November 2017 has been a month of exciting new movie releases, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Here are a few titles that have already hit the big screen, and some more exciting releases to look forward to!
The month started off with “Thor: Ragnarok” hitting theaters. After finding himself imprisoned and without his mighty hammer, Thor must race against time to get back to Asgard and save his home from utter destruction. To do so, he must first survive a gladiatorial battle with a good friend, the Incredible Hulk. This battle will unite the two on this epic journey to save the gods. It is safe to say that Marvel knows exactly what they are doing with their film universe. “Thor: Ragnarok” received a 92% approval rating from Rotten Tomato’s, with the critics’ consensus calling it “Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise — and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Speaking of superheroes, DC released its own highly anticipated title with “Justice League” debuting in mid-November. In the newest extension of the DC film universe, Batman enlists the help of Wonder Woman to assemble a fearsome fighting team. Joining the team are Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. Will this team be enough to save the world from catastrophic destruction? Despite their past success with Wonder Woman, DC just can’t seem to get much success with their other films. “Justice League” scored only 34% on the Tomatometer, and the critic’s consensus for the film says it “leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn’t enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.”
Is it possible to get much lower on the Tomatometer than that? Why yes, it is! In what was anticipated to be a hilarious continuation of the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell duo’s “Daddy’s Home,” “Daddy’s Home 2” failed to deliver the laughs despite its awesome cast. Unfortunately, the saying “like father, like son,” doesn’t really work the same way with originals and sequels. The critics’ consensus shows no mercy on this film, calling it “A formulaic comedy that’s unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy’s Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast.”
One new release to look forward to comes this Wednesday. Disney and Pixar will be releasing their latest title named “Coco.” The film tells the story of a boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician. However, Miguel’s family has a ban on music that spans back several generations. Trying to defy that ban and follow his dreams, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead. He teams up with a trickster named Hector, and they set off the learn of Miguel’s family history. So far, Coco has received very high ratings, scoring a 94% from Rotten Tomato’s. The critics’ consensus says, “Coco’s rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly — and deeply affecting — approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.”