Watched in IMAX 3D.
Joss Whedon's AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, a film I flat out adored, marked the height of my belated conversion to fan enthusiast of superhero movies. It came out in the same calendar year as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the third instalment of Christopher Nolan's seminal reinvention of DC's Batman and signified the culmination of the first phase of the cinematic universe Marvel had begun with their impressive sleeper-hit IRON MAN in 2008.
I've confessed elsewhere that I had…
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…