genius was a bit creepy, but very distinctive, so they really didn’t need to make the camera all fuzzy because she was nearsighted.

Frankie & Alice was an interesting movie, she was nowhere near as fucked up as Sybil, but she was a bit more wild than Eve/Jane. I don’t know if I could go further than calling it interesting, though.

3/5