Tag Archive: avengers assemble


My Top Films of 2012 review

Everyone does a review of the best films of the year that has just ended and I am not going to be the exception.

I probably went to the cinema more times in 2012 than I had in any previous years. There were some very good films out and also some very bad ones. I try to see as many as possible as I like to get a nice range of different genres.

I have thought long and hard about narrowing the films down to a top 5 of 2012 which means I have had to cut some good films out including Moonrise Kingdom, The Amazing Spiderman and, probably the closest to making my top 5, Argo.

So here is goes (note: this is not in any order) with the first 3 probably being very obvious and the last 2 being a little bit out there.

 

 

 

The Dark Knight Risesthe-dark-knight-rises-fire

What a perfect way to end the Dark Knight Trilogy. On 1st viewing I did think there were too many long 1 on 1 talking scenes and not enough action however on a second viewing I realised that they weren’t really that long and they really added to the closing of the story. Anything with Joseph Gordon Levitt in is great in my eyes and Tom Hardy is slowly turning into one of my favourite actors. The added little Easter eggs in the film are great for the fans of Batman. This has been added to my Bluray collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Avengers Assemblemarvel_avengers_assemble_uk_poster

This was the film that has been wanted and has been built up to for a number of years by all the previous Marvel films. Seeing all the top Marvel characters (minus Spiderman and the X-men) join forces to take on some big bad just couldn’t stop that huge smile across my face. Robert Downey Jr. is the stand out performer as the playboy billionaire Tony Stark/Ironman although Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk was probably the best take on the character in recent years. The action set pieces in the film were huge with the heroes not only taking on the bad guys but also taking on each other. Most memorable part of the film has to be Hulk punching Thor, classic.

 

 

 

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyhobbit-poster

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an absolute favourite of mine and when news first broke that The Hobbit was going to be made the excitement started building and then we find out that it is turning into another trilogy, yes. The only downside is that we have to wait until 2015 for the final part. The film may have been similar to The Fellowship of the Ring following same plot points but it didn’t stop the film being any less enjoyable. The beginning of the film was a nice way to tie it in with LOTR and the whole Gollum/Bilbo scene was very funny. Having been to New Zealand and some of the LOTR locations I always feel happy when I see the country again and brings back lots of memories. I loved the film and cannot wait for the other 2 parts to come out.

 

 

 

 

The Cabin in the Woodscabin-in-the-woods-poster-hi-res

 

A film that was made in 2009 and due to studio differences took until 2012 to be released however it was well worth the wait. This was not your straight forward teen/slasher movie. Yes it had the typical characters that you would expect in these types of films and introduced them in the obvious and I’ve seen this all before. However the comedy and Sci-fi elements that were thrown in were brilliant and not fully expected. A film to watch over and over and now belongs in my Bluray collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Joekiller-joe-poster

This was my stand out film of the year and was so beautiful and disgusting that it was fantastic. McConaughey stepped away from his usual rom-com character and played what can be described as a cool prick dirty cop. This film might be too much for some people and you will probably never look at fried chicken in the same way ever again. If you haven’t seen this I highly recommend it but just be warned.

 

 

 

 

emma-stone-gwen-staceyTo finish off here are a couple of side awards;

Considering Joss Whedon had a hand in 2 of these films makes him my Director/Writer of the year.

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey in The Amazing Spiderman was my hottie of the year.

Least enjoyable/Worst Film of the year was both Taken 2 and Total Recall as I couldn’t decide between the two which I enjoyed least.

 

 

So what do you think of my Top 5 films of 2012?

What about my side awards? What was the least enjoyable film you saw?

 

 

Advertisements

Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble (2012)

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddlestone.

 

The world is in danger, it’s time to activate the Avengers initiative and bring this band of superheroes together. With Nick Fury in charge he brings in Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to battle the villainous Loki who is threatening to bring a race of aliens to earth to start a war.

Gone are the origin stories that we have seen in previous Marvel films, this is a full out superhero slug fest that not only involves the good guys fighting the bad guys but also good verses good – Thor’s emergence back on earth starts with a forest fight between himself, Ironman and Captain America.

The film just oozes with cool set pieces, witty one liners, from everyone, not just Robert Downey Jr. (although he is on top form as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark) and the film gives an equal amount of screen time to everyone allowing them to each have a scene stealing moment – Hulk and Thor after taking down one of the massive snake like robots is nothing but hysterical.

Everyone was fantastic in the film from all the main players to the characters on the outside like Agent Coulson and Maria Hill who are also given their own decent amount of screen time.

A stand out performance goes to Mark Ruffalo and his version of Bruce Banner and Hulk – Big, strong, clever, funny, and angry and every time he was on screen he was awesome.

I saw this in IMAX 3D and it didn’t take anything away from the film even though the film wasn’t shot using special cameras and it was added on in post-production. The 3D wasn’t in your face horrible and for the action pieces it gave you just enough extra dimensional action to look good. I will be going to see this for a second time for a number of reasons; to see it in normal 2D and to see if I can spot any extra easter eggs hidden within the film (see my previous blog on links to the avengers)

There are a lot of big films being released this year and this has not let me down. It has everything that you could have wanted from an Avengers film. I urge you to go to the cinema and see this film. Do not wait for it to be released on disc format or you will just be disappointed that you didn’t see it on the big screen.

 

Film Fact

As with all Marvel films you will want to stay on through the credits. There is a post credits scene about half way through them.

 

 

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Directed by Drew Goddard

Starring Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth

 

Five young friends decide to spend the weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. However things don’t go as planned for anyone concerned.

The film was originally shot in 2009 but there were issues with the film studio so the film didn’t get released until 2012. If you have seen the trailer then you know what you are sort of getting. It appears to be just another Evil Dead style film, in fact pretty much exactly the same: Kids in a cabin, in the woods, being attacked by something supernatural. You think you know the story. However, then the sci-fi twist comes in. Why are there people watching them in what looks like a futuristic building? Is that a star trek-esque shield that is around the area?

The main plot to the story, once you find out, is pretty cool and a great fan boy kind of idea. There will be a point during the film where you have one single thought and I ask you to hold on to your hats because it will happen. It is pretty clever that they try there hardest to be as clichéd as possible. Five characters; 1 jock, 1 slut, 1 brainy person, 1 druggy and 1 virgin. You think you have seen this before. You haven’t.

There is a fair bit of blood and killing in the film. So if you are not a fan of that i would stay away. Any fans of Evil Dead and sci-fi this is definitely for you. Do not expect this film to win any awards but for what it offers you, you will love it.

 

Film Fact

Joss Whedon co-wrote the film along with director Drew Goddard. He can next be seen Directing Avengers Assemble

 

 

The Avengers name change

So for the UK only The Avengers has had its title changed to ‘Avengers Assemble’.

Thankfully they have released a cool new poster to go with it.

But what do you think to the title change?

 

 

Avengers Assemble is released in cinemas on April 27th in the UK. A full week before it’s release in America