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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director:

Taika Waititi

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth

Tom Hiddleston

Cate Blanchett

Karl Urban

Idris Elba

Jeff Goldblum

Anthony Hopkins

Mark Ruffalo

Plot:

Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Review:

BEST MARVEL MOVIE!

I know, that’s a pretty bold statement, but I stand by it. The music was awesome. The characters were fun. The acting was great. The story, always the weak spot in a Thor movie, was entertaining. Seriously, days later and I still can’t think of a single thing that I didn’t love.

Thor’s hair was cut, they somehow took an already super attractive man and made him that much more attractive. His comedy timing was perfect and it felt like they finally found a good balance for the role.

The Hulk was great, he’s a character that can’t really carry a movie all on his own, but adding him to a Thor movie worked out beautifully.

The new characters and world were fun and exciting and honestly I just freaking loved this entire thing. If I could I would see it again and again in theaters. It was that good.

I loved the colors, I loved the action, I loved the comedy, I loved it all.

I know, I know, this is a sucky review, but just go watch the movie.

5/5

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director:

Jon Watts

Starring:

Tom Holland

Michael Keaton

Robert Downey Jr.

Marisa Tomei

Plot:

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Review:

I have a confession, I am not a Spider-Man fan. I used to be, I liked the first two Tobey Maguire films, but then I was young and stupid and knew nothing. I’ve seen the Amazing Spider-Man movies as well, pretty sure I’ve got reviews posted here for them. The thing that makes me not a fan of Spider-Man, though, is the one time I bought one of his comics it was in the middle of a story arc and he chose Aunt Mae over Mary Jane and I could not comprehend. Ever since I’ve thought of Spider-Man as an idiot and scoffed at his stuff.

Now that’s out of the way I can tell you that I really liked this movie. It nailed the tone of what I feel a Spider-Man movie should be like based on people I know that can’t shut up about him. It was funny, it was a good story, and the teen angst wasn’t overwhelming. Michael Keaton as a villain was great, so believable. You do things to take care of your family. His suit was awesome looking too. Falcon will forever look like a joke after Vulture. Love that Tony Stark was the catalyst for this whole problem. Do not like Tony Stark.

I was afraid that there would be too much Iron Man in the movie, but they did a pretty good balancing act. Peter, Tom Holland, learned how to stand on his own, so that’s good for future movies.

I did not like that almost all of the big scenes were in the trailers, there were almost no new scenes with Spider-Man showing epic levels of skill. Getting tired of that, trailers are becoming highlight reels instead of showing just enough to grab your attention and make you want to watch.

Anyway, I ended up buying the blu-ray after watching this from Red Box and have already watched it again. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a great movie and the start of what I hope is a successful series.

4/5

The Gifted (2017-?)

The Gifted (2017-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Stephen Moyer

Amy Acker

Sean Teale

Plot:

In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.

Review:

For anyone that doesn’t frequently read my blog, I watch a lot of superhero stuff. Movies and TV, if it’s superhero related I will probably watch it. However, I’m starting to get burnt out. I’ve dropped all but Legends of Tomorrow for the CW superhero shows. I didn’t enjoy the last two seasons of the Netflix Marvel shows. I’ve dropped Marvel’s Agents of Shield and I’m probably only going to end up hate watching Inhumans because it’s going to be so short. Legion is the only superhero show right now that I’m actually excited for.

With that in mind, when I heard the premise of The Gifted I was planning on not watching. I was interested, but figured I’d wait until it was finished and binge the entire thing, maybe. Then I saw that Amy Acker was in it and that combined with my mild interest meant I could no longer do that, I had to at least try out the first episode. I’m really glad I did.

Based on what I’ve read of the show it technically doesn’t take place in any of the already established mutant timelines, but there are a number of nods to X-Men story and people. The main thing though is there aren’t so many that someone who isn’t familiar with all the X-Men stuff will feel lost.

The world is not a friendly place for mutants and when two kids find out they have powers things get complicated for them. I really like that their parents find out quickly and the episode starts out with them on the run. We aren’t dealing with them trying to hide while continuing to live a normal life. They are immediately thrust into a hard new world and fighting to survive.

I liked the episode a lot, not as much as Legion’s first episode, but it was definitely enough to get me to continue watching the season as it airs.

4/5

Marvel’s Inhumans (2017-?)

Marvel’s Inhumans (2017-?)

Network:

ABC

Starring:

Anson Mount

Serinda Swan

Ken Leung

Plot:

An isolated community of superhumans fight to protect themselves.

Review:

If you’ve seen the trailer you already know that this show isn’t going to be any good. I have no idea what ABC and Marvel were thinking, but here it is. If you have to watch superhero stuff, I guess you’ll have to watch this too. First episode was about as good as NBS’s Emerald City, maybe worse. I will probably end up hate watching this because it’s so short, but then again, I might not. Who knows?

2/5

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017)

Director:

Patty Jenkins

Starring:

Gal Gadot

Chris Pine

Robin Wright

Plot:

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Review:

So here’s the thing, I’m a fan of Wonder Woman. I’m not an uber fan, but I still love her. I have no faith in DC Movies, when I saw the first few trailers for this movie I was not impressed. They looked like the movie was going to be just like Man of Steel and not care about the character at all. When the last trailer came out, though, I got excited. It was bright and colorful and Gal Gadot kicked ass. Then when everyone started raving about how amazing it was I got even more excited. Maybe that just built up my expectations, I don’t know, but I ended up being disappointed by the film.

My main complaint was the CGI, there was too much of it and it was bad. Not quite SyFy movie bad, but close. It took me out of the movie every time it appeared, which was during all of the fight scenes. There’s a moment when WW is coming out of the trenches and you’re supposed to be excited because she’s about to show everyone just how amazing she is, but all of a sudden she’s on a green screen, her make up is heavier, her hair is blown out, and it just ruined the entire moment for me. I don’t understand why they had to do that, Gal Gadot should be able to do the action scenes, they shouldn’t have to resort to computers. It was sad.

Robin Wright was amazing, I wish there’d been more of her.

Chris Pine was fine, I’m glad his character died though. I also felt like their “love” just sort of came out of the blue. I could have done without them having sex, but whatever, I kind of got the vibe that she was just using him to test it out and I was fine with that. But then he’s heading off to do his thing and telling her about his feelings and then at the end of the movie she’s all moony about him and it annoyed me. They literally made her fall in love with the first man she’d ever seen. It was frustrating.

I wasn’t even going to mention her theme music, but I kind of feel like I have too. Her theme is fine, I don’t have a problem with it. What I do have a problem with is that it comes out of nowhere in the movie. The entire thing you’ve had boring unremarkable background music and then all of a sudden you’ve got electric guitars, or whatever that was, playing. It was jarring and took me out of the moment. The music should have boosted the emotional response I was feeling at the time, it shouldn’t have made me stop thinking about the movie and think about the music.

Wonder Woman was easily the best DC movie, but the bar was not high. Maybe if I’d gone in with my original expectations it would have been fine and I would have enjoyed it more, but after all the buildup I expected more. Renting these movies at Red Box and not buying them is going to be my continued stance.

2/5

Side Note: After reading my review I feel kind of bummed and want to end it on a high note. Gal Gadot was perfect as Wonder Woman. This was the first DC movie where I felt like they actually understood the character, Wonder Woman felt properly represented. However, my issue and the reason for the rating, is because of everything else. I hope these things are fixed in the sequel, but I’m not going to hold my breath because I have no confidence in DC.