Movie Review #45: Thor: Love and Thunder
After Ragnarock I vowed I would never see another Marvel movie let alone a Thor-pic but yet, here I was responding to a couple of requests for a review.
I expected another load of drivel a la Ragnarock (think I gave it a 3!) but, after the opening scenes, I realised that Thor Four, is in fact a huge p*ss-take otherwise known as a spoof, at least I certainly hope it is! And I think we can thank our own Taika Waititi for the privilege for as producer as well voicing the big stoney guy Korg, he brings in elements of our good old kiwi humour with aplomb.
Amongst this, we have a pair of giant screaming goats, Russell Crowe complete with Italian accent doing a brilliant comedic cameo as Zeus and a variety of other little quips, anachronisms and matter-of-factly comment. Christian Bale is bad guy and dear little Padme, the continued love interest. We also have the Guardians if the Galaxy showing up as an entree but, overall the story is pretty dumb as per usual with these types.
However it doesn’t really matter as the laughs are aplenty and Jenny and I could honestly say with some surprise, that this wasn’t what we expected. Maybe it’s just our sick sense of humour but I’m gonna give it a 7.5 (I was expecting to make it a 2 or a 3).
Movie Review #3875 The Gray Man
‘Nother ripping yarn for testosterone-addled teen males and 30-year-old little boys, this time it’s a CIA operative betrayed and targeted for termination by a rogue handler trying to recover his dirt.
The usual surnames come to mind for these sorts of roles - Pratt, Pine, Hemsworth, Reynolds etc - but this time its Ryan Gosling in the hot seat with Chris Evans as resident bad guy.
It’s a 2hr parade of shoot ups, blow ups, carve ups, smash ups, mash ups and whatever else ups as Mr Gos stays one step ahead of the nasties, eventually delivering the usual come-uppance to the main bad dude.
Along the way we spot Billy Bob Thornton who shines as the old stalwart along with the occasional face I recognise but would have no idea who they are.
Most of the premise has been done before in many different guises but at the end of the day it’s a surprisingly OK outing for all its boom-a-minute moments and probably does just enough to justify a sequel if I was to take a guess.
In cinemas from July 15, and on Netflix from July 22.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.