I'm a huge comic book nut and an even bigger fangirl. So it was no surprise that I had to see THOR as soon as it came out in theaters. Thor is a grand warrior that is soon band by his father from the mystic world of Asgard. Tossed to Earth, he is forced to live amongst the human race. After the traumatic shock of being discarded to our realm, Thor becomes one of our greatest defenders.
Thankfully, the story was handled perfectly. I found the characters to be believable in their parts and I was quickly whisked away into their fantasy world. The special effects and CGI work was eye catching and drew you in with each scene. I was amazed by the rainbow road and loved the Ice Giants. This is one I can't wait to pick up on BlueRay to watch the special features!
Thor played by Chris Hemsworth was a delightful surprise as the God of Thunder. He was recently in Star Trek(2009) with a quick appearance as George Kirk (James T. Kirk's Father). I found him to be a refreshing actor who came into the Hollywood game rather recently. I am looking forward to seeing him in more roles to see where his skills set ranges.
It also stars the legendary Anthony Hopkins, who didn't have much screen time, but did a wonderful job non the less. Natalie Portman also joined the crew to bring to life the magic of Thor. It was a nice change of pace to see her in something besides a massively dramatic role after Black Swan(2010).
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Looking to follow the massive success of the first movie, The Hangover(2009), its no surprise that The Hangover Part II came so quickly. The first Hangover film was witty and filled with outrageous humor. The cast was rapidly welcomed with open arms and Zach Galifianakis was on his game.
The Hangover took place in fabulous Las Vegas after a bachelor party went awry. The massively hungover guys found themselves in quite the pickle when the groom to be was somehow missed placed throughout the night. Watching them back track and try to rework their partying steps though Vegas kept us laughing until our sides hurt. The second time around wasn't quite the laughing feast the first one was.
The Hangover Part II left me wanting more from the script. The jokes and the one liners didn't seem to role off the tongue quite as smoothly as they had before. I must admit, the movie did have it moments. However, I felt as though I was watching The Hangover except this time it was in Thailand. The antics that ensued in part II could have easily been the same from part I. The only difference this time around is Stu(Ed Helms) is the one taken the plunge and getting married. They also revisit Stu's love for strippers and thanks to part II his new love for Thai Ladyboys, Mike Tyson and his tattooed face, Alan's guy love for Phil, and Phil's "I'm the only cool guy ever!" attitude.
The characters seemed to be put on Hollywood's leash and locked in the dog kennel. Alan(Zach Galifianakis) felt toned down and wrangled in. As much as I loved his randomness in the the first movie, I found him to be a bit odd in the second. His craziness that made us all fall in love with him in the first one, seems too forced in the second.
Mr. Chow(Ken Jeong) was another let down. He was flamboyant and off the wall in The Hangover. He also seemed to have more freedom in The Hangover. He came off very Americanized in part II. His English had improved and it left us with less of a language barrier. Which quite honestly brought tons of laughs in the first film. When he popped onto the screen I was overjoyed but that joy was quickly let down by his presence. He like so much of the film seemed a bit safe and lassoed.
My only wish is that they wouldn't have made The Hangover Part II a plot for plot match with The Hangover. The sizzle of their drunken antics faded out rapidly and leaves me wondering what was left on The Editor's Floor?
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