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UPDATE: LOKI, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY BEING AIRED AND AS SUCH THE REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS AND WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW EPISODES COME OUT.  AS OF THIS FIRST POST THERE ARE 4 EPISODES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO WATCH.

Synopsis:

As the Avengers worked to set the world back to rights they made a tiny error which allowed for Loki to steal the Tesseract as they attempted to retrieve the Infinity Stone.  The TVA, or Time Variance Authority, moved in to take Loki into custody for crimes against the Sacred Timeline.

While they give Loki choice: face being reset (aka erased from existence) or to help their organization capture a bigger threat- another time variant that is wreaking havoc on the TVA agents.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure, Crime Thriller, Time Heist, Procedural Drama

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 4 episodes around 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: PG-13 (for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, use of alcohol, drugs and smoking, frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Marino, Sasha Lane

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I cannot speak highly enough of this show!  It is a roller coaster from start to finish but absolutely stunning.  From the visuals that have been build for the TVA to the costume design of Loki and the other Variants… its just a feast.  The writing is great and the acting is even better….Just trust me and go watch it for yourself.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Episode 1:

This is going to be a really interesting show.

The Sacred Timeline? The Time-Keepers…the TVA.  It’s a lot to take in but it is a really wonderful start to the show.

Plus, who doesn’t love Loki and all of his mischief.

I love the fact that all of the new information about the TVA (since we haven’t seen them to date) is presented in a way that not only makes sense but is also super createive.  I love the little 1950s-esque animated bits we are getting as “educational” films about the TVA.  Such a cool way to get the info to us.

That is a LOT of Infinity Stones.  It’s going to be really interesting to see what exactly is going to happen since Loki knows where they are.  I wonder how everything will play out and if they will end up as a significant part to the show.

Well…that wasn’t what I was expecting.  Loki…having to hunt Loki.

Episode 2:

As if I didn’t already love this show, we are in the midst of one of the biggest renaissance faires in the US…. It’s just so wonderful.

The soundtrack for this show is going to be killer since we are travelling back and forth throughout time.  I hope they keep this up.  You can’t go wrong with a good fight set to Hero.

Oh Loki…. I love the metaphor he ties to use.  Its great…because it’s true.

I hope this all continues.  The two of them in Pompeii with Loki speaking Latin and just making mischief is great.

Time to look up naturally occurring apocalypses across the universe!

So, the Variant Loki can jump.  Fascinating.  It’s always great to see other actors play something like Loki’s character.

A female Loki…and forcing a completer divergence of the Sacred Timeline.  What a set up for the end of Episode 2…. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Episode 3:

Sylvie is going to be a fun character.  She’s just enough Loki and just enough something else that it’s a fun combination.

I LOVE that it’s not just written in a file that Loki is gender-fluid (and likes all the people) but it is actually openly discussed.

And Tom Hiddleston singing the Norse folksong.  It’s beautiful.

So the plot thickens.  All of the workers at the TVA were Variants at one point or another and they DON’T know it?  That’s more than a little messed up…

And they are seemingly trapped.  Things are about to get serious.

Episode 4:

Captured.  I’m really enjoying the bits and pieces that we are getting of everything that is going on at the TVA.  Sylvie escaping at such a young age.  The truths about the TVA.  The little bits of people coming out of the trances they seem to be in.

Now the bad memory prison.  Its nice to see Sif again.

What is going to happen if the members of the TVA realize they have other memories…they had other lives?  They are Variants.  How is that going to change things?

Mmm…. Sylvie has gotten someone to believe.  Let’s see if Loki can get our other friend to believe too.

DAMN we got him.  What are they going to do to take everything down?

WHAT THE HELL?!?!  That was very not cool.  Not cool at all.  Ravanna is not a good person.

Ooh we get to see the Time-Keepers.

And my favorite…the epic battle.

THEY’RE MACHINES?????? 

Then WHO created the TVA?  That’s a great question Loki…

Oh do it… Ravanna is in big trouble.

And I will be watching the next episode on Wednesday when it comes out.  That is not a cool thing to do.  I don’t like cliffhangers like that.

Credit Scene:  So now we get to see what happens when someone is “Pruned” …and what in the multi-verse is all of that?

Episode 5:

Fascinating the whole scenario with the inescapable time void.  I can’t wait to see what the group of Loki’s will come up with.

Sylvie is something else.  I love that she took the chance and pruned herself…and that she has a TimPad.  Its great….

I also love our Loki. 

So, so many Loki.  I hope they get it together and decide to help each other out.

The Judge isn’t going to know what hit her if they end up getting out of this void.

Of course Loki fell in love with the female version of himself….that’s just how it works doesn’t it…. And it is also wonderful that he realized that having friends and not doing things alone is so much more important not to mention successful than doing things alone.

I hate the cliffhangers!  But next episode should reveal all… time to find out who created the TVA and why they are hiding themselves…

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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LOKI, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY BEING AIRED AND AS SUCH THE REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS AND WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW EPISODES COME OUT.  AS OF THIS FIRST POST THERE ARE 4 EPISODES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO WATCH.

Synopsis:

As the Avengers worked to set the world back to rights they made a tiny error which allowed for Loki to steal the Tesseract as they attempted to retrieve the Infinity Stone.  The TVA, or Time Variance Authority, moved in to take Loki into custody for crimes against the Sacred Timeline.

While they give Loki choice: face being reset (aka erased from existence) or to help their organization capture a bigger threat- another time variant that is wreaking havoc on the TVA agents.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure, Crime Thriller, Time Heist, Procedural Drama

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 4 episodes around 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: PG-13 (for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, use of alcohol, drugs and smoking, frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Marino, Sasha Lane

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Episode 1:

This is going to be a really interesting show.

The Sacred Timeline? The Time-Keepers…the TVA.  It’s a lot to take in but it is a really wonderful start to the show.

Plus, who doesn’t love Loki and all of his mischief.

I love the fact that all of the new information about the TVA (since we haven’t seen them to date) is presented in a way that not only makes sense but is also super createive.  I love the little 1950s-esque animated bits we are getting as “educational” films about the TVA.  Such a cool way to get the info to us.

That is a LOT of Infinity Stones.  It’s going to be really interesting to see what exactly is going to happen since Loki knows where they are.  I wonder how everything will play out and if they will end up as a significant part to the show.

Well…that wasn’t what I was expecting.  Loki…having to hunt Loki.

Episode 2:

As if I didn’t already love this show, we are in the midst of one of the biggest renaissance faires in the US…. It’s just so wonderful.

The soundtrack for this show is going to be killer since we are travelling back and forth throughout time.  I hope they keep this up.  You can’t go wrong with a good fight set to Hero.

Oh Loki…. I love the metaphor he ties to use.  Its great…because it’s true.

I hope this all continues.  The two of them in Pompeii with Loki speaking Latin and just making mischief is great.

Time to look up naturally occurring apocalypses across the universe!

So, the Variant Loki can jump.  Fascinating.  It’s always great to see other actors play something like Loki’s character.

A female Loki…and forcing a completer divergence of the Sacred Timeline.  What a set up for the end of Episode 2…. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Episode 3:

Sylvie is going to be a fun character.  She’s just enough Loki and just enough something else that it’s a fun combination.

I LOVE that it’s not just written in a file that Loki is gender-fluid (and likes all the people) but it is actually openly discussed.

And Tom Hiddleston singing the Norse folksong.  It’s beautiful.

So the plot thickens.  All of the workers at the TVA were Variants at one point or another and they DON’T know it?  That’s more than a little messed up…

And they are seemingly trapped.  Things are about to get serious.

Episode 4:

Captured.  I’m really enjoying the bits and pieces that we are getting of everything that is going on at the TVA.  Sylvie escaping at such a young age.  The truths about the TVA.  The little bits of people coming out of the trances they seem to be in.

Now the bad memory prison.  Its nice to see Sif again.

What is going to happen if the members of the TVA realize they have other memories…they had other lives?  They are Variants.  How is that going to change things?

Mmm…. Sylvie has gotten someone to believe.  Let’s see if Loki can get our other friend to believe too.

DAMN we got him.  What are they going to do to take everything down?

WHAT THE HELL?!?!  That was very not cool.  Not cool at all.  Ravanna is not a good person.

Ooh we get to see the Time-Keepers.

And my favorite…the epic battle.

THEY’RE MACHINES?????? 

Then WHO created the TVA?  That’s a great question Loki…

Oh do it… Ravanna is in big trouble.

And I will be watching the next episode on Wednesday when it comes out.  That is not a cool thing to do.  I don’t like cliffhangers like that.

Credit Scene:  So now we get to see what happens when someone is “Pruned” …and what in the multi-verse is all of that?

Rating:

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Thor: Ragnarok, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years after the battle of Sokovia, Thor has been imprisoned by a demon who reveals certain truths to Thor including that Asgard will be destroyed during Ragnarok, a prophesied event that will be brought on by the connection of certain artifacts.

Thor eventually frees himself and defeats the demon believing that this, along with stealing one of the artifacts away, will prevent the events of Ragnarok from unfolding.

When he returns to Asgard Thor not only discovers that Heimdall is gone but Loki is masquerading as Odin…and has been for the past few years.  Thor forces him to come to Earth to help find Odin with the help of Doctor Stephen Strange…

As the quest to find Odin reveals more than what Thor bargained for including the return of a long lost sister Hela, the death of their father, and the imminent arrival of Ragnarok things are about to go from bad to worse for Loki and Thor…especially when Hela actually arrives on scene.

Banished, with Mjolnir destroyed, Thor must fight for his life to get back to Asgard and reverse what has been done.  But can he defeat his own sister?  Or will Ragnarok finally destroy his entire planet?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Buddy Film

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 130 minutes

-Rating:

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is the kind of thing you get when you just hire Jeff Goldblum, give him a character type, and just let him go on set.  THIS is what Jurassic World was missing when they just had him SIT behind a desk and do nothing but talk.  THIS is the kind of film that could have been.

But in all seriousness.  Jeff Goldblum is one of the bet parts of this movie, hands-down. 

I think one of the things that makes this film so great is that it follows the characters that we have been seeing from Thor and the characters up till now that appear in the film.  But it also leans so hard into the “comic” aspect that we haven’t really gotten in the previous movies.

It is colorful, absurd and kind of nuts.  But in that way that unleashing Jeff Goldblum and a great cast of actors on an idea with a great supporting crew and writers can be.

I mean when you can have a goddess of death walk into a chamber of relics and call the infinity gauntlet with all of the stones “FAKE” in the way that she does then you’ve really got something awesome (even if her character design and lore don’t match that of the actual Norse goddess..)

Such great jokes and just like the last few films so much depth in what is going on from grief to discussions of family.

And just generally a LOT of fun in between all of the heavy hitters of the MCU.  We definitely needed this when it comes into the universe.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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REPOST: THOR, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Odin, King of the Asgard, has waged and won a war on the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth.  As the Asgard warriors defeat the Giants in Norway they are able to seize the source of the Frost Giant’s power.

In the present, Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard as his father, Odin, begins to step down from his position in the realm.  As the celebration erupts throughout the land Frost Giants attack the city searching for the source of their power.  Thor defies his father and drags his group of comrades off to fight the Frost Giants on their own land nearly inciting a new war.

As punishment Odin sends Thor, and his hammer, to Earth.  He lands in New Mexico to promptly be run over by astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig.  While they are in the middle of figuring out just what happened to the man they have run into as well as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge they have apparently witnessed, locals have gotten a hold of the hammer.

S.H.I.E.L.D descends on the town, Loki gets out of hand on Asgard…and things go awry.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Redemption

-Creator: based on characters created by MARVEL Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction action and violence, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medical sedatives, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stallan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I wasn’t exactly well versed in Thor and his story in the MARVEL world when I first saw this film but he has become one of my favorite superheroes over the course of his films.  And while I do love Jane and Darcy (who has become one of my favorite characters over the years) this movie isn’t the best of the Thor series…and it’s not one of my favorites of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

The movie is fine in general.  It introduces some of the most important and most popular characters like Darcy, Jane, Thor and Loki…even Phil Coulson… but it isn’t the best of the Thor films.  And honestly isn’t one of the best of the universe.

But it is necessary and there are some parts I really love.  The cinematography is really wonderful during a lot of the film.  The little off kilter moments where the camera is turned just slightly off really lend an air of tension and being off balance, which is really fitting for the manner of the film.

Its an interesting “origin” story type of film.  We get to see the first part of Thor becoming the god that we know he is later in the Avengers.  We get the origin of Darcy (and without spoiling too much her journey is killer awesome!).  We get to see the beginnings of a S.H.I.E.L.D.

In regard to those things, it’s a good film.  But between all of the moments where a lot of exposition is needed and Thor being a spoilt brat… it’s a lot.  And while I’m not sure what else they could have done to make the film different or better.  But here we are.  And obviously it ended up working because we are supposed to get yet another movie in the universe of Thor…and even a TV show… which is really exciting.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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THOR, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Odin, King of the Asgard, has waged and won a war on the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth.  As the Asgard warriors defeat the Giants in Norway they are able to seize the source of the Frost Giant’s power.

In the present, Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard as his father, Odin, begins to step down from his position in the realm.  As the celebration erupts throughout the land Frost Giants attack the city searching for the source of their power.  Thor defies his father and drags his group of comrades off to fight the Frost Giants on their own land nearly inciting a new war.

As punishment Odin sends Thor, and his hammer, to Earth.  He lands in New Mexico to promptly be run over by astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig.  While they are in the middle of figuring out just what happened to the man they have run into as well as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge they have apparently witnessed, locals have gotten a hold of the hammer.

S.H.I.E.L.D descends on the town, Loki gets out of hand on Asgard…and things go awry.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Redemption

-Creator: based on characters created by MARVEL Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction action and violence, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medical sedatives, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stallan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I wasn’t exactly well versed in Thor and his story in the MARVEL world when I first saw this film but he has become one of my favorite superheroes over the course of his films.  And while I do love Jane and Darcy (who has become one of my favorite characters over the years) this movie isn’t the best of the Thor series…and it’s not one of my favorites of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

The movie is fine in general.  It introduces some of the most important and most popular characters like Darcy, Jane, Thor and Loki…even Phil Coulson… but it isn’t the best of the Thor films.  And honestly isn’t one of the best of the universe.

But it is necessary and there are some parts I really love.  The cinematography is really wonderful during a lot of the film.  The little off kilter moments where the camera is turned just slightly off really lend an air of tension and being off balance, which is really fitting for the manner of the film.

Its an interesting “origin” story type of film.  We get to see the first part of Thor becoming the god that we know he is later in the Avengers.  We get the origin of Darcy (and without spoiling too much her journey is killer awesome!).  We get to see the beginnings of a S.H.I.E.L.D.

In regard to those things, it’s a good film.  But between all of the moments where a lot of exposition is needed and Thor being a spoilt brat… it’s a lot.  And while I’m not sure what else they could have done to make the film different or better.  But here we are.  And obviously it ended up working because we are supposed to get yet another movie in the universe of Thor…and even a TV show… which is really exciting.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.