October Round-Up: Blade Runner 2049, Thor Ragnarok, Stranger Things 2

There might only be just over two months left of 2017 but there’s still a lot to come and October was filled with a lot of high anticipated stuff in film and TV. As I haven’t had a lot of time on my hands of late, these are only going to be short(ish) reviews of some of the top things to come out in the month of October.

 

Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049 is set to become one of the biggest box office bombs of the year, and that’s a bloody great shame because it’s a great film. One of Hollywood’s biggest problems is the issue of crappy sequels. Not only was there a 30 year gap between this film and the original, but the original Blade Runner just happens to be one of the biggest sci-fi inspirations of all time. Not only was the task tough but it seemed genuinely impossible as well as foolish to even attempt it. However, the result turned out to be one of the best films of the year, one of the best sequels ever, and in my opinion, it even outdoes the original.

The biggest thing Blade Runner 2049 has going for it is it’s visuals, they are outstanding! Unlike a lot of films, Blade Runner 2049 doesn’t just use it’s effects to please the eye, the film incorporates them into the world of Blade Runner. We also get to see how the characters in the film interact with what this world has to offer.

Ryan Gosling is incredible in this film (like he is in everything, let’s be honest). I’m incredibly used to the quick, witty and charming Gosling we often get but there is absolutely none of that in this film. He takes on a character who is on the exact opposite side of the Gosling spectrum, and he does it to perfection. His character is gripping all the way as he struggles with learning who he really is along with doing his job, running a fine line that could turn his life into absolute chaos.

I expected Blade Runner 2049 to adjust itself to the modern concept of an action movie but what this film does is wipe it’s ass with that rundown formula and stays true to the original. I wouldn’t even call this an action movie, it’s a detective movie. You see Ryan Gosling start a case which leads to the next clue and then the next and then the next. It constantly provides you with twists and thought provoking situations to make you wonder about what is really going on here and this key idea of what does it mean to be human and does it even really matter.

9.5/10

Stranger Things Season 2

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Season 1 of Stranger Things was probably the biggest surprise of 2016 so naturally the hype was much larger this time around and in return Stranger Things was always going to have to go bigger. I very much enjoyed the first season but I wasn’t crazy about it like a lot of people so while I was excited for the shows return, I was able to keep my expectations to a reasonable level.

I thought Stranger Things delivered yet another strong season, keeping the freedom the show shined with in its debut season. It never lets the nostalgia factor take over from the story and it balances all of its characters extremely well. The style Stranger Things has going for it is a big draw for me, it all just fits so well and looks amazing. The supernatural story line only aids this style, it gives it that something special and as a result the show flows on a lovely note.

Winona Ryder and David Harbour are brilliant as I expected and Millie Bobby Brown continues her reign as one of the most talented (and adorable) child actors on the planet. The rest of the cast are great as well to be honest, no one lets the team down here. Good child actors are rare nowadays so whoever Stranger Things casting director is deserves massive credit for finding a special bunch of kids.

Although Stranger Things suffers from some plot diversion at times and can be a bit slow where it shouldn’t, overall Season 2 keeps up with the quality of its predecessor, delivers a well thought out story and introduces new, interesting dynamics for it’s characters.

8.7/10

 

Thor Ragnarok

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If you’re familiar with my site then you probably know that Marvel films are my everything. They’re the films I look forward to the most every year and have delivered two of my all time favorites this year with Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 and Spider-man Homecoming. So, as you would expect I was excited for Thor Ragnarok. It looked as though it was taking the character in a new direction and changing the concept of what a Thor film is. Early trailers and expo’s gave the idea that this was going to be an insanely colorful film along with turning the comedy up. Thor Ragnarok does both these things and they work perfectly. As you might have guessed…………… here it comes…………… I LOVED IT. Thor Ragnarok takes everything you love about Marvel films and makes the formula that much better.

A lot of people were worried that the comedy would “ruin” this film but I am forever in favor of the approach Ragnarok takes. People need to understand the tone these movies have, they don’t take themselves too seriously and allow the audience to have fun. I see so many people who want “dark” superhero films, I don’t know about you but I really want my big green monster and god of thunder to be taken seriously and not allow myself to have any fun whatsoever because that is definitely not the point of these films. Marvel movies are the perfect types of films to bring comedy into and Ragnarok is hilarious from start to finish. Ragnarok actually goes above Guardians 2 in the comedy aspect for me, there is some genuinely laugh out loud moments which caused me to laugh more than I have in years!

Chris Hemsworth has really grown into the character of Thor and truly made it his own. His comedy chops are off the rails in this film and it’s a real treat to watch. Tessa Thompson may have just become my new favorite Marvel character with a spectacular showing as Valkyrie. Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo also turn in great performances and you can clearly tell they’ve been let free of the chains imposed on them by previous films, especially Ruffalo.

The two previous Thor films have largely been based on Earth so it was a refreshing change to be introduced to a new planet and see a new area of the cosmic Marvel universe rather than America for the 12th time. The colour scheme I mentioned earlier helps create the atmosphere of this new world by giving off a sense of unfamiliarity and an adventurous style.

The action is this film is top notch as you would expect form a Marvel film. The opening and closing action scenes are particular highlights, aided by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. The scenes, combined with the music, just go so well together and it is literally impossible not to have fun while watching.

Thor Ragnarok makes it 3/3 for Marvel this year and nothing looks as though it’s going to be able to stop them with Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War approaching next year. Thor Ragnarok is an incredibly fun movie, I haven’t had such a relaxing time at the cinema in a long time. I always expected to enjoy the film but I never thought it would be as good as it was. Just like Guardians 2 and Homecoming, Thor Ragnarok delivers on every level for me, it goes above and beyond and puts its predecessors to shame in comparison. As for it’s score I think you can probably guess….

10/10

 

 

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