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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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‘Justice League’ vs. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Which One Wins?

I recently watched Justice League and, surprisingly, I enjoyed it immensely. The story was easy to follow, the action was epic, and it was a great way to bring the six superheroes together. Now that I’ve seen both Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League I am going to determine which movie I enjoyed the most. Enjoy!

The Characters

The Justice League

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When you bring together incredible heroes such as Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman etc. it’s always going to be amazing and Justice League wasn’t an exception. The characters, while they were great, a few were a little less awesome than others, mainly Aquaman. When The Avengers came out in 2012 nearly every superhero had their own debut film, except for Black Widow and Hawkeye but they were co-stars of those other movies. Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman are the only characters in this team who have had their own movie. That means it’s always going to be kind of hard to introduce three new characters in the span of only two hours while trying to keep track on one story line about preventing the end of the world. I’m frankly surprised the new characters were developed as well as they were.

Thor and Co.

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While “The Revengers” clearly aren’t as epic as the likes of the Justice League I happened to really like these characters. Thor, after Thor: Ragnarok, has become one of my favorite Avengers because he finally was given the chance to shine with his comedic personality. The Hulk is just…The Hulk. You can’t really do anything with him except make him a giant green rage monster, who can talk, and that’s what makes him great. Valkyrie has become my favorite female hero in Marvel because she’s just that awesome. And Loki, surprisingly, was very lovable in this movie. He wasn’t being the jerk that he normally is. I mean, he kind of was, but it was nice to see him on the side of the good guys this time around.

All in all, I loved Wonder Woman and Cyborg in Justice League but everyone else was okay. When I came away from Thor: Ragnarok I loved every single character equally and I can’t wait to see them all again.

Thor: Ragnarok: 1 point

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Where Does Hela Rank Among The Marvel Villains?

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spewed entertaining movies for the past nine years most of the films have shared one nagging problem; the villains have been very lackluster. So much work has gone into the development of the heroes that the villains are just annoying baddies. They’re not complex, they’re not scary, they’re just…the bad guys. And that does make sense because most of the villains didn’t make it through more than one film but after nine years you begin to get tired of the constant trend of boring antagonists. Well, lately the villains have been a little better and after Hela debuted in Thor: Ragnarok there was no way I wasn’t going to write a post determining where she stands amidst the other villains throughout all seventeen films. Enjoy!

1. The Vulture

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I didn’t really know anything about Michael Keaton except that he was the first epic Batman but after Spider-Man: Homecoming I am an even bigger fan of the fantastic actor. Part of the reason why Spider-Man: Homecoming was such a marvelous movie is that the villain was just as complex as the hero. Mr. Toomes was a simple blue collar man who provided for his family with his wreckage cleanup business but Tony Stark ripped the floor out from underneath him by taking over the duty of cleaning up after the Avengers. It was this heartless move that turned Toomes into a weapon dealer for the black market and can you blame him? I mean if you look at it from a different point of view you can say that Iron Man and Spider-Man were the villains and that Mr. Toomes was the real hero of the film. We of course root for Spider-Man though because how can you not but it’s still an interesting observation.

And not only did he have a complex and believable story in the movie but his Vulture suit was also rather cool. And the best thing about it, he didn’t die, and a post-credits scene has already hinted at him returning to the MCU…with the help of a mysterious friend. That’s even more exciting and I can’t wait to see him again.

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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.

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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 Women of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a fun film, through and through, and what really helped this movie shine were the new female additions to the MCU. Valkyrie was spunky, tough, and she wasn’t one to mince words while Hela was frighteningly powerful, merciless, beautiful in a Goddess of Death sort of way and a great villainess for the film. I absolutely loved these awesome, strong women and I am here to talk, in full detail about them. Enjoy!

Valkyrie

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Where Does Thor: Ragnarok Rank In The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Thor: Ragnarok has hit the movie theaters and is taking the world by storm but while it is one of the best and funniest movies in the MCU where does it really stack up against its predecessors? I’m here to find that out. Let’s see.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a delightfully rugged film. There aren’t any superheroes with fancy abilities, the action isn’t pretty, the scenery is grounded and real, overall the Captain America films are way more down to Earth, literally, than most Marvel movies. And the story is spot on. There are shocking plot twists, suspenseful moments, and stunning reveals that make this film one of my favorites. Even though this came out three years ago it still shines because of its flawlessness. This is still, to me, the best Marvel movie ever made. Continue reading Where Does Thor: Ragnarok Rank In The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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.

What really makes this movie shine, however, are the characters. Continue reading A Spoiler-Free Review of Thor: Ragnarok