Movie Review: Thor 3 – Ragnorak (Jilly’s POV)

Thor 3, AKA Ragnarok, was incredibly engaging and hard to tear my eyes from. It’s now in my top tier of MCU movies, beaten only by the first Guardians of the Galaxy. [pullquote position=”right”]Hemsworth’s slightly dim but mighty character is a joy, from his 4th wall-breaking open, to the mid-credit end, and the man’s got surprisingly perfect comedic timing. [/pullquote]Who knew? Turns out Hemsworth really can carry a movie on his muscular back, with more than raw beauty to show for it.

I wasn’t expecting too much going in, but admittedly the bar was so low with Thor 1 and 2 (especially 2). The director used Thor wisely in his 3rd, and presumably final, solo film. Although it’s essentially a buddy movie about Hulk, too. Just like Captain America 3: Civil War is basically an Avengers ensemble movie, right? It works.

Along these lines, I have a few alternate titles for Thor: Ragnarok that I think would work even better (unless you are a huge Norse Mythology fan). List whichever you prefer in the comments section:

  • Thor: God of Hammers
  • Thor: Gladiator Edition
  • Thor: The Funny One
  • Revengers (like the Avengers, with added dysfunction)
  • Hulk 2
  • Thor and Hulk: Road Trip to the Devil’s Anus

What’s unusual about this film are the villains. They aren’t bland meanies, like most superhero supervillans; they’re actually okay.  Damning with faint praise, I know. Cate Blanchett does a decent job with what she’s given (I sense there were more scenes left on the editing floor). The Ragnarok fire demon was fine – he wasn’t intended to be more than a burning lava monster, from cold open to the unusual climax. And Golblum isn’t even a “bad” guy — he’s just an amiable meglomaniac with a harem and God Complex. He reminded me of The Collector. I hope we see them both again.

I do feel bad for Hela…there could have been a lot more depth to her arc. I guess she needed to get in line for scene time after Loki and Odin and Heimdall (who, thankfully, had something to do this time around). I’d be super happy with a Heimdall movie, for reals. The man was wasted, although the teaser suggests more to come. Saying anything more would enter spoiler territory, so let’s just move along.

Finally, Loki was appropriately used, and is more understandable — this director “got” what the God Of Mischief is about. Loki is like the “Scorpion” in the parable with the fox (Google it) — it’s true to his nature to sting. Yet he does try (when it suits hims, natch) to be a hero. He wants to be better, and if you recall from the first Thor movie, both brothers had some moral growing to do. With Thanos mad at him, we can guess which side he’ll lean on now. [pullquote]Loki has always been a scene stealer, as well as a PITA to boot, but here I’m fully onboard with his character. He can be a positive force, if he’s just accepted and understood — that’s become super clear, finally, in Ragnarok.[/pullquote]

I’m really stingy with my A grades, and the last time I gave out a full A+ was the 2017 space cruise ship flick Passengers. Strangely enough, my favorite MCU film is still the original Guardians of the Galaxy. The blue and purple villains were underwhelming though, and I can only give GoTG a A- grade in good conscience. (I’ll link to that article when I write it.)

But, we’re still talking about Thor here, and Thor 3 manages to pull a win from their previously low Marvel tier buttocks.

And yes, I rank Marvel movies by tier: Great, Good, Okay, and Fetid…and Thor’s been scraping the bottom in his stand-alones,  til now. I credit the director — who also played the delightful Rockman — for understanding what Thor should be used for, along with Hemsworth for embracing his slightly slow but funny godhood (“Because that is what heroes do!”), Ruffalo for being freaking awesome in his dual roles, and for the writers giving us something happy in these dark times…YES. Thank you for the color, the fun, and for Goldblum. He’s the perfect weirdo to be the Grandmaster, and I hear he smartly improvised most of his lines, playing himself, as usual. Go Goldblum, go.

And now I’ve got The Immigrant Song, by Led Zepplin, stuck in m head. It’s a good choice, so that’s okay by me. The reprise was certainly welcome, and the audience clapped at it. I was a happy movie goer that day, and saw it this three more times in the cinema later. Watch it in the theater, and watch it again on DVD.

Movie Grade: A+

Want more? Read Dan’s review of Thor: Ragnarok

And our Thor 2 – The Dark World Rewatch Review

Or the Complete Compilation of Thor 3’s Deleted, Bonus, and Blooper Scenes

New Black Panther Trailer is Fantastic – Watch the Video Show Off Wakanda

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Wakanda – A utopia of peace, plenty, and magical high tech.

I saw the new Black Panther trailer when I went to see Thor  – Ragnarok, and it looks GORGEOUS. Sumptuous. Luxuriously detailed and kind of intense. Seriously, I could watch this preview all day.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe sure knows how to create anticipation for their constellation of movies. It’s all about the story, and the producers keep me wanting more, and wanting it now. I’m shocked to find I’m more into the MCU than the Star Wars films (I’m and a true geek who waited in line for hours back in 1978, to see the original Star Wars in the theater…at least a dozen times).

Anyway. Watch this Black Panther trailer and enjoy!

Movie Review – Black Panther – One Incredible Party

A Black Perspective on Marvel’s Black Panther

All The Stars – End Credits Song from Black Panther – Video and Lyrics

 

Movie Review: Thor 3 – Ragnarok (Dan’s POV)

Sometimes you leave the theater loving a movie, but after giving it a little thought it starts to diminish. Other movies don’t make an immediate impact, but after some thought, and rewatching, becomes a favorite. I think Thor: Ragnarok will be one of the few films that accomplishes both. I enjoyed the movie throughout, and walked out impressed, and I think this will be one of the most enjoyable MCU movies over time. Right up there with the first Guardians.

What sticks out most is the humor. It starts off funny, and just gets better and better. And I never felt that the humor was forced.

It looked like all the actors had a good time making this movie. I feel that special recognition should be given to the writers and director. The character of Thor has come a long way since the first Thor movie. While not perfect, there’s a really good growth arc that came out in the writing, directing, and of course, the acting by Chris Hemsworth.

What really stood out was how well the actors used expressions to add depth to the story. It shows a maturity of direction that is rarely seen in action movies these days.

Lastly, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story comes around full circle in a beautiful way. Of course the good guys are going to win in the end. But it’s so much more meaningful when it comes with a price. Kudos to the writers for creating a story that’s easy to follow yet isn’t entirely predictable.

Movie Grade : A

Here’s more! Read Jilly’s review of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor 3’s Deleted, One-Off, and Blooper Scenes

And our Thor 2 – The Dark World Rewatch Review

Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2

There are two reviews here; Dan’s and Jill’s, enjoy!

Dan says:

The first GotG is, I think, the very best of the Marvel movies. While GotGv2 isn’t quite as good, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The theme of the story (father/son reunion) isn’t anything new, but writer/director James Gunn weaves a thread into the story that makes it uniquely his own.

[pullquote]In a larger context, I think this is why Marvel has been so successful: the movies have plenty of action and spectacle, but are ultimately about relationships and sacrifice.[/pullquote] (Note to DC: this is how you do it.)

The humor of GotGv2 is abundant, although I don’t think it has quite as many memorable lines as the original.

Jill says:

To start with — I am a worshiper of the original GotG. It is not only my favorite Marvel movie, but my favorite superhero movie, and one of my all-time favorite EVER films. I can’t count how many times I watched Guardians, danced along to Peter’s mix tape, and laughed myself silly at pretty much anything Rocket did. I want to soar through space with these guys on the Milano. [pullquote position=”right”]Three years I’ve waited to see this team of strangely competent wackos return.[/pullquote] I saw the opening day 3D RPX Guardians double feature, and handily won a trivia prize during the intermission. I’m listening to Awesome Mix, Vol 1, right now. Clearly, I’m not a casual fan.

So here’s the thing about the sequel: the main plot is the sticking point of the film. I honestly found the Kurt Russel scenes a bit tedious (though certainly very pretty). Without spoiling anything, boo on the big reveal. And blah to the Sovereign. Even Taserface didn’t do much for me – didn’t we see him in Pirates of the Caribbean 2? (Good through-joke on his ‘outlaw’ name, though. Ha!) There’s a reason why everything in the trailers are about the team and not the plot – the storyline is merely meh. I missed Rhomann Dey, and all the pink people and The Collector, wanted another prison sequence, and even wondered where dumb old Thanos had gotten himself to.

What I really wanted were more ensemble moments with the Guardians. Those moments shined. I was over the moon to have more Yondu and Nebula. Bring it on! I look forward to seeing Baby Groot grow up. I was pleasantly surprised that little Groot, though still deadly, was not just a small version of his old self. This tree is definitely now an infant, and the group understands this. There were some very sweet, intimate little moments with our ‘family’ and their baby.

My feeling is that this film will grow on me. It does deepen one or two of the characters’ back stories, even if it doesn’t further anything. Or, well, much…without giving away a very sad thing.

James Gunn reports he is helming this as a trilogy; perhaps this will be the quiet one of the three. It was a smaller story – which normally I appreciate – but in this tale, I wanted more connection to the larger MCU tale. I know I need to have a re-watch or three, and I probably sound a little petulant. The movie is good! I just have a high bar set. GotGv2 will assuredly grow on me. And now I am listening to Awesome Mix Vol 2…not AS fun as the first, but I can feel it growing on me already.

Movie Grade: A-

Funny RunPee Posters – Pee Parodies from Classic Films

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Even Avengers have to go sometime…

Sometimes we’re in a fun mood and have the time to take advantage of it by taking great lines and  replacing them with, well…Pee. Peeing is our literal livelihood.  Please enjoy these and give us more ideas. “We’re gonna need a bigger bathroom,” ?? Nah, too esoteric?  How about these: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a piss.” “The Pee will be with you, always.”  “When someone asks you if you have to pee…You. Say. Yes!” “You may pee when ready.” Maybe Han Peed First!

We just know we can make one for Yoda alone. (Star Wars lines are all too easy.) All the franchises and and most quotable movies probably have something fun to mess with. What other ideas do you have?  Lines from Harry Potter, or Star Trek, or your favorite iconic comedies?

I have a vague idea for an ad involving Wolverine and trying to pee with his claws extended. I’ll get to that when I have a few extra minutes. (Someday…)

Do you have any suggestions for other fun Pee Posters based on famous movie quotes? Just let me know. Or even create some yourself if you want and tell me about it in the comments below.

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Movie Review – Iron Man – Genius, Philanthropist, etc who started it all

Movie Review - Iron ManThis is the movie that started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it still holds up after all this time. In fact, knowing the character arc of Tony Stark (at least up to the end of Infinity War) makes this first movie even better. Not many franchises can say that.

Those doubts about Iron Man, so long ago, put to rest

One of the few criticisms the MCU has had over the years is that many of their villains have been rather cardboardy. That has been said of this first Iron Man, but I tend to disagree. First, they didn’t try to set up an ongoing villain. They created one that was a one-and-done, which works best for an origin story.

Secondly, they made up for it with the misdirection. We think we know who the villain is going to be — then we get a 180. For a first time movie viewing it worked really well. The humor, the pathos…it WORKS. Robert Downey Jr single-handedly improvised his way into something brand new in the superhero genre — and created the entire foundation of MCU greatness. Just ask the box office for Avengers: Endgame, and ten year’s worth of rabid fans.

I remember when I first saw previews for this movie. My first thought was: Robert Downey Jr., as a superhero? Seriously? This must be some sort of joke.

Little did we know what was to come. No one could have done Iron Man better, or set up what’s become the world’s most exciting continuous franchise. No one else comes close.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: The first Iron Man movie predates RunPee — by about one year. We added these Peetimes retrospectively, just to create continuity with all the other MCU movies.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Iron Man. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero