I went to go see the Avengers Age of Ultron on Thursday night in the IMAX Theatre here in Edmonton. I have spent the last two days trying to come up with a way to do a spoiler-free review and it’s been a little difficult. So this is my attempt at doing a review of this movie without spoilers of any kind. This review will not go into detail on what happened in the movie and will go into my initial thoughts of the film.
That Marvel Feeling
I know that sounds very vague but this movie left me having that same feeling I do leaving almost every Marvel movie, with a few exceptions (IronMan 2…). This movie did a great job of having those dark moments and then throwing in that touch of humour that actually made me clap at some points. It had the elements that made you say this was one of the best Marvel movies, one of the best super hero movies, and just overall great movie, and that the same feeling I almost always get when leaving a Marvel movie. And that makes it totally worth the 18 bucks.
Joss Freaking Whedon
The guy behind it all, Joss Whedon. You cannot talk about an Avengers movie and not talk about how amazing of a director and writer this guy is. He was able to create an enthralling story that had levels of depth, there were main plots and sub-plots that got the viewer excited. That was able to create more depth to the characters you knew and did not know. He is Joss Whedon and I can’t express how sad I am that this is his last Marvel film. I only hope that what ever he decides to do will be as exciting and amazing as all of his work has been on these Marvel products that we love so much. Thank you Mr.Whedon.
Ultron a brilliant villain to have in this film and an even more brilliant actor James Spader, although not my first choice, he was the best choice to play the Artificial intelligence that is Ultron. He was evil, very evil, but at the same time you could somewhat understand why he was doing what he was doing. He had reason and cause for his actions, as insane or disastrous as they were, you could all understand the reasoning to his madness. One of the best things about the character of Ultron is that he is believable as a major threat for the Avengers.
This Character was easily my favourite character in this film for many reasons, half of them I can’t tell you without giving spoilers away. Nevertheless, this character was funny but had plenty of depth. This character was well played by Paul Bettany, he played this character in a way that gets the viewer excited to see him again, and just as excited that he is in this movie in the first place. The Marvel team did an amazing job of creating a Vision that was close to the comic book incarnations which was a huge highlight of the film
I could keep talking but I don’t want to bore you, and I give this movie a big thumbs up. Have you seen the new Avengers film? If so, what did you think? Do you agree with my thoughts? Let me know in the comment section!
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This is apparently the week of the most anticipated movie trailers. First we get Ant-Man (that no one gave a rip about) then Star Wars Force Awakens (EEEEK) and then the mother of all that is good Zack Snyder released the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and when i saw it i screamed like a little fan girl. So if you haven’t seen it, watch it right now, especially before you read on.
This trailer starts with what seems like a bunch of media reporters or politicians arguing about Superman. They are discussing whether or not Superman is good for this planet or if he’s just to powerful.Then we get someone voicing their opinion who isn’t a politician or reporter. “We know better, don’t we. Devils don’t come from hell beneath us, they come from the sky”. If you listen closely you can tell this is Jesse Eisenberg‘s character, Lex Luthor, talking. From this line we can gather that Lex Luthor will be trying to put the world against Superman. He might even be able to influence Batman.
Next we hear chanting “Go home! Go home! Go home!” Following is a shot of a statue of Superman with “false god” scrawled in spray paint across his symbol (which is a symbol of hope, duh!). This tells us that a large majority of the world is against Superman. It sounds like they are not happy with the destruction of Metropolis caused by Zod and Superman.
The next part of the trailer we get some dialogue from Alfred (can i just say how perfect Jeremy Irons is for that role… Seriously pure perfection). “Thats how it starts the fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel”. Now this set of words are intriguing. Who’s he talking about? I believe there is three options here. Many would think he could be talking to Batman about Superman or Lex Luthor. However, i believe he’s actually talking about Batman. In my opinion he is referring to a time when Bruce was a good person, but when he felt helpless in an alley, unable to save his parents, he turned cruel.
But a above all the best part of this trailer is Batman’s line to Superman: “Tell me do you bleed? You will!” (shivers, serious shivers).
Overall i give this trailer 4/5 starts for pure joy and excitement and for not showing us too much.
This trailer did not receive 5/5 because although i did love it. It wasn’t perfect, it did not make we want to throw my money at screen yelling give it to me know!!
What did you think about the trailer? Do you agree with my thoughts that i observed from trailer? How excited are you for Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice?
I just spent the last four days binge-watching the new Daredevil season on Netflix. In my self-appointed expert opinion, this show has redefined what a superhero TV series should be. I will be starting with what I believe to be the pros of the show and then go onto the cons… if i can find some.
- The best part of the show is that the production team was very familiar with the characters and weren’t afraid to stray from the happy, comedic feel that we usually see from our Marvel products. It was dark and gritty, and not afraid to show that our hero can bleed.
- Wilson Fisk. Need I say more? Vincent D’Onofrio was so spectacular in this role of playing the most terrifying version of the Kingpin ever seen on screen, even in the cartoon show… yes, I mean the Spider-Man Animated Series. In this season of Daredevil, at times even I found myself cheering for him to succeed. I knew he was the bad guy, but I understood what he was trying to accomplish, and what drove him to do the things he did. And as the show went on I grew more and more fond of him, but yet more terrified than I have ever been of any on screen villain adaption. I hope that we see his return to the show in season two or possibly in The Defenders, a show that Netflix and Marvel will be releasing in the future. One thing to add, though: next time wear the white suit please!
- The Devil of Hells Kitchen, Charlie Cox, was able to bring a version of the character that made me forget Ben Affleck’s version (as much as I love Ben I can’t forget how horrendous that movie was). Charlie Cox made you feel like his Matt Murdock really was blind, but could still “see” better than any of us ever can. I loved how they handled his back story: a few five minute flash-backs in a couple of episodes. It wasn’t too saturated with backstory, which i hate so much (I’m looking at you, Arrow). it was short and made us understand why he does what he does, and how he attained his skills. He made you believe that a blind man could kick some real ass. Charlie Cox’s rendition of the character made me begging for season two.
- The Plot. The show did an amazing job of making you feel that everyone had something to lose, from Daredevil to Foggy to the Kingpin of crime, Wilson Fisk. I was always on the edge of my seat wanting more, which is the reason i finished in four days (I would have finished sooner if I didn’t have assignments). The plot had intricate layers which allowed the viewer to see the point of view from almost every character’s eyes.
- It was too damn short! I definitely wanted more than 13 episodes, and I rightfully assume that I’m not the only one. Hopefully when season two comes out we can get a full 22 episodes.
- Foggy,Elden Henson. Don’t be angry, I loved his character, and Elden Henson did an amazing job on building the essence of Foggy. He was the comedic relief in an otherwise dark show, however I wanted to see more development on his character. I didn’t feel like he was really risking anything in the show, he was being tossed around in everyone else’s main stories. He was a B-level character that should have been top tier.
Overall, I loved this show and it left me wanting more. I give Daredevil Season one 4.5/5 stars.
Have you seen the show? What were your thoughts, likes and dislikes, and do you agree or disagree with my opinion?