The Gang’s All Here
Justice League is the long-awaited team-up movie uniting six of the most iconic characters in all of DC Comics lore. Unexpectedly, the movie is also the shortest of any of the DCEU movies released thus far and that appears to be a result of director Zack Snyder and screenwriters Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon simplifying the storyline. This may upset audience members looking for something deeper and more meditative in their superhero movies, but for those just looking to sit back with a soda and some popcorn to have a fun time at the cinema, it will feel just right.
A Whodunit Remake
The Agatha Christie whodunit novel Murder on the Orient Express was previously adapted into a feature film in 1974 and that star-studded adaptation was a big hit with audiences. It has continued to stick around in the public consciousness throughout the years and the reveal of the murderer is often mentioned when people discuss the best movie plot twists of all-time. This brings into question the wisdom of a modern remake, because we are well beyond spoiler warnings at this point. This leaves the 2017 version of Murder of the Orient Express feeling more like an invitation to watch a group of popular actors hang out at a costume party than it does a suspenseful murder mystery.
The God of Thunder Has a Sense of Humor
After missing out on all the fun in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Thor and Hulk reappear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Ragnarok, a movie that immediately stands out as being one of the most unique entries in the franchise. It stands in stark contrast of the last standalone Thor film, Thor: The Dark World, which proved to be one of the blandest and most generic. That film, as its title might suggest, was dark and moody. Thor: Ragnarok, however, is all about being bright, colorful, hip, and humorous.