We watched this almost two weeks ago now, so I’ve probably forgotten most of the cheesy stuff that happens, but since pretty much everything is cheesy, I still remember the main parts of the film. If you can believe it this was the first film we’ve watched at the cinema for over a year, I can’t even remember the last film we watched at the cinema, it’s been that long. But anyway, the whole gang is in this one, plus a couple of new characters that will no doubt make future appearances in other spin-offs (The Vision, Scarlet Witch, obviously not her brother). This is another one of those lame reviews where I’m not going to talk about anything in particular except to say that it follows the same basic formula that they all seem to, heroes start out on fire, things then turn bad for them because they did something wrong (or were framed, or were stupid, or just destroyed too many cities), they go and do some serious thinking, and then BAM!! They come back with a vengeance and save everyone’s sorry behinds.
So once we get past the generic superhero story, what do we have? Big explosions, robots, special enhanced powers, androids, and even ordinary humans with extraordinary skills. A couple things to get off my chest, why does Ultron not just put himself in Dropbox or something so that he can easily restore himself if he gets destroyed? He puts all his eggs in the Vision basket and then it backfires because he didn’t have enough lackeys looking after the body. He could’ve easily just left one robot in hiding somewhere but no, he had to take them all with him to their deaths. How does the Scarlet Witch’s mind control powers go from having to be right next to the person at the beginning to being able to take over a city full of people by the end? Did she do some serious gravity x 100 training or something (did anyone else notice her clothes became more revealing as the movie drifted along as well?)?
Well as far as action movies go, it’s got it all, corny one liners, explosions, robots (I believe I’ve mentioned this before), flying, guns, archery, muscles, traffic accidents, even a hint of romance (Hulk and Black Widow? Really?), and now it’s all set up for whatever the next feature will be with a special appearance by Thanos and his Gauntlet during the mid-credits scene. One final note, when the super Ironman suit was trying to contain the out-of-his-mind Hulk, this totally reminded me of my sometimes cranky baby boy, he cannot, and will not be tamed!
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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.
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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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.
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.
Picture taken from wikipedia.
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