Three Thors Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Over the last couple of weeks with a newborn I still have been able to see a few new movies, luckily they were all enjoyable in different ways. I saw Thor: Ragnarok, Rough Night, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
This was perhaps the most enjoyable movie-going experience of the year for me. Great special effects, humor, writing, and all in the MCU. This is a winner for me, front to back. A new aesthetic for the Thor character is created, a kind of 1980's arcade mixed with current day coloration and a Mark Mothersbaugh synth score that brings him back to his Devo days.
Noms: Taika Waititi for directing, Special Effects and stunts for the film, Score and music for the film.
It's not Shakespeare, but it is a fun movie. It's a perfect comedy for a Saturday night when the newborn can't see far enough to the TV and is too young to understand the jokes.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonaugh bounces back after the less than ground breaking Seven Psychopaths to give a very nuanced character story of revenge, crime, rape culture and a touch of police violence and racism. It's absolutely captivating, funny, heavy and charming.
Noms: Martin McDonaugh for writing and directing, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for acting, Ben Davis for cinematrography.