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Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor finds out he has an older sister, Hela, who is the rightful heir to the throne of Asgard. Hela is hella evil though and bent on destruction. Suddenly his black sheep brother, Loki,  who Hela usurps, doesn’t seem all that bad. Thor finds himself imprisoned.  Easy going Thor realizes he’ll have to take responsibility,  make haste to get back home and prevent Ragnorok (the total destruction of the world and life as he knows it). He charms a beautiful, but tough Valkyrie into helping him. He meets up Loki, as well as with Bruce Banner, aka Hulk… and he assembles a team to join him in his epic battle against his sister.

Thor: Ragnorok is a fun action-packed movie that will have you laughing throughout. The way the characters teleport is really cool.  There is some awesome scenery and great editing. I loved the dialogue in this movie, it is incredibly funny.   I was told that it was apparently mostly improvised… This speaks of great cast chemistry.  This is some pure sit back and relax entertainment. See it if you love super heroes and funny action movies.
Cast includes:
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban… 

Director: Taika Waititi
Writers:  Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle &  Christopher Yost
  — based on comic books by:  Stan Lee, Larry Lieber& Jack Kirby

Release: 2017 (USA)
Running Time: 2hrs 10 min
Rating: PG -13 

 

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Justice League (2017)

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I didn’t grow up reading comic books (though I was a regular viewer of  Batman: The Animated Series )…  and I still don’t read comic books (though thanks to the recent Wonder Woman movie as well as the biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I w will) … but I do love super hero movies. Okay, let’s just move a long.

Justice League is based on DC comics characters Batman (Ben Affleck),  Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller),  Aqua Man (Jason Samoa),  Cyborg (Ray Fisher)  and Superman (Henry Cavil) .

Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) , a supernatural super-villain, is threatening life on planet earth.  An aging millionaire, Bruce Wayne (aka Batman), decides to assemble a team of with special abilities.  There is a slight problem though… Superman is dead.

Like with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I kind of liked it. (Though like I said, I’m not a purist). It’s a violent spectacle of super-hero action,  best enjoyed on the big screen.

The theme song rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together”  by Gary Clark Jr. & Junkie XL will probably be stuck in your head for a few days at least.

Cast includes:  Diane Lane, Amy Adams Jeremy Irons, Connie Nielson, Amber Heard, Joe Morton and  J.K. Simmons.
Director:  Zack Snyder

Screenplay: Chris Terrio & Joss Whedon  (see imdb.com for full story & character credits)
Running Time: 2 hours
PG-13

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Based on the DC Comic book,  Wonder Woman, created by William Moulton Marston. Diana (Gal Gadot),  daughter of Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen,  lives among the Amazons (a special race created by Zeus to protect mankind from the god of war, Aries)  in a world populated only by women.

One day Diana rescues Steve (Chris Pine), an American soldier, from the ocean after his plane was shot down by Germans.  After learning about the terrible world war Diana decides to leave her home to put a stop to the destruction. Steve needs to stop the evil German commander Ludendorff (Danny Huston)  from destroying the the world.  With Steve  and their band of misfits by her side, she finds herself drawn into a the war and assumes her identity as warrior princess, Wonder Women.

The movie is packed with action, special effects, epic battle scenes and a bit of romance. I’ve never read any of the Wonder Women comic books I really enjoyed watching the movie.  Gal Gadot did an amazing job as Wonder Woman and the chemistry between her and Chris Pine is pretty good.

See it if you like action movies, comic book adaptations or seeing women kick butt. I’d recommend seeing this film on the big screen.

Cast also includes:   Connie Nielson, Robin Wright, Ewan Bremmer, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, David Thewlis,  etc

Director:  Patty Jenkins
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg

Story:  Zack Snyder,  Allan Heinberg,  Jason Fuchs

Running time: 141 mins
Rated: PG-13

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