Thor: The Dark World

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, I am really enjoying the new wave of marvel films, with the exception of Iron Man 2.

I wasn’t really sure about Hemsworth when he was cast, all I heard was that he was a soap actor turned movie star which usually means that the actor in question has ideas above their station. This is definitely not the case with Hemsworth, he is exactly what I would picture an Asguardian to be like.

The plot of the movie is your typical super hero film, some big evil is threatening the world and it is up to our hero to pull out the stops and throw themselves in harms way to save us. The movie tells the story of the dark elves and their leader who wants to cast the seven realms into darkness.

For me the story focused a bit too much on Thors relationship with Jane Foster, I would have liked to see a little less there and more character development in the elves. That being said seeing Natalie Portman on a date with Chris O’Dowd made my night as I am a huge IT crowd fan and am glad he is still working.

The film also had a few random gags in there my favourite of which was not wearing plants helps you think, I am a firm believer in this however I don’t think my colleagues would appreciate me walking round the office in my boxers 😉

Overall I would give the film a solid 8/10

Escape Plan

We watched two films this week and the second one was Escape Plan.

I hadn’t heard of this one when it was suggested however the cast contained Arnold Scwartzanegger, who can do no wrong in my eyes, and Sylvester Stallone who I am not a huge fan of but I do respect for trying to reinvent 80’s style action films.

The acting was pretty bad, the plot was mediocre but I loved the film, it was everything that made 80’s action films great minus the one liners from Arnie.

The storey follows Stallone a professional prison escape artist into a secret private prison which he is supposed to test the security of and try to escape. He is double crossed and is unable to to get out using the safe word he was given and ends up befriending Scwartzanegger who helps him in order to get out himself.

If you like your wooden acting and 80’s movies you have to watch this otherwise it’s probably worth awing for the DVD/BluRay.

7.5/10 for the nostalgia trip, probably closer to 6/10 if this isn’t your sort of thing.

Bad Grandpa

I think that shock comedy had really had it’s day although I did laugh at a couple of points in the movie for the most part I felt a mixture of uncomfortable and bored. I don’t think that it is because I am getting older either as I do still find some pretty puerile things funny…

The film itself follows the exploits of a child and his grandpa on a cross country trip where the grandpa is trying to hand off his grandson to his father. All while the corpse of his wife is in the boot of the car.

The film goes from some old school jackassery to more of a “how much can we shock you now”. The story is none existent at best, don’t get me wrong if you enjoy this style of humour then you may enjoy this but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Overall 2/10

Soft kitty

It’s been a few days since my last post so I thought I’d put a bit of an update on here.

To be honest not much has happened, I’m back at work after taking a week off to use up some annual leave and it’s been a little harsh as I messed my sleep pattern up good and proper while I was off with looking after Snarf (my cat).

She was involved in an accident a couple of weeks ago now, the vet advised she’d probably been hit by a car, and she has been extremely needy ever since. She won’t do anything without me being around and even when I am home all she wants to do is sleep. I gave up yesterday on the “cone of shame” as I caught her licking the wound on her leg which I was trying to keep her away from.

Work has been busy and while it has been good to have lots to do, it has felt a little like I’ve had to hit the ground running. I’ve also had to do quite a bit of work outside of my comfort zone which has been interesting, meeting new stakeholders and doing a lot of investigation work.

Fifth Estate

Last week we watched The Fifth Estate, also referred to as the WikiLeaks movie. I didn’t really know much about the WikiLeaks story so was quite interested in seeing the film however I can’t help but wonder how much of the film was fiction and how much was true. Certainly the media do seem to be painting the picture that Julian Assange is eccentric and I am glad that the film didn’t focus on the accusations which have been brought against him, although they were mentioned in some text shots at the end of the film.

All in all I thought the performance from Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent, he conveyed Assange as manipulative and dishonest and well an out and out horrible person. Sure he had good intentions but he became misguided and started seeing enemies where there were none. I don’t know how true this is to Assange in real life however I choose to take it with a pinch of salt as the more and more I research the whole fiasco the muddier the waters get.

This is one of the better films I have seen this year however it is quite topical and in my opinion would lean towards the more geek/nerd audiences out there.

Based on that my rating for the film would be 6.5/10