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Reviews for November 3rd, 2017

Last Flag Flying

Directed by Richard Linklater


Number of times I checked my watch: 4
Released by Amazon Studios.
Opens in select theaters.

Thor: Ragnarok

Directed by Taika Waititi

      Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must save Asgard from his long-lost sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, who wants to destroy Asgard by using ancient prophecy called Ragnarok. Skurge (Karl Urban) assists her with her malevolent plans. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) team up with him to try to defeat Hela, but not before Thor gets imprisoned on the planet Sakaar lead by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and is forced to fight against the Hulk.

      A large part of what makes Thor: Ragnarok so delightfully engaging is that that it never takes itself too seriously. Everyone onscreen appears to be having a lot of fun in their roles, especially Jeff Goldblum who nails his campy scenes with plenty of panache. Cate Blanchett is also perfectly cast as the villain; it's a guilty pleasure to watch Hela causing mayhem. Korg provides some great comic relief as a golem made out of rocks that occasionally fall off. The set designs, costume designs, and make-up are very stylish and deserve a lot of credit for providing a lot of eye candy.

    &nbs The screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher L. Yost brims with witty, tongue-in-cheek humor, and irreverence while avoiding anything that generates pathos.It wouldn't be surprising if some of the film's lines will become quoted in years to come. Fortunately, the plot isn't too complicated or confusing to follow nor does it become profound, but, to be fair, no one watching Thor: Ragnorak expects to be moved or enlightened. Yes, it's very shallow, but it's a lot of shallow fun. Taika Waititi is just the right director who knows how to bring the action and comedy together in an enormously entertaining way.

      Even during the action scenes, Thor Ragnarok maintains its comedic tone. Without all of the comedy, the action scenes would have ended up pedestrian and somewhat exhausting. Laughter is a wonderfully effective tool that the film uses to make you have a great time at the movies, even if you have to check your brain at the door. Its running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes breezes by like 90 minutes. Thor: Ragnorak must be seen on the big screen with a rowdy crowd to be fully enjoyed. Please be sure the stay through the end credits for a mid-credits sequence and a stinger.

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Opens nationwide.
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