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‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Review: Wicked Fun

The Sanderson Sisters finally return to Salem 29 years later and their as wicked as ever!

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. “Hocus Pocus 2” also stars Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War”), Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Froyan Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), and Tony Hale (“Veep”). The film is produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise), David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”), and Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”) serving as executive producers.

Hocus Pocus too?

I had a really good time watching this movie just like its predecessor. It’s entertaining throughout the duration and never felt like chore. The Humor in the film was really well done, Slap Stick humor worked thanks to the timing of the Sanderson sisters played by the original trio of Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Nijamy. They are undoubtedly the heart of this franchise and what make it so spectacularly fun. The fish out of water comedy is bang on the target. The new cast were all also quite good, no beat was really missing there. The witches’ Backstory was well done, although I do wish that was explored more. But the additions to the lore were great. I mean it gives another dimension to the characters we’ve seen in the original which drives the point that they are more than ladies who scare the crap out of kids.

(L-R): Whitney Peak as Becca, Lilia Buckingham as Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo as Izzy in HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Climax

The climax had a lot of surprises too. The ending was able to extract something from me that I didn’t expect. It was emotional. Frankly, I didn’t expect an emotional ending having watched the original. But this is refreshing. The teen actors did their best with what they were given. I mean I wouldn’t mind another installment with these actors at the centre. Provided the trio returned too, that’s very important ain’t it? Other than that Climax, It’s largely predictable and generic. If you watched the first part, you’d exactly know how this movie will go forward narrative-wise. If not for the backstory and the climax. The film doesn’t offer anything new apart from the easter eggs and connection to the first part, it’s largely a generic tale. Other than the iconic trio, no characters registered with me. The film accounts for this by cleverly focusing mostly on the trio. When there are scenes without them, the narrative fizzles out when it tries to flesh out the new characters and their dynamics. It felt forced and lackluster.

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(L-R): Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Hocus Pocus 2 is an entertaining watch and your levels of enjoyment may depend on what you thought about the original movie. If you liked the elements in the first part. You’d enjoy this one. I liked the musicals in this film too, but they were a little step-down when compared to the original movie. Not necessarily a bad thing but I wanted to point that out. The dialogues were cookie clutter. I mean I don’t have a problem with thou shalt and thy. It’s the other dialogues which like the narrative were generic. They bog down the narrative further in teen portions. The teen portions serve as a plot device for the witches. Rather than these characters having proper arcs, they served the plot rather than existing on their own.

It’s Halloween Time, Witches!

Pros: • Performances • Witches’ backstory • Climax • Humour Beta-Cons: • Predictable Narrative • Cookie Clutter dialogues • Teen portions Beta-Thoughts: Teen portions could have been more engaging

Check out Hocus Pocus 2 only on Disney Plus September 30!

Cyttorak Spotted in Thor: Love and Thunder Concept Art

Thor: Love and Thunder gave us a look at 100s of deities and gods from across many different mythologies. It has now already been more than a month since its release so concept art for the film has started to make its way online. This concept art includes characters both seen in the movie and characters that were once planned to be in there.

The Deity that powers Juggernaut

This latest piece of concept art gives us a look at the deity of Cytorak. He is a deity of pure rage and destructive power and was worshiped as a demon by the primitive people of earth. In the same way Khonshu chose Marc Spector to be his avatar and become Moon Knight, Cyttorak chooses an avatar to become his Juggernaut, an agent for destruction.

From time to time Cyttorak also transfers his powers into a Crimson gem and whoever comes into contact with the gem gains the power of Cyttorak and becomes the destructive force of Juggernaut. This is how the X-Men villain Juggernaut is born, the brother of Charles Xavier, Cain Marko comes into contact with the gem and gains the anger and unstoppable power of Cyttorak and through Cyttorak’s wishes destroys an entire village for him. The juggernaut also made an appearance in 2018’s Deadpool 2 so he already exists in an MCU adjacent universe.

What this appearance could mean?

As was seen in the concept art for Shang-Chi, the MCU has been looking for places where different mutants and X-Men characters could enter the MCU and this Thor concept art is the latest evidence of such. When Juggernaut is introduced into the MCU it will be interesting to see if it is the same Juggernaut from Fox’s X-Men universe since Deadpool 3 from the Fox universe is confirmed to be taking place in the MCU.

What can we expect from Gorr the God Butcher in the MCU ?

Thor Odinson has faced off with some of the most menacing villains. Both in the comics and inside the MCU. From fighting against his brother, Loki to fighting with Thanos and even his own sister. It’s clear Thor is the strongest avenger, at least physically. Now that his fourth movie is approaching there is a new villain, who might be the strongest foe he’s ever going to face.

And that’s none other than Gorr the God Butcher. Gorr started off in the comics as a family man who lost his entire family due to starvation. Once Gorr lost his wife and children, Gorr started to think about the Gods that they worship and why didn’t they help them out. When speaking his doubts to others of his kind, he was an Exile.

Gorr was now alone, wondering on his own. While wondering, Gorr witnessed two Gods fighting each other. Gorr was furious but little did he know this was when his life finally started to make sense for him. One of the Gods had a sword that once he felt Gorr’s rage, it decided to bond with him. This sword is called “All Black The Necrosword” with it Gorr was given power and therefore he knew what needed to be done with it. Gorr now had a purpose, and that is to kill all the Gods for failing to protect his family.

Gorr thought to himself as to why are Gods given this incredible Power and why don’t they use it to protect people like him and his family from all the pain and suffering they went through. With the Necrosword Gorr now has immorality, he has a purpose and a reason for being the way he is.

Now that the MCU is finally giving us a version of Gorr it’s save to say we can expect his origin to be similar to the comics given that Thor has no intentions to be a superhero anymore, it’s a perfect story setup. As Thor goes into retirement, he witnesses Gorr’s God killing spree and that will put him into debate weather he should stop him or just leave it at that. Thor love and thunder is set to be MCU’s greatest Thor movie (yet).

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to Premiere July 8th exclusively in theaters.

Also Check Out : Our Theory for The Darkhold’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer Breakdown, Easter Eggs and Details

The much awaited first Trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor Love and Thunder has been released. The film is set to hit theaters July 8th of this year. This is the first time a first trailer has been released this close to release for an MCU film. A poster and synopsis were also released alongside. Lets Breakdown the trailer for any Easter Eggs or Details you may have missed

  1. The trailer opens up to a shot where Thor runs from his childhood to adulthood this depicts his transformation and how he gains an interest in fighting and war as he gains his Armor as he gets older. As we saw Thor’s arrogance in his first film, fighting was his answer for everything. The film then saw Thor get humbled and become the hero we know him to be. After losing his loved ones like his mother, brother, friends, and his people Thor realized that fighting was not the answer but it was a choice.

2. At the end of Avengers: Endgame He is confused about who he is so he wants to find himself and also motivate himself to get back into shape. In the workout shot we can see Thor using the chains of a beast for his battling rope workout. It could be a yeti from the mountains of our planet or another planet or Mount Olympus as the landscape has a mountainous terrain.Note It can also be eitri’s skeleton

3. In the second shot, we see a city which is hanging in the sky which is most likely Olympia, or the pocket dimension of Olympus. Which is the land of the Greek Gods.

4. In another shot we see the Guardians of the Galaxy or in this case the Asguardians getting ready to fight with an alien species as Thor decides not to fight with them and walks away. Thor joined the Guardians at the end of Avengers: Endgame as he felt there was nothing left for him in New Asgard, making Valkyrie the new King.

5. So next we see Thor’s shiny new blue and gold suit as storm breaker glows and gives of energy, possibly acting as a compass to guide Thor, Korg and Jane to Olympia.

6. We then get our first look at Zeus who is the king of mount Olympia and God of skies, played by award winning Russel Crowe. Zeus is like the God of Gods and also the God of Thunder like Thor.

7. The trailer then cuts to a hilarious scene where we see guardians give a send-off to Thor on the sakaar planet which I believe is where Thor parts from the Guardians, and starts his journey of self discovery.

8. The tree in the next shot is where Thor starts to travel to different planets with his friends. And there is a subtle reference to Gautam buddha who got enlightenment under a tree as we see Thor is meditating under a tree and seeking enlightenment.

9. We also get a glimpse of New Asgard which has become a new tourist attraction spot and has started to get it’s own golden buildings like Asgard. A Boat is flying above with goats at the front these are Thor’s goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. It seems that this Goat Boat will be the newest attraction at new Asgard. Multiple cruise ships can also be seen in the back supporting New Asgard’s image as the hottest tourist destination on the MCU’s Earth.

10. Valkyrie or King Valkyrie as the film calls her is the new King of Asgard. We can see that she is not too interested in this political turmoil going on in new Asgard either of laws or due to other gods. This was teased in a headline on a news screen in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

11. It seems that New Asgard’s label as the hottest tourist destination may not last too long as we can see that New Asgard is going through an attack or war of some kind. Possibly the Vengeance of Gorr the God Butcher. Buildings in the back seem to be on fire so it looks like his vengeance may have arrived and caused Thor to return.

12. Where Thor must fight to save Asgard but as he arrives he is amazed and shocked as he sees The Mighty Thor with a now reformed Mjolnir. This is his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster who now has mysteriously acquired the powers of Thor and has managed to put Mjolnr back together.

13. In a further shot, we can see why Valkyrie is not interested in that time as it is a renewable energies conference with the world, and we can confirm that New Asgard is officially recognized as a country in the MCU.

14. In another shot, we can see who is traveling to Olympus, and there we see Thor, Jane, Korg, and a mysterious character traveling with them. Possibly King Valyrie or Korg’s old companion Miek.

15. There is also another god we see in the trailer Falligar, The Patron god of the Galactic Frontier and champion god of the Tournament of Immortals. Falligar was an acquaintance of Thor, as they both occasionally passed each other on the spaceways. As mirrored in the comics it looks like he will be killed or butchered by Gorr the God Butcher who is Christian bale’s character. We are not given a look at Gorr in this trailer, so it looks like they’ll be saving him for the next Trailer.

The Film’s Plot

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. The Trailer is great and gives us an amazing glimpse at the film but doesn’t reveal too much.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to Premiere July 8th exclusively in theaters.

Also Check Out : Our Theory for The Darkhold’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Thor Love and Thunder First Trailer Finally Released

The much awaited first Trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor Love and Thunder has been released. The film is set to hit theaters July 8th of this year. This is the first time a first trailer has been released this close to release for an MCU film. A poster and synopsis were also released alongside.

The Trailer gives us our first look at Thor’s New Look after he became Fat Thor in Avengers: Endgame. We also get to see Thor hang out with the Guardians and an amazing final look at Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.

Official Synopsis

The film finds Thor (Chris
Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s
ever faced a quest for inner peace. But his
retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer
known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian
Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To
combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Directed by Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,
“Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum,
“Thor: Love and Thunder”
opens in theaters July 8, 2022.

Official Poster

Look out for our Breakdown dropping shortly.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to Premiere July 8th exclusively in theaters.

‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3’ to wrap filming first week of May

The Guardians of the Galaxy entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2014 as relatively unknown characters. Somehow, they became instant fan favorites. Mostly due to director/producer James Gunn’s unique approach to the Guardians of The Galaxy films, combining heart, humor, and the best of 80s music. They have since appeared in their sequel and also joined up with the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. The fan-favorite characters are next set to show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, The Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special, and the final film of the franchise Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has long been in the works, ever since Vol. 2 was released back in 2017. However, the film was put on hold in 2020 as James Gunn was fired by Disney, due to some of his past controversial tweets resurfacing. Gunn left for DC, and ended up making their two highest-rated DCEU projects The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker. In 2019, Gunn’s return to direct Vol. 3 was revealed by Kevin Feige along with an announcement for a Guardians Holiday Special and a series of animated shorts for Groot in 2020, directed and produced by Gunn. The infamous director is very active on Twitter. As such, he’s revealed that this will be the last time the Guardians are together, leaving fans speculating about the future of the franchise. Will Poulter will also be joining the film as the highly anticipated Adam Warlock, while Chukwudi Iwuji will also be in the film in a mystery role. Filming began for Vol.3 in November last year. James Gunn also confirmed that they would shoot The Guardians of The Galaxy Special simultaneously, while filming Volume 3. Earlier this week Gunn hinted in a tweet that filming would wrap in a few. Filming has now been going on for around 5 months and we now have new information that the film will wrap filming very soon.

Filming to wrap in the first week of May

This new update comes to us from trusted scooper Atlanta Filming. Who posted on Social Media saying that the film would wrap filming during the first week of May. They also added that the last day is a stunt driving sequence. This would mean that the films first round of filming lasted 6 months. The film will most definitely be having reshoots some time later this year. This also provides the film ample time to work on VFX, giving it exactly a year for post-production and reshoots for its release on May 5, 2023.

We have not gotten many set leaks for the film. With the only one being a look at Dave Bautista’s Drax and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis. Klementieff seems to be exiting a car, though it is unclear if she is in costume or not. While, Bautista is in full costume and makeup. He is wearing a cloak which is not part of his costume but is the infamous Marvel Studios cloak used to hide new suits and characters. This looks to be the same suit but with a slightly modified belt, compared to the one seen in Avengers Infinity War.

Zoe Saldana who plays Gamora has been keeping fans updated on filming with her TikToks. Showcasing comedic videos about the struggles of being fully painted green. While writer/director/producer James Gunn has also been entertaining fans with his weekly updates on Twitter. Where a mysterious member of the production keeps on placing Rick and Morty figures on set. Many fans have wondered if this is a hint that Rick and Morty creator also the voice of Rick Sanchez Justin Roiland may make a cameo voice appearance in the film. Gunn has also described this production as being bitter-sweet, saying that this will be the last time we see the Guardians. Karen Gillan who plays Nebula has also said that the script Gunn has written made her cry when she read it. Many deaths are expected in the film and Gunn has teased various times that this is a different kind of Guardians film and will be much more emotional. The film will also see the introduction of Adam Warlock(Will Poulter), who was teased in the post credits scene for Vol.2. With a Nova series also in the works the film could also act as setup for the show. Chukwudi Iwuji is rumored to be the High Evolutionary who will be the villain of the film.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3′ excusively in theaters May 5 2023. Before that Watch the guardians return in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ in theaters on July 8 and in ‘The Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special’ streaming exclusively on Disney+ later this year. Also check out our review for Marvel’s latest Disney+ series ‘Moon Knight‘.

Sonic 2 review: A classic Sonic fan’s dream

Two years after our favorite hedgehog got his first live-action outing in 2020’s Sonic the hedgehog, we finally have his return in Sonic the hedgehog 2. The sequel keeps the light-hearted and fun tone of the first, while upping the stakes and scale. The film is also a love letter to any fan of the classic games. ends The film does end up sacrificing a balanced story for these moments and does ends up confused between Sonic‘s life on Earth from the previous movie and his life from the games with Dr. Eggman and his many companions. All this however is easy to forget in all the fun, heart-warming fan-service and Jim carry’s craziness. Both of the New characters Knuckles and Tails are extremely fun, with Idris Elba as Knuckles being the big standout.

A love-letter to the games

The film particularly excels in fan-service, which has recently started to nonsensically be considered something negative by fans and critics. When in reality it really isn’t, fan-service is made to give something extra to those fans who have dedicated significant time to the properties who love the characters more than others. It like anything else in film is dependent on how well it’s done and I am delighted to say that this film does it extremely well. Be it through some of Sonic’s specific jumps and rolls, or through the portrayal of classic characters like Tails and Knuckles the film is sure to put a grin on any Sonic fan. Tails is even voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey, who voiced the character in the video games. Fight sequences with the Giant Dr. Eggman Robot are also straight out of the Sonic games. What makes this fan-service particularly great is that the film also adds a great bunch of it’s own touch to those classic moments and really expands the universe established in the previous film.

Jim Carry carries and New Characters

The film does have problems with balancing multiple storylines. On one hand Sonic is trying to fit in with his family on Earth, while on the other he’s rolling with Tails and fighting Dr. Eggman. This could allow for an intriguing character arc of self discovery, but the film fails to do so and thus ends up losing some heart. All of this can be forgiven though if you are hooked into the movie for the fun, because the side it decides to go is just pure blue-eyed enjoyment. The film is bound to leave classic fans and fans of the previous film with a smile as they leave the theater. Tails is a fun strong companion to Sonic, while Knuckles is a great rival who also provides excellent humor, It’s various pop-culture references and Jim Carry’s brilliant performance makes silly and crazy scenes feel real, while maintaining the humor. Dr. Eggman has scenes hilarious scenes which are powered by Jim Carry, the lines themselves aren’t as well written as he delivers them.

It also helps itself greatly by starting off from right where it left us in the previous film. Sonic is about to venture into the new land with Tails and explore. This entire aspect is extremely intriguing, but where the film stumbles is where the first excelled. The first felt like a buddy cop film between James Marsden’s Tom and Sonic, where this one awkwardly sidelines the relationship by splitting the two up and having parallel storylines play out where the one with Sonic is significantly more enjoyable than the other, making points feel like two different films. This is the part of the film which even the amusement of the other parts couldn’t save.

Overall, Sonic the hedgehog 2 is an improvement over the previous one, with bigger stakes and larger action sequences. It excels at being fun and enjoyable to watch, to the point that it’s shortcomings can be forgotten. It is also a great letter of love from the writer to fans of the Sonic Games, which always leaves you with a big smile. It is a perfect easter film for families and should be enjoyed as such. Nothing, truly game changing but certainly entertaining.

Sonic the hedgehog 2 is Now in theaters across the world.

Also check out our review for Sony’s latest Spider-verse flick ‘Morbius’.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness Runtime reportedly revealed

As the release of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness gets closer and closer we have started getting more marketing and listing on ticket websites.

The Brazilian ticketing website Ingresso has now listed Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness with a runtime of 2 Hours and 28 Minutes. This would make it 1 minute shorter than Avengers Inifinity War, equal to Spider-Man No Way Home, and 1 minute longer than Captain America Civil War. Ingresso previously listed a runtime of 2 hours and 39 mins forSpider-Man No Way Home back in November, which was wrong but it is possible that this was due to changes made in the film. Therefore this supposed runtime should be taken with a grain if salt.

Marvel Studios

Ticketing websites often list a placeholder runtime before they actually release the movie, which is either a set runtime for all movies or a predicted one. It is possible that the site may have just listed this runtime for Spider-Man No Way Home since the movies are connected and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has also had reports of big surprise characters Returning from other franchises, fox’s X-Men being the most likely to crossover since Patrick Stewart’s Professor X has already been revealed in the Official Trailer for the movie. Even though it is very possible that this is just a guessed run time it is also poss that this may actually be the final runtime.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness coming exclusively to theaters May 6, 2022

Did you know that Marvel Studios are officially developing a Nova Project, check out the news here.

‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ sequel set to start filming in Australia, later this year

The sequel to 2021’s box office hit ‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ will be filmed in Queensland, Australia later this year.

Legendary Entertainments next Monsterverse flick is expected to film at Gold Coast and various other locations in Southeast Queensland. Both ’Godzilla VS Kong’ and ‘Kong Skull Island’ also filmed in the province. The state film agency ’Screen Queensland’ announced that the Australian government would pay subsidies to the production to incentivize filming in the region. The film will employ over 500 local cast and crew members along with over 750 extras.

Earlier last year, it was officially announced that the sequel was in development, with Adam Wingard set to return to direct the sequel. We can only guess, when the movie may release. However, with production set to begin by the end of the year, our best bet would be a late 2024 or early 2025 release for the sequel.