Thor Ragnarok (2017)

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So there’s countless superhero movies and television series gracing our screens at the moment and Marvel  themselves have a lot to come in this next year…

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the stand alone Thor movie franchise and it’s the best one by far! I’ll be honest with you guys, after the boring snooze fest that was Dark World I wasn’t expecting much from this movie but boy was I wrong! Taika Waititi is an interesting choice for director for this film but his comedic timing and directing is genius and works so well with all of the actors involved to raise the bar for the Marvel franchise.

Chris Hemsworth (swooooooon!) is back as Thor however, this film does knock him down a few pegs which in my opinion needed to happen.  We’re so used to seeing these comic book giants succeed in these movies it was nice to see a little struggle here and there throughout this film.   Cate Blanchett is a brilliant villain, she’s sassy, dark and has no mercy at all! Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki and Mark Ruffalo is also featured in this movie as the lovable big green guy (Hulk).  There’s a lot of big names in this movie, there’s also a fantastic cameo that I’ve chosen to not spoil for you but it’s great!

The plot is basically that Thor get’s stranded on another planet and has to fight his way out of it to save Asgard from his evil sister Hela (Blanchett). He meets some interesting characters along the way, some help him and some, not so much…

Marvel is one of the biggest giants in the movie arena so it’s safe to say they spare no expense when it comes to the Special Effects budgets in these movies so expect it to be amazing because it really is! It’s got an interesting style to it, there’s so much neon and kind of a Tron vibe to it. The soundtrack is also a good one, I mean Led Zeppelin feature so need I say more?

Overall I think this film is brilliant and probably my personal favourite Marvel film to date which says a lot because I’ve seen them all!  I mean Chris Hemsworth was quoted saying he was sick of Thor and the directors response was ‘So I am’ so that should give you an idea of the direction of this movie.

Perfect Popcorn Score – Thor Ragnarok get’s a 10! There’s nothing I would change, it’s got style, sass and sarcasm for all the family to enjoy! – 10/10 

 

 

Wonder Woman (2017)

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I first learned that a Wonder Woman film was in the works a good few years ago as Joss Whedon was originally down to direct however, walked away from the project.  As much as I love Whedon’s work and he’s proven he can direct a strong female character very well, as he does in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, I’m actually glad he walked away. I feel that this film needed that female director as the one thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen in this film, didn’t.  We see female characters, not just superheroes in films and they’re sexualised constantly.  I mean take the disaster that was ‘Catwoman’, Halle Berry is an award winning actress yet this film was just her prancing around in a barely there outfit! Wonder Woman, on the other hand is strong, fearless and although she’s beautiful, not at one point does she use this to her advantage in this film and I think it’s brilliant and why this film works so well.

Gal Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman in my opinion.  I first saw her portray this iconic character in ‘Batman Vs Superman’ and she was the best thing about that film. Gal does all her own stunts, although during this film she was five months pregnant so I’m not sure if she did everything stunt wise for this film which is understandable.

Wonder Woman goes back to the events before ‘Batman Vs Superman’ and tells the origin story of Diana ‘Prince’.  We first see a young Princess Diana, a curious and stubborn child that just wants to train with the other Amazonian women however, her mother forbids her.  Luckily for Diana, the General has other ideas and agrees and trains to fight…

We learn that she is not like the other women on the island and seems to have some sort of mystical power, there is a lot of whispering going on and hints that there is more to Diana than meets the eye.

Throughout the film Diana learns what man-kind is like and meets some interesting characters along the way.  Chris Pine’s character Steve Trevor is brilliant, he’s the perfect companion for her.  He has his own story to tell and reasons for his actions and you learn this throughout the film. I really liked how although you know they develop feelings for each other, this doesn’t distract you from the main plot of the film and become one of those ‘action rom-coms’.  I think this film was cast perfectly, I have no complaints about any of the characters as everyone fits in the film and has their own part to play.  You feel different things towards these characters, although it’s Wonder Woman she doesn’t steal all of the screen time in my opinion which is refreshing for this kind of film.

The effects were perfect, I’m assuming this film had a massive budget though but it was money well spent. The iconic Wonder Woman costume is flawless, so much less ‘cheesy’ than previous ones and I feel this adds to the authenticity of the film.

Overall I personally this this movie stands out as we live in a world where our comic-book heroes are coming to life on a regular basis in both film and television.  Wonder Woman is probably my favorite superhero film to date, move over Marvel, DC has done it with this film.

Perfect Popcorn Score – It’s got to be a ten, action, romance and a great story… Not to mention a catchy theme tune! 10/10.