‘Thor: Ragnarok’ packs mighty punch for Marvel

By Cory Menzel, Camrose Canadian Contributor

Well, it’s been since July that Marvel gave us its last flick in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, just weeks before DC’s magnum opus, Justice League, hits the screen, the last remaining Marvel film of the year comes out with a bang in Thor: Ragnarok.  


The last time we saw Thor was in the end credit scene in Doctor Strange. Now things just aren’t going his way. Thor has found himself captured on another planet, meanwhile the Goddess of Death, Hela, has begun to lay waste to Asguard. Thor must find a way to survive, escape his captors, and save his home before there is nothing left to save. 

There was definitely the biggest number of laughs in this instalment. The witty dialogue between multiple characters made this movie a lot of fun. The legendary Jeff Goldblum stole the screen every time he graced it. Returning to the franchise was Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Idris Elba as Heimdall. The insertion of Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange added to the continuity of the Marvel Universe. To top it off, the action scenes were intense and done well. The battles were incredible. Cate Blanchette’s Hela seemed genuinely evil and with that creepy smile she possesses, made you feel uncomfortable every step of the way. 

In the end, it was a great flick for Marvel to end the year with. Every story takes us one step closer to Avengers: Infinity War. Along the way we will find out more about Black Panther and see another adventure with Ant-Man. Marvel has their calendars set for the next three years, and, as a fanboy, I couldn’t be more excited. 

A Bad Mom’s Christmas

I must regrettably resign myself to the season. It is now November, and the Christmas season is upon us, whether we like it or not. So, if it is here we may as well make it as much fun as we can. Thus, bringing us to the first holiday blockbuster of 2017, A Bad Moms Christmas

In the follow up to the wildly popular Bad Moms movie, Amy, Kiki, and Carla are back. This time the moms just want to do what we all want to do, make Christmas perfect for our family. But making the perfect Christmas is no easy task, and to make things worse, the girls’ mothers come to add to the already stressful time of year. Can they maintain their sanity long enough to create their dream Christmas, or will they finally crack under the pressure? 

Not a massive change in plot from its predecessor (minus time of year), but sometimes studios know “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell are still adorable, and Katheryn Hahn is still the inappropriate yet hilarious one. What made the movie, however, is the presence of the veteran actresses playing the respective mothers. Christine Baranski is Amy’s over-bearing mother, and always striving for selfish perfection. Cheryl Hines is Kiki’s mother, who wants nothing more than to be her daughter’s best friend, no matter how intrusive. Finally, Susan Sarandon plays Carla’s free spirit of a mother. Each of them bring their own quirks to make this the funny movie that it was.  

I feel it’s safe to warn the guys out there, this movie was not made with you in mind. I felt like a black sheep in the theatre and maybe didn’t share as many laughs as the girls, but then again, I was not the demographic. This movie is by every definition, a girl’s night out. Gather the girl’s and check it out tonight, it’s about time you had a night out anyway.  

Head to Duggan Cinema, they’ll take care of you. 


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