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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Directed by James Gunn

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel

 

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As a child Peter Quinn is abducted by an alien space ship. 26 years later you might know him under a different name, Star Lord! No? Star Lord, come on. To save the galaxy he must form an alliance with a band of criminals to stop the evil Ronan who is determined to destroy anything in his way.

This is the first Marvel film set away from members of the Avengers and was a bit of a risk to try and make this successful as the audience is now having to become accustom to a group of new characters. But the easy flow of the film and the non-stop action and comedy will keep you thoroughly entertain throughout. The witty one liners from all the characters really keep the film from becoming too serious in those quieter moments while at the same time they don’t distract from the story that is being told.

As the film is based in the far reaches of the galaxy the character of Peter Quill helps keep the audience grounded with his constant stories of Earth and with his mix tape of music which plays throughout the film acting as the films soundtrack. Its a very clever way of making a modern day film have the nostalgic feel of the 70’s and 80’s without being set in that time and works brilliantly. Being a Marvel production the film needs to cater for both children and adults and this film does just that by interlacing funny superhero type characters with some adult based jokes that children wouldn’t get.

The film isn’t entirely about Quinn though. Before the film I was a bit worried about Dave Bautista playing Drax because as a wrestler I have always thought he was a bit wooden but I was pleasantly surprised by his dry performance as Drax and he had some great lines to perform. Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Groot both provide voices in the film and if I didn’t know it was them I think I would never have guessed. Other noticeable mentions go to John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz who both add that extra bit of comedy to film but in there own unique way.

 

Recommend

As a different direction for the Marvel Universe I was really looking forward to see how it would work and I wasn’t disappointed. Constant action and comedy throughout make this film a great watch and left me wanting to watch it again. Having already announced a sequel it will be very interesting to see where this will go. Surely the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to need some extra help to take out Thanos? I am looking forward to seeing Peter Quill meet Tony Stark.

As with all Marvel films there is a post credit scene at the very end of the credits.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – Shines as bright as a Star…….Lord

 

Film Fact

Bradley Cooper cited Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas (1990)) as an influence on Rocket Racoon’s voice.

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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Directed by Shane Black

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce

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Things haven’t been the same for Tony Stark since the events that happened in Avenger Assemble. He is having trouble sleeping and spends his time messing around with his Iron Man suits. But when a mad man by the name of The Mandarin starts blowing stuff up and makes things personal Tony Stark must overcome his issues to save the world.

As a fan of all the Phase 1 films this makes a very good start to Phase 2 with Tony Stark being the class act that he is while taking on one of his biggest comic book enemies The Mandarin. The trailers that came out before the film did show an awful lot of the story and some of the coolest bits in the film. It was interesting, beforehand, to see how they would avoid all of the other Avengers and why he wouldn’t just pick up the phone and ask for help but it actually works and you sort of forget that the others are not that far away. Plus I suppose that being the type of character that Tony is he wouldn’t want to ask for help anyway.

While watching the film there were scenes that made me think of the Lethal Weapon series, in which director Shane Black had a hand in making.

Recommend

There were a lot of comedic elements to the film and the introduction of a kid sidekick made the film feel a little bit like it was aiming for a younger audience. However this is Iron Man and is great fun throughout. Do you need to have seen all of the other Phase 1 films before this? No probably not. It would work as a standalone film. But then my question would be why haven’t you seen all the others. We have a long way to go in Phase 2 not to mention Phase 3 and this was a solid start.

Post Credit scene – as with all of the Marvel films of recent there is a scene to stick around for after the credits

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10A strong Iron start to Phase 2

 

Film Fact

 The song heard at Bern in the beginning of the film is “Blue” by Eiffel 65. This song is about an encounter with aliens, and foreshadows Tony Stark encountering alien beings in Avengers Assemble.   

Time to suit up. We have an Iron Man 3 Trailer

The next Marvel release, Iron Man 3, has a trailer which was released today and shows Tony Stark in a spot of trouble, much to do with the arrival of classic villian The Mandarin. Since The Avengers (Avengers Assemble) all I’ve wanted and I’m sure many others is too see the next Marvel film. Lets just hope this stands up to what we are all expecting, more Iron Man, less Iron Man 2 (although i didnt mind it that much).


Its time to Assemble the Avengers

If you are a fan of Marvel and their band of different superheroes then the time to see them ‘assemble’ is almost upon us. This is a fan boys dream that many thought would never come about but is finally here, The Avengers (UK release know as Avengers Assemble)

And what better way to get ready for this showpiece then by watching all the Marvel films, that matter in the context to this film, while adding in the Agent Coulson shorts as close to the timeline as possible.

So in order I watched;

Ironman (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Ironman 2 (2010)

The Consultant

A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer

Thor (2011)

Captain America (2011)

 

And here is what I noticed in each film that co-insides with the release of Avengers Assemble

Ironman (2008)

The first link is that of Agent Coulson who says he is from ‘Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division’. This is an on-going joke that the name needs to be worked on because it is quite a mouthful. By the end of the film Coulson says that they are now called S.H.E.I.L.D.

There is a quick glimpse of a Captain America shield on a workbench while Tony is working.

Lastly there is the scene after the credits, which is a staple to all the Marvel films, where Tony Stark finds Nick Fury in his house and tells him he would like to talk about the Avengers Initiative.

(The Incredible Hulk, Ironman 2 and Thor all take place around the same time)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In the opening credits when they are quickly showing the background story the name Nick Fury is shown on a document as well as Stark Industries. S.H.I.E.L.D also turns ups.

When Blonsky is waiting to be injected with the super serum there is a picture hanging on the wall of Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

The added scene at the end of the film involves Tony Stark confronting General Ross about a problem he has. Initially it would seem that he is referring about Hulk. However by watching the Agent Coulson Short ‘The Consultant’ you realise that Tony is actually talking about Abomination and is sent there to piss General Ross off. To put this short in the timeline it takes place after The Incredible Hulk and Ironman 2. (See Ironman 2 links)

Ironman 2 (2008)

Tony Stark gets an assistant in the form of Natalie Rushman which turns out to be an alias for Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She was sent in by Nick Fury to assess Tony Stark’s credentials to be part of the Avengers Initiative.

Nick Fury talks to Tony about his father and informs him that Howard Stark was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson makes another appearance. Although he doesn’t stick around for long as there is something he has to deal with in New Mexico. (Ironman 2 end credit scene) He does however hand over the Captain America shield to Tony Stark when he asks for it. Coulson’s response is “Where did you get this? Do you have any idea what this is?”

Towards the end of the film Nick Fury tells Tony Stark that he isn’t wanted for the Avengers Initiative but Ironman is. So for now he will just be a consultant. (This links in to the Agent Coulson short ‘The Consultant’ and the end of The Incredible Hulk) Also in the background on the T.V’s while Fury and Stark are talking is the news reporting on what happened at the college where Hulk faced off with Blonsky for the first time.

The scene after the credits shows a car pull up to a crater and Agent Coulson steps out gets out his phone and says “Sir. We found it.” We then have a close up shot of Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer.

The second Agent Coulson short ‘ A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer’ takes place during Ironman 2 and shows Coulson kick ass when a petrol station is held up.

Thor (2011)

We see how Thor can travel between Asgard and earth. This is important later on (link in Captain America)

We get the backstory of Thor and Loki. With Loki being the main villain (or so we are believed to think) in The Avengers.

Agent Coulson plays a bigger role in this film being in charge of the Thor situation. This time he has a helper in the form of Hawkeye.

Towards the end Thor says to Agent Coulson “From this day forward, you can count me in as your ally” playing up to the Avengers film.

The scene after the credits show Nick Fury holding a case that contains a bright blue cube that is said to have great power. (This is linked to The Avengers and Captain America)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Stark Enterprises is shown a lot in the film in relation to a young Howard Stark who co-founded the Super Soldier program.

When the Red Skull and Captain America are fighting in the final battle the Cosmic Cube (as seen at the end of Thor) is knocked and something strange happens. Red Skull looks to be vaporised however as we could see he was being transported to another realm, just like how Thor would move between worlds. (Possible return in the Avengers film or Thor 2)

Steve Roger’s wakes up in the present day and is freaked out. He is met by Nick Fury who calms him down.

After the credits we see Steve Rogers going at it with a punching bag. Nick Fury walks in and we see a teaser involving all the main players in the Avengers.

Avengers Assemble is released on April 25th in the UK

Captain America’s The Avengers suit

Here is a shot of Chris Evans in his more modern day Captain America suit from the set of the upcoming Avengers film.

To me it looks its come straight out of a comic book but is very likeable and will easily fall in line with the suits warn by Ironman and Thor.