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Posts Tagged ‘ The Avengers ’

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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There are a few things that I have found people more sensitive about than the things they loved as a child. If you mention it with kindness their faces will light up and if you speak ill towards it they will be hurt in a special way. We all have that one thing from our childhood that we just love. For me it’s Spider-Man. I unabashedly love Spider-Man. However this does not mean I will always love a Spider-Man film. As much as anything done right in these films is pure ecstasy to me however if something is tackled wrong its a kin to spitting in my mouth and slapping me in the face all at once. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man’s were pretty fun but not what a modern representation of what the character and his villains are. The first in Marc Webb’s series was good despite the hurdles it put in its own way with a needless conspiracy sub plot and a lack luster villain in the Lizard. With that all being said I am delighted to report The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not only the best Spider-Man movie ever. In my humble opinion it is the best super hero film ever and has pipped The Avengers as the best cinema experience I have ever had. Continue reading

Top Ten Superhero Movies

When I was asked to compile this list of the top ten Superhero movies, it left me perplexed.  Should I write down the box office hits?  Anyone can look that up on boxofficemojo.com or should I write down the fan favourites?  Truth be told EVERY Comic Book and Superhero fan would have a different 10 movies and in a different order.

So, since this is my article and since I have my own top ten that is what you are going to get. Continue reading

Batman and Spiderman Battle For Comic Book Movie Supremacy

Summer 2012 in cinema has been as most summers are in recent years, a comic book movie summer. Unlike previous years the comic book movies have either delivered huge as in the case of The Avengers, largely satisfied as in the case of The Amazing Spiderman or if early indication is to be taken seriously outdone its predecessors as in the case of The Dark Knight Rises.

The Avengers at this point has come and gone, a smash hit both critically and commercially, earning $1.4 billion at the box office, Joss Whedon has come good in film which raises the bar action-wise for all comic-book movies.

The Amazing Spiderman is in its first week of general release and has gained a mostly positive reception, many fans and critics praising the acting, specials effects etc. but feel it lacks in originality and an emotional punch, unsurprising given it has only been five years since the previous Spiderman trilogy ended. And despite Spiderman 3 being poorly received critically, Spiderman and in particular Spiderman 2 were critically and commercially lauded.

In fairness to the Amazing Spiderman, the origin story is a difficult place to start and it is a story that can’t really be changed or tinkered with. Spiderman released in 2002 was an origin story and was done well, so it’s unsurprising when one of the charges against the new film is one of “covering old ground”.  The main positives to be taken out of the new film is that the leads are cast right. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have received praise for the chemistry and approach to their roles, and that’s a good starting point.

A running theme in recent years in comic book movies is that the sequel, once the origin has been established, is usually a better film, as in the case of X-Men 2, Spiderman 2 and The Dark Knight. Given the high probability of the Amazing Spiderman doing the business at the box-office and with intentions already being made of doing a trilogy, it should be expected that The Amazing Spiderman two, free of the shackles of the origin story will be a much better film for it.

Once the credits rolled on The Dark Knight there was huge expectation on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan to deliver a similar standard of quality in the third film of his Dark Knight Trilogy. Since its announcement The Dark Knight Rises has been slowly gaining momentum as it approached its July 20th release date.

The film has now been shown to a number of critics in New York and Los Angeles and early indication is that the response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, having received a standing ovation at its climax with a number of critics openly weeping with joy.

Despite a review embargo being set, snippets of responses have started to filter onto Twitter and online, and the response as seen below speaks for itself;

“Wow. Quite speechless at the moment….”TDKR” was everything I wanted it to be.”

“So much awesome… can’t wait to see it again. And again. And 9 out of 10 for me. I’d put “Amazing Spider-Man” at a 7.5 and “Avengers” at an 8.5.”

“This film was the perfect final chapter in the trilogy.”

“I think Bale gives his best performance as Batman and as Bruce Wayne in this one.”

“ Nolan manages to convey this wild ride into 165 minutes of his best work.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” is not only easily the best Batman movie yet, but now one of my favourite movies I’ve ever seen. It was unbelievable!”

“If this does not break the mold and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will.”

The most difficult challenge facing The Dark Knight Rises is also something of an advantage over The Amazing Spiderman and to a lesser extent The Avengers is that it is a sequel. The film has a huge challenge to overcome as it will inevitably face comparisons with The Dark Knight.  If it does compare to its predecessor and early indication would suggest that it’s a better film, which will then lead to a huge box-office return estimated to surpass The Dark Knights takings of just over $1 billion.

Due to its content being darker than the more family friendly The Avengers, it will not surpass that films box-office total but could possibly be a real challenge come award seasons something that as early as five years ago would have been unheard of. A comic book movie with widespread mainstream credibility.

Whatever the preference. Weather it’s the Marvel Universe or DC Universe, its unquestionable that summer 2012 will be the last comic-book movie summer.

The Avengers Assembled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marvel’s superhero mash-up The Avengers is not the best super hero film of all time, but definitely the funniest.  The story-line is simple Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes to earth, steals a cosmic power-cube and wants to enslave human kind with the help of some very nasty aliens.  Not only is his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) not very happy with this idea but S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) decides it’s time to bring out the big guns and create Avengers Assemble, a group of testosterone throbbing supermen.

Of course if you put a Norse god (Thor), a doctor with severe anger-management issues (The Hulk /Mark Ruffalo), a multibillionaire with an ego bigger than his own phallic sky-scraper (Iron Man/ Robert Downey Jr) and an unfrozen WW2  hero who likes wearing silly outfits  (Captain America/ Chris Evans ) into one room fights and a lot of chest banging are bound to occur. But of course after a lot of quips, fist fights and heated arguments they pull themselves together in an attempt to save the world.

Director Joss Whedon does try to balance out this male macho party with Peppa Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) hot pants, the Black Widows  (Scarlett Johansson) breathtakingly tight black jumpsuit and Fury’s right-hand woman and stunner Maria Hill (not looking for anyone’s mother Cobie Smulders). But between fighting off the alien invasion, great one-liners and even Shakespearean lingo the superheros don’t have time for love.

The Avengers is pop-corn cinema at it’s best, there is something for everyone. The dialogues are witty and entertaining and sure to make you laugh. The special affects are brilliant, between spaceships, aliens planets, massive New York destruction, car crashes galore and the Hulk, the illusion is close to perfect, and of course it’s all in 3D. Both guys and girls have eye candy to swoon over, blonds, brunettes, red heads and even the lovers of green will find something beautiful and hunky (or hulky) to fall in love with. So put on your 3D goggles and enjoy Joss Whedon’s wonderful comic adaptation.

Which Film Will Reign as the Biggest of 2012?

2012 has the potential to be a big year for film. Perhaps film studios believe in the Mayan prophecy and this is their last year to make a big pay day, perhaps The Sopranos were right when they said the only business’ unaffected by the recession are The Mafia and the Film Industry or maybe after a lacklustre 2011 they owe us. Big time.

Of all the films to be released this year which could potentially be the biggest, both critically and commercially? The Hunger Games has done big business already earning $531,070,000 worldwide. Of course when labelled with the tag “The New Twilight” it’s always going to attract attention, much more surprising is the critical success it has gotten, something its predecessor has never received.

On May 8th The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble to give its official title, used so as to avoid confusion with the 1960’s TV show of the same name) is released and given the fact that five films Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: First Avenger have all been building to this and have grossed a whopping $2,290,443,467 at the box office big things are expected financially.

But what about critically? Given its cast (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson) as well as it writer/director Joss Whedon and his knack for working well with ensemble casts, The Avengers could be a huge hit.

Speaking of ensemble casts The Expendables 2 is released worldwide on August 17th. The first film was a hit earning $274, 470, 394 worldwide, which is impressive given its R rating in the States. The Expendables was released to Mixed reviews which could hinder its box office receipts, but given its cast (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) and the fact that there has been 80’s movie revival as of late, expect The Expendables 2 to at the very least equal its predecessors box office.

Two major films will be released towards the end of the year. Skyfall the new instalment in the James Bond Franchise which is now entering its 50th year will be released on October 26th and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first part in a two part film will be released on December 14th.

Two however will battle it out for the biggest film of the year. Prometheus starring our own Michael Fassbender and The Dark Knight Rises. In development for a number of years Prometheus originally started out as a direct prequel to Alien. Over the course of its development its link to Alien seems to have diminished, now only being described as “sharing the same DNA” as its predecessor. One direct link however is its director Ridley Scott, directing his first Sci-Fi movie since 1982’s Blade Runner which is reason enough to get the fanboy’s into the cinema.

Since the first image of Prometheus was shown last year its marketing campaign has been steadily building towards its June 8th release date. A number of trailers have been released heightening the anticipation. The first 13 minutes were shown last week in London to rave reviews. The Hype for Prometheus has been steadily climbing, but can it live up to it?

The main deciding factor for this could come down to its rating. When discussing its rating last week Ridley Scott said “I want certification for this film that allows me to make as large a box office as possible”. That statement would suggest that Prometheus will hope to attain a PG-13/12A rating which would then put the film in a position to attain a higher box office then the first 4 Alien films which were rated R.

Prometheus’ main rival is The Dark Knight Rises the third film in the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise. Its predecessor The Dark Knight was released in 2008 to critical and commercial claim grossing $1,001,921,825 worldwide and it is expected that the Dark Knight Rises will at least match that figure and considering Christopher Nolan’s track record as well as the fact that it has already received a PG13 rating it would not be surprising to see The Dark Knight Rises improve on that figure.

Its marketing campaign has been quiet the last two months and there having a number of criticisms regarding the muffled voice the principle villain Bane, but despite this and taking into consideration the success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight expectations are still sky high.

General Consensus dictates that in recent years that the majority of the “Big Movies” haven’t been good enough, so with a line-up of movies, led by Prometheus and the Dark Knight Rises could 2012 be one of those years where the paying audience gets something worth paying for?

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