Thor: Ragnarok: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #10

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I was urged by my friend Tom to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople. After all, he did recommend Baby Driver and that was incredible. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was hilarious, so when I found out Taika Waititi was taking on the God of Thunders next film, I was excited about the comedic route that would be taken. It’s fair to say that Ragnarok fulfilled my expectations.

From kiwi director Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the Thor franchise and the 17th cinematic instalment in the MCU. Thor and Loki meet their sister, Hela, for the first time, who unleashes hell on their home of Asgard. She exiles them to Sakaar where they must escape and get back to Asgard to prevent Ragnarok, the end of everything.

Personally, I had a blast watching Ragnarok. Marvel have been adding comedy to their movies for quite some time, and it has worked in a few places. The closest to Ragnarok’s level of comedy was Ant-Man and had Edgar Wright remained as the director, it may have actually won funniest Marvel movie in my opinion. Taika Waititi directs this instant hit and is the perfect director for Ragnarok. He has a unique style in his films that slotted neatly into the movie. Chris Hemsworth returns to play the titular character, but we see a more innocent and funny side to Thor in Ragnarok. He’s lost Mjolnir and is partially on a journey of self-discovery. When Thor feels he can’t fight without Mjolnir, Odin appears in a vision to say that Thor isn’t the God of Hammers, but the God of Thunder. That’s something Ragnarok did perfectly. It rips away all the irrelevant parts of Thor, like Jane and his home (even though that’s what he’s fighting for) and even his hammer to focus on what Thor really is. The God of Thunder. It was incredible to see him like this, and I see this is as Chris Hemsworth’s best performance as Thor. Speaking of incredible, Hulk was just that! He had a nice character arc. Like in other Marvel films, we see Bruce Banner struggling between his human form and being the Hulk. We have Banner having been in Hulk form for 2 years, then transform back into Banner with some help from Thor. One thing that irritated me was the fight between Thor and Hulk, but I’ll get to that later. Tom Hiddleston returns to play Loki, Thor’s half-brother. Hiddleston plays Loki with the perfect blend of mischief and seriousness and was a great character. The role of the Valkyrie was played by Tessa Thompson. She was fantastic! The Valkyrie was a stubborn character who had evidently been hurt and wanted to leave the past behind. Thompson did this perfectly and brought a hint of badassery to this role. Jeff Goldblum plays the Grand Master, the leader of Sakaar where Thor, Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie try to escape from. He brought the same Goldblum spark as he usually does to films, but I found him more hilarious than others thought. It was the little things he did, like a reaction to Valkyrie stroking his face, or getting excited over something, that had me in fits of laughter. My only criticism is that he was quite monotone as a character and somewhat dull in places.  Thor and the Revengers face off against their half-sister and Goddess of Death, Hela. She was played by Cate Blanchett who evidently had great fun playing this character and she was brilliant at Hela. The best character had to go to Taika Waititi’s Korg. Anytime you mention this film, people talk more about Korg than anything else. He was so hilarious and entertaining, and I would have loved to have seen more from him.

Ragnarok’s music was pretty good. The use of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ was featured in the trailers and twice in the film, and so it did get a little repetitive. The funky-sounding music when the Grandmaster meets Thor was awesome and futuristic. That’s all I really can remember about the music, but overall it was good!

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Asgardians of the Galaxy

The story and plot were indeed interesting but was not the best. I mean, the way the whole film was executed through the direction and acting was superb, but the plot itself seemed formulaic. It was like the protagonist must assemble a team to fight and stop a force of evil. We’ve seen this in most comic book movies, from Avengers to Justice League. Some movies actually do it better than others, and Ragnarok was definitely one of them. Waititi’s direction was amazing. He brought comedy to the MCU and the film had a comic book feel to it. One thing that was both awesome yet a little disappointing for me was the Hulk vs Thor fight. It was teased in both trailers and it was thrilling to see it happen, especially as Thor didn’t have Mjolnir to his advantage. So during this long-anticipated fight, we see Thor unlocking his true thunder powers, and it’s fantastic to see a fair fight, that actually looks like something out of a comic book, coming to life on the silver screen between these to mighty warriors. And Hulk wins. This was infuriating! Hulk may have won, but it was unfair! Thor was zapped and weakened by the Grand Master and the shocker on his neck. Had Thor continued without being zapped, we would have seen who was truly stronger between the two.

There were a few favourite moments from this film. First off, any scene with Korg is immediately a favourite. Korg was the gift that keeps on giving! The two battles with Thor and ‘Immigrant Song’ were Thor-some! I preferred the second one as we saw Thor unleashing his true abilities and it was badass. Meeting the Grandmaster was good fun, Jeff Goldblum was hilarious as this character. The escape from Sakaar was good fun to watch too.

Thor: Ragnarok gets an 8.9/10 from me. It’s personally my favourite MCU film and I had a blast watching this movie. Taika Waititi directed this masterpiece with the perfect balance of comedy and action, which made it more enjoyable. And the comedy was actually funny! Brilliant job on this film, Waititi!

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The Lobster: Ryan’s Movies Reviews #9

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews. This review will contain spoilers, theories and also some adult themes.

Since I started the blog, a friend called Jack has been urging me to review ‘The Lobster’. He and I are both fans of weird movies, so I told him to watch ‘Her’ in exchange for me watching ‘The Lobster’. From what I’d heard, both films were similar, and I found both entertaining yet somewhat disturbing.

With Yorgos Lanthimos as director and with a cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux and John C Reilly, The Lobster is a dark comedy set in a dystopian society, where people visit a hotel to find a romantic partner. They have 45 days to find a lover, and if they fail to do so will be turned into an animal of their choice.

Honestly, this film was weird. From the opening of shooting the donkey to the maid checking David’s daily erection rate, this film is packed with moments that will make you laugh and cringe. The expositional voice of Rachel Weisz made the world seem quite systematic and bleak. Colin Farrell plays David, a man who arrives at the hotel with his dog (who was previously his brother) seeking companionship. If you can’t tell already, the animal of his choice is a lobster, claws why not? (yes, that was a pun, and yes it was terrible). I think Colin Farrell was great for the role, he had some depth and was a fun character. Ben Whishaw played the limping man, who wished to find love with a girl who also had a limp. He later fakes a nosebleed to charm a girl who frequently has nosebleeds. He was an interesting and quite pessimistic character. Nosebleed girl was played by Jessica Barden, and I personally found her character hilarious. Rachel Weisz played the short-sighted woman, who was a weird and entertaining character. I liked her character revelation of her as the narrator. For me, the best character goes to John C Reilly’s lisping man. He was amazing! I found his scenes highly entertaining, his lisp was great (Samuel L Jackson did it better in Kingsman but anyway) and he was a lovable and interesting character.

The music in The Lobster was mixed for me. At some points, it was perfect for the scenes where it was used. The use of classical instruments was beautiful and it added an eerie element to the film. At other times it seemed more suited for something in a psychological thriller. I found the use of slo-mo really rather pointless. It seemed random and put in for comedic purposes yet failed to make me laugh.

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Looking for love…

The idea of a dystopian society where if you can’t find love, you get turned into an animal is certainly a smart one. I found a few scenes weird, but they also made me laugh. For instance, when John C Reilly was caught masturbating and was punished, this scene had me in fits of laughter. The scene where the maid comes into David’s room for his daily erection test was disturbing. It was unexpected and just so awkward to watch. When David’s dog brother is killed, it did bring a tear to my eye, because we actually saw the bloody dog carcass. It felt unnecessary and made me slightly uncomfortable, even though I quite enjoy gore in movies. I guess it’s because I’m still quite young, but I find sex and references to sex in cinema quite weird. David and the short-sighted woman develop a communication code with their bodies to explain what they feel, so sticking the right hand in the air would mean ‘I love you’ and the left hand behind the back means ‘I want you to f**k me in the arse’. As funny as this was, it was also quite awkward. One of the best scenes was the silent dance in the woods. Everyone had headphones in and bopped strangely to music. This scene was perfect as it was completely silent and the dancing was amusing to watch especially the maid’s dancing. The ending was actually pretty awesome. From a movie that was pretty weird, it was actually beautiful. We are left with a cliffhanger, did David cut his eyes so he could be blind with the now blind short-sighted woman? Did David run from the scene and the now blind short-sighted woman never hear him again? Or did David pretend to the now blind short-sighted woman that he made himself blind to be with her when he wasn’t? Such a great ending that I loved!

The Lobster gets a 7.3/10 from me. As enjoyable and hysterical as it was at times to watch, I found myself slightly creeped out and cringing in some weird and disturbing. Maybe dark movies aren’t for me!

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Coco: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #8

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! Just as a heads up, this review may contain a few spoilers or may reference them, but Coco is an amazing film and having seen spoilers will not ruin the review for you.

One type of film that’s becoming increasingly popular with both studios and audiences is films that shed light on other cultures. We’ve seen this in a few big films, like The Big Sick, but animation has always tackled this idea of stories from other cultures. Disney has done this since the beginning of time, taking on stories from Arabia (Aladdin), China (Mulan), Greece (Hercules), and the list goes on! The most recent addition to this is Coco, focussing in on Mexican culture surrounding the Day of the Dead, or El Dia de Los Muertos.

From Lee Unkrich, director of Finding Nemo and Toy Storys 2, 3 and 4, comes the story of Miguel, a young guitarist trying to be a musician despite his family’s long-held ban on music. He travels to the dead realm where he befriends Hector. The two friends go on a quest to discover the truth about Miguel’s family ban on music and his family history. The movie features the voices of Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Alanna Ubach.

For a kid’s/family movie, Coco was highly entertaining and the comedy used in the film was perfect. The opening told via the bunting was a nice little introduction to the film, and it was sweet how the film ended similarly too. The use of colour in the film was phenomenal, some of Disney’s best. As a kid who grew up loving Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, it was pleasant to see a film that was classic Disney. The animation was beautiful and I genuinely felt like a child watching the film. Miguel was a fun character to follow, and his passion for music was evident, and his barrier from music was logical. Dante served as the animalistic comic relief character. For an animal that didn’t talk, he was pretty funny, but that was literally it. He served as the comic relief who made us laugh but didn’t really help in any other way.

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Coco teaches kids a strong and valuable lesson and family and tradition. To me, it’s very Lee Unkrich to have that in a film. Finding Nemo certainly has it, as does Coco. I think one thing that does change as you grow up and watch Disney movies is the message that it gives you. As a child in Coco, you’d be laughing at Dante and some other comedic parts, but as you get older and have learnt more about life, you realise more of the message and meaning of the film. Personally, no one can make films like that other than Disney. Sure, Dreamworks may do it here and there, but this is something that Disney is quite notorious for and executed perfectly every time.