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!)*


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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The Spirit – Review (Film)

The Spirit

I quite liked the look of The Spirit from it’s trailers and then pretty much as soon as it came out the film was mauled by the critics and deemed a flop.

It’s easy to see why.

The Spirit was, for me, at it’s best when he was fighting bad guys and there wasn’t nearly enough of that in my opinion.

Also this was pretty much a comedy film (both intentionally and unintentionally) but because of Frank Miller’s involvement was sold to the public as a Sin City/Batman Begins hybrid. It was more like a tongue in cheek Austin Powers style version of them.

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I thought the camp, over the top performance from Samuel L Jackson as The Octopus was actually ok and while Scarlett Johansson was a little wooden as Silken Floss, the character herself was great. The fact she was just aiding this criminal to get enough cash for a PHD was a brilliant touch. 😆

As for The Spirit, he was a bit annoying and a touch smug but I suspect that is down to the character rather than anything the actor was doing. Like Wesley in Wanted it’s often hard to associate yourself emotionally with a slightly unlikeable main character.

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Eva Mendes crops up as Sand Sarif, a role which didn’t really stretch her and even the usually great Sarah Poulsen seemed a little stiff. I think this might be down to the faux film noir style of the film though.

Overall it’s a film that wants to sit somewhere between Sin City and something like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. It’s style is too confusing for an audience that has been sold a completely different film from the trailers and marketing.

Rating: 5/10

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