My Own Personal Cinema
This is where I'll be reviewing films I've seen, both newer and ones from couple of years ago. This is because even though I make time to go to the cinema, I have a stack of DVDs wondering when I'll pick them up. Yep, I'm almost certain my DVD pile judges me as much as my book pile.
It's nice to be doing another film review again, and I thankfully have a couple more planned before the year's out. I haven't been to the cinema as much as usual for the middle of this year.
Anyway, today's review is for Marvel Studios latest film- Thor: Ragnarok. I felt better for blogging about it today as I could take it in better, having seen it for the second time today. The first was Tuesday when it opened in the UK. (Yes, I did break my own rules about going to see films, but it was the middle of the week, so I think this time can be the rule's exception!)
Also, as the UK got the film about 2 weeks before America, I'm aware of keeping this as spoiler free as possible. Don't worry!
In my opinion, it's the best Thor film and one of my favourite MCU films as well. I also admit I've barely read any of the comics (yet) and love Norse mythology, so most of my knowledge for Ragnarok comes from there. That may explain a few changes from myth to comic to film, but that doesn't really matter too much.
Let's get started.
Things I liked:
1. It's hilarious. Slightly random. But great nonetheless.
2. There is a lot more action than what was in the previous Thor films.
3. There are some fantastic new characters. The blend of old and new was handled mostly well and I'm curious to see how they will interact further in Avengers: Infinity War.
4. For all the Loki fans, he's in this one more than he was in Thor: The Dark World. Thankfully.
5. It's both light and dark in places- in many different aspects.
6. Continuity crops up again in many ways, which is nice. (Yes, I realise that's cryptic, but trust me, you'll understand better when you see the film. )
7. I've never before heard of the guy who created the score, but he did it well. And the Led Zeppelin song from the trailer also makes an appearance. I may have it stuck in my head. I also might keep playing it a lot for this effect to happen. :)
Things I disliked:
1. Some characters were not treated very well at all, almost as extras. Obviously, I won't say who, but it is annoying. From speaking to a friend who's seen the film, I already know I'm not alone in this opinion. Unfortunately, I'm sure others may agree with us.
2. I would have liked to see a few scenes extended further, possibly with a few shortened in their place. Things felt a bit rushed in one or two places.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this film and knowing what would happen in no way dampened my excitement in seeing for a second time today. There is so much more I want to say, but can't of course, since I'm not allowed to go outside of spoiler-free territory.
But go see it!! :D
Overall rating- 4 and a half stars out of 5.
(On a side note- One of the trailers was for Black Panther and I'm really excited for that one! :))
If you've been able to see this film, what did you think? If you haven't yet, what are you looking forward to, ect? All the best.
This post wasn't planned. I've struggled the last two weeks to do much, not just in terms of my blog. However, as I read the book of Black Beauty (again!) last week, and saw the film was on TV this afternoon, I had to watch it again and review it too. :)
Now my review for the book can be found here, though it's really short and I didn't put a lot in about the content. But that's because it's probably best read and discovered for yourselves. For anyone who hasn't read the book, I highly recommend doing so. (Likewise for the film.)
Things I love about it:-
1. The scenes were the horses were clearly free to just be horses and involved so much play and interaction on their behalf. Horses are a naturally social species.
2. Even things that were changed were done well- most of the book kept to. Each change of owner and situation Beauty faced were realistic for the time period. Things like the stable fire and the London cabs make you forget it's 'just' a film.
3. A lot of big cast members are in it- David Thewlis, Jim Carter and Sean Bean among others.
4. Danny Elfman's score is so magical and fits both the light and dark pieces.
5. Just as the book does- and helped welfare improve for horses- the film gives you a great sense of how little horses were thought of and how important it was that things changed.
6. It gives such a sense of emotion which equals the book, in my opinion. It takes the audience through a lot.
If there's anything I don't like, it would be that it seemed as though Merrylegs was less of a focus than Ginger when Beauty meets and lives with them, though he does state Merrylegs was a good friend.
Also it's quite short. But I suppose, at its heart, it's mainly for children. And it's enough of a classic to be loved by everyone, which is the most important thing. I do prefer the book overall, but will continue to watch this film adaptation as well.
Let me know if you've seen the film and/or read the book. What are your thoughts on both?
All the best.