Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!
The Avengers, or as I'd like to call it 'How to go from a 36 year old to a 12 year old in 2.5 hours', is this generation's Star Wars. Or Back to the future. Or Indiana Jones. It doesn't matter, pick one, it's iconic.
This will not be a rational review. It never could have been as I am a silly comic book geek. Whether good or bad, it would simply be impossible for me to approach this film rationally. I am so happy that at the centre of this film lies a big, thunderously thumping heart.
Technically this film is practically perfect. There are so many unbelievably impressive set pieces you get to see, it is simply stunning.…
When Marvel announced they were going to set up their own film studio, not only making individual superhero movies but also set them in the same universe and using the solo outings as a way to build interest in a mega-collaboration with four of the biggest heroes in comic books, it seemed like an ambitious folly that was doomed to fail. When most of the solo films turned out to be merely decent the ambition seemed to be misplaced, even if the films were financial successes. However, my reservations were thankfully unfounded as not only have they managed to cleverly assemble (if you pardon the pun) the disparate heroes into a cohesive and consistently exciting story but Marvel and Whedon…
Rise up with me, my friends!
I have been called an idiot for liking this.
I have been called a moron for liking this.
Apparently, liking this means you're a Whedon fanboy.
Apparently, you and I are not allowed to like this film at all.
Apparently, you and I don't give a fuck and this was my fifth viewing.
It's still brilliantly paced.
Still immensely entertaining.
Still a cocktail of characters that tastes delicious.
Black Widow is still scrumptious.
Loki still a fantastic villain.
Still has one of the best boss battles ever.
Still captures the Marvel Comic vibe perfectly.
Still makes me…
Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's a candidate for the best comic book movie ever made.
High praise indeed, but to my mind utterly deserved. Whedon has done the near impossible here - bring to life the greatest superhero team in fiction while delivering excellent character…
To kind of steal a line from The Rock... FINALLY! THE RON HAS SEEN THE AVENGERS!
This film was like when you get super excited as a kid to do something or go somewhere and it pays off. You have a blast, you drive your parents nuts talking about it, and you bounce off the walls with excitement until you eventually pass out from exhaustion!
My Letterboxd friends know I generally prefer the darker comic book films so I was interested to see what I made of this film. Well call me impressed! Joss Whedon did an excellent job giving us all the action you expect from a film like this, but also managed to deliver excellent snappy dialogue which…
Diary entry, 30th April 2012
I might go to see the Avengers tomorrow. Not that a cynical 30 year old man, like myself, will enjoy it.
Diary entry, 1st May 2012
OMG Avengers is so totally awesome!!!!!
There's this one bit with an aircraft carrier and then there's this bit in the woods and there's American man and the Thor man with a hammer and there's an Iron Man and a lady and a man with arrows and...
HULK SMASH! HULK SMASH!
I even went for ice cream after.
Best day ever!
Comic con hype got to me. Had the need to rewatch a superhero movie. Avengers is still a fun ride, despite starting as a shamefully muddled mess that slowly climbs to one of the most fun and exciting final acts in recent blockbuster films.
This film is ugly and so blandy shot that it is actually off-putting when an artistically composed shot comes across in the movie (there's like four, if you're counting.)
Aside from some solid acting (Tom Hiddleston as Loki is giving 110%, if not much more), what saves the Avengers, and ultimately makes the movie worthwhile, is that Whedon truly understands the characters from both the source material and the previous movies. It's crazy that the script…
still fucking awesome.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
ehhhhh it's alright I guess
How is it possible to make such a boring movie out of two hours of non-stop action sequences? That question is rhetoric of course, it answers itself. There is no focus, no outburst of violence or action; just a long overstretched film stuffed with it. That for me renders it as dull as - or actually much duller than - the slowest of dramas (looking at you ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’). It’s a full stellar cast, but not one of them excels in delivering something that matches their talent, simply because the script - if there is any at all - doesn’t allow any characterisation apart from perhaps two or three dialogues. All the rest is just one-liners…
It's rare that you feel like the last person in the world to see a particular film, particularly in the land of cinephiles. According to LB, this was the only film I had not yet seen from the top dozen most viewed films.
From the moment Johansson flips the table in the early interrogation scene, it's apparent we are in a Whedon production. He does help imbue this film with heart, smart aleck personality and an infectious sense of fandom. Whedon is the secret ingredient which makes this all click and purr. From the cast, Mark Ruffalo in particular fares well here, you get the sense that the Hulk characterisation has finally found a groove through Ruffalo's approach. The film…
My girlfriend hates this movie. I've seen it 3 times in the last month.
Despite suffering from a slow start, The Avengers delivers excellently as soon as it gets into its groove. Whedon has created a wonderful script, that never fails to underdeliver on humour, action or excitement. The best thing is the fact that Whedon makes superheroes appealing and relatable to everyone, definitely no mean feat.
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