Title: Thor: Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi
Category: #42 A movie recommended by a friend
Ah yes, another Marvel movie for my list. Honestly, I skipped the second Thor film until recently as you know but I’m glad I got to this one immediately. This one was so funny that I spent most of it laughing, the new characters and location were just great and it was full of surprises.
I definitely don’t want to spoil this one for you except to say that it really was great to see what Hulk has been up to for the last little while. Also, it was interesting to see more of the Avengers fighting against one another. I’m excited to see everyone pull together next year for Infinity Wars.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Title: Spiderman: Homecoming
Director: Jon Watts
Date Watched: July 20, 2017
Category: #1 A film released in 2017
I was actually really skeptical about this movie. Mostly because I’m 27 and this is already the third version of Spiderman movies that I’ve been alive and old enough to see. I was never a huge fan of the version that starred Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. But I really loved the Amazing Spiderman series with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield which were released in 2012 and 2014 not even 5 years ago. So I was left asking myself what is going to be so great about Spiderman: Homecoming that it warrants an entirely new movie just a few years after the last movie was released? It seemed basically like a money making endeavor to me.
All of that being said, my friends and fiancee were super excited to see this movie so I tagged along. And you know what, as much as it had a lot of similarities to the previous movies, I thought it was super clever and incredibly well done, enough so that I actually really enjoyed it. The casting was really good, as was the plot which was just a little bit more in depth than the other movies.
Perhaps most exciting was the new improved spidersuit provided by Iron Man himself. It has so many great new features that I’m excited to see being used. At the same time though I’m a little conflicted because it’s made Spiderman much less about his cool abilities and much more about the tech that he uses, tech that he didn’t even make himself. Part of what makes the Iron Man technology so great is that Iron Man did actually make it himself.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see what they incorporate.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: Doctor Strange
Director: Scott Derickkson
Date Watched: May 20, 2017
Category: #37 A movie with a Rotten Tomato score above 90%
I spent the first half of this movie convinced that Doctor Strange was one of the biggest assholes I’d ever seen. First he has an accident that is caused entirely by his own recklessness then spends ages complaining about the things he can’t do because of it and spending money he doesn’t have to fix himself when it’s likely not going to work anyway.
Honestly though, that just makes his transformation from Doctor Strange MD to Doctor Strange superhero that much more amazing.
The whole movie is a little unbelievable and a little on the trippy side with bending reality and what not but at the same time it’s great because isn’t that what we all want? To be able to bend time and pull a weapon out of nowhere.
Mostly I’m just excited to see what happens when Doctor Strange meets Tony Stark. I don’t know if there’s a room big enough to fit both of their ego’s.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Date Watched: May 10, 2017
Category: #9 A superhero movie
Okay so my fiancee doesn’t love the Thor aspect of the Marvel franchise which is why we never got around to watching this movie I suppose. Finally though she decided to give it a shot and actually enjoyed it.
Having a Thor movie set predominantly in Asgard rather than on Earth was great it was like we finally got a chance to see what Asgard could be, what Thor could be, and that was something pretty cool.
Thor was more like an origin story, whilst not quite like the origin stories we’re used to it does show Thor before he became a king and a ruler of Asgard. Thor 2 shows a Thor who has learned from past mistakes and is becoming who he was born to be (leader of Asgard).
Honestly, despite there being less laughs in this one than the previous one I liked this one much more than the previous one.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Director: James Gunn
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Date Watched: May 9, 2017
Category: #28 A science fiction film
I’ve been excited for this for a while even though the first film had become completely fuzzy in my mind, but after a quick rewatch off we went to the cinema to see the new one.
I might be in the minority here but I actually like vol. 2 better than vol. 1. Vol. 1 for me had the novelty factor in that it was new characters, new location, new technology etc but vol. 2 made me really care about the characters and relationships. Even better it changed my opinion of several characters throughout the movie from Yondu to Peter. But also… Baby Groot made this movie hilarious.
One of my favourite scenes has to be Baby Groot being told which button not to press but also the first scene in the movie with Baby Groot dancing while everyone else is fighting.
But Yondu’s arrow is a close second in entertainment value for me. I want one.
Rating: 4/5 stars