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My Review of ‘Justice League’

I heard the critics and all of their opinions on Justice League. They said it wasn’t a movie worth watching, that it was a huge step backwards from Wonder Woman, and I believed them, that’s why it took me until yesterday to see it. And now that I’ve seen it I’m so glad I did. I have to admit, I enjoyed Justice League immensely. I watched the entire film, credits and all, thinking at any point that the movie was going to turn south and I was going to regret ever coming to see this superhero flick but it never happened! The story was simple yet cohesive, the characters were great, and yes there were flaws but overall I had a great time watching this movie. So, on that note I’m going to tell you all of the things I did and didn’t like about this film. Enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen Justice League yet and you would rather stay in the dark about the movie’s premise and outcomes I would advise you to discontinue reading this now. Okay, I thank you for acknowledging this warning. Now to the review.

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My Review of Baby Driver

Baby Driver was one of the best critiqued films this past summer and so that intrigued me highly on whether I wanted to see this movie or not. Well, I literally just finished watching the movie and I have to say, it was an impressive film that I had wished I had seen in the movies. The music was impeccable and had me bumping my foot, the action was engaging and intense, but what really shined about this movie was the overall story.

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Baby, for that is the main character’s name, is a man who’s burdened with this constant ring in his ear after he experienced a traumatic car crash that happened to kill both of his parents when he was a child. To deal with the constant ring he listens to music all day, every day. When he was probably no more than eleven years old he stole the car of this rich guy, (Kevin Spacey’s character, Doc) and to pay him back he had to be the driver for all of the robberies Doc planned.

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My Complete Review of Thor: Ragnarok

It’s been a week since Thor: Ragnarok came out and now I believe it’s time to talk about the movie in its full detail. SPOILER ALERT! If you still haven’t watched Thor: Ragnarok yet then I advise you to discontinue reading this if you don’t want to know what happens in this film. Okay now that that’s out of the way, enjoy!

The Story

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Thor: Ragnarok was easily one of the funniest and most fun movies this year with its hilarious humor and wild visuals but there was one thing that this latest installment in Marvel was missing…a solid story.

The movie starts with Thor being suspended in the air as the god Ragnarok’s prisoner. Now at this point in time in the film, Thor’s mission is to stop Ragnarok from destroying his home world of Asgard from the face of the galaxy. When he does it seems like everything is going perfectly okay until….

He goes to Asgard and finds that Loki has become ruler and so he takes his brother to Earth to find their father, Odin. They end up, with the fantastic help of Doctor Strange finding Odin in Europe on the cusp of death. It is with his final words that he tells them of Hela’s inevitable return and then Odin dies.

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When Hela returned it was a frightening occurrence. She was light years more powerful than her two brothers, Thor and Loki, and every other Marvel villain so far. In the beginning of the movie I was really frightened for what was going to happen. This serious story line, however, was lost in the midst of the comedy bubble that the movie ended up becoming.

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The gladiatorial brawl between Thor and The Hulk wasn’t serious at all. It was a rather comical fight that was full of laughs, hilarious references to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and serious butt kicking.

After that though the story was even more lost in the comical aspects of the film. Having The Hulk talk was hilarious, the way Thor’s new team, The Revengers, was created was perfect, but there was no seriousness to the movie whatsoever.

And there were quite some plot holes in the film, like them not explaining why Thor was with The Hulk in his room or how The Hulk even got to Sakaar in the first place!

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And while the battle at the end of the film was fun to watch it didn’t really have any groundbreaking significance. No one died, except for Skurge as he turned into a last minute hero, but the greatest shocker was the fact that Thor literally lost his eye! Now while that was a surprise twist in the film it wasn’t anything half as surprising as Bucky being the murderer of Tony Stark’s parents or even finding out that The Vulture was the father of the girl Peter had a crush on in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s unfortunate because I like watching a movie and feeling like I came away from it with a jaw-dropping reveal. Thor losing his eye was not that groundbreaking.

And the movie was boringly predictable. There weren’t any shocking twists and yes it made sense that Ragnarok was brought back to destroy Hela at the end of the film I wasn’t surprised when that happened because like I said, it was predictable. Yes, Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie and one of my favorites of the year so far but there was way more comedy than actual storytelling which is kind of a shame.

My Conclusion of the Film

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It was also a perfect film because of its newest members.MV5BMTYxNTEzMjg4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzM2MTgwNDI@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,744_AL_ Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster at first seemed like a terrible idea when it was announced earlier this year but after watching the film I wouldn’t want anyone else to be the slightly psychotic ruler of the junk world Sakaar.

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Taika Waititi as the comical rock creature, Korg, was an absolute hilarious addition to the film. He was so great as a slight mentor to Thor in Sakaar as well as just a good friend throughout the movie. I hope he gets a little more time in the future because he was a pretty cool character that I would love to see more of.

MV5BNzkyNjkxOTg5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjEzOTcwNDI@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,744_AL_ Skurge was a great character because he was that secret hero that was lying in wait the entire film. I think it would’ve been better to keep him alive and make him one of the team members of The Revengers because having him die gave zero emotional significance to the film and I think he would’ve been a worthy addition to the team. I also liked his character a lot and so it’s shame he won’t be in any upcoming films.

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And then there was Valkyrie. If you’ve read any of my other posts about Thor: Ragnarok you would already know that she has become my favorite female superhero in Marvel so far. Tessa Thompson was the absolute perfect person to play this character. She’s tough and yet there’s a kindness to her underneath all of that steeliness that makes her character shine and makes her become part of the team, The Revengers. She’s also just very cool, simple as that. I’m really hoping she’ll at least have a small role in Avengers: Infinity War because it would kind of be ridiculous if she didn’t, especially that she’s now a part of Thor’s convoy. I also just want to see how she would react to characters like Tony Stark or even Ant-Man. I bet it would be hilarious.

All in all, I think Thor: Ragnarok is nearly a perfect movie if you just want to have fun. If you’re looking for a serious, story-based film then you pretty much would not enjoy this. I, however, love what Taika Waititi did. I love that he turned Thor into a kind of a joke and really brought out the comical side of the god of thunder. I also loved the retro feeling of the movie with its music and colors and visuals. If there is another Thor movie in the future I would love for him to direct it again. He did a great job.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope, if you’ve seen Thor: Ragnarok, that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend.

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition

Before I even knew I was watching it I was watching The Lord of the Rings as a toddler. When I was finally old enough to really appreciate the epic fantasy film I’ve absolutely loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy ever since. Peter Jackson is one of the greatest directors of all time because of his stunning job with those three films. And the casting was ultimately brilliant, Elijah Wood didn’t just play as Frodo, he became Frodo. Ian McKellen as the wise Gandalf, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, I mean I could go on and on about how great The Lord of the Rings is on all of its different levels but this post isn’t about that. It is instead about the wondrous discovery I found out just a few days ago.

Last week I was watching the extended version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which I enjoyed thoroughly by the way, and I found out that there were extended versions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Now, I enjoyed The Hobbit Trilogy, especially the second one, but I LOVE The Lord of the Rings. I mean, I know every single movie by heart, that’s how much I love these movies. So when I found out that there were extended versions of these films it was like discovering the Holy Grail.

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The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite installment in the trilogy because it’s so marvelously enjoyable. And it has the most emotional significance due to Gandalf’s “death”, Boromir’s death, and the fragmenting of the Fellowship by the end of the movie. It’s simply a great film, but it is 2 hours and 58 minutes long. It’s a very long movie. The extended version, however, is literally 3 hours and 48 minutes long. Can you believe that? It’s nearly an hour longer! That is unbelievable and exciting and so I had to watch it. I’m glad to say it was just as great as I hoped it would be.

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A Spoiler-Free Review of Thor: Ragnarok

I have to admit, I was kind of skeptical going in to watch this movie yesterday. While I knew the movie looked beautiful and fun I was afraid that the overall humorous aspect of the film would overwhelm the quality of the film. Luckily Marvel has become the masters of marrying the elements of comedy and great movie making together flawlessly. Thor: Ragnarok is a definite win in the long line of Marvel films that have come out in the past nine years.

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Up to this point and time, Thor has always been my least favorite Avenger, and it wasn’t his fault. His two previous movies were horrible and I never took him very seriously. Thor: Ragnarok was really a rebirth of the God of Thunder. Taika Waititi took everything we’ve known about Thor so far and pretty much flushed it down the drain and created an entirely new rendition of the lightning-wielding superhero and it was all for the better.

If you are looking for a complex story full of plot twists and shocking moments like Captain America: Civil War then this is not the movie for you. Thor: Ragnarok is mainly a hodgepodge of comedy, beautiful scenery, and thrilling action, nothing more. The story is slightly predictable, everything happens in the movie timeline like I expected, but that doesn’t keep the film from being one of the best Marvel movies made so far.

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A Spoiler-Free Review of War for the Planet of the Apes

When War for the Planet of the Apes was coming out in July I actually didn’t want to see it. I had seen the last one and it wasn’t that great so I figured this movie wouldn’t be too good either. Then I heard so many fantastic reviews about it that I just decided maybe I should watch it after all. So it became available on Digital and I finally watched it. Here’s what I have to say about it.

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This is hands down the best Planet of the Apes movie that has ever been made. First of all, the CGI was mindblowing. I mean look at this picture. This is Caesar, played by the legendary Andy Serkis, and he’s a CGI character, yet he looks about as real as the humans in the movie. There were so many close-up shots of monkeys’ faces in the movie, mainly Caesar, that I was just watching the movie stunned. The CGI never wavered, the apes never began to look fake, it really was impressive and downright stunning to see all of these expressions and actions the apes made and it just never felt artificial.

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My Review of Spider-Man: Homecoming

I’ve just recently watched Spider-Man: Homecoming and this is what I have to say about it. This movie. Was. Amazing!!! Marvel really outdid themselves with this Spider-Man film. I had seen nearly every trailer, I had seen all of the tv spots and advertisements, but I never imagined that this movie would be as good as it was.

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Spider-Man is a fan favorite, and for good reason. He’s a nerdy kid who obtained outstanding abilities from a radioactive spider and ended up becoming an incredible superhero who saves his hometown from all sorts of diabolical villains. Spider-Man is so famous that even way before I knew anything about the difference between Marvel and DC Comics I knew who Spider-Man was.

There used to be this DVD I would watch, it was a cartoon called The Amazing Spider-Man, and I would watch it all of the time. There was Dr. Octopus, my favorite Spider-Man villain, the Green Goblin, and a whole bunch of other sinister villains. I loved it. I didn’t, at that time, know any other superheroes except for Superman and Batman. And even though I wanted to watch the actual Spider-Man movies I never could because there was just way too much suck facing in those films.

And then Sony just recently made two new Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield as the wall-climbing superhero and they weren’t that great. I only saw the second one with Jamie Foxx as the villain and while I did like Spider-Man the rest of the movie was terrible.

Then in 2016 Marvel partnered with Sony and a new Spider-Man was born.

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