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Posted 04 November 2017 - 05:01 PM

Very entertaining Marvel film.  :haz:

Lots and lots of action and laughs, of course.  Special effects and imagery were off the charts.  Some plot holes here and there, and a little too much emphasis on laughs over heavy drama (for my taste).  

Cate Blanchett was delicious as Hela.  :ebert:   She has quite a grip!!    


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 07:54 PM

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A bit disappointed by this. I can't blame it on hype either as there is no hype for this movie where I am.

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It's still better than Thor 2 but not as enjoyable as Thor 1.

I read an article in which the director stated that he encouraged Goldblum to improv some of his lines. IMHO, that doesn't work if you don't know the character...which clearly Jeff didn't know Grandmaster. There's the argument that many moviegoers don't read the comics so it doesn't matter BUT when you're representing a decades-established character then why wouldn't that character be depicted accurately?!

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 08:37 PM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 04 November 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

I read an article in which the director stated that he encouraged Goldblum to improv some of his lines. IMHO, that doesn't work if you don't know the character...which clearly Jeff didn't know Grandmaster. There's the argument that many moviegoers don't read the comics so it doesn't matter BUT when you're representing a decades-established character then why wouldn't that character be depicted accurately?!

For one thing, it's Jeff Goldblum.  He plays the same character in almost every film he does - someone you want to smack for being such a doosh.  How can Goldblum accurately portray an aeons-old Elder of the Universe?  He can't.  All he can do is be yet another whiny-voiced fool.  

If I had to pick a "bad part" of Ragnarok, it would be Goldblum's Grandmaster.

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 09:32 PM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 04 November 2017 - 08:37 PM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 04 November 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

I read an article in which the director stated that he encouraged Goldblum to improv some of his lines. IMHO, that doesn't work if you don't know the character...which clearly Jeff didn't know Grandmaster. There's the argument that many moviegoers don't read the comics so it doesn't matter BUT when you're representing a decades-established character then why wouldn't that character be depicted accurately?!

For one thing, it's Jeff Goldblum.  He plays the same character in almost every film he does - someone you want to smack for being such a doosh.  How can Goldblum accurately portray an aeons-old Elder of the Universe?  He can't.  All he can do is be yet another whiny-voiced fool.  

If I had to pick a "bad part" of Ragnarok, it would be Goldblum's Grandmaster.

Jeff was easily the worst part for me but there were other bad points in there. Even the reasoning for not having Jeff all blue (as stated in the article) as in the comics was lame - he portrayed another blue character in another movie.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:20 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 04 November 2017 - 09:32 PM, said:

Even the reasoning for not having Jeff all blue (as stated in the article) as in the comics was lame - he portrayed another blue character in another movie.



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:18 AM

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View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 04 November 2017 - 09:32 PM, said:

Even the reasoning for not having Jeff all blue (as stated in the article) as in the comics was lame - he portrayed another blue character in another movie.



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM

A very funny movie, though not the Thor of the comics I've read as a youngster. Screenplay was funny as hell. The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.

Dr. Strange...they need to make a sequel. Benedict is owning it big time

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:03 AM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

A very funny movie, though not the Thor of the comics I've read as a youngster. Screenplay was funny as hell. The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.

Dr. Strange...they need to make a sequel. Benedict is owning it big time

Doc Strange director whatshisname has some other commitments first but he wants to and will comeback for the sequel.

Some parts of Thor 3 were funny but I think they were overdone and too many. That scene with Thor hanging and spinning slowly in chains in front of Surtur shouldn't have happened. Obviously, the director wanted to send the message immediately that the movie was going to be a comedy. So it happened. And that's one big problem with it: Thor shouldn't be a comedy. The Marvel characters who lend themselves more easily to comedy are Spidey and even though I dislike him, Deadpool.

This was just too much for Thor IMHO. But I'm sure the movie will be well liked by viewers not too invested in these characters.

Thor should be a comedy like Conan the Barbarian should be a comedy. :sarcastic:

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:10 AM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.


The Russo bros are handling Infinity War and are the best suited to do so. They did a great job balancing all the characters in Cap Civil War so I think they'll be fine with the larger group.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:30 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

A very funny movie, though not the Thor of the comics I've read as a youngster. Screenplay was funny as hell. The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.

Dr. Strange...they need to make a sequel. Benedict is owning it big time

Doc Strange director whatshisname has some other commitments first but he wants to and will comeback for the sequel.

Some parts of Thor 3 were funny but I think they were overdone and too many. That scene with Thor hanging and spinning slowly in chains in front of Surtur shouldn't have happened. Obviously, the director wanted to send the message immediately that the movie was going to be a comedy. So it happened. And that's one big problem with it: Thor shouldn't be a comedy. The Marvel characters who lend themselves more easily to comedy are Spidey and even though I dislike him, Deadpool.

This was just too much for Thor IMHO. But I'm sure the movie will be well liked by viewers not too invested in these characters.

Thor should be a comedy like Conan the Barbarian should be a comedy. :sarcastic:

I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, but the climactic battle at the end was a clumsy mixture of heavy fighting and comedy.  It disappointed me.  The original Thor film had a good balance of drama, action and humor.    

It's understandable that Marvel Films doesn't want to make their films too serious and heavy, that they need to mix in some humor, but they're going too far, IMO.  They're targeting casual movie-goers and younger people more than serious fans and adults.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:33 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 08:10 AM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.


The Russo bros are handling Infinity War and are the best suited to do so. They did a great job balancing all the characters in Cap Civil War so I think they'll be fine with the larger group.

How does a film studio illustrate the near-infinite level of power that a character like Thanos has?  To accurately show the power of Thanos and the Infinity Stones.....that's gonna be quite a task.  :o

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 10:53 AM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 06 November 2017 - 09:30 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

A very funny movie, though not the Thor of the comics I've read as a youngster. Screenplay was funny as hell. The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.

Dr. Strange...they need to make a sequel. Benedict is owning it big time

Doc Strange director whatshisname has some other commitments first but he wants to and will comeback for the sequel.

Some parts of Thor 3 were funny but I think they were overdone and too many. That scene with Thor hanging and spinning slowly in chains in front of Surtur shouldn't have happened. Obviously, the director wanted to send the message immediately that the movie was going to be a comedy. So it happened. And that's one big problem with it: Thor shouldn't be a comedy. The Marvel characters who lend themselves more easily to comedy are Spidey and even though I dislike him, Deadpool.

This was just too much for Thor IMHO. But I'm sure the movie will be well liked by viewers not too invested in these characters.

Thor should be a comedy like Conan the Barbarian should be a comedy. :sarcastic:

I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, but the climactic battle at the end was a clumsy mixture of heavy fighting and comedy.  It disappointed me.  The original Thor film had a good balance of drama, action and humor.    

It's understandable that Marvel Films doesn't want to make their films too serious and heavy, that they need to mix in some humor, but they're going too far, IMO.  They're targeting casual movie-goers and younger people more than serious fans and adults.

Thor 2 OR Incredible Hulk is the 2nd worst MCU movie IMHO. The worst is Iron Man 2.

I agree about Thor 1 - it's "good balance of drama, action and humor." At the time, I was surprised they could get it to work. I'm still kind of surprised.

And you're right again, they ARE going too far with this. Not every MCU movie needs to or should be comical in order to sell itself to audiences.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 06 November 2017 - 09:33 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 08:10 AM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.


The Russo bros are handling Infinity War and are the best suited to do so. They did a great job balancing all the characters in Cap Civil War so I think they'll be fine with the larger group.

How does a film studio illustrate the near-infinite level of power that a character like Thanos has?  To accurately show the power of Thanos and the Infinity Stones.....that's gonna be quite a task.  :o

It won't be easy but things will have to be scaled down, character-wise and overall scope.

An Avenger and/or Guardian or two will absolutely need to die...and I assume that'll be in the first part of Infinity War.
Then, Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock will both probably need to turn up at some point too to join the mayhem.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 09:40 AM

Chris Hemsworth liked a post I made on Facebook.  Maybe I should see this film.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 12:03 PM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 10:53 AM, said:

View PostPrincipled Man, on 06 November 2017 - 09:30 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 06 November 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 06 November 2017 - 07:20 AM, said:

A very funny movie, though not the Thor of the comics I've read as a youngster. Screenplay was funny as hell. The Infinity Wars are gonna be something to see. How the hell are they gonna cram all those characters.

Dr. Strange...they need to make a sequel. Benedict is owning it big time

Doc Strange director whatshisname has some other commitments first but he wants to and will comeback for the sequel.

Some parts of Thor 3 were funny but I think they were overdone and too many. That scene with Thor hanging and spinning slowly in chains in front of Surtur shouldn't have happened. Obviously, the director wanted to send the message immediately that the movie was going to be a comedy. So it happened. And that's one big problem with it: Thor shouldn't be a comedy. The Marvel characters who lend themselves more easily to comedy are Spidey and even though I dislike him, Deadpool.

This was just too much for Thor IMHO. But I'm sure the movie will be well liked by viewers not too invested in these characters.

Thor should be a comedy like Conan the Barbarian should be a comedy. :sarcastic:

I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, but the climactic battle at the end was a clumsy mixture of heavy fighting and comedy.  It disappointed me.  The original Thor film had a good balance of drama, action and humor.

It's understandable that Marvel Films doesn't want to make their films too serious and heavy, that they need to mix in some humor, but they're going too far, IMO.  They're targeting casual movie-goers and younger people more than serious fans and adults.

Thor 2 OR Incredible Hulk is the 2nd worst MCU movie IMHO. The worst is Iron Man 2.

I agree about Thor 1 - it's "good balance of drama, action and humor." At the time, I was surprised they could get it to work. I'm still kind of surprised.

And you're right again, they ARE going too far with this. Not every MCU movie needs to or should be comical in order to sell itself to audiences.

I didn't mind Thor 2, though I can't stand Rose McGowan and making Erik Selvig into a laughing stock was unnecessary.   Age of Ultron would rank up there for bad...though it had it's good parts there were definite elements of the ridiculous in it.  Just my two cents though.

As for Ragnarok...yes, it was a little too comical considering the seriousness of the situation  (Yeah, the destruction of Asgard is always a laughing matter)...Thor always had had an air of gravitas and nobility, so to make him a comedian all of a sudden was just, I don't know, jarring.  I liked the movie, it was very fun, I just had issues with some of it.  And yeah, the gun parts were just stupid.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 08:41 PM

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I didn't mind Thor 2, though I can't stand Rose McGowan and making Erik Selvig into a laughing stock was unnecessary.  

Are you referring to the character of Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster's intern?  She was portrayed by Kat Dennings.  :)

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:02 AM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 20 November 2017 - 08:41 PM, said:

View PostAlien Girl, on 20 November 2017 - 12:03 PM, said:

I didn't mind Thor 2, though I can't stand Rose McGowan and making Erik Selvig into a laughing stock was unnecessary.  

Are you referring to the character of Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster's intern?  She was portrayed by Kat Dennings.  :)

D'OH!  Yes...that's who I mean.  I get those two mixed up.  Can't stand either one.  But yes, the one who played Darcy.  Bleh.  She's also in Two Broke Girls...which I can't stand.  She has the acting skills of a 6th grader.  And not one of those idiot savant 6th grade academy award winners either.




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