Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

When the trailer of Thor Ragnarok released earlier this year, it got everyone very excited about the film as it gave a vibe of something new and different that would be coming our way. Let’s find out if this is true or not.

The story takes off where the last Thor movie ended. Even if you haven’t seen the previous movies, you can easily understand the story. Ragnarok is a prophecy which says Asgard will be destroyed soon. Odin is gone, Thor’s hammer is destroyed and the Goddess of Death has taken over Asgard. It’s now up to Thor to save his world in any way possible.

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba reprise their respective characters. The film also has new characters played by Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson and Jeff Goldblum. This time we have a lady villain Hela, which is stylistically played by Kate Blanchett. She is brutal, dangerous and sexy.

Director Taika Waititi brings in the technicolor aesthetics and peppy soundtracks. But the story and characters become a second priority. Individual character arcs are vague and the characters themselves feel unrecognisable. Too much of humor sometimes brings down the seriousness of the scene. But that’s how Marvel movies are nowadays.

Because of the improved CGI and VFX, the Hulk looks more real and the action sequences are a visual treat. It is also quite a treat to listen to Hulk’s dialogues which so far has been a rare occurrence.The gladiator style fight between Hulk and Thor is a fun spectacle to watch.

Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is a standard Marvel action blockbuster which will delight your senses. So grab some popcorn and get entertained.

Rating: 💋💋💋

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Transformers: The Last Knight

Director Michael Bay is back with a long and incomprehensible 5th installment of the Transformers series in the form of Transformers: The Last Knight. This time the story is about Autobots and humans trying to stop a sorceress named Quintessa, who wants to restore Cybertron by destroying planet Earth.

The story starts some 1600 years back in history where the Transformers help King Arthur and his army to restore order on earth. Coming back to the present, Optimus Prime is captured and hypnotized by Quintessa to retrieve the ‘Staff’, a powerful weapon, from Earth. Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) is helping the Transformers in need in his huge junkyard. One day a dying transformer gives him a talisman which is supposed to help him stop the Decepticons from destroying Earth. Vivian Wembley(Laura Haddock) who is a history professor at Oxford, is the last descendant of King Arthur and is the only person who can activate the ‘Staff’. 

Phew! That’s a lot to process!

A lot of time is wasted on unnecessary things in the first half of the film. It won’t be wrong to say that the actual story picks up in the second half only. Also at many places, the comic dialogues do not really make you laugh. 

Many things are happening at the same time and sometimes it gets difficult to understand what’s really going on. Many new characters are added to the story with nothing much to contribute.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is also part of the film but is never used to his full potential. This film gives you the big explosive action sequences but lacks the fast pace edge of the seat thrill. Though, the fight sequence at the end looks epic with some great visual effects. 

Overall, Transformers: The Last Knight is only for the die-hard fans of the series and for those who like VFX-heavy action.

Rating: 💋💋

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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Peter Cullen, Gemma Chan