Thor-some Sauce

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I managed to go and see Thor: Ragnarok the other night, and boy was it awesome. The laughs came thick and fast, and there was plenty of action. The Thor series definitely went back to its roots, but this time without the tepid love action courtesy of Jane’s inclusion, which I always felt was a bit weak and shoe-horned in.

Honestly, I would have given Thor: Ragnarok 10 out of 10 on IMDB if it weren’t for two minor things. First, Cate Blanchett’s Hela was rather hammy (why do women badies have to chew up the stage so much?). Secondly, Bruce Banner was more ‘bumbling’ than he has been in the past. That being said, if I could’ve, I would’ve given this a 9.5 as these are pretty minor gripes compared to the film as a whole, which was fantastic.

Overall, I think this is one of the best entries into the MCU, beaten only by the original Avengers film. Actually, they may even be level-pegging. So if you haven’t seen this instalment, do so. You won’t be disappointed!

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Flu and Film Reviews

Despite an encroaching cold, I managed to go to the cinema a couple of times this past week.

giphy-downsized.gifFirst I caught up with Despicable Me 3 (which is probably where I picked the lergy up from). To be honest, the film wasn’t a patch on the previous two films. I laughed, but it was usually at the minions. There was one moment that got me thinking, and not about the story line. [non-spoiler alert]. There’s a moment when Dru and Gru are on a beach, talking, and Dru is sat, playing in the sand. It was just a small action, but the fact that they included this random little detail (who hasn’t sat on the beach and absent-mindedly dug a hole?) and the detailing of the sand itself, made me realise just how far and how intricate animation has become. It was a cool little revelation, but it couldn’t elevate the film above its mediocre delivery.

spider-man-2319337_1280Then, with a scratchy throat, I went and saw Spider-Man: Homecoming. The cinema was packed, which surprised me, considering how long the film’s been out, and I ended up getting a cricked neck in one of the front rows. Thankfully, the film was a hoot and a half, and I hardly noticed the fact I was sat practically horizontal in my seat. Bringing Spider-Man into the MCU’s fold was a good move in my opinion. The action was fast, the dialogue was funny, and there was a much lighter tone to the whole thing (a key ingredient to Marvel’s big-screen appeal over DC). I can’t honestly fault the film, and I’m actually looking forward to more Spidey films. Oh, and the Marvel end credit scene was also incredibly trolley! *Bravo!*

So, to sum up, if you haven’t seen either film, I’d say go see Spider-Man on the big screen, and wait for Despicable Me 3 to come out on DVD … or on the TV.

Calling Doctor Strange

Ho-boy, did I nearly miss a Marvel film. Not since Iron Man 2 have I not seen part of the MCU on the big screen. Sure, I missed Deadpool, but that’s not part of Disney’s MCU. However, I did get the DVD for my birthday, so all’s good.

Doctor Strange was one of those films where I wasn’t sure when it was supposed to be out, then I checked, and realised it had already been out for a month or so. But with no main-brand cinema near me, and no transport of my own, I couldn’t just pop out for an evening to catch it. Instead, I had to wait for my housemate to be free, which happened this weekend when my mate decided to ditch his usual family Sunday lunch, so we could head off to Chester for a bit of shopping.

It seems gone are the days when I went to Chester to buy cute new shoes & clothes. First time there in eight years and I buy a laundry Ecoegg, and then exchanged some of my old Lush pots for a free face-mask. I sure know how to live the crazy life.

Anyway, as it happened, the Vue in Cheshire Oaks was pretty much the only place still showing Doctor Strange, or rather it had one last showing in the early evening. So after my ‘successful’ shopping, we headed there.

First grumble. The Vue in Cheshire Oaks needs more foyer seating. Two tables and a non-functioning massage chair is pretty crap going. We arrived about 30 mins too early, and were stood around, me eating my nachos and VERY runny salsa, until we decided, “sod it,” and headed for the screening theatre. Luckily we were allowed in early to take our seats. I’d finished my nachos before the screen had even gone dark.

The film itself was pretty enjoyable. I love Benedict Cucumberpatch as an actor (Sherlock FTW!), and was not disappointed. There were some genuinely funny moments, though I reserve judgement on whether his cape is the Snarf of the MCU, and the fight scenes weren’t so chaotic that you lost track of what was going on. However, I don’t think Benedict had a 100% grip on his American accent, and it seemed to wax and wane rather throughout the film.

The biggest gripe I had with film was with the 3D. To be honest, I find 3D a bit gimmicky, and not really necessary to enjoy a film. Plus, I’m one of those unfortunate souls who needs to wear their normal glasses under their 3D specs, which is very annoying. At first, I thought the issue I was experiencing was perhaps down to my new glasses. Because I do a lot of computing, mine have an anti-reflective/glare layer on them, and I figured it was this that was causing the problem. Basically, while watching the film, I noticed that objects, scenery, and people in the distance were blurry, almost double-vision like. Annoyingly so. Once the film finished I bemoaned this fact to my mate, who (glasses free) said he’d noticed the same thing. So it was the film, and not my specs. Now whether this was part and parcel of the 3D-ness of the film, or whether the reel/projector were off, I don’t know. So here’s the question: did anybody else notice anything similar when watching it?