Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Film Title: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Summary: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Pros:
Cast and Characters. There are a lot of characters in this movie who we know and love from the previous two movies. I’m not going to particularly talk about them all because while they’re cool, they’re not as important to me as the ones I will talk about.
  • Jay Baruchel as Hiccup. I’ve always thought his voice was a little weird, but it works for this character. Hiccup is the new chief of Berk and the initial trainer of dragons. He has big dreams for his people, he wants them to save all the dragons, but he also knows that their home has become a bigger target, so he intends to find this Hidden World, his father spoke of, and move them all there to live in harmony away from other humans who want to hunt dragons. In this movie, he has a lot of growing up to do, but not in the “be a man” type of growing he’s had to do in the past, but more along the lines of “there are hard choices to make that will be painful but they have to be in the best interest of those you love” kind of choices. I think his arc has come full circle beautifully in this film. I love Hiccup. He is such a likable character and you want him to succeed but you also know he’s going to have a hard time of it.
  • Toothless. He is not voiced by a person but Toothless is just as important as Hiccup. Toothless is like a brother to Hiccup more so than a pet or anything like that. In the first movie he’s the last of his kind and no one knows anything about them or what they really look like. When Hiccup brings him down, he loses a tail wing, so he can’t fly but Hiccup helps him and Toothless does his own thing. Eventually though they become friends and Toothless is a ride or die. In this movie, he is still the Alpha from the last movie and it’s clear that he and Hiccup are mostly on the same page but when he sees the Light Fury (that’s what Astrid called her), he’s into her because Night Furies mate for life and its super cute. Toothless is adorable and hilarious to watch and his emotions are so clear on his face that it’s like dialogue, but we just don’t need it for him. I love Toothless.
  • America Ferrera as Astrid. She is badass okay. She is an excellent fighter and in this one, Hiccup’s fiancée. She is a strong woman on her own but also in support of Hiccup who probably leans on her more than he does anyone else (other than Toothless). She is also willing to follow him and support him and speak up and question him when she’s not sure of his plans. She clearly loves his ingenuity and passion for his people and the dragons and it’s great to see how she looks at him (kudos to the animators who worked on her). America Ferrera’s voice works well in this character, it’s light and welcoming but when she’s being fierce you know she’ll kick butt, not to mention, the way she says certain dialogue pieces work so well.
  • F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel the Grisly. He is a dragon hunter and he’s after Toothless. I mean… who isn’t lol? But this was a good villain. All the villains in these movies, the main ones, have been really good and his intention is not to necessarily rid the world of dragons but to finish what he started all those years ago with the Night Furies. I liked that he didn’t have such big ambitions, he knew his advantages and he used them. The voice work was also great for his character.
Supporting Characters.
Cate Blanchett as Valka. Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch. Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson. Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman. Kristen Wiig and Justin Rupple as Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston. Kit Harington as Eret. Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast. They all reprise their roles from the first two films and their characters are still hilarious, the voice acting is good and the moments with Gerard Butler and a young Hiccup played by A.J Kane are sweet moments.
Beautiful Animation. I think DreamWorks has beautiful animation in general for their movies, minus Shark Tale (shudders), but this movie is so beautiful because the Hidden World in general is such a feast for the eyes. I really wish I saw this in IMAX or something because I feel like it would have done it justice. But the characters look even better than before, the animation for Toothless and the Light Fury is clearly handled with care, even if Toothless looks like Stitch lol. Even the villain had such an interesting look and the animation on his facial expressions were great.
Emotional Story. Listen, I pretty much had tears in my eyes the entire time but the last act of the film I cried. This is such a good trilogy with such a strong story arc and an emotional crux in Hiccup and Toothless’ relationship that you are so invested in their bond.
Friendship between Hiccup and Toothless. Going off the last point, one of the strongest things about the movie, about all the movies, is the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless. We are invested the moment Hiccup puts his hand out and turns away to allow Toothless to make the final move. You know that iconic moment…
52fy
But once that moment happens, you are invested in their bond. They both have gone through hell to save and love the other, it’s such a great brotherhood, friendship shown on screen. Probably one of the best in a long time. So, to see that continue and grow even more, with lessons being learned by both characters in different ways is such a treat.
Hiccup and Astrid. Another strong relationship in the movie is the one between Hiccup and Astrid. In the first movie, we see their friendship bloom and grown and the second one it’s a romantic relationship. In this one, it’s been a year since the last film, and their relationship is even stronger. She trusts him and believes in him wholeheartedly, but she also is willing to be the one to help him to talk things out and to make Hiccup think through his problems and give him a firm hand. I love the fact that Hiccup’s mother gives Astrid advice on how to work on being there for Hiccup and while it’s a “supporting” role, she’s still very much in the forefront because she’s the one he leans on. I loved that about them.
Cons:
I don’t particularly have specific cons and I was trying to figure out if anything really stood out to me that wasn’t as good as everything else and I settled on the fact that the movie is great overall and a great ending, but it was predictable. I knew what was going to happen and I was prepared for it because it’s emotional, but I totally called it from the beginning. I think it’s hard to close out such an interesting story with interesting leads in Hiccup and Toothless and it not feel weaker than some of the other elements. Not to mention, the stakes didn’t seem nearly as high or the tension wasn’t fully realized as it wanted it too. In the first movie, being that the villain was Hiccup’s dad, kind of and the other adults made it much more personal for Hiccup. While this villain’s intention was to get Toothless, it’s been that way for each movie so it’s a little old.
Overall, I love this entire trilogy and I think Hidden World was a fantastic ending to a basically perfect trilogy. The characters are still great, mostly the main three in Hiccup, Toothless and Astrid (the others are fine but mostly comic relief). I think the growth in both Hiccup and Toothless has been a joy to watch and the animation remains beautiful. Oh, and the music is glorious. It’s such an experience to see on the big screen. The Hidden World alone is such a treat for the eyes. I love the emotional story because this is the end of the trilogy and they must go out on a bang. I cried y’all. A LOT. I love the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless because the movie, all of them, have banked on that relationship and it’s so strong that it’s more than just a friendship, it’s a brotherhood. I also really enjoyed the strong relationship between Hiccup and Astrid… relationship goals! My minor issue if that I think the plot lacks tension and stakes like it wanted to build. The villain was a good one and I liked that he didn’t have these huge motives, but I never really felt that he was going to be this huge threat. You know? I mean it’s been the same motive for each movie. In the end, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a great ending to a great story!
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy? Have you seen The Hidden World yet? Check it out and tell me if it’s worthy to be considered one of the best trilogies of all time? I would think so.
Thanks for reading!
Advertisements

Movie Review: Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Screenshot-2018-11-29-at-2.13.02-PM-750x350
Summary: A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.
Pros:
Cast and Characters. The voice over cast is extremely good. I didn’t know who was in the movie before I watched it so I wasn’t really placing anyone. I then noticed Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch were in the movie and then I figured out who they were lol.
  • Rohan Chand as Mowgli. First of all, this kid is adorable. Extremely. I thought he did very well in the movie. There were a few times where it wasn’t coming through exactly like in the emotional moments but overall, I thought he managed to push through it. I like the moments where he’s quiet and he’s just watching because he has very expressive eyes. Some of my favorite moments was when he just got into the man village and he was learning everything, the camera would just watch him as he watched and learned and it was really beautiful. I also thought he did very well with reacting to the animals around him, showing his fear, his anger and the emotional bits. As I said, it didn’t always hit but I thought he did very well. He was very sympathetic.
  • Christian Bale as Bagheera. He is a black panther who finds Mowgli after his family was killed and takes him to the wolves. He becomes one of Mowgli’s mentors and friends. We also learn from him that he was born in human custody. Bagheera is kind and caring and while he believes in Mowgli, he’s also worried about him when it comes to living in the jungle with Shere Khan on the loose. Bagheera often makes choices that would protect Mowgli even if it seems harsh at the time. I knew I recognized his voice when I first started watching the movie, I think Christian Bale is great at voice overs (Howl’s Moving Castle anyone?) and his voice is so soft with honey like tones in the movie that it really works. There’s a great scene where Mowgli and Bagheera are talking about Bagheera’s history and it was a moving scene.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan. He is a crippled Bengal tiger and Mowgli’s arch-enemy. He’s ruthless and will do anything to get what he wants. I think with him being crippled (his front right paw is like bent back so he can’t walk on the pad of his paw). Benedict Cumbersnatch is good at voice acting, he’s played many a villain in motion capture. I thought the voice he put on for the character was sinister.
Supporting Characters. There are a lot of side characters, some whose names I didn’t retain but there are a few who might not constantly be in the film but they have important roles.
  • Cate Blanchett as Kaa. She is a python and a seer. She is the main narrator of the film and it seems that she is on Mowgli’s side. We see her mainly twice, once where she saves Mowgli and then another time when he goes to her and she shows him some important information. I guess she could be a “mentor” but she’s not around enough for me to really say that. Cate Blanchett is always a win and her voice is amazing as always.
  • Andy Serkis as Baloo. He’s not the Baloo we know from the Disney movies, but a grisly, drill sergeant teacher. His face has a lot of scars showing his life, which was cool, but he looked a little odd. We did get to see him fight a few times which was cool. I don’t think he and Mowgli had a relationship that rivaled what we’ve seen before but the role he played, where he encouraged Mowgli to be at his best. One of my favorite parts was during the Running and he freaked out on Bagheera because of what he did. Andy Serkis is always great in motion capture and he’s great here too.
Dark and Gritty. I’ve never read the book, it’s on my list and I don’t know the tone of the story but this is very different from the Disney versions which director Andy Serkis made clear. For one thing, Baloo is this grisly mentor instead of a happy-go-lucky friend. Also, with the hunter and how Mowgli ends up deciding between the village and the jungle that was pretty intense. The monkey scene as well, there isn’t a King Louis but the monkeys end up knocking him out while dragging him to their hideout, and Shere Khan leaves this giant scar down Mowgli’s arm… I mean it’s also a little bloody. I quite enjoyed it though. I also think there was a little more at stake here in that Shere Khan was doing things that would break jungle law. The Hunter storyline in general and what we learn about Bagheera.
Bagheera and Mowgli. I didn’t want to compare this to Disney’s The Jungle Book (2015) but in this case I kind of have too. In both Disney versions, one of the biggest praises is the friendship that Mowgli has with both Bagheera and Baloo. Obviously, they are on two different levels with Baloo being the fun-loving friend and Bagheera being the protective one, but this movie does it a little differently. Baloo and Mowgli aren’t really friends at all, but he and Bagheera are and I thought the relationship they had was beautiful. Bagheera truly cared about him and did everything he could to protect him even if it came off in the wrong way. The scene by the cage, that is one of my favorite scenes.
The Man-Village. This might be a little spoilery, but meh lol. I really enjoyed the scenes in the man village. Mowgli wakes up in a cage and just watches everything around him and we see how some of the people react to him as he is a little jungle baby. Then when we finally see him out and about in the village, there’s a great scene between him and Frida Pinto as she washes him and teaches him the ways of the village. There’s not a lot of dialogue that goes on while he’s there, mostly because he doesn’t understand their language (though I wonder since he understands the animals, can other humans understand them or how that works. I mean, it’s fine but I’m curious). Then they have a Festival of Colors and I want to go so bad lol, but it was great and to see him fall into it and enjoy himself. It was great. I really liked all of that stuff.
Cons:
Shere Khan’s Motives. I guess he doesn’t really need any but I’ve always thought the idea of him killing humans just to kill them was lame. I mean, sure, it’s a villain move, but he’s so hellbent on getting Mowgli because he missed him the first time without an actual cause? It doesn’t make for a very interesting villain personally. He keeps doing things that breaks the law of the jungle… but why? He didn’t necessarily need to say why, but it would have been nice to discover that.
A Little Too Dark. There were a lot of times in the movie where I couldn’t see what was going on. I shouldn’t have to adjust my TV’s brightness for the movie to be seen. It was really annoying a few times so I just had to shrug it off.
Weird CGI. I don’t think all of the animals looked that great. It was cool that they had scars and battle wounds ya know, they’ve lived in the jungle but some of them looked scary and not in a good way. I think particularly the wolves and Baloo didn’t look great.
Rushed In the Last Act. I prefer the first half definitely because I thought it was pretty well paced but the last half flew through the story. I liked the stuff in the village, especially when he was in the cage, but once he finds that stuff with Lockwood, it just goes so fast that it feels so different from the first half. His standoff with Shere Khan was so quick I was like… meh.
Overall, I quite enjoyed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungleand I tried not to compare it to Disney’s version in 2015 and yes, it’s very different. I thought most of the characters were interesting, particularly Mowgli, Shere Khan and Bagheera. All of the motion capture and voice over acting was handled really well and I thought Christian Bale really portrayed the character of Bagheera in an interesting, compelling and sympathetic way. I will also give Rohan Chand his props for playing Mowgli. This is his first leading role and I thought he handled himself really well, he’s really great to watch. I enjoyed the dark and gritty tone in that it felt like there were actual things at stake, the hunter storyline, the kind of frightening images and of course the monkey stuff lol. I also really loved the storyline between Bagheera and Mowgli, they seemed a lot closer in this version and it allowed them to have a different kind of relationship that was really emotional. The man village scene was beautiful, without the dialogue it really helps just watch Mowgli grow immersed. Now, I did have a problem with how dark the movie looked in that I couldn’t tell what was going on. The CGI wasn’t always the best. The last act was extremely rushed  after what I thought was nice pacing in the first two acts. Also, Shere Khan’s motives were kind of meh. I get it but meh. But it’s worth the watch if you love The Jungle Book.
Rating: 3.59 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle? If not, you should check it out, it’s worth the watch especially if you love The Jungle Book. If you have seen it, let me know your thoughts down below and let’s discuss!
Thanks for reading and be sure to like and follow this blog for more movie reviews!

Movie Review: Ocean’s 8 (2018)

oceans 10644.dng

I have actually never seen any of the other Ocean’s movies. I know, I know. They’ve always been on my list, but I just never got around to them. So, now that I’ve seen this and let me say up front, I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!! I think they’ve been bumped up a bit. So with that said, I don’t have any frame of reference nor can I compare this to the others.
Summary: Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
Pros:
Cast and Characters. It’s actually kind of funny how I went with two my best friends and we were sitting there assigning who would be who from our friend group in the movie. It was a mutual agreement that I was Debbie Ocean but don’t worry, nothing’s safe. I mean, everything’s safe. There are a lot of characters in the film, but I’m only going to touch on the main women of the film.
  • Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean. She starts out the film getting released from jail on parole, she lets us know in the beginning what she plans on doing when she’s released. She is Danny Ocean’s estranged sister and a professional thief as it runs in the family. She is a planner, she is particular, quick on her feet, and a natural leader. I mean, what she does when she gets out of jail was amazing. AMAZING. She gets the plan started, and she is so in control it’s kind of inspiring lol. She recruits the others and has the ability to get them to believe in her plan, and to get them to follow her when they really could have said no. Nothing bothers her, she is so under control, that even when things don’t seem to go as planned, she either has planned for that, or she regroups so it can go according to plan. Sandra Bullock was great, she’s always great, LOOKS great. She was so suave in the role, like a natural and she had such great chemistry with EVERYONE ON SCREEN!!
  • Cate Blanchett as Lou. She is Debbie’s best friend and partner in crime, she is the first person that Debbie goes to once she’s out of jail and it’s clear that they’ve been friends for a long time and Lou trusts Debbie. There are maybe two times when she doubts the plan, but she always comes back around because of Debbie’s unwavering confidence. She is literally the right hand, and while she’s not like super hands on with the main plot when we actually get to the Met Gala, it’s clear that the job she has, no one else but her could do it. Cate Blanchett is always great. She had great friendship chemistry with Sandra Bullock, they worked so well together and just the choices she made for the character, with how COOL she was, from how she walked, to how she sat, or reacted to her friend’s ideas. If I saw her walking down the street, I would go “Wow, she’s so cool”.
  • Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger. She is a celebrity, I’m assuming either an actress or a model, but someone important as everyone knows her and she’s the face for a lot of things. She partly the target of the heist and her character is just a mean, selfish and that “typical celebrity” and I think Anne Hathaway just has so much fun in this role because she gets to be so dramatic. A good amount of humor comes from her as she’s just ridiculous but so much fun to watch. I don’t care what anyone says, I love Anne Hathaway.
  • Mindy Kaling as Amita. She is a jewelry maker, who is single and still living with her mother and working in her mother’s employ. She is ready to be out on her own, and she takes the opportunity to get from under her mother’s thumb. Now, I do think she knew Debbie previously, I don’t think we learn how exactly, but they know each other which helps when it came to her trusting Debbie. I think she really gets to do some fun stuff when she’s with Helena Bonham Carter looking at the necklace.
  • Sarah Paulson as Tammy. Poor thing, she is a suburban mom with I think three children, who are just some evil little things. One was just kicking a ball inside, the other whining about being hungry (but like… I WANT IT NOW type thing) and the youngest who wasn’t so evil. But she is bored in her life and at first refuses but considering what she has in her garage (lol), she gets involved and she actually has a pretty large role in the heist. A lot of their intel banked on her and she played her role really well. Sarah Paulson is also always a win and she was great. She has this innocent demeanor about her in the film, no matter what she was doing, I would always trust her face.
  • Awkwafina as Constance. Lou finds her working some people on the streets of New York and she gets involved after they tell her plan. She is a thief/pickpocket, sleight of hand in ways and she is pretty funny. She has a pretty big job in the heist, even though it’s probably the quickest. I only saw her in Neighbor’s 2: Sorority Risingand she was okay then, but I very much enjoyed her in this. She was a joy to watch, she was energetic, funny and I couldn’t help but watch what she would do in a scene with the others because she was always reacting.
  • Rihanna as Nine Ball. She is a technical genius and her real name is a secret. To be fairly honest, she was pretty much Rihanna which is probably why I enjoyed her so much because Rihanna is fun. She is a master hacker and is pretty much the best at all computers and she show her prowess so much throughout the film. She has a great scene when she is researching about this guy on Facebook, that entire scene was hilarious and pretty much one of my friend’s in a nutshell lol, especially if she was a master hacker lol.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil. She is a fashion designer and one of the first ones they recruit for their heist. She is awkward, and her designs have been a bit laughable for most people in recent years, but as she is designing Daphne’s dress for the gala, everyone is curious. She is a bit awkward lol, but she gets the job done and she creates a beautiful look for Daphne, I mean really, it’s beautiful. Helena Bonham Carter was great in the role, I can’t even think of someone who I would have chosen instead. She plays kooky very well.
The Fashion. Sarah Edwards does the costume design in the film, and I looked her up to see what else she might have done and it’s not really that impressive but THIS MOVIE RIGHT HERE! Literally everyone’s outfits were amazing. All of Sandra Bullock’s outfits I wanted. Cate Blanchett looked FANTASTIC and then everyone in their Met Gala outfits at the end, everyone looked so beautiful. I just can’t. If you think this movie is dumb, that’s fine, but it has to be acknowledged that the fashion was absolutely amazing. I love watching movies like this, where the people look great doing what they do. Everyone had their own style, it fit their characters and was amazing.
The Team. I liked that even if the women came together to commit a crime, they trusted each other. There were no moments of cattiness. When Debbie first met Nine Ball and Constance, she was skeptical, I mean they are the youngest of the group, but after her initial wariness about them, they became a team. There was trust, there was humor and teasing but nothing that made me think they didn’t like each other. I’m interested to see if they will keep the same group in the next one. They should so we can see them become more of a friendship.
It’s Hilarious. It’s very clever, witty and funny. It’s not always the dialogue, sometimes it’s just a character making an expression in a scene, them reacting which is great. A lot of the dialogue is funny, but it also can be attributed to the actor’s comedic timing. Of course, James Corden shows up in the last act of the movie and he’s a joy to watch, Rihanna was actually really great as well.
Looks Beautiful. The direction and the cinematography were both very good in the film. There were some really cool transitions throughout the film and it has a very smooth and crisp look. If anything, this film knows how to give you a movie that looks good, with characters who also look good.
Cons:
The Friendship. So, while I think they worked well together and didn’t become catty towards each other, I don’t think the movie ever really allows them to really be together. Yes, they become a team and yes, they work well together, but we never really see them become friends other than the clear friendship between Debbie and Lou. Even Tammy who they seemed to know, didn’t really get to feel like friends with Debbie and Lou. I hope, if there are more films, that they allow the women to really become friends.
The Script. Even though I haven’t seen the others, I do think this script is pretty weak. I mean, the biggest praise is probably the characters and enjoying watching them plan the heist but the story itself is weak, and lacking and I’m sure that there are moments where people will check out because it’s not that engaging outside of the whole heist aspect. They try to make that the most important but with the other stuff around it, it’s kind of… meh. Ya know?
The Last Act. It’s always more fun to see the set up and the heist than after the heist. I do have to say that the last act is probably the weakest in the film. As soon as the heist is over, it does slow down quite a bit and kind of feels like a bit of a different film, even though it’s still enjoyable to watch.
Overall, I really liked Ocean’s 8. It was a lot of fun and I would definitely watch it again. All of the main women are likable, and I think people can see themselves in a character, or what role they would play if they were part of a team of criminals lol. I think they all work well together and that they become a great team who at least trust each other enough to get the job done. The movie also looks great, the transitions are cool and the film itself has a very smooth and clean look to it. It’s a really funny movie as well, all of the characters have moments when they get to be hilarious, some more than others, but I don’t think there isn’t a time where the humor doesn’t land. The fashion is also amazing, literally all of the clothes in this movie, gah so jealous of everything. The outfit that Debbie wears at the end of the film, those PANTS *swoons* so amazing. It’s a fun movie and harmless. My only real negatives are that while I think the actresses had great chemistry together, they didn’t really get the chance to become friends. I believe they became a team but not friends, since they didn’t really get a chance to just be together. I know they were planning a heist, but it’s always great to see the team become friends. I also think the last act is the weakest in that it feels weird compared to the rest of the movie, I’m glad that some of what happened happened as it’s realistic, but it just slowed the movie down. BUT if you’re looking for a fun, polished, fashionable movie, then definitely check out Ocean’s 8. 
Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Ocean’s 8? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts down below!
Don’t forget to like and follow this blog for more movie reviews! Also check out other reviews, creative writing postings and other thoughts!
Lastly, check out some of those Father’s Day gifts in the ads below. 😀

Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

thor-ragnarok-banner-3-1-600x372

Summary: 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.
Pros:
Cast and Characters. Most of these characters are new in this film, outside of the three we have been used to seeing. Highlighted here are definitely the lead standouts and a few of the supporting cast.
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor Odinson, and he is great. He definitely made this character into something special. In Thor, I liked him enough but he was probably one of the characters I cared about the least in The Avengers. However, I think I liked him the most in this movie because he felt like a real person. Yes, Thor is a bit untouchable considering he is a god and what not, but he still has to feel personal and this time I felt that he did. He’s still the mature Thor he became at the end of the first movie, but he obviously hasn’t given up his more light-hearted nature. I like that about him. I like that he can toe the line between being funny and being serious. It’s like he’s a good medium between Steve and Tony. In this movie, he doesn’t really have any lessons to learn but something to save instead and he really fights for it. I like it. Plus, I really like how sincere Thor always seems. Chris Hemsworth really knows this character and it’s easy to tell that he loves Thor and has fun portraying him.
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki. As always, Loki is fantastic and fun to watch. Tom Hiddleston owns this character. Loki isn’t in the film as much but whenever he is, he’s a presence that draws my eyes to him. Tom Hiddleston just lights up the screen as Loki. In this film, *minor spoilers if you haven’t seen The Dark World* he starts off as Odin considering how he faked his death in the last film and is living the life as “King” of Asgard. Thor ruins that plan and they go off to find Odin. Loki’s role in this movie is interesting. Thor usually reacts to him but he doesn’t do that a lot in this one and it seems to bother Loki in ways, being that has been their relationship for a long time. I find that aspect quite interesting and I would have liked to see more of it. Loki remains mischievous and rude lol but I still love him. Tom Hiddleston is still great in this role, so likable even though he’s still a douche.
  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. She starts the film as a tough, hard-drinking bounty hunter who works for the Grandmaster and goes by “Scrapper 142”. She used to be part of the Valkyrie army but has run from her past due to what happened when they went against Hela. She is gruff, a drunk and it’s quite funny to see her just down a huge bottle of alcohol and she’s so tiny compared to Chris Hemsworth (even Tom H. towers over her). I quite liked her. I think she is underused and underwritten in the film but Tessa Thompson did her thing with the role and I thought she managed to stand out quite a bit even though her role wasn’t that strong personally. I thought her accent was pretty good, she looked great in the world, I thought she had great comedic timing and great chemistry with both Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.
  • Mark Ruffalo as Hulk/Bruce Banner. When we first see Bruce, he is The Hulk and the champion of Sakaar. It’s “Perma-Hulk mode” (I totally looked that up) but he does talk a bit and it’s fragmented, like a child. It picks up from Avengers: Age of Ultron and I think this film allows for him to be seen as more than a mindless rage monster. Though I never really thought he came off as a rage monster in the Avengers films as he was able to understand what was going on. Mark Ruffalo is always great, I like the fact that we can see his face and mannerisms within The Hulk’s face and I think his Bruce Banner is a cute, neurotic nerd. He has great chemistry with Chris Hemsworth and his comedic timing is also great. To be honest, he’s not in it that much but whenever he is, I think he’s fun to see as The Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce is always endearing as well.
  • Cate Blanchett as Hela. Hela is released from her prison and wants to take over Asgard. Basically, she feels scorned and that it’s her right to be Queen. Cate Blanchett OWNS in this role, she is absolutely fantastic and she steals the scene every time she’s on-screen. Her outfit was amazing, her headdress is amazing and Cate Blanchett does such great body movements and eye-acting that I just could watch her all day. Hela has the ability to summon an infinite number of weapons which is cool in itself. I hope she is a Marvel villain who is around later on. I mean she is a Goddess.
Supporting Characters:
  • Anthony Hopkins as Odin. He’s not in the film very long. He has a great scene with both Thor and Loki in which he talks about their mother and life and it was an emotional, quiet moment between the three of them. We don’t get to see that much of the three of them together but when we do, it’s great. Odin is also shown sporadically throughout the film. Anthony Hopkins is always great and he plays Odin well, I thought he was great in the first film especially, but even here, he’s just so regal and quiet in this one.
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall. He is the all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry of the Bifrost. He doesn’t start off as the sentry in this film, which I assumed had something to do with the fact that Loki is posing as Odin (and Loki doesn’t like Heimdall and vice versa lol). In this film, he has a bit of his own arc, still a small role, but he has become more hands-on with what’s going on and when Hela invades, he takes it upon himself to try to save the people. I like Heimdall and I think Idris Elba is great in the role and I actually wish he had a larger role.
  • Karl Urban as Skurge. Definitely a small character, but he’s an Asgardian warrior who has taken on the role of guarding the Bifrost Bridge in Heimdall’s absence. I won’t spoil what happens with him in this film but I thought he had the chance to be really cool and I like Karl Urban but I feel like he was underused and underwritten.
The Action. Of course being a Marvel Studios film, there have to be great action set pieces and this movie is no exception. There are some really great ones. At the beginning when Thor is in Muspelheim, he has a great fight scene with the minions there. Of course, his fight scene with Hulk at the stadium is big, fun and fantastic. Hela’s first scene in Asgard is shot so beautifully, that my jaw was dropped the entire time. Of course, the fights at the end are also great. I think everything is shot so the viewer can actually see what’s going on. There isn’t any shaky cam, no weird (Dutch) angles, nothing going on that prevents you from seeing the action.
The Chemistry of Characters. Since this movie requires certain characters to team up, including new ones, the chemistry is always important. All of the actors worked very well together, but I’m going to only highlight the ones that are the most noticeable.
  • Thor & Loki. Of course, they are always great. Their antagonistic relationship as brothers is always so interesting. Honestly, I’d really just watch an entire movie that talked about the Odinson family because they’re so interesting. I love how they tease each other, how they argue with each other (and totally mean what they say) and when they come together and work together. It’s always so sweet.
  • Thor & Bruce/The Hulk. This, of course, is a big part of the film as well. We see Thor interact a lot with The Hulk, which in itself is interesting considering how they fought in the first Avengers film. Then when he has to interact with Bruce, we never really see the two of them talk so to see that happen was also great. Two characters who weren’t involved in Civil War, get to have their own “buddy cop” film. I thought they had really good chemistry with each other and they’re both really funny.
  • Thor & Valkyrie. So I thought what was building here was interesting. She’s the one who delivers him to the Gamemaster so in the beginning, their interactions were antagonistic and they were often arguing. However, I thought they had really good chemistry, it would develop into a nice friendship. I really liked how he was encouraging for her and while she was encouraging for him, she wasn’t necessarily nice. It was cool lol.
The Humor. It’s important to note that this movie is funny, I’ll talk about this more in the cons as well. I laughed and I enjoyed myself. Chris Hemsworth has fantastic comedic timing and I think it’s great that Marvel Studios allowed him to utilize that in Thor’s character, who can be very funny. It feels like a buddy cop movie in a lot of ways. The last few movies we saw with him, he was a bit more stoic and mature but this film allows him to be both that and lighthearted which I think is a good balance for his character. There needs to be someone in the Avengers group who is like that (outside of Spider-Man who technically isn’t an Avenger yet) and I think Thor is the best choice to be a balance of being mature but also being childish when he’s allowed. It fits him a bit more than just that stoic persona.
The Look of the Film/Cinematography. Oh man, this film looks so beautiful. Props definitely go to the director Taika Waititi and the cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe. This film has a significantly different look from Thor and Thor: The Dark World in that the colors definitely pop. I mean, have you seen that awesome poster?
mv5bmjmyndkzmzi1of5bml5banbnxkftztgwodcxodg5mji-_v1_uy1200_cr9006301200_al_
I first of all, really want this poster lol. But look at the colors in this thing. These colors are utilized in the film as well, especially when they are on Sakaar. The way Hela’s abilities are used on-screen and just her look is fantastic. I love how this film looks. It feels alive and vibrant compared to the sophistication of the first film and the dark, gritty look of the second film. Not to mention, we get to see a flashback of someone’s past and it’s like a painting, oh my goodness it’s so beautiful.
The costumes. I think all of the Thor films do well with the costumes, mostly when they’re on Asgard and since we hardly spend any time on Midgard (earth), most of the clothes aren’t “earthen”. Though I will mention that snazzy black suit that Loki wears in the first half (you’ll know what I speak of) when they’re on Earth and we do go to New York to see a previous MCU character. Anyway, I loved Thor’s look when he got his makeover on Sakaar, I think the short hair looks better on Hemsworth anyway. I don’t mind the longer wig compared to the short one from the first film. But I liked the look, the war paint, the torn cape, the short hair. It worked for him and it was a new direction for his character. I loved Hela’s entire look. I loved how she could turn her hair into her headdress, oh man, it was so awesome. I mean LOOK AT IT!
7ad1a0f4928769d770e539ab10caaa9361ec438b
Gosh, she looks amazing! Her oufit as well. It was skin tight (Cate Blanchett looked amazing in it too) and she moved like it was a second skin. Plus her CAPE! *dies* I thought Valkyrie also looked great. I wasn’t too thrilled about her second outfit but seeing it in action, it looks much better in the film then it did in pictures or the trailer. I think the attention to detail in her outfit really show that she used to live on Asgard but has taken a “darker” turn. I loved how she looked “darker” in her first outfit (right) but when she dons her Valkyrie uniform (left) she looks open but fierce.
thor-ragnarok-valkyrie-costume-changes-1019077
Also, I really liked Loki’s new look too. His helmet received an upgrade and I liked the outfit he wears for most of the film, especially that cape he wears. All of the costumes are always so beautiful! Grandmaster’s outfit! *Dies* Just so amazing!
The Music. Mark Mothersbaugh did the music for this film and I thought it was awesome!! Definitely a soundtrack I would have in my iTunes. The fact that “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) is actually used in the film and wasn’t just regulated to the trailers was awesome, I think it was used twice actually. Also “Pure Imagination” is during this great kind of “indoctrination” scene when Thor is taken to The Grandmaster and I cracked up hearing it during that scene. It reminded me of the tunnel scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The film is bold, colorful, fun and quirky, so the music fits it to a T.
Cons:
Weak Payoff. So, I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a spoiler review yet but the ending just felt weak to me. There was this big journey and there is a big fight, which I enjoyed, don’t get me wrong, but then it seemed like it didn’t go anywhere. We went on a road trip almost but the destination had a few really cool bumps but then it just ended. I felt dissatisfied with the ending.
The Villain. There might be minor spoilers here. While I thought Cate Blanchett was awesome in her role, I mean awesome, I didn’t think the villain was really anything special. At least like I wanted her to be. She came and she conquered but after that, it just fell flat. I don’t know what her ending technically was in this film, but it felt like maybe a setup for her to return later. So after the light show in the first half of the movie, she had some cool moments during the climax but then that was it. I get what she wanted, what she tried to do, her motives aren’t confusing, it just felt like she was a side note. We would see what she was doing, she would give a lot of exposition and then we’d jump right back to Thor and Bruce.
The Humor. So I always think humor is subjective so it’s hard to judge but while I thought this film was funny, I can imagine some people not liking that it’s funny or as funny as it is. Thor, especially in The Dark World, was a bit more somber and stoic. Even in both Avengers movies he wasn’t really there for laughs, I mean he had his one liners and moments (I love the scene where the Avengers are trying to pick up his hammer and Cap slightly moves it and Thor’s face hahaha) but nothing where he’s like funny. I can see where a lot of people would want to compare it to Guardians of the Galaxy and while I can see that, I didn’t really think about those movies while watching. I think they have two different kinds of humor. I would probably prefer to watch this over Guardians vol 2. But anyway, I got sidetracked, I do think some jokes were oddly placed, like they were in the wrong spot. I didn’t mind it, but it didn’t allow me to really catch my breath before something else funny happened. Sometimes, moments have to linger before a joke it put in there.
Overall, I really liked Thor: Ragnarök. I thought it was really fun, exciting and something different when it comes to the character of Thor who in the past, hasn’t really been shown this way. I think it’s great that we got to see Chris Hemsworth show his comedy chops in this movie. It shows that he loves this character, has made him his own, which I think makes Thor feel more human instead of “other”. I thought all of the actors worked well together, no one really out shined the others but whenever they were on screen, they stole the moment. The music was absolutely fantastic, it fit so well with the movie. I actually think it’s one of the best musical scores from a Marvel Studios movie, I enjoyed it so much. The film looked beautiful, just the attention to details, the colors, how characters looked on screen, including their costumes (shout out to Mayes C. Rubeo). The movie is very funny, lighthearted and makes Thor feel more accessible. However, it does have some flaws mostly in the villain in that she doesn’t have much of a presence. The threat doesn’t feel like it’s looming unless she’s on screen and even then, I really just want to look at her lol. The ending also felt a little weak to me, like the film had more to do, or maybe it’s Thor: Ragnarok part I and there is a part II coming… but it doesn’t. Overall, I really really liked this movie.
Rating: 4. 32 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Thor: Ragnarök? If so, what did you think of it? Where does it rank on your list if best Marvel Studios films (The MCU)?
Let me know in the comments below!
Don’t forget to like this review and FOLLOW this blog!
I saw this picture on google, and I liked it so I’m sharing it here! lol
152847
comicbookmovie.com