*Dusts off blog* It’s been a while. Well, let’s dip right back into it, shall we?
Ant-Man is a movie superhero I desperately want to like. While it’s a bit silly for a superhero’a most prominent power to be shrinking (and sometimes growing), Ant-Man has so much action, science fiction, comedy, and dramatic potential. You can see this in the many comics he’s been in but also in his first big-screen film, Ant-Man (2015), and even his brief appearance in the multi-hero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War (2016). But he’s also struggled to achieve the heights he’s capable of. Ant-Man (you can find my short review by clicking here) could’ve been a hell of a lot funnier, imaginative, and fun with its premise and the main character’s ability to shrink to bug size. Civil War instilled some hope, with some spot on writing from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, that showed just how damn hilarious the character can be and also how creative you can get with the shrinking and growing. A pity then that Ant-Man took such a large step back in his third and latest appearance. Continue reading →
Story: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is out to find his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and stop the coming of Ragnarok, the total destruction of Asgard by his long lost sister Hela the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett). Thor seeks help from some old and new friends, including his mischievous step-brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, who has been ruling Asgard under the guise of their father for two years (okay, he’s more an enemy than friend). Thor will lose much along the way, but he must ban together the team of unlikely heroes if he hopes to save his home and people. Oh, and Jeff Goldblum also stars in this movie as Jeff Goldblum with strange hair and eccentric clothes.
Thoughts: The Thor series shoots for comedy rather than Shakespearean drama this time out. Director Taika Waititi (probably best known for being a director and writer for the TV series Flight of the Conchords), the three screenwriters, and the entire cast excel at giving the audience plenty to find funny with many genuine laugh out loud moments, so much so that it undercuts the drama. Too bad since the more serious bits of Ragnarok are actually some of the best. The overabundance of comedy also made the moments of surprise comedy predictable and left the film with what felt like very small stakes. That’s quite an achievement when the movie a. Is the last film in a trilogy and b. Is called Thor: Ragnarok. Throw in a two-time Oscar winning actress who has a barely developed villain character with hardly anything interesting to do and a nice but pointless cameo by Benedict Cumberbatch and you have a fun but fairly shallow film that’s worth seeing but maybe could’ve packed a stronger emotional punch.
Well, DC finally did it. At long last, after three failed attempts, the comics company made a film in their shared cinematic universe that I can actually recommend. Just don’t expect it to be the second coming everyone’s saying it is.