‘The Avengers’ – Movie Review

First thing I need to say isn’t really related to The Avengers but thought I would express my views on the matter. I am utterly pissed off that there was no new Dark Knight Rises trailer shown before the movie, the only reason I can think of is because they must be releasing it with the American release not the UK one because we get a week early but there was an amazing Prometheus trailer I hadn’t yet seen. Anyway onto the movie.

The plot of The Avengers is simple, bad guy – Loki – tries to take over earth, that’s about it. This isn’t really a bad thing though, this movie is already two hours twenty minutes so with the inclusion of a deep plot the film would have been even long. But to be honest you aren’t really looking for an intense plot filled with metaphors and hidden meanings, all you really want is to go and have a great time and thats exactly what you get.

As I said there isn’t really much plot going on here but what there is plenty of is character depth, Joss Whedon does a fantastic job of giving these characters so many levels that we never knew they had. This added depth to the characters really causes us too feel for them in their moment of hardships. The character I ended up empathising for the most was actually Black Widow which actually surprised me a great deal. But that’s thing that Whedon does really well, he is used to developing characters and yet again his fantastic writing does it again here.

Now if you had your doubts about Joss Whedon’s directing ability then let me reassure you that you can put those fears to bed. Some of the shots he creates are absolutely stunning making for what will be some very iconic scenes from the movie. Not only did Joss Whedon direct this action filled roller coaster he also put pen to paper and wrote it, as I said the plot isn’t exceptional but the dialogue is utter brilliance. Every word out of Tony Stark’s mouth is absolutely hilarious making this funnier than a lot of comedies I have seen.

Everyone knows the standard of the acting that is typically found in these Marvel movies, it’s pretty good but nothing really amazing. You don’t expect much from the actors  but if this is your first Marvel movie, I don’t know why it would be, but then you will be surprised by the above average quality.

Robert Downey Jr. obviously returns as the obnoxious and downright funny billionaire, Tony Stark. Everyone has seen this role before so you don’t really see anything new here but you know what, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t gotten old. As usual Robert Downey Jr. performs brilliantly, displaying one of the best performances of the movie adding some comedy to an otherwise action filed adventure.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only one that shines here, Mark Ruffalo – who I am a huge fan of – plays Bruce Banner/ the Hulk brilliantly making for my personal favourite Hulk’s we have seen to date and there is nothing I wish more than for him to get his own movie after this, but we all know that isn’t going to happen. Ruffalo also supplies us with many laughs throughout the movie and he also gives us a collection of the best action sequences in the whole movie with his “Hulk smash!”

We see the return of Tom Hiddleston as the menacing Loki and he plays the role absolutely beautifully. The first shot we get of Loki is harrowing which is mastered by the combination of Hiddleston’s devilish performance and Whedon’s gorgeous directing. Loki not only makes for a horrifying villain but his chemistry between Downey Jr. as Iron Man is priceless. If you weren’t fond of Loki in Thor – like I wasn’t – your mind will be changed here he truly is an evil person making for an iconic villain.

Chris Evans and Hemsworth show us the performance you expect from seeing them in their individual Marvel movies, they aren’t show stopping but are good enough for this movie. I feel as though the best moments of acting are when all of the Avengers are together, the chemistry between them is perfect, they all have their own different relationship between each other that can swap from hatred to best friends in a matter of minutes.

Now the one thing that you don’t have to worry about in this movie is any of the main characters being pushed aside. When I first saw the trailer I thought that this will end up being Iron Man & Co. but trust me it isn’t, all of the characters you want to get all the screen time they deserve. Maria Hill played by the brilliant Cobie Smulders is one of the very few characters that gets pushed to the side, but she was never really regarded as one of the main characters although I would have liked it if she had a bit more ass kicking to do. Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow makes a brief appearance which literally lasts a minute but you don’t really care about that as this movie really isn’t about her.

The Avengers isn’t exactly perfect, there was one thing I wasn’t too fond of and that is that these movies are starting to feel far too familiar. Apart from the stature of this movie in comparison with others it doesn’t really vary it’s self from the other Marvel movies – Paramount Pictures – the direction has the same old comic book action style which you can spot in all the other movies. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I can see many people starting to tire of it.

If you are a loyal reader of mine then you know that I am not the biggest fan of 3D, I feel as though it is usually useless and extremely overpriced, the same can be said here. I didn’t feel as though the 3D was necessary, if it was it would have been filmed in 3D and not post converted like most films are these day. The 3D wasn’t used like Avatar to fully engross me in the world, it just felt like it was there and there was nothing really too it, I know I would have enjoyed the film just as much in 2D.

The thing The Avengers does best is what it set out to do. It isn’t trying to be a dark superhero movie with a serious tone – like The Dark Knight – and that’s good because trying to compete with that is a ridiculous thing to do. The Avengers tries to be a comic book action-filled, Hollywood blockbuster and you know what it does that perfectly. I don’t think you will be able to compare this and the later released comic book movies this year – Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises – because it is so different.

I am just worried about how the sequels/spinoffs from this are going to be able to live up to it, this is the greatest threat the earth has faced and I don’t see how a single film focusing on Iron Man can live up to that. I will hate to be the first film made after this because it will be compared A LOT saying how it just didn’t live up to The Avengers and that’s sad. I also wonder how long they going to be able to keep going for, I mean someones going to want to leave soon, what are they going to do? Just trade actors hoping we won’t notice.

Trust me, if you are a fan of superhero movies then you will fall in love with this movie, it is the movie we all wanted and expected, Joss Whedon has done us all proud and for that I would like to you thank you very much. Now I can’t wait for the directors cut with all that footage that Whedon was made to chop out. I feel as though this is the perfect start to a Summer filled with brilliant movies.

10/10

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New Avengers Trailer!

A new trailer has been released online of Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero movie, The Avengers. The Avengers plot goes something like this, Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army (Courtesy of IMDB). The Avengers sees Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson coming together to fight the evil force Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. The Avengers hits theatres on 27th April (UK) and 4th May (USA) and you can check out the new trailer below.

Looks so awesome right? I’m just afraid that they might be showing us a little bit too much, but we will have to wait and see. What do you think? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading and if you liked this post please feel free to hit that follow and like button to show me some love.

‘The Avengers’ Gets A New Name & Poster!

The upcoming Joss Whedon movie The Avengers has decided to have a name change to the not so brilliant Avengers Assemble, I think this change in title is only for the UK but I am not sure at this moment in time. Avengers Assemble’s plot goes something like this, Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army (Courtesy of IMDB). Avengers Assemble sees Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson coming together to fight the evil force Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. Avengers Assemble hits theatres on 27th April (UK) and 4th May (USA) and you can check out the new poster below.

What do you think of the name change? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

Why No ‘Midnight In Paris’ Blu-Ray?

I know this rant will only apply to my UK readers but I thought it was important for you all to hear about this. As many of you may know Midnight In Paris has not been released on Blu-ray in the UK. I have no idea why but it takes the piss, as many of you may know Midnight In Paris was one of my favourite movies of 2011, I absolutely loved every second of it. A majority, if not all of new releases get released on both DVD and Blu-ray in the UK these days and Midnight In Paris is the first new release film that I have wanted to buy that isn’t available on Blu-ray.

Now I am one of those people who no longer buy DVD’s just for the simple fact that Blu-rays are superior, they have a greatly improved picture quality with crystal clear HD surround sound. So every film that I want to buy I buy it on Blu-ray and try to avoid DVD’s where possible. The thing that has annoyed me about Midnight In Paris not being released on Blu-ray in the UK is that it has been released everywhere else in both DVD and Blu-ray but not the UK, what the fuck its up with that? It’s not as though Woody Allen didn’t want Midnight In Paris to be released on Blu-ray or that Sony Pictures Classic thought that the quality difference between Blu-ray and DVD wasn’t worth both formats being released.

Two UK stores, HMV and Blockbuster both advertised the Midnight In Paris Blu-ray set for the same release date as the DVD, but you know what? The Blu-ray never got released. There are no signs or indications that the Blu-ray will be released any time so which seriously angers me. I seriously want to own this film but I am not going to buy it on DVD because knowing my luck I will buy the DVD and then a few weeks later the Blu-ray would come out.

Come on Sony Pictures Classic what is your problem with us Brits? Why do the rest of the world get the Blu-ray version of Midnight In Paris and not us? Please Sony Pictures enlighten me what you are such dicks and just don’t release it?

New ‘Avengers’ Image

Marvel have released an image of the upcoming Joss Whedon’s superhero movie, The Avengers. The Avengers sees Marvel superheroes gearing up together to fight against a great evil, Loki and his army. I seriously cannot wait for this movie, it looks epic and it will be epic. Basically all Marvel movies for the past 4-5 years have been building up to this film and it will be worth it all. The Avengers sees Robert Downey Jr. play Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth playing Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Chris Evans as Captain America. The Avengers will hit theatres on 27th April (UK) and 4th May (USA) and you can check out the image and extended super bowl trailer (incase you haven’t seen it) below.

What do you think? Are you excited for The Avengers? Feel free to comment your thoughts below. Thanks again for reading. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button.

‘The Avengers’ Superbowl TV Spot

It’s here the TV spot I have been waiting for and you know what it looks AWESOME! This TV spot of the Joss Whedon’s upcoming film The Avengers has got rid of all my worries, it looks part superhero movie part disaster movie and I love it. The Avengers brings together many of the Marvel superheroes that we have seen in their own films for years. The Avengers sees the return of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and sees the return of the villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The Avengers hits theatres on 27th April (UK) and 4th May (USA) and I personally can’t wait. Check out the TV spot below.

What do you think? Looks awesome right! Tell me what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading and feel free to follow for more movie news and review.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – UK

Blu-Rays To BUY

Friends With Benefits – I know what you are thinking, “this is just No Strings Attached with different actors,” well you are kind of right but it is a lot better than No Strings Attached. Friends With Benefits is funnier, smarter, hotter and better acted; if you are a girl you will love this films and if you are a guy so will you this is the perfect film for a couple to watch and that they will both enjoy. I’m a guy and I loved this film, the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is perfect and way better than that of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s. I would recommend that you check this out as it is a guaranteed great night in.

Midnight In Paris – Now this film for some absurd reason isn’t released on blu-ray this week and is only released on DVD but I thought I would include it anyway as if you are desperate to see it you should buy it on DVD. This movie is absolutely brilliant, its smart, beautiful and funny; this is one of my favourite movies of 2011, I loved every second of this film. The acting from Owen Wilson, Tom Hiddleston, Marion Cotillard and Kurt Fuller is astonishing in this movie they supply a mixture of humour and drama. I am really gutted that this film hasn’t been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards but just because it hasn’t received the recognition it deserves doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it; the only reason for not purchasing this is because you are waiting for the blu-ray.

Blu-Rays To AVOID

One Day – This was not the best film of 2011, to be honest it was pretty poor. This is an adaptation of the best-selling book with the same title, that book which was loved by critics and the public became this film which was hated by critics and the public. If you have a huge soft spot for romance movies then you might like this and that is of course if you can get past Anne Hathaway’s diabolical Essex accent. I’m not sure if the brains behind this movie thought lets try and make the audience hate every character in this film, well they succeeded.

So what blu-rays or DVD will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading.