Marvel movies generally find a home in the summer months, but they have popped up in November in the past - with titles like Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange on that limited list. Now the Norse God is back in the fall and finds himself hammerless in Thor: Ragnarok.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Every single piece of Thor: Ragnarok looks like an awesome ride. From the retro/video game font, to the gladiator style fighting between Thor and Hulk, to the full Asgardian kick-ass crew that surface to defeat the Goddess of Death, to the dialogue, to the effects. It all just looks like a complete home run, and another worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which continues firing on all cylinders.
Thor: Ragnarok is a more stand-alone entry in the larger continuity, focused on the whereabouts of the titular God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). It looks like a ton of fun, with more than enough tongue-in-cheek dialogue and sick action sequences that pit the detached Avengers against a serious threat (Cate Blanchett). Critics are going nuts for this flick, with the Tomatometer sitting at 95% with more than 100 reviews filed. That's rarified air for any movie, and comic book one to boot. This is director Taika Waititi's first foray into the big-budget blockbuster, and it appears he hit it out of the park.
We had one win and a couple of close-but-no-cigars last week for The Rotten Watch.
Suburbicon (Predicted: 34% Actual: 27%) was predictably bad, and really doesn't help the George Clooney dark comedy directing resume. This looked like a total mess, and critics felt much the same for the film as a whole. I couldn't make heads or tales of what "message" Clooney was going for in the tale of a violent suburban conflict. I suppose it was meant as some kind of critique on the stasis of American suburban life, but it fell on deaf ears and critics panned the hell out of this thing.
Meanwhile, Jigsaw (Predicted: 27% Actual: 38%) was a near miss. This one actually might fall into the win category with just one or two more late reviews, but for now sits just outside the 10% threshold that I completely made up as an arbitrary determination of success. It fits right into the critical spectrum of the rest of the Saw franchise (save the first movie), and as these flicks continue to trickle in over the years we can rest assured they'll all land well within the "Rotten" range.
And finally, Thank You for Your Service (Predicted: 62% Actual: 78%) actually gained steamed over the course of the week and fell outside the range of prediction. Critics appreciated the tone of the movie about a group of soldiers (and brothers) returning home to the realities of civilian life and all the struggles therewithin. You don't typically see scores go up over the course of the week, but this one bucked that trend.