THOR: RAGNAROK Review & Analysis

“Thor: Ragnarok” may be the third stand-alone Thor movie, but it revitalizes the franchise, as well as the superhero genre, in a way that the previous chapters have not.  Director Taika Waititi’s vision presents Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as more smart-alecky yet relatable than ever before.

The movie’s opening scene shows a new Thor.  While there’s never really a fear that he’s not as all-powerful as ever, there’s also a different tenor to his wisecracking jokes.  He’s cocky, but not standoffish.

A good portion of “Thor: Ragnarok” takes place on Sakaar, a planet ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).  He’s a brand of nutty reminiscent of Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka, a connection further emphasized by several references to the 1971 film.  Though the Grandmaster is a more heavy-handed ruler of his domain than Wonka, there’s a lightheartedness to his world despite evidence to the contrary.

In fact, the entire movie is lighter than many of the others within the superhero genre, both in terms of humor as well as on the technical side.  The visibly brighter way “Thor: Ragnarok” is shot becomes a big clue that things aren’t as grim as the story may suggest.

That said, Hela (Cate Blanchett) may be the realm’s most powerful villain yet.  She’s both awe-inspiring and horrifying in everything from her behavior to her backstory–which is better left unsaid in the interest of avoiding spoilers.

The movie also stars Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, and Idris Elba.

For more about “Thor: Ragnarok”, including a great behind-the-scenes story about Cate Blanchett’s fight scenes, take a look below:


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All film photos are courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Review & Analysis

When INDEPENDENCE DAY came out 20 years ago it was groundbreaking.  It was the first time we saw the White House get destroyed on film, along with a host of other International landmarks.  The effects were at the top of their class and the movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning in the Visual Effects category.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE picks up in real time 20 years later.  Roland Emmerich returns, helming this film as creator/writer/director with Dean Devlin partnering up again.  Although Will Smith did not return, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch are all back, joined by Liam Hemsworth and Singaporean actor Chin Han who was named by CNNGO (a subsidiary of CNN) as one of Asia’s 25 Best Actors.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE is the type of movie where you get exactly what you expect.  It’s not plot driven and despite the actors’ fine pedigrees, no one will be winning any awards for their work.  However, it’s the quintessential popcorn movie where you go for two hours of mindless entertainment.  So often we look down on movies that seek to entertain, but it’s not a bad thing.  With busy lives and horrors in the news, a bit of fluff entertainment is exactly what hits the spot sometimes.

For more about INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, including some eagle-eye details to watch for and behind-the-scenes information about what it was like on set, take a look below…

–>Direct link to the video footage:  https://youtu.be/n3YyRg8ShWw

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