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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Movies: Blade Runners & Ragnaroks

Last post of the week! Sharing a recap of some of the movies I've seen in the past couple of months. I would have loved to include more films on this list, but frankly, the movie scene has been less than stellar lately. I had high hopes for Flatliners, Suburbicon and The Dark Tower and they got such terrible reviews that I'm just waiting to watch them at home for free. Although, now that I have MoviePass...who knows? Anyway, on to the reviews!

Blade Runner 2049 -- opened 10/6: I really don't know why more people haven't seen this movie. It's actually really, really good. I'm not just saying that because I'm biased and I love pretty much everything Ryan Gosling does. It's also directed by Denis Villeneuve who made Arrival, Sicario and Prisoners, so...how sway?

But the movie itself has a wonderful story and is breathtakingly beautiful. I wouldn't be surprised if it won a ton of visual awards come Oscar time. It's not a remake of the Harrison Ford original. It takes place about 30 years after, and Gosling plays a blade runner who retires old replicants (spoiler alert: Gosling is a not just a blade runner, but he's also a new model replicant as well). But the true story is a secret that Gosling discovers that could change society forever. And Ford is the key to opening up that secret.

My only real issue with this movie is that Jared Leto's "old wise one" character can get pretty annoying, and the film itself is a bit longer than it should be. But Gosling really drives this movie from start to finish, as he takes you on a journey where you think you've uncovered the secret until you realize you're completely wrong.

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Thor: Ragnarok -- opened 11/3: Based on the reviews -- and the fact that this is a Marvel movie -- I'm sure many people went out and saw Thor last weekend. I'm a big comic book movie fan so I was definitely not going to miss this one, especially with the new, fun feel. In Ragnarok, Chris Hemsworth's Thor finally gets to let his hair down, or should I say, cut it all off! Not having to wear the blonde wig allowed Hemsworth to finally have some fun with his Marvel character. It's clear that that's what the writer and director were going for as this film is just as much action as it is comedy. They definitely took a page out of the Guardians of the Galaxy book.

I might be in the minority with this, but at times I think Ragnarok tries a bit too hard to be funny, especially since none of these actors are known as comedic actors whatsoever. But for the most part, they do a good job stringing the story along. And that story by the way is that Thor finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe where he has to fight in a gladiator match against the Hulk. He then has to recruit a team to get back to Asgard to defeat the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home.

The Hulk gets to actually have some fun dialogue and we get to see Blanchett in a way that we've never seen her before. And for personal reasons, I was super happy to see Tessa Thompson play Valkyrie because that's going to be an amazing Halloween costume for me next year!

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Movies You Probably Haven't Seen, But Should See:
Baby Driver..............
Wind River..............
Shot Caller..............
Battle of the Sexes..............
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16 comments

  1. Jared Leto annoying I find that hard to believe hahaha just kidding. I have not seen this but by the time I foo it probably won't be out any more. I need to take my nephew to a movie he would like this it may be too late. Thanks for the review.

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  2. I haven't seen Ragnorok yet, but it's definitely on my list. I've heard mixed reviews though..

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  3. I honestly never would have thought to check out Blade Runner, but I also trust your judgement. So Maybe that is something I'll look into!

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  4. I'm not into these types of movies, but my husband loves them!

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  5. I never want to see movies like these, but when my husband convinces me to go with him, I'm almost always pleasantly surprised and end up loving the movie. Maybe for our next date night I'll surprise him and suggest Blade Runner. Thanks for sharing these with us!

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  6. I didn't watch any of these movies yet, maybe I should! :)

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  7. I don’t remember the last time I had a chance to sit and watch a movie! These types always fall on my list so definitely something that would be worth my time!

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  8. We are going to see Thor: Ragnarok this weekend. Actually a friend of ours who saw the movie said the same thing you did about the humor being a little try hard at times but it was fun. I'm so excited Cate Blanchett is on it!

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  9. I really enjoyed the new Thor movie! Laughed more than I usually do at Thor, haha. Hulk cracked me up!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  10. I saw it about three weeks ago and have to say that even though it was a loooong movie I did enjoy it !

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  11. Baby Driver and Battle of the Sexes are both on my list, though I haven't been to the movies in forever. I still want to see the original blade runner... I wonder if it's back on netflix yet...
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  12. Blade runner is on the list for next weekend -- I want to rewatch the original first. I saw Thor last weekend and loved it. I love Chris Hemsworth, but I was really into the new path for the character and franchise. Baby Driver is on my rental list, too!

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  13. Agree on both movies, really good. Although let’s be clear on who is the bigger Gosling fan in our household (it’s me)

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  14. I've heard good things about both movies, but I haven't seen them yet. I really want to see Murder on the Orient Express :)

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