Thanks to work, I’ve only just caught up with Thor: Ragnarok – another solid seven out of ten film from Marvel Studios. One thing the film does do is highlight Marvel’s problem with comedy and how it undercuts any tension the movie may have.
I’m not saying that superhero movies shouldn’t make a single joke. In fact characters like Thor need to embrace the silliness of their premises but they need to do it in a way that still takes their stories seriously. Below the break I’ll have examples!
The only way to complete this mini Northern Lights/The Golden Compass series is to do a rewatch of the film and see if the concerns I had of the original trailer were unfounded. The short version is it is better than I remembered but does have a couple of major issues stopped it ever becoming a good film.
Beware spoilers for The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass below
I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.
Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!
Let’s start at the very beginning/a very good place to start
However when adapting/remaking/re-imagining a famous property it often isn’t. Last week I sat down to watch Emerald City, the Game of Thrones style TV remake of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is everything you’d expect from such a description (minus the pointless female nudity) yet the opening episode was often boring as the usual plot points came and went. Spoilers from here on out so click below to read more.
The last two films I saw at the cinema have been Eye in the Sky (which was brilliant) and Captain America: Civil War (also very good). On the surface both films seem very different but they actually looked at similar issues, just in very different ways.Eye in the Sky looks at the politics and regulations of drone missions and the effects they cause on local populations and the people who fly them while Captain America: Civil War is about whether the Avengers should be following regulations in their own missions after civilians are killed during a failed mission. To say anything more will involve spoilers for both movies so click continue reading if you want to continue reading… Continue reading →