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Movie Review #2: Thor: Ragnarok

Posted 27th November 2017 by Wattle in Movies & TV / 20 Comments

Title: Thor: Ragnarok
Year of Release: 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo
Format Watched: Cinema screening
Rating: ★★★★☆

“Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.”

Source: IMDb

Yes. I chose my favourite poster to represent the film since there’s a few to choose from haha (even if the date is wrong, it was released 26th October here *sigh*)

Now, I have to make it clear; Thor is my favourite Marvel character aside from Captain America/Steve Rogers (though I prefer the Thor movies). Thor: The Dark World was loved by no-one except me and one of my friends, we saw it 3 times in 3 days before I left the USA to fly back home, and then I saw it 2 more times at home (I was carrying out cinema screen quality research!)

Thor: Ragnarok had some rather massive expectations, and it mostly lived up to them for me. I couldn’t give this film 5 stars though, because there’s some things that bothered me.

But first, the good!

  • The colour. I loved how colourful this film is, literally! It fits in with Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of visuals, it’s very pleasing to the eye (or, my eyes).
  • The humour. Hemsworth has great comedic timing that has been wasted in the Marvel ‘verse for the most part. Hiddleston brought more personality to Loki (he’s so smug, I love him lol). Waititi totally stole the movie with his rather amusing cameo though!
  • Jeff Goldblum. I’m pretty sure he was just playing himself for the entire movie, and it was so fun!
  • Cate Blanchett is pretty badass as Hela. I really enjoyed her in this.
  • The plot. Finally, a Thor movie with a cohesive plot (mostly). The story itself worked pretty well, they didn’t try to make it overly dramatic and ridiculous.

 

The bad:

  • Karl Urban’s character didn’t do much, I felt like he didn’t really fit into the film properly.
  • Major spoiler alert (seriously, don’t click this if you haven’t seen it): View Spoiler »
  • Mark Ruffalo. I feel so bad for saying this, because I adore him as Bruce, but while everyone else felt genuine in this boisterous movie, he seemed to overact to keep up? Perhaps comedy doesn’t suit him, unless it’s dry humour.

 

So all in all, an enjoyable film but not my favourite. My top 5, for reference:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier*
2. Thor: The Dark World
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Ant-Man
5. Thor: Ragnarok/Thor (can’t decide!)

*I know I said I prefer the Thor movies, and I really do as a whole. But TWS is a beast of a film (in comparison, Civil War made me bitchface multiple times). My least fave is Avengers: Age of Ultron which I will be bitter about forever (they should dump it and get Waititi to do a remake! ๐Ÿ˜† )

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Movie Review #1: Dancer

Posted 28th May 2017 by Wattle in Movies & TV, Reviews / 14 Comments

Title: Dancer
Year of Release: 2016
Director: Steven Cantor
Starring: Sergei Polunin
Format Watched: DVD
Rating: ★★★★☆

“Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.”

 

Source: IMDb
 
 

 

 

I must admit, ballet? So not my thing, but then a couple of years ago this came into my life:

And I was all ‘I guess I can appreciate dance after all…’ haha this video led to reading articles and watching interviews. Sergei Polunin’s story is interesting and at times sad, so of course a documentary came about.

Trailer:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I finally got my hands on this. It was out in cinemas for a brief period last year, so brief I blinked and missed it. Promotion for the dvd was pretty huge (at least, on my Facebook feed!) so I pre-ordered, watched it, and then sat on my feelings for a while.

Polunin was a huge young talent in the ballet world – he was the Royal Ballet’s youngest principal dancer at 19, and then a couple of years later he skipped out and decided he was done. He was known as a ‘bad boy’, covered in tattoos (that he had to cover to perform), living it up at parties, getting himself into trouble. Basically just a young guy, in a stressful environment, acting out as only he knew how.

This documentary looks at his life from when he was a young boy, how his parents pushed and supported him – which led to the breakdown of their marriage. He lived away from his family at such a young age, and didn’t see them for a very long time (and then refused to let them see him perform).

Polunin seems to harbour a lot of anger and resentment for himself and his parents, his mother wanted better for him than she could provide, and in the process made it so he didn’t have a choice when it came to his career. In turn, he blamed himself for the end of his parents relationship and thought if he just did better, everything would be all right.

Watching this made me think that he both hates and loves dance, hates it because it was forced upon him, loves it because it’s how he can express himself (and he is very good at it). He went from being at the top to then being at the bottom when he moved to Russia; and that video of ‘Take Me to Church’ was what he intended to be his last performance.

But instead of ending his career, it seemed to reinvigorate it. He has been through so much personal hardship, I get the feeling he doesn’t really know what he wants, but right now dance is enough. I felt it ended in a hopeful place; but I cannot imagine the pressure he must have felt as a child to succeed. And because of this he didn’t really have a childhood at all; he was constantly working toward the goal of being the best; and when he got there it wasn’t as satisfying as he thought it would be.

An interesting documentary, though I felt it was a bit short (it’s 85 minutes long). I hope he ends up in a good place, he’s still so young (only 27) and has so much ahead of him.

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