Movie Reviews for 11-11-13
It was a thunderous box office as Thor: The Dark World took in $86 million to take the box office crown, Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa held on to second with $11.3 million, Free Birds was third, Last Vegas was fourth, and last week's champ Ender's Game fell to fifth.
(12 Years A Slave - Fox Searchlight - Rated R)
12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery. Brutal and devastating to watch, the film reminds us of how fragile freedom is, and how easily it is taken away. Chiwetel Ejiofor, (CHOO-it-tell EDGE-ee-oh-for) who plays Northup, is sure to garner a Best Actor nomination. His performance is raw, powerful, emotional and absolutely amazing. Michael Fassbender will undoubtedly get a Best supporting actor nod as well, for his brave, off-putting portrayal of the slave master. The character is hideous in every way, and Fassbender plays him perfectly. This is an important film which reminds us of how precious our freedom is. 4 1/2 Stars Out of 5
(Thor: The Dark World - Disney-Marvel - Rated PG-13)
In Thor: The Dark World, there is an impending Armageddon (again) threatening to destroy all existence! I'm starting to react to these films like they are "the boy who cried wolf." OK, yeah, you said that the last time. All existence? Really? Of all the Marvel films so far, the Thor movies are my least favorite. I just can't get into the premise. The whole Norse-god thing just doesn't excite me. That said, this is better than the first - call it a re-Thor-ation. There is plenty of action with a convoluted but decent story which starts out slow, and sputters along the way. Chris Hemsworth reprises a role he seems born to play. I was amused in the credits that there is a person whose sole job was to design and maintain his hair. I guess she did his PompaThor…Tom Hiddleston provides the most interest as bad brother Loki. Natalie Portman is generic at best, and seems somewhat lost among the explosions and special effects. There are some genuine laughs provided by Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård. They are the best part of the film, as it takes itself too seriously much of the time. Skarsgård is in his tighty whities most of the film because he says it helps him think. Inspired by this, I followed suit while writing this review, and I think it does work. There are two additional scenes, one halfway through the end credits and one at the end which are worth waiting for. This time Thor is not a bore, but I still don't want anymore. 3 Stars Out of 5
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