Graphic Novel vs. Movie: V for Vendetta

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome to my final graphic novel vs. movie/TV show review for this month. V For Vendetta was one of the things I bought at comic con and I was super excited to read it. Let’s see how both the iconic graphic novel and the movie fared imho!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, this graphic novel takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with some thoughts on the graphic novel.
First of all, I am rather smitten with the artwork. At times it’s super colorful, at other times it’s drab, always perfectly capturing the mood.
The drawing reminded me quite a bit of the Watchmen graphic novel. Alan Moore is the author of both but the illustrators differ, so I was rather surprised by that.

Alan Moore wasted no time giving you an accurate picture of just how horrible this world is. By the way, on one of the first pages we get the line “every man needs to seize the initiative and make Britain great again.” I found it a little unsettling that the slogan of the president of the United States comes from a graphic novel about a fascist regime. I don’t know what I’d worse: that they have no clue about that line being in V for Vendetta and they accidentally went with it, or that they deliberately chose it.

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Thor: The Dark World

Hello, hello!
Welcome to another Thor movie review! We made it to the second of a total of three Thor solo films. Let’s take a look at The Dark World!

The Plot:

While Thor is still dealing with the aftermath of the first Avengers film’s events, Loki is rotting in jail. Things are going rather swell in Asgard when Thor love Jane Foster gets infected by the Aether and the end of all nine worlds seems imminent.

The Rating:

Well, I’m not in love with this one. As was the case with Iron Man 2, I think the second film in the Thor franchise is also the weakest one.

I wasn’t really intrigued by the story. To be honest, the only character I actually cared for in this film was Loki. And there’s not much of him in The Dark World.

Although I think that her character is really kick-ass, I just couldn’t be bothered to be interested in Natalie Portman’s storyline.

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Thor

Hey, guys!
After The Incredible Hulk, we have another new addition to the MCU franchise to discuss today. Thor is one of the original six Avengers, so let’s talk about his first film!

The Plot:

After the Asgardian God Thor fucked up big time, his father Odin exiled him to earth, stripped of his powers.
As Thor tries to settle on earth, his “brother” Loki has big plans…

The Rating:

While I wasn’t overly fond of The Incredible Hulk, Thor really did it for me.

What they did with the original Norse myths is quite surprising and I love that Marvel decided to go in that direction.

One of the biggest points that made Thor so great is the sense of humor. So many moments in this film are outright hilarious.

Apart from that, we get some impressive fighting sequences and the set design for Asgard is stunning. Anthony Hopkins stars as Odin, Rene Russo as Frigga, his queen. How could that not turn out great?

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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

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It’s another post in my Star Wars special series. Revenge of the Sith is the third and final installment in the prequel trilogy. So let’s see about it!

 

The Plot:
Lots of stuff going on in this part.
Palpatine and Anakin grow closer – much to the worry of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Palpatine might not be who he appears…
In the meantime, Padmé reveals that she is pregnant, leaving Anakin in a state of fear after having visions of Padmé dying in labor…

 

The Rating:
Well, that was ridiculous. Where do I even start?
First of all, the tried to squeeze some super bad and unfitting jokes in there that ruined the entire mood and simply were not funny at all. Furthermore, Hayden Christensen might just be the worst actor of all. His scenes were simply terrible, without any emotion and not convincing at all.  I literally had to keep myself from laughing out loud at his performance. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Hello my lovely readers!
Welcome to the next installment in my Star Wars series. Attack of the Clones is part two of the prequel trilogy. So let’s see what it is about!

 

The Plot:
Ten years have passed since the Trade Federation invaded Naboo. Padmé Amidala is still trying to save her people. After she narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, Padmé is placed under the protection of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker.
While Anakin falls in love with Padmé, Obi-Wan’s investigations lead him to a remote planet where an army of clones is being built…

 

The Rating:
Well, it’s finally happened. Attack of the Clones largely bored me. Lots of events were quite foreseeable and to be honest, Anakin’s behavior annoyed the hell out of me. Apart from being very annoying, there’s not much too his character. For somebody this important for the Star Wars Saga, I had expected a lot more depth. Even the battle scenes disappointed me. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Hey guys!
It’s time for another Star Wars review. Today we have the first episode of the prequel trilogy. So let’s see what George Lucas was up to with that one!

 

The Plot:
The Galactic Republic is in an uproar. The Trade Federation is preparing for a full-scale invasion on the planet Naboo. Two Jedis are sent to negotiate but only narrowly escape. They rescue Queen Padmé Amidala and try to bring her to safety. However, they get stranded on the desert planet Tantooine where they make new acquaintances…

 

The Rating:
It took me quite a long time to finally check out the prequel trilogy. After I had really enjoyed the original trilogy, I wasn’t sure about getting started with this one.
Anyway, I ended up having a great time! The Phantom Menace is much better than I had expected. The pretext with the political problems in the Galactic Republic is a bit tiresome, but the rest of the story is interesting. Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor are pretty cool Jedi, although I had thought they looked a bit ridiculous on the poster.
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