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Thrillers and superheroes

November 13, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

I try to keep my movie viewing as diverse as possible. I’ll grant you that I have probably watched more romantic comedies than any other type of movie. OK, animated Disney movies are really close second.

The point is, I like to spice it up in the film department. I think that was demonstrated the most this past week with the two films I went to in theaters, “Captain Phillips” and “Thor: The Dark World.” These two films couldn’t be more different from each other.

The first is a based-on-a-true-story suspenseful thriller. Even though you know the ultimate outcome, you are still left on the edge of your seat. The tension was palpable in the theater; the entire audience captivated by what was unfolding on the big screen. You almost forget you are watching a movie instead of the real thing. I'm not sure I even blinked for two hours.

The second is a comic book superhero brought to life. It’s pretty much action packed from start to finish. As a viewer, you can sit back and just let the movie happen. I wouldn’t call it mindless by any means. There are a few twists in the film that keep it interesting. But Thor follows the same formula that has been working for the Marvel movies.

Despite their differences, I enjoyed both immensely. It’s exactly the kind of diversity I am searching for in films. Two movies that speak to me in different ways that I can enjoy for different reasons. “Captain Phillips” is sure to be in the running for Academy Awards. “Thor” won’t be (not even close probably), but it will make a bundle at the box office.

Hollywood is truly at the top of its game. It’s so great to be a consumer right now. Whatever I am in the mood to see is available to me. Still on my must-see watch list are "Gravity" and "Catching Fire." I have a feeling the same logic may apply to these films as well. :)



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