It seems the latest fad in Hollywood is comic books. Thor is yet another movie based on a graphic novel from the Marvel universe. I've never been much into graphic novels. I think the last time I read one was in the late 80's and was either an early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or Archie and Jughead. I think the reality is that I'm probably lucky not to be a follower since I don't notice mistakes and changes. I've a good friend who is a HUGE comic nerd and constantly tries to explain to me why this was wrong and why that was inaccurate, Thankfully I don't care. Let's face facts. Hollywood has a history of doing a half arsed job of turning print into film, take any Harry Potter movie from Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, Eragon, My sisters Keeper and He's Just Not That Into You are great examples of this, although the book He's Just Not That Into You was rubbish so I guess they did a good job with that one. Anyway...
The Movie Thor is about Thor, surprise, surprise (played by Chris Hemsworth) who lives on Asgard and is due to take over the throne of Asgard from his father Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins), much to the disapproval of his jealous brother Loki. Thor and his loyal band of warriors, aided by Loki decide to stir up an ancient feud with the Frost Giants and Odin is furious, stripping Thor of his powers and banishing him and his hammer to Earth until he is deemed worthy to gain back his powers and with them his rightful place.
Three scientist lead by Jane Foster (natalie Portman) literally run into Thor in the middle of an american dessert. They befriend him and the plot continues from there. Thor obviously has to redeem himself, he needs to learn some humility and in short needs to pull his head out of his butt. This movie is full of action, has moments of comedy, is beautiful in regards to sets, effects, and costumes and all in all is thoroughly enjoyable. Years of working in theatres and watching movies has made me cynical , and cautious about having to high an expectation and so with most movies I go expecting little and am usually not disappointed, I went to Thor expecting very little but loved pretty much every minute of it. One of the things that grabbed my attention was the similarities of Asgard and The Ice Steppes and Icecrown & Ulduar from the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King.
I really was surprised how well this movie flowed and am loving the way marvel are tying these movies together (see end of iron man 2). If you haven't seen this movie and you'd like a bit of an action flick with a bit of romance, comedy, a lesson in morals and mythology all mixed in then please put Thor on your list. And if you do watch this then you need to stay until the end of the credits, if you're a big time Marvel universe nerd then you might just get what's going on after the credits.
This movies rates a very respectable 3 and half choc tops.
I've seen a lot of Simon Pegg / Nick Frost movies, and in all honesty I've enjoyed them. I don't think I'd rave about them but, they certainly are funny and entertaining, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Run Fat Boy Run etc. are all good quality british comedies but none of them have made it into my movie collection.
I was recently invited to preview Paul prior to it being released for public viewing. Knowing I was going, I checked out the trailer at apple.com and I must admit I thought it was going to be pretty average.
I am extremely happy to report that the trailer did in no way do justice to this movie. It is absolutely hilarious! Now the theatre was full of computer geeks and nerds (arguably the target audience) but it's continuous laugh out loud funny full of sci-fi references, politically incorrect comedy, toilet humour and a plethora of geekerific references, it's almost a game trying to identify them.
As usual Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play awkward, socially retarded singletons, this time they have decided to visit Comic-con (geek mecca) followed by a tour of famous american UFO sites. This trip starts with the hapless duo stumbling across Paul, an extraterrestrial played by (and they couldn't have found a better fit for this role) Seth Rogan. Paul has just escaped from a top secret military facility. Paul is loud, obnoxious, fun loving, philosophical, rude, crude and highly indecent but shit he's funny! The rest of the movie is a chase flick slash comedy of errors and misfortunes, Feds (jason Bateman and Sigourney Weaver) are hot on the trail, as is the fanatical bible belt father of the young woman they accidentally kidnap.
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a very long time. Look out for cameos from Jane Lynch, Jeffery Tambor and Steven Spielberg. I have to give this a solid 4.5/5 and that's only because I don't believe anythings perfect.
Thanks to Toshiba New Zealand & Rialto Cinemas. You guys Rock!
Now to be completely honest this may be slightly biased due to the fact that I love anything with Johnny Depp.
I wasn't expecting miracles from this installment of the Pirates franchise, as we all know sequels tend to be a bit of a let down, but I was at least expecting entertainment, and that's exactly what I got. Enough action to keep my attention, enough (relatively weak) sub plots to again keep my attention, more beautifully generated effects, costumes and sets and enough Jack Sparrow to keep the Depp fan inside of me happy (although it's difficult to get enough of Jack Sparrow)
The thin plot revolves around The British, the Spanish and Jack Sparrow and Co. racing to find the elusive fountain of youth. There's love and treachery, fighting, fantasy and magic including mermaids & little ships in bottles, and of course the comedy that is Jack Sparrows character.
I'm certainly not going to rave about this, I'm not expecting Oscar nominations and I'm not even sure I'd get too excited about seeing this on the big screen, but all in all it's a good entertaining movie and thought it was good enough to buy movie tickets but I wouldn't hold it against you if you waited for the DVD/Blu-ray. I suppose I should have some sort of rating system for these reviews so I give it a a solid 3 out of 5 (honest bias included)