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I’ve Seen ‘Thor: The Dark World’!

The same day that I watched Jurassic World I also happened to see Thor: The Dark World for the first time and this is why I wanted to watch it. I have watched every Marvel film there has ever been except for Thor: The Dark World and it was bothering me. How could I have seen all seventeen films except for this one? So I watched it because I was curious to see what the Thor sequel was like and I found out alright.

This movie was terrible. I was literally laughing at how bad it was. The action was some of the worst I’ve seen from a Marvel film, the story was bland, the villain was horrendous, the CGI, oh my gosh the CGI was so bad Justice League‘s CGI looks great in comparison, and overall it made me appreciate Thor: Ragnarok even more after seeing the movie. The only scenes I actually enjoyed in the film were the ones with Loki involved.

He managed to make the movie enjoyable at times when the film was at its murkiest. And then as soon as he “died” the movie became boring again. I was shocked. I knew the movie wasn’t that great but this film was ridiculously bad. Thor is one of my least favorite Marvel movies and it was better than Thor: The Dark World.

And oh my goodness, I’m so glad Taika Waititi scrapped Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.

She brought absolutely nothing to the movie except the aspect of romance and the means for Thor to save his Earth damsel in distress over and over again. It was kind of bad how out of place she was in the movie. In Thor she had a reason for being in the movie. She was a scientist who just so happened to be in the same vicinity as Thor when he crashed to Earth. In Thor: The Dark World she was really out of her comfort zone and brought no substance to the movie whatsoever. And having her slap the mess out of Thor and Loki doesn’t make her a strong character. It only reiterated that she couldn’t do anything but slap people and hope her Thor would be there to rescue her all the time. Ugh. It was so terrible.

My Conclusion of the Film

I was hoping Thor: The Dark World would surprise me and actually be a decent film but it was very much the opposite. Even without Jane Foster the movie would’ve still been super boring because it was terrible plot altogether. It was so bad in fact that I had to ask myself why the movie was even called Thor: The Dark World? It’s pretty terrible when a movie’s story is so disjointed that the title of the film doesn’t even match with the movie. The only good thing I got from it is I’ll understand what’s going on in Thor: Ragnarok even more now thanks to Thor: The Dark World but that’s about it.

I give this movie 2 out of 5 stars and a 68 out of 100. It was poorly made and I definitely won’t be watching it again. At least I can say I’ve seen every Marvel film now and that’s all I cared about achieving. If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend that you don’t watch. It’s not worth the hour and fifty-two minutes.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a glorious President’s Day.

A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Black Panther’

I watched Black Panther yesterday and I’m still reveling in how good the movie was. In fact, I watched Captain America: Civil War last night, which is something I haven’t done in over a year, because Black Panther was so great I wanted to look back at how T’Challa was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the movie had such an impact on me I woke up still thinking about brilliantly fantastic the film was. So, while the movie is still fresh in my mind, here’s my spoiler-free review.

The Story

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Everything about this film worked. The story was one of the best I’ve seen in Marvel so far. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next while also clarifying earlier scenes in the movie that, if left untouched, would’ve left us viewers with some serious plot holes to try to fill.

The Characters

Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther (2018)

The characters were not only incredibly cool but they each had an essential part to play in the film. There was no one who could’ve been left out of the film. And Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the villain, Erik Killmonger, was beyond what I expected, becoming an immediate favorite in the MCU. He definitely wasn’t your typical Marvel villain.

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One of my favorite things about a movie is when you can actually relate with the bad guy. It’s one of the reasons I like Kylo Ren so much and why this new Star Wars trilogy is so entertaining. If the villain is always someone you immediately want to root against then the story isn’t very complex but if the antagonist presents an argument that’s kind of understandable and makes you question the antics of the good guys that’s when a movie gets really interesting and Black Panther did this. If Erik Killmonger is any indication on the direction Marvel is heading villain-wise I’m all thumbs up.

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Watching ‘Jurassic World’ a Second Time

The other day I was a little bored and so I decided to watch Jurassic World, a movie I hadn’t seen since I watched it in the movie theaters three years ago, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When I saw this film all those years ago I highly enjoyed it, from a monster movie perspective. The dinosaurs were scary, the action was riveting, and the movie was very, very loud. Then as I thought about the movie I found myself getting angry. Why did they never let the lady in the movie shed those heels?! It was kind of absurd and it was part of the reason I haven’t watched the movie since.

Well, when I watched it at home the other day I discovered that it actually wasn’t as bad as I remembered. In fact, it was actually kind of a really good movie. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but it was engaging, I was horrified at times, the music was amazing, and I constantly kept getting chills. I don’t get chills from movies unless the film is kind of really good and Jurassic World was definitely that.

I mean look at that dinosaur. This Indominus Rex (I think that’s what it’s called) is terrifying! I was petrified as it kept chomping people away and chasing the heroes of the movie. *shudder* I’m so glad dinosaurs are extinct.

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And at the end of the movie when the original T. Rex went to survey his island and then roared with his iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex cry (I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it) I was like, “Yeah, this is a good movie.”

I can now say that I’m legitimately excited for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It has the chance of maybe not being as good as its predecessor but I do know one thing that it will have that’s very enjoyable; lots and lots of roaring, people eating dinosaurs and that’s what is going to make the film a blast to watch in IMAX.

If you’ve never seen Jurassic World before I highly suggest you check it out. It’s a fantastic film to watch if you’re having a slightly boring day and you might need a good movie to watch. And it’ll get you ready for its sequel coming out later this year.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

I’ve Finally Seen ‘The Breakfast Club’!

For years my parents have been telling me about how fantastic The Breakfast Club was for their childhood and how it epitomized the 80s’ for them. I always heard the iconic song that came with the movie but I had never seen it paired with the film. Well, last night, after a funny episode of Kevin Can Wait which referenced The Breakfast Club, I finally got to see this iconic cult classic and I was excited.

This movie had me locked in instantly as the credits were rolling in the beginning because when it said: STARRING (In Alphabetical Order) the actors’ names weren’t in alphabetical order. Ha, hilarious.

I loved that the movie immediately began with all of the characters being dropped off at the school instead of dragging on and getting to that point. It instantly established all of the characters’ economical statuses, relationships with their parents, and how they were handling having to go to detention on a Saturday.

The amazing thing about this film was how it immediately sucked me in from the moment the high schoolers started their detention in the library. There was so much personality from each of the characters just as they started feeling each other out and I was simply riveted.

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It was fascinating watching the teenagers slowly confide each other and learn about each other’s lives and become friends throughout their eight hour detention. It also was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The dialogue was exceptional, the scenarios were impeccably thought out, and it was just a ridiculously enjoyable movie.

John Hughes, the writer and director of this film, was a genius of the 80s’. Not only did he make The Breakfast Club but he also created iconic movies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, and Home Alone (I’ve watched all of these films by the way). That’s crazy! No wonder I resonated with the movie so much and so quickly.

The greatest thing about the film was the message it gave; that no matter who you are, what skin color you have, or what background you come from we’re all the same. At the end of the day the teenagers found out that they all had something in common and that was a beautiful moral to the story. It was a powerful message that still resonates to this day.

All in all, this movie was five stars and now I understand completely why it became such a cult classic.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

The Movies I’ve Seen of 2017; Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s been a year full of movies, good and bad, and while I haven’t seen all of the films this year I have seen a whole lot of them and so because it’s the last day of the year I figured I might as well rank them. So, here’s my list. Enjoy!

14. The Mummy

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When I heard they were remaking The Mummy I was kind of skeptical at first but then I heard that Tom Cruise was playing the lead and I got excited. Tom Cruise has been making fantastic movies for decades. There was no way he could star in a film about some explorers who run into real life mummies and the movie end up becoming a fail. How terribly wrong I was. From the first trailer I saw I knew this film wasn’t going to be as good as I had hoped but this movie wasn’t just boring or corny. It was poorly written, the plot was terrible, and it was painful watching Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe, who are both great actors, stoop down to the level of this horrid film.

I was hoping I was going to enjoy this movie but I ended up disliking nearly everything about it. This is undoubtedly the worst movie I’ve seen this year.

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My Review of ‘The Lost City of Z’

Earlier this year The Lost City of Z came out and I had heard nothing but praise about this movie. I ended up missing see it in the movie theaters but because this movie happened to be free on Amazon Prime this December I decided to finally watch this film.

First, it is one of the quietest movies I have ever watched, and I don’t exactly mean that in a good way. I like films that force you to pay attention but this movie was so drab at times that it put to me sleep. Now, I don’t go to sleep on movies I’ve never seen before but this film was just taking too long for anything to happen. Let me explain.

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This was the story of a British man who went down into the Amazon to chart new regions in the widely unexplored territory. On his first trip to the jungle he discovered that there was a secret civilization living within the forested area and so he made it his life’s mission to find this lost city.

Now what made this movie taxing to watch was the fact that he kept going back and forth between the Amazon and his home country of England. When he was in the Amazon I was engaged and genuinely interested in the movie. When he was in England, however, that was when my main goal was to try to keep my eyes open.

The movie led to a rather interesting ending but getting there was hard work. The movie is two hours and twenty-one minutes and I felt every second of it.

My Conclusion of the Film

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This wasn’t the worst movie I have ever seen. It was just really quiet and boring. I was hoping desperately throughout the film that something interesting would happen but unfortunately it never did. The one good thing about this film was the fact that it was a beautifully directed movie. The cinematography was eye-catching and there were some shots that made me so, “Ooh, that’s pretty.” Besides that though this is one of those movies that after a few years I will have forgotten I ever saw this film.

Overall, I’d give it a 74 out of a 100 and 2.5 out of 5 stars. Like I said before, it’s not a terrible movie but it wasn’t fantastic either.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a marvelous day.

‘A Christmas Story’: The Greatest Christmas Film Ever Made

I love Christmas (even more so now considering this is the time of year when Star Wars movies come out) and one of my favorite activities during this blessed holiday is watching the marathon of A Christmas Story on TBS. It is one of my joys because this movie is so hilarious.

There are so many iconic moments in this movie such as the sexy leg lamp.

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When the mother purposely breaks the lamp and the father is practically steaming with anger I think it’s so, so very funny. Especially when, in trying to find something to say to express his immense anger, he’s only able to blurt, “Not a finger!” What does that mean? It’s one of the most hilarious moments of the film and leaves me in stitches every time.

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