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…
One of the most entertaining blockbusters of all time, The Avengers may not have the perfection of the holy grail of comic-book adaptations, i.e. The Dark Knight or even Batman Begins, but its significant emphasis on perfect balance of humour & action throughout its runtime makes up for a highly rewarding experience that is far greater than what most films of its genre ever manage to come close to.
Six Marvel superheroes in one movie, same save-the-world bullshit that we have seen & been disappointed with countless number of times and yet, The Avengers works in an unexpected but very effective manner and is bigger, better & far more amusing plus enjoyable than all the previous films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe combined,…
After a third rewatch, I've discovered that Avengers is too long for its own good and an assault to the senses with too much going on. Downey Jr is pretty much the best thing about this as is Whedon's direction and dialog.
Somewhere past the halfway point of "The Avengers," the following dialogue sequence takes place between Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson's Natasha about the supervillain Loki:
Hawkeye: He's gonna make his play soon though. Today.
Natasha: We've gotta stop him.
"We've gotta stop him." Argh. This one exchange basically encapsulates everything I dislike about this movie. First of all: the writers felt the need to have Scarlett Johansson reiterate to the audience the importance of stopping the bad guy, about an hour and a half into the movie. It's bad writing, it serves no purpose, it's an indictment of the quality of the villain, and it treats the audience like children. We know how superhero movies work. Actually, wait, we…
I've seen this movie several times before, but it is still hard to find any real fault in it. Few scenes could be shorter, but boy is the movie good.
Great Marvel movie. I am happy with the way everything came together for this culmination.
The epitome of fan service. Somehow, it makes you think you're a fan and that you're being serviced.
"Yeah, takes us a while to get any traction, I'll give you that one. But let's do a head count here: your brother the demi-god; a super soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breath-taking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins, and YOU, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of them."-Tony Stark
I love this movie, for the first time we get a multi-franchise event film that delivers in every way possible. It feels like a comic book and is so insanely watchable.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark completely owns yet again, a pure charm factory. Chris Evans as Captain America is even better here…
Actual conversations I had with my 2 and a half year old son, Jack, while watching this:
Jack: Who dat?
Jack: [Looks confused.]
Me: I don't know. He's a god like Thor. Or maybe a demigod ... [trails off realizing that mentioning a real villain like Dr. Doom would just upset the boy.]
Jack: Watch something else?
Me: Dude, this has Iron Man and Hulk and Captain America in it ... eventually.
Jack: Where's Hulk?
Me: That's him there on the right.
Jack: Hulk on right?
Me: Well, that's Bruce Banner. He turns into Hulk ... eventually.
Jack: Iron Man!
Me: See? Told ya!
Jack: What doing?
Me: I ... uh ... welding?
Great blend of comedy, action and camaraderie, making The Avengers the best Marvel universe film to date (that I've seen, although I can't imagine Iron Man 3, Thor 2 or Cap 2 are any better). I've been a huge fan of Joss Whedon for many years, and he just knows how to write snappy dialogue and likeable characters. I'm looking forward to Age of Ultron, despite the all-too-ominous 'darker sequel' title.
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