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Thor: Love and Thunder Review

Disastrous press campaign aside, Thor: Love and Thunder has been a fascinating test of just how far a fandom will defend garbage. Christian Bale screaming in the mud, rumbling around the floor and scarpering about as an opening moment reflects nicely on the scrabbling fans. Sadly, this smug metaphor comes to chastise the best part of this Taika Waititi-made car crash. Bale, naturally, is the talent that is raised taller than the rest of the family-friendly indulgence on display in this bland, colourful shlock. How it is possible to make a feature so vibrant yet so muted and uncomfortably grey is fascinating. Thor: Love and Thunder makes it possible though, a remarkably flat and banal feature that does very little with its simple parts.

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Dune Review

Dreams are messages from the deep. Then what is this nightmare? Dune dares to defile the good name of Frank Herbert with a rank and shoddy showcase of how, eventually, all genres will eclipse themselves. How foreboding an opening line that can be, and just how on the nose Denis Villeneuve makes this jargon-heavy space-bound feature. Dune opens with a bold assumption that a second part is to come. Mulling over its political ideologies and the many Houses across the known galaxy, all Dune and Villeneuve’s vision can offer is a weak and febrile scratching of the surface. He would be hard-pressed to hit at anything bigger or better than that, even when the most important pieces linger awkwardly close to the right places.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but I like the way you say it.” is a good line, more for my review rather than that of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It summarises my thoughts on this piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather nicely, for I have no clue what this instalment of the franchise intends to be, but there is a part of me that enjoys it. Was this the rut? Or has it been a decade-long rut all along? The master con is not that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has nothing going on, but that this whole phase had no real impact or influence. What better to do when there is time to kill than bulk up some of the newer characters? It is better than doing nothing at all. That would, however, imply Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does anything.  

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