Netflix is bringing back the 1960s sci-fi television hit about the Robinson family getting, well…lost in space. Check it out:
The show was also rebooted into a 1998 movie you may remember, but it wasn’t quite as sucessful as the original. A series really is the best format to let a story like this properly simmer…which the people at Netflix seem to understand.
This trailer looks incredible…at least visually. Shows like this, Altered Carbon and others are really blurring the lines of production value between movies and television. Another couple years and it may be virtually impossible to tell the difference.
The robot is a completely different design than either previous version; the trailer even hinting at it being some type of alien now. I think it was a good choice to mix things up and do more of a humanoid look. He still has his classic line though!
It is too early to tell how the story and character arcs will be, but Netflix has had many more hits than misses so far. I’m interested to see the nefarious Dr. Smith gender swapped this go around and played by Parker Posey.
The trailer does an excellent job of drawing interest without giving anything significant away. Time will tell, but I’m definitely excited about this one.
Marvel has clearly dominated the superhero movie genre for almost a decade now. Looking back on all their successes over the last 9 years, the Thor movies have collectively been the least profitable for the almost 20 movie franchise. So naturally as any business would, Marvel decided they needed to take things in a different direction to try to add a little electricity to the god of thunder’s box office numbers. What we were given with Thor: Ragnarok is undoubtedly a fun ride, but something akin to the Transformers movies: There’s a ton of laughs and action, but it’s not really that cohessive of a movie.
On the plus side, it is great to see a Thor movie that almost entirely takes place away from earth, and is definitely a step in the right direction. What Thor brings to the Marvel table is a world that is steeped in the sci-fi fantasy genre. The previous movies tried to center their plots around Earth (most likely to try to make Thor more relateable) however both ended up suffering because of it. Ragnarok has a fantastic foundation: giving us a Thor story that takes place on his own turf so to speak…and then ruins it with the movie’s biggest issue: excessive, forced comedy.
There is a dangerous trend right now in superhero films that in order to be “good” it has to be funny. With the success of movies like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy it’s understandable how we’ve arrived to this thinking…but that doesn’t make it true. While Deadpool and the Guardians movies are hilariously good movies, it is detrimental to think that all movies have to fit into that same mold.
It feels out of character for Thor and Hulk/Banner to be making jokes or to do “funny” things constantly. That’s not how they are in the comics, and more importantly that’s not how they’ve been in previous Marvel movies. It is so very obvious that their personalities have been changed to resemble those found in the Guardians movies (because they made a lot more money) and as a result, what makes both characters interesting and unique in the Marvel universe is quite literally “dumbed” down in Ragnarok. What we are left with are not Thor and Hulk, but goofy caricatures of what they should be, reminiscent of the Adam West version of Batman.
The other issue with the excessive comedy is that the tone of the movie is all over the place, and as a result, many scenes that are supposed to carry more weight, don’t. This movie is centered around stopping Ragnarok, which is essentially the end of the world. Sounds like pretty dark stuff, right? Well it never feels like it. We are constantly hit with story beats that are suppose to be dramatic and intense, and before we have time to process whats going on…it’s back to cracking jokes. Many of the dramatic scenes even have multiple jokes running through them. It’s just too much. There are events that happen that should shake Thor to his core, but instead he responds by joking around with his best friend Hulk or constantly talking about being a hero. The urgency and intensity just gets lost in the laughs.
The old saying “everything in moderation” comes to mind. While many people thought Batman v Superman was too dark, it is still possible to go too light. Comedy is not the only thing that makes a movie good, however that is what Marvel thinks now looking at the box office numbers.
Thor: Ragnarok is not a bad movie. It has some fantastic characters and an interesting story. (Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum are both perfect for their roles). However, the excessive and out of place comedy takes you out of the movie and negates any weight the movie tries to impose on the viewer. Nothing matters except having a good time. If this is Marvel’s direction now with all of it’s movies then I am extremely nervous about how the upcoming Infinity Wars movie will be handled. It is meant to be a much darker story, and if they try to turn it into a comedy because they think they will make more money, it is going to be a disaster. I don’t want all of my movies to have the exact same tone. Variety is the spice of life.
6.5 forced jokes out of 10.
Marvel’s latest Thor movie has a solid foundation, but is held back by excessive, forced comedy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the sequel to the 2014 Marvel blockbuster. The first thing that I noticed about this movie is that it is even more gorgeous to watch than the original. The shots of outer space, on the various planets, even the action scenes are detailed, colorful, and beautiful. While I did not see a 3D showing, that is undoubtedly the intended format.
The movie picks up 3 months after the events of the first movie, with the group taking on jobs from whomever will pay. This is a common “space pirate” theme. The opening credits scene will have a familiar feel if you’ve seen the first movie, and is equally, if not more so entertaining.
Vol. 2 focuses a lot more time than the previous film fleshing out most of the main characters, and you learn a lot of their motivations that shaped them into who they are. Of course, the most time is spent on Peter (Chris Pratt) and his relationship with his dad, Ego, played perfectly by Kurt Russell. The definition of “family” is the main theme running throughout the movie.
There’s a new race introduced that act as one of the antagonists, called the Sovereign. They serve their purpose decently enough, but are easily the most forgettable part of the movie. This movie takes a slight departure from having a villain who is simply “evil for the sake of being evil” that happens so often in comic books and it works well.
If you want just a straight up action movie, you may leave a little disappointed as there is much more character development this time around. However, I thought it was great. These characters, while in the same universe, are not as well known as Ironman, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of the Marvel crew. If you’re a movie or comic nerd like me, you already know the Guardians will be teaming up with the Avengers in Infinity War, so it was a smart move investing time now to dive into their past and motivations. While the Guardians are still that wacky team of space pirates that make a lot of jokes, this movie does a great job of expanding them beyond that to characters who have just as much depth and importance as Marvel’s main superheroes.
Something that came to mind while watching this movie is how far the acceptance and enjoyment of comic book movies have come since I was a kid. It use to be that if a movie studio wanted to make a movie based on a comic book (and also make money), they would have to leave out or change parts of the original story to make the movie marketable to the widest audience possible. Fast forward to May 5th, 2017 and we have a movie that will undoubtedly make a shit ton of money with an insane cast that includes a talking, walking, dancing baby tree, a smartass raccoon with a tendency to steal for no reason, a cyborg, and a god/living planet. Marvel has become the masters of making any of their characters fun and enjoyable for almost anyone to watch.
This movie is definitely funnier than the first movie. Baby Groot steals the show with his cute innocence (dumb baby). Drax actually has most of the jokes this time around. The fact that his race doesn’t understand metaphors and are “completely literal” is pushed to the limit. I had tears laughing at some of his lines.
There are some great cameos in this movie. Stan Lee’s cameo is a cool nod to a popular fan theory relating to him being The Watcher (if you’re not sure who that is, it’s interesting to look up). If you’ve seen any of the Marvel movies you know to stick around after the credits, and this one is no exception with 5 scenes that take place throughout the credits sequence. I won’t spoil it, but one of the scenes introduces a new character from the comics that will surely be in future movies. The credits themselves are fun to watch as well and are filled with several tiny easter eggs.
9.5 dance-off’s out of 10
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a great follow up to the 2014 original. More laughs, more character development, and much more baby Groot…and who can be upset about more baby Groot?