Not So Deep Thoughts 11.15.17
movie » thor: ragnarok
While Chris Hemsworth’s brawny Asgardian prince is a staple of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, the Thor standalone films have been middling entries at best. In Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi takes Thor away from the shining fantasy world of Asgard and the familiar locations of earth, dropping him into a colorful cosmic adventure. It’s a pretty big shake-up, and Waititi offers excitement and humor, delivering the strongest entry in the franchise by far.
After his long-confined sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), breaks free to claim the throne, the god of thunder is expelled from his home world alongside his brother and sometime enemy Loki (Tom Hiddleston). They end up on a planet that serves as a sort of universal junk heap, and Thor struggles to get back to defeat his sister, finding another displaced Asgardian (Tessa Thompson) and his fellow Avenger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) along the way.
The film shines when it focuses on the relationship between the titular hero and his comrades. Its humor is its strongest asset, but there’s enough action to satisfy most superhero fans. Hela is the weakest element of the film—through no fault of Blanchett’s. Marvel is often criticized for its underdeveloped villains, and she exists simply to menace our heroes and provide exposition. Still, Thor has long deserved a better film, and now, he has one.
Should you see it? Yes, it’s a lot of fun!—S.W.
Viewed at Marcus Wehrenberg Chesterfield Galaxy 14
app » gametime
It’s a crisp, winter night, and you decide there is no better way to spend your evening than at a Blues game. You have time to make it downtown, but what about tickets? Gametime is a free, last-minute sports ticket marketplace designed to make purchasing tickets as easy as possible on your smartphone. After the transaction is complete, a barcode will appear for use at the gate—no paper involved. You can even transfer a ticket to a friend via text message, and unlike well-established companies like StubHub, you can purchase tickets after the game starts!
music » rainbow by Kesha
Kesha began her career like so many young female artists who buy into the cookie-cutter pop formula. To say that she has matured since her days of “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug” is an enormous understatement. Her current single, “Praying,” has climbed the charts, and there will be many more from her new album Rainbow. In the four years since her last album, she has broken free from the shackles of Dr. Luke, her former producer. Kesha dug deep to produce the most raw and real art she has ever created.
tv » disjointed: streaming on Netflix; 10 episodes
In this 30-minute comedy, Kathy Bates plays an ex-hippie who owns a cannabis dispensary, Ruth’s Alternative Caring. Bates could not be any funnier as the ‘live and let live owner’ who agrees to let her son suggest ideas to improve the shop. She employs a motley group of ‘budtenders,’ all with interesting back stories. The show will make you chuckle, especially the fabricated commercial breaks. Best watched with a bag of chips and box of cookies.