Hailing frequencies are open, and surely there can’t be anyone who didn’t like Thor: Ragnarok? Right?
Jane O’Reilly, email Cate Blanchett was magnificent! Sadly she and Hemsworth spend too much of the film apart to get into what could have been a fantastically dysfunctional sibling relationship. It was a refreshing change to see a woman over the age of 40 play such an unapologetically evil character – one thing the Marvel films have lacked is a big-enough variety of female characters.
James Daykin, email What an absolute blast Ragnarok was! Chris Hemsworth showed us what superb comic timing he has and Mark Ruffalo played nervous and twitchy expertly. The MCU needs this type of film every now and again to stop it from becoming too po-faced and remind us all of how silly and joyous this thing called life can be.
Steven Leech, Facebook Funny without being cheesy, with some great action and surprises. A great antidote to the dour DC franchise.
Shane Rees, Facebook Just what Marvel needs before the sh*t hits the fan in Infinity War. SFX: After Ragnarok, we’re hoping for an Infinity War retrofitted as an all-out comedy. If Thanos turns out to be anything but an A-grade comedian, it’ll be a disappointment.
Gary Lee Kydd, Facebook The soundtrack was the best I’ve heard since Guardians Of The Galaxy – really suited the movie.
Sara Dodd, Twitter Our family loved it. Doctor Strange and “Get help” were highlights… but it did go a bit Asgardians Of The Galaxy.
James Morley, Facebook A wonderfully silly film that still managed to be serious when the story required it.
Kieran Mackay, Facebook I didn’t quite dig the ending – it felt cut short and cheesy! But still I loved the writing.
Nanobot72, Twitter My family and I loved it. Nice balance of humour and action. Superhero films can take themselves too seriously.
Martin Horn, email Fun, frantic and actionpacked, well written – getting the best out of each of the characters, as they bounce off each other throughout – with references to earlier Thor/Avengers films beautifully played.
Barbara Rowley, Facebook I thought the two storylines were well balanced and that the humour didn’t detract from moments of
genuine suspense. I seldom actually laugh in a movie – it’s usually more of an amused smile and perhaps a slight chuckle – but this one drew a few genuine belly laughs, the call back to “Help me” being one of them.
Paul Logan, Facebook Never been a Thor fan and hated both the first two Thor films, but this was hands down the funniest and coolest Marvel movie. Taika Waititi did an excellent job as director and Chris Hemsworth was hilarious. Korg was the best part of the whole film though! 11/10 for me!
JediMum, Twitter It was all kinds of awesome! Korg! Lot’s of fun and visually stunning! Korg! Great actors playing great roles! And Korg!
Dave Jones, Facebook We need a Korg origin movie! SFX: Cinema needs more revolutionary eight-foot-tall rock monsters from New Zealand. Time for a What We Do In The Shadows crossover?
Simon Ford, Facebook I felt they were trying for too many laughs over story, like so many of the Marvel movies. Jeff Goldblum was perfect as the Grandmaster, though.
Minced Beef, Twitter The focus seemed to be more on humour than the story. Hela felt like she was the B-story to Thor’s escape from the Grandmaster. Chris Evans, Twitter Way, way too silly – it undermined numerous dramatic moments. Does every Marvel film have to be Guardians Of The Galaxy now? SFX: Hang on, aren’t you Captain America?
Paul Rees, Facebook Considering the deaths of so many famous characters, the tone seemed odd, and drifted too far into blatant comedy.
Steve Massart, Twitter I should have realised the director was from What We Do In The Shadows and steered clear.
FlangeBadger, Twitter Ragnarok was a bit like the mid-season comedy episode of a serious show. Fun, but the tone jars with the franchise. SFX: If every Marvel movie was as dull as the last Thor, the MCU would have disappeared ages ago. Best way to fix a franchise? Add plenty of bonkers sci-fi. And Jeff Goldblum.
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Andy Meakin, email We are now halfway into the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, and a vocal majority seem determined to hate on everything it does. And the gripes tend to be weighed down in blind nostalgia.
Everyone seems to have forgotten how awful TNG season one was, how unsure of itself DS9 was until season three, how Enterprise wobbled through the first two years, or how bland Voyager was. Discovery’s had the strongest start of all Trek to date. So why the hate?
The tech is potentially continuity-breaking, but come on, this is a secret operations science vessel, so it needs to have better tech than my mobile. In addition, maybe there’s an element of Enterprise’s temporal war at play? As for the “holodeck” – what we’ve seen are just hologram projections, lacking the physical interaction of the TNG holodeck. Consider this a prototype.
I’ve seen comments that it’s generic sci-fi with Trek references, but could that not be argued for all Trek to date? How similar was DS9 to TNG? Trek has always evolved to tell stories for new
It was refreshing to see a woman over 40 play such an evil character
audiences. It’s just a shame a portion of the fanbase would rather it didn’t. SFX Plus there was a holodeck (of sorts) in The Animated Series, anyway! As big fans of Discovery, we couldn’t agree more, Andy.
Debra Manley, email Am I the only one who found Winona Ryder absolutely terrible in Stranger Things season two? She just stands and gapes at things, then blinks a little. Also, watch how she smokes a cigarette: it’s like she’s terrified of it. Thankfully little Noah Schnapp as Will was staggeringly brilliant, so he made up for a lot. Can he be adopted next season, please, so we don’t have to watch any more Winona? SFX I feel I must defend my fantasy wife of the ’90s by pointing that some of us love Winona’s confused faces. Back off !
#A RIGHT ROYAL MESS Mike Garner, email The more I see of Inhumans (I’m up to episode four), the angrier I’m getting. The royal family have been expertly cast, but the lack of backstory or explanation of who these people are is ruining that. The series starts an episode late! It seems like there should be a pre-pilot episode showing why the royal family are good, and what their powers are. Making the series feel more Game Of Thrones than The Avengers is good, but dealt with so horribly that it’s now a detriment. Why should we care about the family being overthrown? Maybe it’s a good thing. Why do we care about a woman getting her hair cut? This should have been heartbreaking and impactful. It just looked like a bully picking on a woman. SFX For a more detailed hobnailed-bootson kicking of Inhumans, turn to p110 .
George White, email Reading your latest issue (SFX 293) I was disappointed to see the same old choices in your top 50 ’80s SF movies feature. Weird Science, Goonies, Temple Of Doom, yadda yadda. Some of these films are awful, and there’s no showcasing of more obscure gems: Trancers, Night Of The Comet, Battle Beyond The Stars. In the old days, SFX was willing to go against the grain and champion the more obscure, overlooked films, but now it seems to try to cover everything everyone else covers. For some of your long-time readers, the articles are getting repetitive. I know about sales and stuff, but surely there’s room for coverage of films, TV series and even radio shows that should be better known?
SFX That top 50 was the result of a reader poll; there were 139 films on the list to vote for, including Night Of The Comet (0.06% of the vote) and Battle Beyond The Stars (0.12%). The fact that there’s never been more SF & fantasy produced than there is today means it’s impossible for us to cover everything, and we’d be crazy not to cover some bighitters first. That said, we’ve recently run features on the likes of The Adventure Game, Crime Traveller and “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” – arguably not “what everyone else covers” – and there are countless other obscurities in Red Alert and reviews.
Alasdair Murray, email In his review of a book about Jim Henson’s film The Dark Crystal in issue 293, Dave Golder describes it as “still the only major feature film entirely populated by puppets”. Did he miss Team America: World Police?
SFX: I think you’ll find those were marionettes, not puppets... Oh, all right, we forgot that one. Have 10 pedant points. Next!
Chris Bentley, email Thank you for the generous review of my book
Captain Scarlet And The
Mysterons: The Vault in the latest issue (293). But could I just mention that you’ve misprinted the direct quote from the book? The fabric used to make the puppet-sized Spectrum tunics was just over half a millimetre thick (0.55mm), not half a metre (0.55m).
SFX This is just the kind of mildly frightening attention to detail that earned the book a five-star rating. Buy it, people!
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Mark Hevingham, email I’m sick of people complaining that Blade
Runner 2049 is too long. Like most two hour-plus movies, it takes its time and has the cojones to live in its world for the full duration. If you want an 80-minute popcorn movie go see Adam Sandler!
SFX Don’t go see Adam Sandler, readers. This is never a good idea.
Medium Atomic Weight, email So excited Stranger Things would finally feature on the cover, until I found out Eleven was nowhere to be seen. Caught with Eggos on your face, SFX!
Or caught with a Netflixapproved, non-spoilery cover image. One of the two.
Owen Hollifield, email All the talk about there not being another standalone Hulk movie because of the poor box office of earlier movies has got me thinking about how we can take Hulk in a different direction. Taking our inspiration from Aussie actor/ bodybuilder Lee Priest – the man behind the CGI Hulk in Ang Lee’s movie – who in real life is only 5’ 4” tall, how about the next film being about the Hulk trying to stay sane and relevant while dealing with his Napoleon complex?
SFX “Girls not want date Hulk, so Hulk wear shoes with heels. Then Hulk learn to love self and achieve state of equanimity.” Nah, can’t really see it myself...
The boys fought over who could wear Hela’s antlers first.
The crew went to the attic to search for some more spores.
Rick Moranis is sad that no one voted for Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.