Marvel’s Avengers Assemble – Review (Film)

 

*This review is entirely spoiler free, for anyone who hasn’t seen the film yet (what are you waiting for? Go now!)*

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Where to start?

The great acting?

The brilliant special effects?

The amazing script?

Ok, ok. Let’s back this up a bit before I fall into an abyss of gushing.

Joss Whedon is probably my favourite person in the audiovisual world – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog… the man can do no wrong. He even wrote the screenplay for Toy Story for heaven’s sake!

BUT there is always that flicker of doubt. ‘Joss Whedon to helm Avengers movie’ was the headline. Joy was the initial reaction (although I didn’t have any idea what the Avengers were beyond being a team of superheroes) but as time went on I did think – can he deliver with this? It’s a HUGE movie and look at the people involved.

I needn’t have worried at all – Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (to give the film it’s full title) is an absolutely fantastic movie.

Getting all of these actors – the majority of whom have their own films as these characters already – to team up and share the screen shows some serious management ability.

And they all deliver – I’m not really a fan of Scarlett Johannson but she was great as Black Widow. Mark Ruffalo was the big doubt for me but he is the best Hulk I’ve seen on the big screen. The rest of the cast are all on form – Robert Downey Jr continues to impress me, I used to really dislike him but in the last 4 or 5 years he has won me over.

Speaking with others who’ve seen the film the big hook for everyone appears to be the comedy and wit that flows through the script – it’s classic Whedon for those of us who know his work. The balance of seriousness and comedy is so well done you can’t help but get swept up in the sheer enthusiasm the film has.

I have no intention of discussing the plot or anything that might spoil the film. It’s a nice bit of background to have seen the accompanying films (Iron Man/Captain America/Thor) but by no means essential. This is a self contained film that tells you everything you need to know about what is going on.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen. To actually get that many characters & actors together, have them feel genuinely like a team and for the movie not to totally suck is great. Go see it!

Rating: 10/10

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Iron Man – Review (Film)

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Iron Man, despite knowing nothing about his character.

I had a toy figure of him when I was a kid and he seemed pretty cool but it wasn’t until the film was announced that I realised I’d never heard about where he came from or even what/who he was! 😮

And so I fired up the film hopeful of getting a decent story as I’d heard ok things about it.

Firstly I don’t know the character of Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts but Gwyneth Paltrow seemed completely mis-cast here and didn’t really do a great deal. She is reprising her role in the second movie and I hope she brings a bit more to the table this time around.

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Robert Downey Jr was pretty good as Tony Stark (Iron Man’s secret identity) and he seems to be making some good choices recently in his career.

Personally I enjoyed this film but it wasn’t great by any means – perhaps hampered by having to tell the backstory and the fact that there wasn’t really a major villian so to speak.

The action sequences were well done and one thing the film did really well was how Stark initially struggles with his new personality and, indeed, the Iron Man suit itself.

It’s not a difficult watch and the twists are touch obvious but overall I would say it’s probably your average superhero flick.

If you like films such as Spiderman, Batman or even Fantastic Four then it is worth giving Iron Man a chance – it’s not gonna blow you away but it’s a decent enough film.

Rating: 6/10

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