Monday, 21 May 2012

AVENGERS!

Awesome movie.  Awesome, awesome, awesome.  The ultimate summer popcorn movie.  Didn't have high expectations for it at all.  With all the build up and the teasers in the previous Marvel movies, I didn't think it could be anything but a mess trying to jam all those action stars into one movie. 

But I was wrong.  I don't think all the "explanation" scenes will hold up on a second viewing but the action and humour more than make up for it.  Iron Man gets most of the good one-liners, which makes up for Iron Man 2, and the Hulk pretty much steals the movie, which makes up for that Ed Norton mess.  I was a big fan of the Eric Bana/Ang Lee Hulk, but I think this is now the best Hulk movie ever made.  He's not on screen a lot but when he is, he owns the movie.  Fantastic.

There's one scene with the Hulk and the main bad guy.  I knew it was coming, I knew what was going to happen, but when it happened I still laughed my ass off.  Joss Whedon did an amazing job, as he usually does, in weaving the comic moments throughout the action.

Highly recommended for a rare movie theatre visit.  It's a big movie and it should be viewed on as big a screen as possible.  If you do go to see it, stay past the star credits for the obligatory Marvel "surprise" bonus scene but then stay through the entire main credits for a scene that is entirely Whedon.  Seriously, it is worth the wait.  Jen and I were two of only 6 people who stayed right to the end.

It is such a fun movie, that I'm worried it may have ruined The Dark Knight Rises for me.  It's going to be a bit of a downer after this thrill ride.  We shall see.

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