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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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Mars Attacks! Review

When, not if, the aliens invade, what is our course of action? How do we respond? It is fight or flight. For Tim Burton, it is neither. His reaction and response to the casual invasion of Planet Earth by the little green men from beyond the stars is to continue as best he can, business as normal. Who can blame him? Mars Attacks! is his offering of such a period, as much a mockery of 1950s sci-fi as it is of itself. But Burton casts his net too wide, and as he tries to satirise and jab anything and everything the world around him has to offer, he loses not just his charm as a director, but his ability to string a story together too.  

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V for Vendetta Review

Surely it can’t be a coincidence that most of the greatest authoritarian dystopian fictions written over the 20th century are all set in Britain. V for Vendetta1984, I’ve ran out of examples since I don’t do much reading and don’t care to Google for more, but two constitutes a mass amount in my eyes, and since I do have a keen interest in dystopian fiction, I thought it’d be about time I watched the adaptation of Alan Moore’s 80s comic book, V for Vendetta. Way back in sixth form I wrote my coursework on V for Vendetta, but I don’t necessarily have that big an attachment to the graphic novel, nor do I have any lingering doubts about how the adaptation from director James McTeigue should really work.

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