Category: Movie Reviews

Thor: Ragnarok – Adapting Ancient Mythology in the 21st Century

By Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

There is no doubt that Thor: Ragnarok is a ton of fun.

Director Taika Waititi married his eccentric energy with Marvel’s house style, enabling the “Marvel Formula” – filmmaking and storytelling style that puts emphasis on lightheartedness and spectacle –  to still stand despite the fact that this movie is the 17th installation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Spidey and the Future of Marvel

By Lynn Hong (18A13A) and Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

Editor’s note: To enhance the clarity of the article, the writers have updated and refined their movie review and opinions on the future direction of Marvel on 21/7/17.

The third reboot of this popular franchise was met with a mix of anticipation and skepticism, but it has emerged as an enrapturing and competent love letter to fans of the beloved superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a fast-paced, fun, and light-hearted take on the King of Marvel, presenting a dorkily endearing version of the superhero.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Franchises Tell No Tales

By Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg; with Jerry Bruckheimer as Producer) is the 5th installation in the 14-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean (PotC) franchise.

Many reviews before this one have already dissected the movie and discussed its many flaws. The storyline was convoluted, many of the characters were underdeveloped or underused, the visual effects were tacky and even irritating at times, and the jokes were either unfunny or overused. The movie had some redeeming factors, such as the tense moments between Captain Salazar and Captain Barbossa (portrayed by Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush respectively). Nevertheless, the film was filled with disappointments and flaws.

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Colour Me Surprised: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

By Jeanne Tan (17A01B)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (dir. James Gunn): the fifteenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the second movie in the well-received Guardians of the Galaxy series, and possibly one of the best so far. The promotion for this movie might leave some sceptical – the poster looks like a poorly-coloured amateur Photoshop job with the saturation turned on high, while the trailers featured some of the more uncomfortable jokes to come out of Marvel.

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