Posts Tagged: marvel

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Haven’t been to an 11.30am session for a movie for a long time (if ever) but that’s the life I lead nowadays, actually I just wanted to avoid the crowds so we watched this just a couple of days after release. I actually really liked the original Captain America (surprisingly) so I was looking forward to this one.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I won’t bore you with the details, you can go watch it for yourself (I recommend it), basically the bad guys (Hydra) are tearing up S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside and it’s up to Captain America (and the Black Widow) to solve the riddle and triumph over evil. There’s also the Winter Soldier to deal with, even though his metal arm has a commie star on it, he works for the Germans (or whoever Hydra is at this point), I’d also like to point out that he seemed to have super strength in his other arm and legs too because he was punching and kicking pretty powerfully with those limbs.

I just wanted to point out a couple of things that seemed a bit strange, the laser cutting device that the good guys kept using to dig out of cars and through the ground. How far could Nick Fury really have gotten when he used it, and then how did the good guys drop out of the car safely without anyone noticing during the daring escape? And why did the bad guys have such a bad setup with the convoy, the captives shouldn’t have been in the car at the back of the convoy, they should have been in the middle, no wonder they lost!

Of course there were the customary explosions and impossible flights of fancy (nothing close to Iron Man though), what I found really surprising was that Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, and Hawkman were all too busy to help out, the case would’ve been done and dusted inside half an hour if they whole team was there. I guess they must’ve been saving other cities. Good film, I liked it, now waiting for the next one which happens to be The Avengers 2 (or Guardians of the Galaxy if just counting Marvel films, not sure if I’m up for this wacky one). Actually, X-Men is out in a month or so, going to be hard to get out to that one though.

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Thor 2 – The Dark World

Got distracted by a few things since we went to see this on Saturday, but now am finally back to get this review up (don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Switzerland, I just haven’t got around to posting about it, maybe this weekend). Ahhh, even this one I keep getting sidetracked, any way, we have some cheap movie tickets that we haven’t used and thought we better go see something before they expire, nothing particularly inspiring at the cinemas so why not watch another marvel comics film to make sure that we keep in the loop.

Thor 2: The Dark World

Thor 2: The Dark World

So, back to the movie, a sequel to the original Thor movie and based two years after the Avengers, the plot is that some Dark Elves want to destroy the universe and kill everyone (using a weapon called the Aether) so Thor has to save the universe again. The start seemed to have some Hellboy about it (but nowhere near as well done), and I still get confused when aliens from other planets speak their own special languages, while other aliens from other planets speak English, just make them all speak English in the different accents and we’ll assume that they’re speaking their own language, save me having to read subtitles for a made-up language. So this plot was originally thwarted by Thor’s grandfather thousands of years ago, but then when “The Convergence” occurs (or is about to occur, dimensional wormholes start opening up all over the “nine realms” transporting people and objects all over the universe. This releases the power of the Aether and awakens the Dark Elves (the ones that escaped, hidden in suspended animation somewhere), and even though they have been asleep for thousands of years they still have weaponry that is at least as advanced as the Asgardians as they attack and leave the Asgardian capital city completely defenseless.

Any way, Thor works out a way (with Loki, OMG they teamed up! Who would have ever thought of that?) to lure the elves away from Asgard and fight them somewhere else (the elves’ home planet of all places), obviously this doesn’t quite work as planned but he is given a second chance as The Convergence has not occurred yet and will take place on Earth, miraculously (!) there is a wormhole that Thor and Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) somehow find and transport themselves back to Earth just in time to make another counter attack and rid the universe of the Dark Elves once and for all.

So in conclusion, the film is obviously quite predictable, but pretty entertaining if you ignore all the obvious plot holes and the sheer stupidity of the whole Thor concept, they’re Norwegian or Swedish (are they based on the Nazi Aryan race, hmmm)? I’m not sure if it’s worth going out to watch, but it will fill up two hours of your life without killing you, plus one for brain-dead entertainment! Picture taken from the wikipedia page, we also got to see the Captain America trailer (although I don’t know who the bad guy is) but we didn’t stay for the end credits scene (something to do with The Collector apparently).

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Ironman 3

The latest (and last?) installment of the Ironman franchise (probably the last not including The Avengers before they reboot it as they usually do) starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow. This one had the old arch nemesis of Ironman, The Mandarin, LOL, an arcahaic reference to a cold war era super villain. There is a bit of back story and narrative at the beginning before the movie finally gets moving and we find out what is actually happening. It sort of follows on from the Avengers movie and he is still all sorts of anxious and panicky about what happened there with the aliens and gods, and other crazy characters.

Ironman 3

Ironman 3

Apparently a terrorist going by the moniker, The Mandarin is attacking the US and has big plans of taking out the president, he has already made many attacks before finally making his mark and getting to Tony Stark which starts the middle section of the movie. One where Stark is chased out of his home and left to fend for himself without his super computer Jarvis, or any of his working Ironman suits. Through sheer ingenuity he is able to piece together the mystery as to who and where the Mandarin is, but is it too late? And why didn’t he work all this out when he had all the tools and power easily at hand in his high tech home? Well, obviously you don’t realise what you have until it’s gone, and as in Ironman 2, Tony finds himself and rediscovers what he is about and what he can do. Through even greater advancements than previously seen, he is able to foil the Mandarin’s plan (where we discover an hilarious Ben Kingsley is just an actor!) and save the world! Oh wait, not yet, actually, for whatever reason, the bad guys choose not to just kill him (as they usually do) and give him the opportunity to save himself and the world by finding one of his Ironman suits.

A big battle with big explosions ensues, and a million flying (solo) Ironmen (suits that are remotely controlled by Jarvis or Tony Stark one or the other), in which Pepper Potts (!) is the one that actually ends up slaying (that’s right, I said slaying) the real Mandarin, not even Chinese, just regular old Guy Pearce with his shifty ways (and his super human powers provided by some nifty magical genetic science) because he injected her with the same thing. And then over the next twenty seconds (or so it seemed) TOny Stark explains that everything ends well and everyone lives happily ever after, and he is even able to solve the riddle of the gene science and fix Pepper. We didn’t stay for the end credits, but apparently The Hulk makes an appearance but I’m not sure whether it’s to plug the new Hulk movie, or the next Avengers movie. The film itself was ok, lots of bangs and explosions, probably the first one is still the best, not sure what Robert Downey Jr will do after this, whether he will continue to play Ironman or whether he can get any other roles any more. There was a trailer for the next Superman movie, it looked kind of lame, except that perhaps Zod (!) is back.

Anyway, picture taken from wikipedia.

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The Avengers

I finally made my way to the cinema to see this blockbuster which everyone seems to be raving about, perhaps I ruined it for myself before the fact, because my expectations were raised due to friends the popular sentiment of those I’d spoken to. The film was ok, the special effects were pretty good as they tend to be nowadays, but I found it a bit inconsistent, and afterwards comparing it to another recent comic book film, I felt that X-Men First Class was better. Thor and Captain America were other recent Avengers films (is there a Hawkman or Black Widow film?) that I have not seen, and at times I was wondering whether I needed to see them to make more sense of this film. I think we can all agree that Thor is somewhat of a strange superhero that makes no sense, he’s a god from another planet that is no more powerful than the Hulk (except that he can fly and draw lightning from the sky). The Black Widow and Hawkman don’t have any special powers other than being really good spies, and Hawkman can hit anything with his arrows, he just needs to shoot them and they will hit whatever he wants. Everyone loves the Hulk, there’s no doubting that as he is a fun character, Ironman is ok (I like the first Ironman better than Ironman 2). The bad guy in this film is Loki (that’s also an hostel chain in South America in case anyone was wondering), he is Thor’s adopted brother but unlike Thor has some limited powers, he is able to project an image of himself in different locations, that’s about it as far as I am aware.

The Avengers

The Avengers

That’s enough of the summary now back to what I liked and didn’t like from the film. As usual in these comic book films, the powers of the superheroes are quite inconsistent, Thor seems to have limitless power at times, but then at others he’s not even as strong as the Hulk, or only as strong as Ironman. Captain America has super strength, speed, athleticism (it seems), but in the grand scheme of things, he doesn’t seem to be in the same ballpark as the Hulk, Ironman, or Thor, although his shield seems to be as strong as anything that the other heroes could muster. The Black Widow obviously has no powers other than freezing the gazes of people around with her magnificent bum (pads) although a distinct lack of cleavage (being show I mean) was a disappointment. Hawkman seems to have an almost endless supply of arrows and an amazing ability to aim randomly yet still hit the target. The action sequences looked good, but they didn’t provide anything to really enjoy, Scarlett Johansson shooting her tiny little guns at the alien invaders seemed comical (appropriate I guess), as did Nick Fury firing at a hummer from a mile away with a pistol. The sequence where everyone comes together to fight the war against the invaders just seemed so bog standard that it was barely worth watching, it ended with the Independence Day style finish where the hero blasts the mother ship with a nuclear weapon destroying it and all of its soldiers (they were on remote control).

The best parts of the film involved the Hulk, the worst parts Thor, Captain America, and Hawkman, you know there will be at least one sequel but you have to wonder how many of the main characters can be involved from film to film, I guess if they pay the actors enough. After watching the film, we had a look at wikipedia for the Avengers and found two characters (original members of the Avengers) that were missing from the film, Ant Man, and the Wasp (ZOMG!), how could these two integral characters not be included in such an epic film? I mean a man that has the power to shrink himself to the size of an ant (I think the Wasp has the same power)? How that power could be omitted from a war for survival against a powerful alien foe is beyond me, just imagine the Ant Man going up against Loki, he would have driven him mad with an itch, and he would never have known what it was.

Oh, and one last thing, Stark Tower is real and it is in one of my favourite cities/places.

Picture taken from wikipedia.

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