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The Cloverfield Paradox might be the first film in what could become a large flood of studio projects that get sold off to streaming services instead of hitting the theater but it isn't lighting the world on fire in any other way.
Originally called "The God Particle" TCP was promised to be (at least in its Super Bowl trailer) to be a sort of prequel to the first Cloverfield film and in a VERY roundabout way it is but it's done in a "blink and you'll miss it" sort of way.
The CP isn't a bad film by any means but it fails to deliver to the level of suspense of the original film or the great performances of 10 Cloverfield Lane.
It's gets a little too nerdy in the plot to the point of confusion if you aren't into things like theoretically physics and multiverse theories and at times the film fails to lay things out in a more digestible way.
Daniel Brühl and Chris O'Dowd are the stand out performers for me and they do a good job of bringing up a fairly well done if not generic scary suspense film in space.....
Justice League marks the DC Cinematic Universe's second attempt ( third if you count Suicide Squad) in five movies at a team up film.
It certainly fares better than Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice in that the plot is fairly straight forward and the characters motivations tend to make more sense. Next to Wonder Woman, Justice League is the most fun I've had watching a DC...CU movie but it isn't without its flaws.
The biggest flaw is doing a team up film filled mostly with characters we don't know. The satisfaction of the first Avengers movie largely comes from seeing these characters introduced, established, and somewhat developed before they ever team up. Even minor characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye weren't just sprung upon us out of the blue.
In Justice League the reverse is true. Even characters we have met before are now presented differently. Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman is tonally different from his portrayal in BvS and is now more like Tony Stark (comparatively). Superman is basically rebooted in this movie and of course we are meeting The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg for the first time. Attempting to introduce, establish, and develop a character outside of a solo film is pretty hard and while they tried it still fell flat.
Wonder Woman was the only character I had a sense of going into the film and sadly not too many leaps were made in regards to her character. Most of the time was dedicated to introducing the newer characters and perhaps in this movies original incarnation (as part one of a two parter) they may have managed to pull it off.
Despite its shortcomings Justice League still manages to deliver a fun movie with some truly great moments and it exists as a fine movie but for a film on the scale and expectationial weight of Justice League its far below what it should or could have been.
While Thor: Ragnarok is a turn around in style and fun for the Thor section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it tends to lean a little too heavy on comedy and doesn't really give what should be serious moments any real time to sink in or have a real effect on its characters.
While it is okay to have plenty of levity in a comic book movie (especially one as other worldly as this) its almost as if at time absolutely nothing really mattered at all.
Outside of that Ragnarok is colorful and fun featuring good performances from Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo. Thor and Hulk both has undergone character arcs that feel well earned over the course of their many movie appearances. Jeff Goldblum gets to do his thing (albeit somewhat limited) and Tessa Thompson emerges as someone I'd like to see more of in future Thor films (assuming more are to come).
Unfortunately Cate Blanchett isn't given much to do and the same goes for Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba but otherwise Thor: Ragnarok is another solid addition to the MCU even if it is mostly flash.