AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – TEASER TRAILER

 

Goosebumps guys….goosebumps.

The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is out if for some reason you haven’t seen it yet and it is awesome!
We all know my track record with Avenger films but this actually looks so tantalising and seemingly a fitting conclusion to the colossal series of the Avengers. Loving Cap’s new hair too 😉

See you May 2018 guys!

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – REVIEW

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 142mins
Cert: 12A

Okay, get ready to hate me and/or crucify me because you superhero/Marvel fans out there are not going to be happy about this one!

If you saw my previous post on Avengers Assemble you will know that i was less than pleased with that instalment of the franchise and the tradition seems to have continued. Needless to say, i didnt like it. 

Now, before you jump down my throat let me tell you why. There are two types of people in the world who will watch this film: the Marvel/superhero experts and everyone else. I am a proud member of the everybody else club and as such i still expect to go into franchise/sequel films like Star Trek or Star Wars etc. and even having not seen the originals can follow the story. In this respect is why i did not like it. As a fan this was probably your version of multiple orgasms but for a Joe Bloggs movie goer i dont think it was easy enough to follow

  • Who is Ultron?
  • Why is he so angry?
  • Was he a person why he has this odd personality?
  • What happened to Jarvis? 
  • Cant Tony make a new Jarvis? I mean, where is the backup USB data?
  • Why is Cap Am still so boring?
  • Why is Bruce still complaining that he’s the Hulk. Havent you had time to accept this by now?
  • Why does Thor keep going off and doing his own thing?
  • What was he doing in that water?
  • How/why is that water even there?
  • Who is that red man?
  • Is he good or bad?
  • Who pays for the city repairs?
  • Do they have airspace clearance for these jets?

I am fully aware that a lot of these questions can be answered by a true fanatic but my point stands that i should have been able to follow get the general idea of this withiut being a fan. As a regualr movie goer it made little sense and i was actually quite bored.

In all honesty it felt like waiting two years for the continuation of a television show. Just another episode featuring your local neighbiurhood superheros. Nothing spectacular happened, there were no especially amazing stunts, the dialogue left a lot to be desired and the attempt at extra back story with Natasha and Hawkeye was just dull.

Once again, a Marvel instalment has failed to impress me and as much as i can understand and respect the reasons why i didnt follow, i feel this is a short coming in its delivery.

REVIEW – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson,  Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Running Time: 136mins
Cert: 12A

I’m getting a good feeling about this year of movies! For the second time in a row I have gone to the cinema and been pleasantly surprised at the outcome but in the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I am completely blown away!

We all know that the superhero/Marvel/DC franchise thing is all the rage right now but the first instalment of Captain America was needless to say a bit drab. Steve Rogers was pretty boring to say the least and even his outing in Avengers Assemble didn’t really tickle my funnies. However, Chris Evans has more then made up for what I thought were pretty mediocre films in this amazing second (or third depending how you look at it) outing for Captain Steve Rogers.

One of the greatest things about this film is that there is a LOT of fighting but not unnecessary fighting (think Superman) or unrealistic fighting (think Thor) or fighting particularly heavy on the technology (think Iron Man). Captain America is all about bare knuckled, alpha male brute strength that is amazing to watch. You feel his power and determination through every blow but what is interesting is when Captain America finally comes face to face with someone who he cant outrun. He has finally met his match in The Winter Soldier and what a match it is! Admittedly, I thought their final battle could have been a bit more spectacular but it doesn’t take anything away from the film because it maintains its pace throughout. There are no dull moments.

One thing that lets the film down however, is the fact that although the film is named after him, The Winter Soldier doesnt play that big a role. Without going into it too much to avoid spoilers, i thought he would have done more. When he is on screen, he clearly owns the show with his bad ass-isms but once he is revealed, his fear factor kind of disappears. In true Marvel style though, at the end of the film we are left more questions that will be answered in the coming sequels and yes, there will be one.

For all those that have seen the 300 sequel, you have already seen the first 20 mins of the film and this basically sets the precedence for the entire movie. Military expertise, Captain Rogers’ precisions as a leader and a fighter alongside good friend and equal bad ass Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff makes each scene exciting. Along with the ever amazing Nick Fury, we have a new member of the Marvel family in this instalment in the shape of Falcon/Sam Wilson who gives Captain Rogers the friend he is clearly in need of.

With great fight scenes, touching moments, a decent plot and too many awesome surprises to count, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is probably my favourite Marvel film, excluding Iron Man 1. Its exciting , surprising, well shot and an all round good time. Dont wait for it to come on Sky Box Office or watch online. Watch it now! 😀

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE – REVIEW

Avengers Assemble?

One word: Basic

Now, before I get bombarded with the outrageous replies and eye rolling of die-hard Marvel fans, lets be real about things.

Yes, I enjoyed the film.

Yes, I laughed at a few well timed jokes and ever present sarcastic innuendos set in place by Mr. Stark but the film as a whole was very basic.

Just so I don’t leave anything out and go off on a tangent of complaints, we’ll start at the beginning and work our way through.

The film itself is well shot. A lot of blow ‘em up scenes and near death experiences that could only be survived by one of our Special Six, are positioned at the start which immediately gets you hooked. What it also does however, is deter you from the fact that there is no real structure to the film or reasonable reason for all six to be together.

I understand the threat of the tesseract and the fact that Loki has it, but first of all, how did he survive the previous film, where has he been the whole time; why does he want to enslave and rule earth when they haven’t actually done anything to him and who are these people helping him? I’m sure there’s someone out there who know ‘s the answer to these questions but they sure flew over my head! If you do know, feel free to bring me in. Another bafflement of mine was that Loki was the villain of the film (I use the term loosely) but his brother and fellow Asgardian plays such a minor role in defeating him.

Leading onto Thor, there were too many scenes where he was just aimlessly in a field or spaceship somewhere giving Mjolnir some quality time. Why didn’t he just give Loki a beating and be done with it? In all honesty, there was no reason for Thor to be there as he didn’t even provide inside knowledge of some kind. This was a common theme I found in the film, that they had no real place for all of the Avengers to be. At one point we had Iron Man and Captain America fixing a broken turbine engine for crying out loud.  Why were they on a floating/flying platform anyway may I ask?

There were also a lot of these-two-people-are-just-as-strong-as-each-other-so-neither-one-could-ever-win scenes but all it said to me was that they wanted to find any way to demonstrate the might of each character. This wouldn’t be a problem if we didn’t already know this from the preceding films where the cast had all been the center of attention.

The best thing about the film would have to be Iron Man and Hulk. Although his transformation was delayed with unnecessary build up as though we had never seen the Hulk before, Dr. Bana’s metamorphosis to the jolly green giant was welcome as he proceeded to beat the living daylights out of Loki, while some well choreographed leaps and bounds and plane crashes made him a joy to watch.

Tony Stark was well…Tony Stark. Robert Downey Junior’s excellent depiction of the billionaire genius made waiting for his scenes worthwhile. His sarcasm, candid attitude and contribution to the last battle was a testament to the character and its evolution throughout the film.

I wont spend too much time on the other characters, as there isn’t much to say to be completely honest. Black Widow had incredible moves but lacked any depth, while Hawkeye though amazing with his bow and arrow didn’t seem to be a specific part of the team. Unless you are already clued into the Marvel world, you would wonder why he was there. Captain America was straight up boring. In his film, it was cute and patriotic and refreshing to see a good man who wanted to do good in the world and so on and so forth, but in this film it just made him seem like Buzz Killington’s son…on crack. Furthermore, who died and made him the leader? You’re really telling Thor, the God of Thunder and a big green monster what to do in your star spangled latex underwear. Sure. I buy that.

Without going on forever as I could quite possible do, Avengers Assemble was a let down from the hype that came before it but was a decent film in its own right. There are a lot of laughs, things blowing up for the guys and hot eye candy for the ladies but its nothing to rush out for, except for the hype of seeing it. Any comic book adaptation directed by the man who once directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer was always going to be a questionable endeavor. You’ll enjoy yourself, just don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.

Did anyone else notice that the bridge they fight on at the end of the film is the same bridge Will Smith was stuck on in I Am Legend? Same statue and everything!