12 STRONG – New poster

Here’s a new poster for 12 Strong. Out on January 19.

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THOR: RAGNAROK – A few thoughts

In today’s day and age of dark, gloomy, brooding, self-aware superhero movies, this one comes as a breath of fresh air.

The plot is fairly simple, yet effective. So Ragnarok is coming. Which is essentially the end of the world as far as Asgard goes. Thor needs to step up to save the day against the evil Hela – the Goddess of Death. But before he can do so, he needs to find a team from a bunch of loony yet potentially powerful allies and combat some bigger demons. Great fun ensues!

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The vibrant colors really pop on screen and along with the immersive 3D, create some stunning visuals which add up to quite the trippy, psychedelic experience. And all this is accompanied by an terrific soundtrack, including Led Zeppelin… and we get some incredible action sequences. Even the much hyped Thor v Hulk fight is bonkers!

The cast is in top form especially with their comic timing. Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo bicker & bond and are an absolute delight while Tessa Thompson as Valkeriye kicks some serious ass. Cate Blanchett is… awesome! She’s wicked & badass and a terrific supervillain. Tom Hiddleston is deliciously sneaky as always, Jeff Goldblum is a hoot and of course there will be some surprises which I’ll let you discover.

The movie’s two hour plus runtime just flies by thanks to Kiwi helmer Taika Waiti’s crisp pacing. I also liked how the movie was structurally different from conventional superhero movies and didn’t rely on just 2-3 big action setpieces, instead had the action  interspersed throughout the movie.

This is a sort of game changer for superhero movies – showing that one relying purely on humor & fun can be as effective as a serious, gripping one. I know Guardians of the Galaxy did it too but this one takes it to a whole new level. At the end, what it is more than anything else – is a sumptuous audio-visual feast and a whole bunch of fun – and that is why I go to the movies. This one is IMAX worthy.

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My score: 8.5 on 10

THOR: RAGNAROK

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett

Running time: 130 minutes