Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (who, by the way, all my friends say is the weakest Avenger villain yet, but I may disagree with that...seems more like he was underutilized in the storyline.) returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.
To beat this nemesis, Thor begrudgingly teams up with his brother Loki (the evil one, but necessary) to beat Malekith. What can I say, it's an Avenger, if you like Marvel superheroes you're gonna love it.
This time around they tried to balance humor with action. I will say this is the first movie in a long time that adhered to my perfect length code which is: 1:52. One hour and fifty two minutes not too short and not too long. It ends right on schedule and leaves you well entertained. The acting between Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as the half brothers is even better than the first. I might have liked to see a little less humor, because it defeats the Dark World element in the story. But it really doesn't matter, Marvel's Avengers are on a roll.
Now remember, the Marvel 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV show on ABC is going to pick up where this storyline leaves off, a sequel of sorts, on November 19. (cool, crossing between the big screen and the small screen.)
By Derek Sante - Review Nation
Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) is a complicated boy. Born into a future where one must pay huge sums for the right to have a 3rd child. Ender quickly learns that rules and the populace at large becomes the engine that drives the planet, that and a war brought to the planet by insect-like creatures.
With only a slight victory during the initial attack by a hero named Mazer Rackham, the planet and its people decide to pull its resources in hopes of stopping an all-out war. The number one resource being children and their capacity to learn, adapt and understand new enemies.
After prodding and testing, Ender gets his chance to show his skills when he is transferred to battle school. Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) leads a never ending army of children taught in the ways of war and given only one directive; be the strongest and the smartest. Along the way it becomes clear that the young Wiggins boy has the right amount of forethought and ferocity to lead the human race into battle. Unfortunately, he must fight through the ranks of cadets in his way with all of his cunning and guile if he has any hopes of commanding the fleet.
As a fan, I can say that Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a powerful book. It delivers surprise, emotion and wonder to those with an open imagination. And luckily, this movie manages to glean a good amount of excitement from the story. Asa Butterfield takes the reigns and drives the film from start to finish. Those who remember him in Martin Scorsese’s "Hugo" already know that this young man's emotion and character development are on par with talent twice his age. Unfortunately, because of the story or how they were created, all other characters drop off considerably. Instrumental for sure, but all just stepping stones for the main character and his realization that war is not a game.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 1hr 54mins.
Movie Trailer - Enders Game
From Richard Curtis, the director of “Love Actually” , “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, “About Time” is not only the feel-good rom-com of year, it’s one of the most enjoyable movies of the year.
The twist in this rom-com: the men in this British family can time-travel once they turn 21. Father Bill Nighy (a Richard Curtis favorite for good reason) breaks the news to his romantically challenged son the night after a New Year’s Eve party that was a disaster for Tim, winningly played by Domhnall Gleeson. With their family’s time travel, they can’t change history. They can only have re-do’s in the past of their own lives. Tim uses his new found power to fix his love life, which ultimately pairs him with Mary (Rachel McAdams). This is the 3rd time0travel film for Mcadams. She starred in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and also had a role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”. In “About Time”, McAdams and Gleeson are such a great fit, you can easily see them happily married for life.
What starts as a love story grows into a much larger tale, including father-son love. As is one of his trademarks, Curtis makes great use of music, starting with an instrumental version of the under-appreciated Ben Folds song “The Luckiest” and ending, appropriately with the original version of the song.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and ultimately walk out of the theater with a vast appreciation of the everyday things in life. I so loved this movie.