Tag Archives: Marvel

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

The Amazing Spiderman

21 Aug

Why reboot a movie we just saw ten years ago?  That question was answered early on this film with the director’s fresh approach to the old story of  Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), as opposed to the familiar, Mary Jane.  Parker finds a picture from the past with his father and Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans), a one-armed scientist working at Oscorp. Soon Peter gets bitten by a radioactive Spider and receives Spider like abilities and after the death of his Uncle, he dawns his Spiderman suit to fight against crime. Not to be outdone, Dr. Connors turns himself into a giant lizard during a botched experiment and wreaks havoc on New York City.

The action sequences fall flat compared to Sam Raimi’s versions and the plot does get a little murky, but the emotional journey Parker goes through is what works in the film. This is where director Mark Webb’s script and his actors really shine.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: B