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: 💋💋💋


Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is a reboot to the King Kong franchise. In this monster flick, a team of scientists and army men are on an expedition to this mysterious and hidden place called ‘Skull Island’.

The story is set in the 1970’s which is aptly supported by the songs and music used in the background. Unlike the previous Kong films, the ‘King Kong’ is brought in almost immediately without keeping any suspense. The island is also inhabited by other huge creatures like spider, bat, octopus. But the real bad ones are these flesh-eating monsters, called Skullcrawlers, who come from below the ground. Kong’s only purpose is to protect the island from these monsters.

The story lacks conviction and purpose. The cast is full of big actors such as Tom Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson, John Goodman who are barely allowed to show their acting prowess. 

The action scenes where the Kong fights with the bad creatures adds excitement and energy to the film. The monsters are brilliantly designed and skillfully animated. The focus of the film is more on the ‘King Kong’ than the other characters who are just there to fill up the screen.

To sum up, Kong: Skull Island is an action fuelled film with no brains.

Rating: 💋💋


Genre: Action

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell