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7:32 PM Posted By Hashified Soul
Ok. There are a whole lot of comic books films out the last few years. And now they’re rebooting Spiderman. (Really?) So with all these films out it can be hard to want to see any of them unless you’re a hardcore comic book fan. I’ve seen most of them and many of them were ok. Not blow me away fantastic (except maybe the first Iron Man.) So when I heard that Joss Whedon was going to be writing and directing The Avengers, which puts a ton of Marvel characters in one film, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Whedon has a history for making some great sci-fi and has a rabid fan base. (Hello Firefly.)
As I just recently watched The Avengers, in 3D, I couldn’t wipe the grin from my face. Not only did Whedon nail it, he seemed to have a great time making the film. Why should you see it?
Don’t worry, I won’t give away any spoilers. But I will say this film had me cackling through at least half of it. The chemistry is spot on, especially with Thor and The Hulk and Tony Stark and Capt. America. And it helps that half the cast seems to be taking their roles very seriously and the other half seem to be laughing at some private joke. The results are hilarious moments that are a lot of fun to watch.
Eye Candy for All
It’d be stupid not to acknowledge the fact that this cast is beautiful. From Chris Hemsworth’s bronzed god to Scarlett Johansson’s full figured beauty, they are a sight to behold. Not that a beautiful cast is always needed, but come on it’s certainly enjoyable to watch. Even Mark Ruffalo has a scruffy charm as Dr. Banner/Hulk.
I saw the film in 3D, and I’m not usually a fan of 3D but I had passes. And surprisingly it was pretty good! I didn’t notice the effects until the last 3rd of the film where it really kicked into high hear with these crazy looking alien ships. Which, by the way, were so brilliantly designed in all their creepy glory. It was like some underwater nightmare. In an age where special effects can be cheesy and over the top, it was refreshing to see them executed with panache and they helped the movie rather than hinder it.
Loki, Loki, Loki
I find it so hard to love a villain. They tend to be either one dimensional and cliche or having to redeem themselves at the end and learn some forced lesson. Not so with the deliciously bad Loki. He has so much pain and bitterness going on it gives him a great backstory. But they let him be bad and wallow in his torment. He doesn’t have to have a change of heart and suddenly care for his brother Thor. He’s literally eaten alive by his disdain. He almost comes across like a child that’s been refused his favorite toy. And I love that complexity.
It Has Heart
Yes, as silly as that sounds, the story was good. It was engaging and I cared about the characters because they were driven with a sense of morality and the relationships were genuine. And with comic book films that can get overlooked. Luckily this one had heart in bucket loads! And it was so nice to see Pepperpots and Stark have chemistry again.
If Whedon is behind the next one, you can bet I’ll be there. The Avengers was the most fun I’ve had at the movies all year.
Lisa Coronado is a content writer for Custom Magnets.
1:01 AM Posted By Hashified Soul
As a rule they're terrible – movies based on videogames. It seems that success in console form doesn't easily translate to box office winner once you coerce a director to take the reins and throw a few actors at it. Although some would argue they're no exceptions to this rule, I differ. Here are five titles that aren't so bad...
This film's success was about the need for the geek ensemble to see Lara Croft doing her thing in the flesh. Well, at the very least seeing two parts of her doing their thing in the flesh. That I'll admit was a cheap shot. The film actually stands up fairly well in the action adventure stakes and Jolie as the English female version of Indiana does a sterling job, as does Chris Barrie as the butler. And this translated in to dollars at the box office with Tomb Raider being the highest grossing action movie of all time starring a female in the lead role.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Although this animated movie has very little if anything to do with the video game franchise whose name it was released under, it is a fine movie. Those hoping to see the stars of the on-going adventures of cute and burly Japanese characters are going to be a disappointed. As what the viewer actually gets are pretty intense ghostly death sequences and trippy dreamscapes.
Radha Mitchell takes her spooked daughter to the very spooky Silent Hill. It's not a sensible thing to do, but when has that ever got in the way of a creepy tale. Typically a car crash leads to Radha losing her daughter and spending the rest of the film searching for her. As she digs about the decrepit town there are loads of nods to the title on which the film is based. For example the metal pipe weapons, the store called M.T. Rooms (there were very few buildings you could enter in the game) and that the music is all from the game apart from Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire.
What could be better than a revengeful cop played by Mark Wahlberg blowing the crap out of everyone? Well, quite a lot actually. Though in the world of movies based on videogames there is little to compete. And it helps that Mila Kunis stars. Plus he's called Max Payne, that's brilliant!
Paul W.S. Anderson a veteran of turning videogames in to money spinning movies is at the helm of this fight between special military outfit STARS, an over active computer and some plants come super-zombie scientists. In the middle of the mix is model actress Milla Jovavich who steps up to the mark to save the world from impending doom! All good stuff with guns and guts a-plenty!
Val Eastwood can't resist a video game movie tie-in and while this mostly results in disappointment he very rarely lets it get to him. When not seeing his favourite console characters being brought to live he works researching all sorts of unusual gifts for the online store Find Me A Gift.