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My History With “The Avengers”;
Let me start by saying, as a kid the Comic Books I read were “The Avengers”, “Captain America”, “Iron Man” and “West Coast Avengers”… And from DC, “The Flash”…. That said, when the movies associated to those characters started coming out, I was the perfect audience for them. But, I will admit, at this point, I’m a bit tired of Superhero Films… Granted, I know full well that they’re not going anywhere, in fact DC Comics is about to more heavily weigh in soon.
I will say this about the first two “Avenger” Movies, they very much remind me of the Comics. It’s not all that easy to juggle that many characters, but they do achieve it successfully.
The First “Avengers” Movie I really enjoyed… Not as much as I enjoyed the First “Iron Man” Movie… But a lot more than I enjoyed the First “Captain America” Movie. Oh, and both “Thor” Movies are very good.
When I think of “The Avengers”, or “Superman”, and in some cases “The X-Men”, one of my thoughts is how can anything on Earth stand a chance. There lies the challenge. In the First Avengers Film, Loki was the bad guy who was from Asgard… And Alien Creatures aided him. Case and point. If you’re looking for the more ‘here on Earth’ intricate hero stories, watch the “Batman” Movies, or the “Arrow”, or “Daredevil” Television Series… The Films are great, and the TV Series are a lot of fun.
But that’s not what you will find in movies such as “The Avengers”.
That said, the Story was interesting enough, but as in the First “Avengers” Film, the Characters, and quieter Character Scene interactions are the greatest strength of these movies. Credit goes to Joss Whedon (The Director), whose Character Directing is what in my opinion is his strength (He wrote and Directed the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Television Series for all that don’t know).
My Favorite Character in the First “Avengers” Movie, to my surprise, was Scarlett Johansson’s “Black Widow”… No, not because of her looks, because of her Acting, which is why I started liking her when I first saw “The Horse Whisperer”, which I believe was her first film. My Second favorite character in the First “Avengers”, was “The Hulk” (Mark Ruffalo). Not counting Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man”, who I was first introduced to in “Iron Man”… He was amazing in the “Iron Man” Film, and carried it forward in “The Avengers”.
But enough about the First Film. In the “Avengers Age Of Ultron” Film, to my pleasant surprise, “Captain America” was my favorite character. I only say to my pleasant surprise, because though I already liked Chris Evans (From “Fantatastic Four” The Human Torch), I wasn’t all that happy with his portrayal in the “Captain America” Film. I think it was more of a Directing, Writing thing though. But he got better in “The Avengers”, and better in the Second “Captain America” Film, and even better in this Film. My next favorite character was a true surprise to me… A Character I had completely forgotten about existing, since I read the “Avenger” comic books years ago. Who that character is, is a bit of a spoiler, but I guess most of the world has seen this Film already, so I’ll just post a picture of the Character below, but say no more.
Beyond that, the other characters are fine, the Film begins with a big action sequence, which visually is of course entertaining, but I do admit that the immediate banter between characters felt like residue from the first Film. And so at first, I found myself more waiting, than watching for the Film to improve. But it does.
In the end, between Captain America’s character who I really enjoyed, Paul Bettany’s character who I also very much enjoyed, and Joss Whedon’s more heart felt Character Directed moments, I left this Film feeling both Entertained, and satisfied. The reality is, they pour an immense amount of effort into these Films, and we get to watch them for one small price compared to their Production Enormity. And thus, I rate this Film a 7.25 out of 10.
Definitely check it out if you like Hero Films… And if you don’t, you still might enjoy certain characters, and certain moments.
Kill The Messenger
Story; The story was decent… It’s a true story.
Directing; The Directing was ok… Overall it felt a bit lack luster to me
I also liked him as Hawkeye in Avengers. He’s a good actor. In this he was ok… Visually he reminded me a lot of Sean Penn. He did a decent job in this, but I really feel like the lack luster Directing affected all of the Cast.
There are a lot of good Actors in this Film, but like I say, everything is affected by the Directing.
Review; In the end, this is a Lack Luster Film… The subject matter, however, is important. I’d give this Film a 6 out of 10. See it for the content.
Into The Woods
Story; I have to say that I loved the Musical/Play version of this Story. Stephen Sondheim is a Genius.
That said, I enjoyed the stage version (Which I saw on T.V) much more… But I hadn’t really expected the Film to capture that.
Director; Rob Marshall is great (Moulon Rouge). He did a decent job with this Film.
Meryl Streep (Witch); When I originally saw that they were making this into a movie, my main concern was that it would be made into a Meryl Streep Showcase. But it wasn’t. Meryl Steep is one of the best Actresses of our time, however, I also find her as a person to be very self absorbed, Lol. I realize that, that is often a character trait of actors… But for me, it sometimes shines through in her performances. In the case of the Witch, there was maybe one scene that felt a bit much, but beyond that, she did a good job.
Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford); To me, Little Red Riding Hood was probably the best Actor/Character in the Film. I’m not talking Oscar Worthy Performance, I just found her Character to be the one that drew me the most into the Story.
As you see, Johnny Depp was asked to play the Wolf, and he was fine… I do love him as an Actor, but for me, after seeing Jeff Goldbloom do it in the Stage Production, everything else pretty much pales.
The Rest Of The Cast; Once again, many good Actors in this Film. And they all did a decent job. But Little Red Riding Hood and the Witch were probably my favorite. Kinda liked the Baker too.
Review; Overall, I enjoyed watching this movie. Having seen the Original, it really paled. But the effort on the Directors part, as well as the Actors, and the overall Production was very good. I’d give this Film a 6.75 out of 10. See it if you like Musicals… And young Adults would probably like it, ages 10 to 14… Not that it’s really a Kids Movie, but I do think they would be a more forgiving audience when it comes to Fairtale-ish Things.
On February 27 I Posted that in Honor of Leonard Nimoy, I would would Watch and Review all 6 of the Original
In all honesty, I began with the First Film, knowing that when I saw it when I was young,
I was seriously disappointed, and frankly, bored by it
That statement might not sound all too friendly, but I was 10 to 11 years old
“Star Wars” had come out two years before (Which may not have helped)
And I don’t know, it’s just the way I felt
Since then, I can not recall if I’ve actually sat through the whole thing, and in all honesty
It has been hard doing so, Lol
I know I sound both mean and critical right now, but in all honesty, I’m not, Lol
Here’s my review
(That preview pretty much captures what I mean, Lol)
The story is horrible, and terribly executed. (I know I sound like a jerk right now, but I’m really not, I’m just honest, Lol)
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Sounds typical, but, read on
Lets just start with the Directing, which certainly played its’ role in this very not good film.
When I first sat down to rewatch this film, I got through about a third of it, and needed to take a break. First of all, there are an immense amount of drawn out scenes, that make the film drag terribly. And the acting, wow, really not good. As I started watching it again today, I found myself thinking that what this film is, is a 60’s Sci-Fi, simply shot in the 70’s… But after looking up the films that this Director has Directed, these three stood out… “The Sound Of Music”, “West Side Story”, and “The Day The Earth Stood Still”…
After texting my brother that perhaps the film would have been better, if there had been more singing, Lol… I continued watching. (I actually love “The Sound Of Music”)
When I estimated that it was like a 60’s Sci-Fi Film, I may have missed the mark… It’s probably more like a 50’s Sci-Fi Film, which makes more since… I can’t really remember “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, though I may have actually liked it, as it is a classic I believe… The stretcccched scenes, combined with the extreme silence in this film (Like 2001, but I think less deliberate), made it extremely painful to watch.
Even as I continued watching it today, I literally fell asleep… I was tired a bit, but I just couldn’t keep my focus on it, it was painfully slow and dry. This film literally succeeded in capturing ‘zero’ % of the spirit from the original shows… Which were largely Character Driven… So many great characters in this film just standing around, being serious, and wearing tan clothing, Lol
I know this first review of six doesn’t seem much like a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, but I do believe that honesty and integrity are important to him, and thus I am just trying to be honest.
I know that I am not the first or only that felt this way about this film, in fact I do believe that the fan response was probably what helped to inspire the franchise to do such a good job with “Wrath Of Khan”… But we’ll get to that film next, after I watch it again as well.
Like I say, watching all these great characters that you’ve come to love from the original series, just stand around and be morose with one another, was sincerely painful.
I have to sadly give this film a 3 out of 10… A film that I wouldn’t normally review, but in honor of Leonard, I will review them all.
I hope that this review doesn’t appear harsh, or disrespectul, I assure you, I’m just trying to be completely honest… On to “Wrath Of Khan”.
It’s Been A Long Time Since I Saw This Film…
I Remember Liking It
Strong Female Character
But Seeing It Just Now For The Second Time
It’s Much More Than That
It Reminded Me Why I Wanted To Be A Filmmaker
Delivered Through Strong Characters
And In The Case Of This Film
Good Humor Too (Eddie Murphy’s Return To Greatness Via Voice Over Little Dragon Musha)
Check It Out If You Haven’t