AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – REVIEW

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.

2 GUNS – REVIEW

 

Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Running time: 109 minutes

It has finally happened!

I’ve gone to the movies and loved what I watched! Woohoo! Yay for me and all movie lovers!

Well, what was this great film you ask? Well, you wouldn’t ask really because it’s in the title! 2 Guns, is my second diamond in the rough of the year after Olympus Has Fallen. A film not too hyped up but unexpectedly delivered.

This diamond stars the unlikely duo of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover cops from various factions who are set up by their own team. From the very beginning, there are laugh out loud jokes and quick quips from Wahlberg, counteracted by the slickness of the ever pimp-a-licious Washington. Even as the grey hair sets in, there is no way that you can deny that this guy is the epitome of cool. His ever suave demeanour and to the point humour is beautifully partnered with Mark’s less serious approach then we have seen him in in other movies, notably Broken City earlier this year. We knew he could be funny from Ted but I never expected him to be this funny. Although the comedy in the film is constant, it takes nothing away from the action that is well placed and paced. The most unlikely villains come in the form of Bill Paxton and James Marsden (who looks very good in a naval uniform might I add) who execute their roles extremely well, Paxton more so with his Hillbilly accent.

On a negative note (and there has to be one), they are joined by one female co-star in the shape of Paula Patton. Now, I along with everyone else, thinks she’s beautiful, which she is but the girl is as transparent as glass. She can’t act. I’m sorry (I’m not) but she can’t act. She’s too obvious and expressive and because she’s so well spoken when she tries to swear or be “street” it sounds wrong and doesn’t make you believe it. You’re an actress! Lie to me damn it! Lol In all honesty, that was probably my only hang up about the film. Sounds a bit bitter to trash the only other girl in the film right but it can’t be helped I’m afraid!

Now, there are some who feel that the buddy cop genre has been played out and they’d probably be right, but in this case, the chemistry isn’t forced. Before I started to write this, I hadn’t considered that it was a buddy cop movie. Sure, that’s the genre box I can now see it being slot in, but there is something more fun and not so obvious about the two of these guys together.

2 Guns is an enjoyable comedy-action-thriller that doesn’t focus too much on gore and nastiness, and instead the courageously funny relationship between two misfits who are more alike than they would like to believe, they are after all “peoples.” Watch it and you’ll understand 😀