Sequels. Sequels everywhere.
Movie reviews on Readers in Wonderland, Alise? Really? Yes, really! I was in absolute love with Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so why not share why with all of you? Plus, Catching Fire is a book to movie adaption so that’s my excuse. Other than that, no real reason.
Title: Thor: The Dark World (Sequel to Thor)
Running Time: 112 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: November 8th, 2013
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Anyone who knows me from real life or is a good blogging friend of mine will know I love Loki. Pretty sure that was where my obsession with villains
and Tom Hiddleston started. Anyway, I had super high expectations for this movie and they were met well for the most part.
Let’s get one thing out of the way real fast, I’m pretty sure I had a mini-stroke with all the twists involved in this one. If you have already seen the movie, you probably know exactly what I mean. Thor 2 was anything but predictable. It also had a perfect mixture of romance:
There was also some major character development in this novel, which reminds me of Sif. Although a small romance was hinted at between her and Thor in the first movie, it is openly acknowledged in this one, especially since Odin is very Team Sif. Can’t blame him, she is a complete goddess.
If you saw Thor and thought “Hey, for some reason I feel like Jane should slap more people.” then look no further because Jane has no qualm about slapping either brother in The Dark World.
I think my only real issue with this movie was that there was not enough Loki in it. I was expecting a tag team duo to defeat Malekith and some brother bonding but due to some unforeseen circumstances, Loki was relatively absent. Don’t get me wrong, he had some fantastic parts. I really liked how more focus went toward Loki’s magic.
Whether you are a fan of Thor…
You’ll be a fan of this movie.
Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Running Time: 146 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Release Date: November 22d, 2013
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Unlike Thor, which I saw a week ago, I literally just got back from seeing Catching Fire. It was… FANTASTIC. Now, it has been awhile since I’ve read the books so I can’t exactly say what parts were left out of the movie or not. All I know is that this movie is made of awesome. Near perfection.
If you are a fan of the love triangle, you will be loving this installment of The Hunger Games. There are moments with both boys that had me sighing (and sometimes teary-eyed) The dynamics between these three are strengthened so much in this book, you can see how much they both care about Katniss. Peeta would do anything for her, including give up his life if it ever came to that.
Speaking of getting teary-eyed, I dare you get through this movie without feeling sympathy for one or more of these characters. This one is ten times as emotional as the first movie was, and I was gasping and clutching at my popcorn many, many times. So hard not to cry! (I have this rule about NEVER crying in a movie theatre) But, I came close. A lot.
The Uprising has started, and if you read the books you know where that is going to lead. Still, it’s so hard actually seeing the emotional journey rather than just reading it because I am a visual person. The acting was superb, because you could feel each and every character’s pain and loss as well as seeing it.
Katniss was an absolute badass in this movie, Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect actress for the part, and she has become Katniss so I can not picture the character any other way. And how about those visual effects? I know they had a bigger budget with this movie but wow, what a difference from the first installment.
It’s funny because I actually wasn’t all that excited to run out and see this movie, especially not in opening weekend. I am so glad I did because it was definitely worth getting up early and actually becoming visually acceptable to go out in public to see it. Seriously great movie.
Not one to miss.