The FILMS

To­tal Film’s act­ing edi­tor, Matt May­tum, picks the most Ham­mer-friendly block­busters of the year

Metal Hammer (UK) - - THE BIG REVIEW 2017 -

THOR: RAG­NAROK

MAR­VEL

Mar­vel’s As­gar­dian god got more than a hair­cut in his third solo out­ing; di­rec­tor Taika Waititi com­pletely over­hauled the tone to suit Chris hemsworth’s com­edy chops. As well as be­ing one of 2017’s laugh-out-loud fun­ni­est movies, Rag­narok also boasted psy­che­delic ac­tion scenes, a glad­i­a­to­rial hulk and two per­fectly de­ployed uses of Im­mi­grant Song.

IT

WARNER BROS

Post-Stranger Things, 80s-set, kid-cen­tric hor­ror IT couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time. As well as bring­ing the scares, this adap­ta­tion didn’t ne­glect the themes of friend­ship, iso­la­tion and the hor­rors of grow­ing up that made the novel a clas­sic. And Bill Skars­gård’s Pen­ny­wise is a boogey­man for the ages…

BLADE RUN­NER 2049

WARNER BROS

Crit­ics soiled them­selves over this lon­gawaited se­quel, with good rea­son: 35 years after the orig­i­nal cult sci-fi re­de­fined cin­ema, this brood­ing se­quel had killer cin­e­matog­ra­phy, at­mos­phere to burn, and stayed pleas­ingly am­bigu­ous to the very end. Ryan Gosling brought ice-cool charisma, but a re­turn­ing har­ri­son Ford sealed it with a pow­er­house per­for­mance.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

MAR­VEL

Pump­ing up the vol­ume, ac­tion and heart, the MCU’s rag­tag team of odd­ball he­roes re­turned for a crowd-pleas­ing se­quel.

Key new play­ers in­cluded Kurt Rus­sell as the swag­ger­ing Ego, and bug-eyed em­path Man­tis, but overly lit­eral mus­cle­man Drax and tree-in­fant Groot re­main the MVPs.

Roll on Awe­some Mix Vol. 3.

BAND PICK!

THE IN­VIS­I­BLE GUEST

Atres­me­dia Cine

“It’s on Net­flix, and it’s about a wo­man who kills some­body and tries to get out of it via an elab­o­rate scheme with her boyfriend, but it back­fires.

It’s kind of a mur­der mys­tery, and the script is su­perb.

It has a very hitch­cock vibe to it, and it’s in Span­ish, so your con­cen­tra­tion’s to­tally on it.”

NICK HOLMES, PAR­ADISE LOST

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