Early Reviews for Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok seems to have fallen into the typical, all too familiar, and now predictable, Marvel trope of telling non-stop jokes to sell movie tickets. Apparently just like every other Earth-ending, Universe-ending, event that we’ve seen in Marvel movies – the Apocalypse (Ragnarok) is just as hilarious! 
Here’s an excerpt from EW.com review by Chris Nashawaty, where he gives this movie a B, while simultaneously shredding it.
“There’s a lot more to the bloated story, but honestly, none of it is very interesting. In fact, it’s endless. You don’t care what’s happening or what’s going to happen next. We’re just led from place to place for a hash of foggy reasons that no one will ever remember 10 minutes after leaving the theater. But that’s not really the point of this movie. Ragnarok is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works.”
“Back in the day, audiences had to wait a few weeks for Mad magazine to skewer the latest self-important Hollywood blockbuster. These days, Marvel sequels arrive as parodies of the earnest, self-respecting entries that launched each character (cf. “Iron Man 2’s” undoing of all that “Iron Man” established). If only that were an indication of the genre’s own impending Ragnarok — a sign that the entire phenomenon is about to implode, only to be reborn as something more worthy of the audience’s time and intelligence.”
   Ouch!
Rotten Tomatoes has it at a score of 98% from the hand chosen critics who’ve seen the movie up to this point in time.
Random Angst will post our review soon after seeing the movie when it is released.
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And the Title for the Previously #UntitledHanSoloMovie Is….

After months of speculation and posts from the new director, Ron Howard, that had only called the movie #untitledHanSolomovie, we finally have a title! And the title is….

 

 

lol

 

Check out StarWars.com for more info.

 

Check out the twitter announcement from Ron Howard himself:

 

The Random Angst Podcast Episode 9 – King Arthur: The Last Jedi

 

In this episode we discuss our final thoughts on Salt Lake Comic Con 2017, and how you can access our content from SLCC17. We spend time talking Ahsoka from Star Wars The Clone Wars and Rebels and how EK Johnston got inducted into the 501st at SLCC17.
We give our review of King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword and whether we would like to see a second King Arthur movie.
We review the newly released Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and discuss our thoughts on the trailer. We talk about how or if Princess Leia will survive Episode 8 and Marc learns that Kylo Ren is a Skywalker.
We plug Jim Butcher’s newest series, The Cinder Spires Series and Marc gives us a synopsis of this new book – The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Give us a listen and let us know what you think and what you would like to see us talk about on a future podcast!

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie poster

 

 

Here’s the theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As far as Star Wars theatrical posters go, it’s pretty consistent with the previous Episodes, which is good but at the same time – predictable. I do like the red coloring and the placement of the characters, as well as the vehicles on Crait getting ready to battle. I do like the different posters that are released, then how the theatrical posters are symmetrical and complement each other.

Galaxy’s Edge (Star Wars Land) at Disney Parks

Curious to know more about the upcoming Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Disney World?

Officially known as Galaxy’s Edge, there has been some information officially released by Disney and Lucasfilm which is talked about here. This panel from Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 also delved into some unofficial news about Galaxy’s Edge. Listen in as Matt Martin, from Lucasfilm, Valerie Cameron-Walker, a huge Disney enthusiast from B98.7, and other panel members discuss this major upcoming addition to Disney Parks happening in 2019.

This content is exclusive to Random Angst and can only be found on Random Angst’s Patreon account. Click on the banner below to listen to this exclusive audio from Salt Lake Comic Con 2017. TIA!

 

Star Wars: Behind the Scenes of Jabba’s Palace

Join Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, Regal Robot’s Tom Spina, and Return of the Jedi Creature Designer Kirk Thatcher as they break down the aliens and denizens of Jabba’s Palace from Star Wars The Return of the Jedi. Pablo, Tom, and Kirk identify and discuss the various creatures from Jabba’s Palace and how they were created. Kirk Thatcher was one of the creators of the creatures from Return of the Jedi and witnessed first hand as well as participated in the creative process for these creatures and is featured heavily in the presentation. This panel was held on Sept 23, 2017 at Salt Lake Comic Con 2017.

 

Random Angst Podcast Episode 8 – Is that IT?

Yes, that’s it. This is our last podcast talking in depth about IT – Book One. We have a special guest, Jordan Rasmussen, on to talk IT and The Dark Tower. We also get into Salt Lake Gaming Con which happened over the summer of 2017. We talk about some new board games that have come out, and review the 1st Annual JordanCon! We also plug Constant Readers SLC for more Stephen King discussion.

 

Wonder Woman

 

“What I do is not up to you.” – Diana Prince

We start the show in aftermath of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as we see Diana Prince in a museum, the Louve in Paris, receiving a briefcase from Bruce Wayne. In the briefcase is a note and an original black and white photograph. The photograph is the one seen in BvS:DOJ with Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, and the others in a group photo from World War I.  As Diana is looking at the photo, we are taken back in time to when Diana was a little girl.

Wonder Woman takes us on an epic journey as we are introduced to Diana of Themyscira and experience her origin story. We watch with wonder as she grows up as a warrior princess and is first introduced to man. We empathize with her desire to do good in the world and help those who are less fortunate. We laugh at her naivete as she is introduced to the world and the humans outside of Paradise Island. We marvel at her strength as she tackles World War I head on and immediately makes a difference. We fall in love with her as she experiences love for Steve Trevor, and then loses him just as quickly. We cheer as she fights evil and defeats the God of War as she comes into her full strength before our very eyes.

Wonder Woman is easily the best movie of the summer, and of the year up to this point. Her strength, beauty, and charm put this movie head and shoulders above any superhero or comic book movie that has been released. Wonder Woman was the most intriguing part of Batman vs. Superman, and Diana Prince was fully established as a superhero in this movie. It has been a long time coming, and I’m glad she is finally in the forefront in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Go see this movie, go buy this movie, you will enjoy it!

The Dark Tower (2017)

 

“The Man in Black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.”

One of the most iconic sentences written by Stephen King, and there are plenty, is included in the cinematic release of The Dark Tower. The movie has plenty of great visuals that tie into the written saga of the The Dark Tower and are exciting to see represented on film. There are a lot of story elements taken from the novels and comic books, characters, places, titles, and locations; but this is a different story than we have seen, or read, before.

This is what I would attribute the negative reactions towards the film to. The film tries to play the middle ground, put enough in the story for fans to recognize but also cater to the mainstream audience and play it safe with the story. This is a dangerous idea that rarely pays off. If you are going to commit to a movie as intricate and beloved as The Dark Tower, you’d better commit to appeasing the hard core fans. If you don’t have them in your, you have nothing. Imagine if while creating the Game of Thrones HBO series, the producers hadn’t followed the source material and had tried to play it safe, thinking the audience wouldn’t want to see dragons and sorcery? That series would have died quickly, it is seeing the source material on screen that people fell in love with. The Dark Tower should have followed suit.

I enjoyed The Dark Tower movie and I think that it has potential to open up a whole new universe of stories that people have been enjoying for decades now. I hope that the idea of having TV shows and sequel movies to continue this story is able to come to fruition as time goes on.  But, I did feel short changed as I left the theater, knowing that the source material is so rich and has so much to draw on.  However, I am willing to see where this goes and give The Dark Tower another chance.

I would give this movie a B as I enjoyed the visuals and the opportunity to see these characters on screen for the first time.