The Countdown

The week in film news

5. The God Of Thunder goes down a storm

Thor Ragnarok played to critics this week and they loved it. The consensus is Taika Waititi’s film rejuvenates the franchise — Ragnarok is the third Thor movie — through a sheer sense of fun and slapstick. Special praise went to Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, sporting a gold dressing gown, turquoise pyjamas and green lipstick. Or as Jeff calls it, dress down Friday.

4. Black Panther trailer strikes

Continuing Marvel’s good news week, the latest trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther launched to unanimous acclaim. A different cut of a trailer that debuted at Comic-Con — this one is set to Vince Staples’ Bag-Bak and Gil Scott Heron — it shows off the glorious world of Wakanda, spectacular balletic fights, Michael B Jordan’s villain Killmonger and a car with a steering wheel made of light. February 12 can’t come soon enough.

3. Going somewhere Solo: A Star Wars Story?

The Untitled Young Han Solo Film is no longer untitled. After months of speculation, director Ron Howard revealed the film was called Solo: A Star Wars Story in a skit that also announced the end of production. The Internet immediately went into hyperdrive trying to come up with alternatives. Funnily enough, nobody came up with Han And Chewie Go To White Castle.

2. It’s a kind of Malek

Director Bryan Singer unveiled another great look of Remi Malek as Freddie Mercury in his upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The film has been in development for years with Sacha Baron Cohen at one point set to play the moustachioed one. The rest of the band are played by Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May and Joseph Mazello, Tim from Jurassic Park, as bassist John Deacon. ILM and Weta will be joining forces to render Brian May’s hair.

1. Lower Than A Snake’s Belly

Forget Snakes on A Plane, Sharknado, Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid. The latest Z grade movie to get Internet heat is Snake Outta Compton. As the title suggests, it’s about a rap group, on the verge of signing a record deal, whose big moment is scuppered by a giant mutating snake. Oscars, Palme d’Ors and five star reviews await. Or the front shelf of an all-night garage, one of the two.