Simply Marvelous

Sorry, I've been slacking again! I'm not sure why because I know I have at least a couple good blog posts in me but for some reason I just haven't been able to crank one out ha. But I figured I probably need to give a review of Marvel's The Avengers while it is still relevant! So here we are, in one of my favorite months of the year, May. This is the small window when all the t.v. shows and movies offer up their would be bests. As we've seen in years past (2007 with Shrek 3 and Pirates 3 anyone?), they aren't all winners but this year summer reallllly started off with a bang.

This movie has been years in the making...and you can definitely tell. All these other franchises were made purely for this movie to exist (well that and the fact that movie studio people love new franchises.. so win-win for everyone I suppose.) And the movie really benefits from these established, lived in characters. They've all had lives before this film--- we've seen them and we have seen just how well they can do in a pinch. But when you throw them all together, THAT'S what makes the movie. Seeing them interact with each other is without a doubt one of the coolest things in this film. Well, that and the plentiful stock of breathtaking action sequences.  If I had to pick one word to describe The Avengers it would be "rollercoaster" Pure fun and absolutely thrilling from start to finish. (And Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth sharing the screen....notttttt going to complain about that one.)

While other superhero films due to come out this summer captured more of my fancy and attention, (I can hardly wait for The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-man for different reasons and sensibilities than what I loved about The Avengers) that said, The Avengers is everything a summer popcorn flick SHOULD be. While I expect the other two films to be fantastic FILMS, The Avengers is a good MOVIE if that makes sense. It's fun without being dumb, exciting and the characters are all incredibly likable. Most importantly, for a movie that doesn't feature romance it's nice that all of the characters have a nice chemistry between one another. Now if I were to make any complaint is that it would have been nice for Thor and Captain America make more references to their love interests, but there really wasn't time. Or for Black Widow to have more of a flirtation with someone because I do love my cheesy romances and did miss that a little. But I did appreciate Gwyneth's appearance once again as Pepper Potts and her interaction with RDJ's Tony Stark. Also, gotta say, I never saw Edward Norton's take on the Incredible Hulk, but I just loved Mark Ruffalo's characterization!

So while The Avengers doesn't really have the gritty realism and sophistication as Nolan's previous films The Dark Knight and Inception, which is also sure to be prevalent in The Dark Knight Rises-- Whedon's The Avengers is just a different breed: fun and incredibly well made. A blockbuster not to be ashamed of, like say...*cough Transformers cough or even better...Avatar cough* I'm going to give it a 9.5/10!

And finally, speaking of May blockbusters, Happy Ten Year Anniversary to the original Spider-Man annnnnnnnnnd Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which I did watch on Star Wars day AKA May 4th. (Get it? May the Fourth be with you?) Haha oh, AOTC. What would we do without all the Anakin tantrum scenes to lovingly poke fun at? I'll admit, I did remember the movie a tadddd bit differently and there's a lot that could have been edited and directed differently and more naturally (oh and let's not forget that cheesy writing too)....but it's still a fun movie with characters I love in a universe I adore...like I said in the last blog post about Episode I basically. :)

Anyway, we have a fantastic summer and year ahead of us with a lot of great films to come....so buckle up!


Sarah said...

I really do want to see the Avengers. I always love a good popcorn flick. :) I'm glad that this summer has started off with a nice bang.

When you talk about cheesy writing from Episode II, are you talking about writing like this?:

Padme: We used to come here for school retreat. We would swim to that island every day. I love the water. We used to lie out on the sand and let the sun dry us and try to guess the names of the birds singing.

Anakin: I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.

Oh, and don't forget that he delivers that line about things being soft and smooth as he is caressing her back (since she is conveniently wearing a bare-backed dress). :)

Here's what I REALLY remember from Star Wars Episode II: Natalie Portman has great abs! It made me want to do more tummy crunches. :)

I enjoyed Episode I and II and I really, sincerely loved Episode II.

Emily said...

you mean III? Hehe yeah that was one of the lines I did laugh out loud at. That and "I've been dying a little bit each day since you came back into my life." Oh George....

Joey said...

Emily, I never thought I'd hear you give even a hint of criticism to your Beloved Star Wars! But your tastes have deepened, I see. :) :) (Take a tease.)

Now the beauty of The Avengers is that they threw in Robert Downy Jr. for some of us (ahem) older ladies. Oh, those bedroom eyes.........

Well, I am seeing it even though it's outside of my usual genres. I'll let you know if it holds up for the non-action fan.

Sarah said...

Yes, I did mean that I loved Episode III. Typo in my previous comment.



Sarah said...

I need to go through your blog and make a list of all of the movies that I want to see, but haven't gotten around to yet (for movie rentals, etc.). Good reminders!