"An album better than KOD. Vacation in Hell x Flatbush Zombies.", is what my cousin's Facebook status read. And always looking for new music, I immediately added the album to my streaming library for a later peep. Glad I did.
But first, a bad joke:
A J. Cole fan, a vegan, an iPhone user, and a native New Yorker walk into a bar. Who speaks first?
Not only is Black Panther breaking records at the box office, it's also re-energizing pride in African culture. Being that Black Panther is the first feature film of this generation about a black superhero, young black boys and girls, especially girls are seeing their likeness portrayed on the big screen like they never have before in there life. Hell, like I have never seen before and I'm 33!
And because of this re-energizing, some of the critical reception to Black Panther comes off like cinematic affirmative action citing that Black Panther is only receiving its fanfare because it's a "black" movie and simultaneously claiming that Black Panther doesn't deserve its fanfare because, well, it's a just a "black" movie. But au contraire, Black Panther is a great movie. Period.
So, where do I begin with this review of Thor Ragnarok especially if I don't want to spoil it? This is a tricky one considering the movie felt like a concurrent story of what Hulk and Thor were up to during Captain America Civil war, and based on how everything plays out, that is okay.
Visually, Thor Ragnorak is stunning! In thinking back to the first two Thor movies, I always felt like I was watching a hyped up version of a medieval action flick, but this time things were more modernized. Although Asgard still appears mostly magical technology is infused making Ragnarok less Middle Earth and more Blade Runner. As a Science Fiction fan, this was much appreciated!