If you are looking for a great fun film to see as the weather gets colder in the city, this is the one for you. As a big fan of the Marvel Universe, I was not sure what to expect after watching Spiderman: Homecoming. While I loved that film and myself being a big fan of the web-slinger, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed the new Thor: Ragnarok film much better.
What appealed to me the most was that there wasn’t, for the most part, a clear beginning or end. It was more getting thrown into the life of Thor where he is now and then leaving. The film could have easily been a TV series in the way it keeps your attention. Even the less important characters you meet along the way seem to matter.
One of the moments I loved was the cameo that Stan Lee had was to cut off Thor’s hair. This was a fun part for me because it felt as though I was watching Stan Lee in the comics drawing Thor with shorter hair but in a different and more creative way.
In the film, there are a handful of surprise guests and fun easter eggs of not just Marvel fans, but others who love film.
What could have been improved was the role of Idris Elba, it almost seemed like he appeared in the story out of nowhere. Where he plays such a critical role in making a pivot in the part of the film where it changes course, it was as if it was not explained properly creating enough flow and background for what he did.
Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, and even Matt Damon gave a stellar performance, putting you right in the action. While this will definitely be a film you will want to buy on Blueray, you will want to catch this one in theatres, and in 3D while it is still showing.
Spiderman Homecoming was amazing. I went in with hesitations because I was so infatuated with the role of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.
The opening short film by Peter Parker told in a self documentary style I found pretty brilliant. Made it a lot more of a personal connection. Instead of introducing Peter Parker told through a narrator or Hollywood style overview, I enjoyed that Peter is introducing himself. It is as if he is showing us the video on his cell phone of what his internship is really like with Stark Enterprises.
Tom Holland did such an incredible job with this role. Normally high school students in movies don’t really seem like high school students. But in this film the age of the casting was much more believable for the scenes. With Tom Holland being just 21 years old cast as a 15 year old it allows for a sense of realism and relatability.
It is also one of the rare times that you empathise with a villain. Starting the movie with the backstory of The Vulture is something unique and created a backstory I was not expecting at the beginning of a Spiderman movie, but enjoyed.
When Michael Keaton as the vulture opens the door it really freaked me out. I was 100% sure that he had the love interest held hostage. But then a twist happens and it turns out he is the girl dad. He has something deeper and more personal with Peter Parker. Gives us more depth for him rather than just an evil villain in the movie.
I will say I could have used more action scenes and suspense. Even though the movie went for just over 2 hours, if it went for another 2 I would have been totally fine with it.
I am not sure about Zendaya as “MJ”. They never explicitly said that she would be Mary Jane. Unless they have some chemistry in movies to come, she should remain as Michelle and keep it simple.
I hope whether you have thoughts that it might not be exactly what you are looking for, you should still watch it. If you are a Spiderman fan, especially of the comics you will not be disappointed. Very much hoping that the Sinister Six will be in upcoming movies too.