What I've been watching: Last five films

What I’ve been watching: Last five films #2

Film

Guess who’s upped her film count in a matter of days? This person. You know how you make time to clean the house or plan your weekend. Well, I’ve made time for some film watching and it reminded me that it’s something I need. I need my film time. So I carved out some time to watch some great films.

100 movies: Avengers Assemble

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Avengers AssembleAvengers Assemble (26/04/12)

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

I’m going to attempt to do a spoiler free mini review of this film, however, I can’t guarantee that the comments will be spoiler free, so you have been warned!

Avengers Assemble the film that a year ago, I wasn’t all that excited about. I was dreading it a little bit. But then I saw Thor. My excitement level crept up. Marginally. Followed by Captain America. The film itself didn’t really make me look forward to Avengers Assemble, but the post credits trailer did. The teaser trailers and full-blown trailers that have followed since have firmly planted me on the ‘Oh my GOD, I’m so excited!’ bandwagon. Attending the European premiere last week only made sure of the fact that I wasn’t leaving the bandwagon.

With hype levels so high, the film could have hopelessly disappointed me. Or lived up to the hype. Guess what? It completely lived up to the hype and I’m still buzzing now from it. Over 12 hours after seeing the film!

It is an epic comic book film because of all the massive characters involved. Bringing them all together and making them work, while not getting lost, was a huge ask of Joss Whedon. That was my biggest fear for the film. The characters, who are great in their standalone films, will just be watered down versions of themselves in this big team up. This couldn’t be further from the case. What was better, was the interactions between them all. Especially the ones we hadn’t seen before. I loved seeing Captain America butt heads with Iron Man. Then seeing Tony Stark and Bruce Banner as lab partners – loved it! I can’t get over how much fun I had watching all the characters interact with each other.

Did I mention this film was bloody hilarious. Not slapstick bad funny. But genuinely laugh out loud funny. And I rarely laugh out loud! This one did the trick. There are some fantastic one liners. Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson has some brilliant moments. The dialogue was sharp! I expect nothing less from Joss Whedon on that side of things. I think I rate him more as a writer than a director.

Of the new Avengers, I really enjoyed Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner. He had a bit of Eric Bana’s Bruce in him. And the best thing was, was that the Hulk had a bit of Mark Ruffalo’s face. Hulk had some great moments.

The story isn’t anything totally new. Try and bring a team of ‘misfits’ together. Earth in peril. Your average stuff. But it’s all put together so well here. Yes there are some great set pieces, but they never feel like set pieces. The film flows from beginning to end seamlessly. Sure, the film comes in at a staggering 142 minutes, but it never felt long. It never dragged.

Loved having Loki back. He’s grown in crazy, and looked like Tom Hiddleston had fun playing that. There wasn’t all that development or explanation about The Chitauri. They just seemed to be there to make the final epic battle all the more epic. Worked for me. I didn’t care too much. Spent the whole time rooting for my favourite heroes.

The score disappointed me a little. I couldn’t hear a strong theme. Though, I did recognise Captain America’s theme from his standalone film from last year, whenever Cap was on-screen doing his heroics. It sounded like Alan Silvestri was borrowing a lot of what he did for last year’s Captain America film. Sad. Was hoping for a score I could go home and be desperate to listen to over and over again.

I did end up going to see this in 3D. Why? Too impatient to wait for Friday’s ‘normal’ release. A day made all the difference apparently. I could have lived without the 3D. I still don’t think the tech’s there yet. Though, the 3D here was one of the better ones I’ve seen. Still not a fan.

Desperate to see the film again. There’s a lot going on and I just want another chance to soak it all in on the big screen!

(It looks like I’ve rambled on for a good lot longer than I thought I would. AND I was restraining myself – there’s still so much more I have to say. )
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: Priest

100 movies of 2012

PriestPriest (05/02/12)

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Priests tracking down vampires on jet propelled bikes. Something about that’s meant to be quite exciting and cool and provocative. But all it is here is just that.

We’ve got another sci-fi film with a dystopian future where religion’s gone all do wacky and we’ve got a crazy mix of uber futuristic stuff, your ol’ west and a bit of a Chinese influence thrown in for the hell of it.

While Priest doesn’t add anything new to add to the sci-fi/future-western/vampire genre it didn’t waste it’s time getting going with the plot. Thankfully, I don’t think there’s a moment ‘wasted’ on un-needed dialog or scenes. Everything is to the point. So that means the film skips along to it’s end in a very gracious 84 minutes. So it’s an easy watch. I didn’t get bored. Though I wasn’t thrilled. It’s just ok. Nothing stood out. I don’t know if they were trying to make something of the whole religion aspect of it, but it clearly didn’t come across to me!

Perfectly watchable and perfectly forgettable. Was fine for a snowy afternoon.

(Oh and after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, my second Alan Dale film of the year!)
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies of 2012 starts with The Tourist

100 movies of 2012

2011’s movie challenge of watching at least 120 films (That I hadn’t seen before) in the year appeared to be a little over ambitious. So I’m settling for being a little bit more humble with my goal this year and setting my sights on 100 films to been seen this year.

I was hoping to start the year off with a GREAT film. That great film was planned on being The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, the bank holiday mood crept in on me and I found myself unable to move from the sofa. I could reach the TV remote and settled on something to fill the time. Sadly, what filled the time only did just that…

The TouristThe Tourist (02/01/12)

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Well this film was just all wrong. As I said above, it filled the time, but that’s about all. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie had zero chemistry. Neither looked all that interested in doing their acting thing in the film. Moments that were probably meant to be slightly comedic were bland and none of the action sequences were particularly thrilling.

The less said about the film the better. It was just bad, boring and bland. Like the poster.
Rating: 1/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: Legion

120+ Movies of 2011

LegionLegion (27/08/11)

A group of strangers fight for the welfare of humanity.

All I can think is Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany – WTF?! I am lost with this film and just how boring it was.

Think of it as the last season of Supernatural. God and Angel vs. humanity. It was nowhere near as good as that season of Supernatural. Mostly it was incredibly boring.

Just avoid. Wasted about 90 minutes of my day on this thing.
Rating: 1/5

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