Thor: The Dark World marks Marvel Studios‘ biggest cinematic disappointment since Iron Man 2 (2010). It is a goofy, clunky film more interested in fitting with the rest of the Marvel Universe than in telling its own fully developed story. While I was not a fan of the first Thor (2011), I do give it credit for being self-contained, where this is concerned with what came before it and certainly with what’s coming down the pipeline. It’s less a standalone film and more a segue point in this rapidly increasing universe. Marvel often includes little hints referencing other characters and events in their movies, but this is the first time I felt I was watching a two-hour advertisement. They could’ve just put up a title card reading “Hey kids! Make sure to go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, coming to theaters next year!”
Thrilling races with a good rivalry between two great drivers make for a fun time in Rush, even if the storytelling is standard in several ways. With sports movies, getting an audience to care about a sport that they may have no knowledge of is always hard, but director Ron Howard gives us enough detail to let us understand the dynamic of Formula One racing and see why racers and spectators are interested in it. This is helped by having two real figures of racing, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), reflect different aspects of the sport. Their styles are incompatible, but they both have a desire to win.
Movie clusters are a bizarre phenomenon. That two studios would execute similar ideas at the same time speaks to the quirkiness of Hollywood. Usually one film ends up being much stronger than the other, but sometimes both are bad. The latest example of this in action is Snow White and the Huntsman, which is an improvement over Mirror Mirror, but is also not great.
In honor of the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, Spencer and Greg discuss Charlize Theron.
It is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The build-up to it has been almost without precedent. But The Avengers finally opens today, and proves to be an excellent start to what looks to be one of the most prolific summer movie seasons in recent years.