Tag Archives: Chris Hemsworth

THOR: THE DARK WORLD hammers out an unsatisfactory ending

18 Jan

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The sequel, Thor: The Dark World finds the title character tackling the all-to-common villain that wants to destroy the entire universe for some illogical reason that is never fully explained and never full thought out. However, it does not matter because Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) are re-united for a meet the parents episode while Loki (Tom Hiddleson) broods in prison for his past offenses. Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is a formidable arch-rival for both Thor and Odin who will ultimately need Loki’s help to confront Malekith. The film is entertaining and I prefer it over the original because the characters are able to delve deeper into their relationships with one another. However, like most Marvel products the ending does not do the rest of the film justice because it hammers out an unsatisfactory ending that cannot control the balance between action and comedy.

WORD COUNT: 147
Chuck’s Grade: B-
Adam’s Grade: N/A

Rush is exhilarating from start to finish

3 Oct

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Director Ron Howard is back in the driver seat with both hands on the steering will his adrenaline fueled film, Rush. Based on the true story of the Formula 1 racing rivalry between English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian professional Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). The film reveals their contrasting personalities and styles, as well as their obsession for becoming world champions.

Howard teams up with writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) who is becoming a master at creating dynamic relationships between opposing character rivals. It truly is the driving force that gets everything going.

Howard put together the perfect vehicle this time. A thrilling score by Hans Zimmers and expert camerawork by Anthony Dod Mantle. Equally important is Hemsworth’s acting. He is maturing into something much more than eye candy and muscles. However, Bruhl’s steals the checker flag and finishes off with a signature performance. Rush is full of life, color, risk and it is exhilarating from start to finish.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Cabin in the Woods is the same, but different

7 May

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Cabin in the Woods is a cliché horror film with some twists. The script was written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, which means audiences can expect something a little different. Five teenagers travel to a remote cabin and read from a book that awakens a family of deadly zombies. Most horror fans know this story and what is going to happen next, but as the characters are stereotypically taken out one by one there is something much greater and more sinister going on that will grab audiences when they are least expecting it. Goddard and Whedon’s approach satisfy the blood hungry horror fan, but at the same time stays true to their fan base and offers an original interpretation of the genre that allows all hell to break loose in the film’s finale. The film forces audiences to put together the pieces, but it is not as scary and not as clever as Goddard and Whedon think.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Snow White and the Huntsman is not the fairest in the land

10 Sep

I come from the Disney generation that has the iconic images of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stuck in my head forever, but Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman takes the Grimm Brother’s story to a much darker forest.  The evil queen played masterfully by Charlize Theron contracts a melancholy Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track down Snow White  and kill her. Stewart does an admirable job with role and her star power makes her the logical choice, but I just don’t see her as the ideal Snow White.  Hemsworth fits his role, but I would not categorize as a signature performance like his Thor. The real reason to see this movie is Theron and Sanders’ interpretation of the evil queen. The queen’s back story places her to the film’s forefront and its special effects only accentuates the film’s dark character. The original film will always be the fairest, but the Huntsman is a worthy interpretation.

WORD COUNT: 157

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: C