Spiderman: Homecoming: Film Review

Who knew a Spider-Man film could be so much fun. I only wished they’d stop making new Iron Man movies.


Writer: Jonathan Goldstein (plus) Director: Jon Watts Runtime: 2h13m, Cast and Crew

First And foremost, Can Marvel stop making new instalments to Iron man and just give him a new movie. If you go back to Avengers: AoU, Ultron is based on the personality of Tony. Dr. Strange felt too similar, again in personality(I don’t recall many similarities in the comics Certainly doesn’t read that way). I would even put money on the line when it was said: doing the right thing when it benefitted Strange, was an echo to Stark (though it works great in the film). Now this film, I feel like whatever formula is out there that made Tony Starks first (and second) outing as popular as they were/are.

On the flip side, it’s the perfect background story to reinforce the hero’s motto: “With great power, comes Responsibility”. The entire movie harbours on the question ‘What would Tony NOT do?’ With that in mind, we see someone who has all the potential in the world to be like Tony Stark but has to be willing not to, so that he can grow into his own man. I thought that was a interesting running theme especially when you get to the party sequence. You start to see familiarities to Iron Man 2, with respect to the party scene in that film. Amongst all the high school drama and super hero expected moments, Homecoming’s use of the Tony Stark angle mixed in with how Peter deals with becoming a “man” in the Spidey suit very compelling. It was Marvel’s way to reinvigorate life into a rather ‘Been there, done that’ series. If you really look at the story through that lens, it gets the audience to recall why Uncle Ben’s death is important without ever showing it. Which is something we didn’t need to see again. Much like Batman’s parents.

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The film is set in high school and not just some a few moments, as seen in previous instalments. What’s interesting about that is that it didn’t feel forced. Well Minus Flash Thompson. In every way I disliked what they did to Flash Thompson. He just didn’t come off believable for 98% of his scenes for me. Aside from that, we got a great diverse cast, that one could only imagine is reflective of New York’s schools today. It was hard not to see the genre homages to other films relating to high school (namely Back to the future). Of all the stories for this character on the big screen, this may be the strongest one.

If you needed any other clear indicator that this film was essentially copying Iron Man, I i think its important to point out there was a darn press conference at the end of both of these films. both with the same idea that a public question was gonna be answered publicly.

Michael Keaton was a surprise casting in my opinion. From his first scene to his last, I felt he was perfectly casted as the Vulture. What got me was how well he can go from nice to aggressive, yet smooth. Some of his best scenes were: his introductory scene (it also looked amazing), the ride to prom scene(probably the only time I felt a genuine concern for the superhero in a film) and every other time he was on screen. There wasn’t many times one could dislike what he was doing. Only real complaint, was that we didn’t get enough of him. Personally, if you don’t give me a means to why, or build on it, why a villain hates/wants to do something then well, you lost the effect. Theres only so much run time for a movie, sadly. I loved his juxtaposition to Peter and even (yet again) tony stark. A regular guy who wanted a chance at getting ahead but get thwarted by the big conglomerate “suit” folk (I hope you see what I did there).

Spider-Man #33Tom Holland, thus far is the only actor to get both Peter and Spider-man right. The two previous actors(Maguire & Garfield) didn’t do wrong. One, got Peter right. The other got Spidey right respectively. I wouldn’t even blame the talent, rather the directors writers, and the studios in the era of time. Tobey was more of a classical ‘Reeves’ approach whereas The latter became more of a millennial story that wanted more Spidey. Holland found a way to channel his emotions in all the right ways. The story even found a great way to bring one of his more iconic moment from Spider-Man #33. That was his best scene, followed by the same ride to prom. I’m amazed that he is British and able to hide it so well. One thing that I wish we got was more practical looking Spider-Man as opposed to the over use of cgi elements.

Though used in every possible advertisement, Downey is maybe 7% of the film which I am thankful for. As much as i love both the actor and character he plays, I can’t stand the reliance on him for everything in the MCU. That said, Spidey’s supporting cast was great where they needed to be. Aunt May having youth is a smart idea and something I’m sure will be part of the development of the story as it moves along in coming chapters. Though Ned Leeds is a villain in the comics the character played by Jacob Batalon here is welcoming in the sense that it pulls more from the Ultimate Comics line than it does anything else. He adds humour and helps connect you to the world. The stand out star was Zendaya (as Michelle Jones in film). Her sarcastic nature added so much in an unexpected nature. Hope she becomes more intwined with the story like one Liz Allen did.

Bottomline: It’s not the best of all the Spidey films to date. But it is exactly what Marvel needed to bring this character to new heights. Personally, I feel like Magurie’s first to films as the Spidey were and still are the best ones. The settings make this film that much more enjoyable. Just wished their on location filming feel more like New York than what we got.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.5 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Its cool in IMAX but it is really fun to watch whenever. I’d wait for the phase 2/3 box set that this will be in.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”.

Captain America: Civil War: Film Review

Shall we begin?


Writer: Christopher Markus,  Stephen McFeely Director: Anthony Russo,  Joe Russo Runtime: 2h27m

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There’s really only two ways this film could go down. Good or bad. But right from the start, it was great. But this film had to happen in the manner in which it did. It eventually became an amazing ride regardless of where you stand on the core conflict. The solo cap stories are arguably the better solo films in the Marvel franchise films. This was another great entry and a good way to start phase 3.

It was announced some years ago that this movie would be coming out around this time. Then BvS said it was gonna come out on the same day.. Then the date got moved for BvS to March. And it that was a good thing for BvS. Though the nerd in me wished it happened. two versus movies at the same time.. it would have been awesome to see the tallies. This is a great story because it blatantly shows the moral of the story but in such a woven, multilayered way. Those stories are great… well sometimes. Other times they can end up like Wrath of The Titans.

The moral of this film is that friends, true friends who share a genuine friendship, need to stick together. That’s why it’s important to actually talk and learn who you’re friends are. On one side, Steve’s childhood friend is brought into his crazy world of aliens and double crosses. On the other side you have a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, who honestly just wants to protect the world… and the few people who made him remember he too can have a heart. The film keeps in mind that the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron had to be answered.

The story is a wee bit cliche at times but they do a good job of tying elements together. And a lot of what was shown in the trailers isn’t exactly what you see in the film (love that).

I really like the position they put Rogers in. His emotional values were called into question like never before(on screen). His best friend who in all honesty, is a crook by any means of the word. While he himself is basically a cop. That’s something that gets checked and is essentially the driving story . But Rogers is who he is, and he doesn’t quit. He believes in people. It doesn’t matter what the opinion of others are. He’s gonna do what he feels is right every time. It’s part of the freedom he stands and fights for. This wasn’t so much of an arc like in the comic of the same name for the character. But more a story about who he is. and not a rebirth to a new realization/ideal like in the comics. This was the story of how he saved his friend… plain and simple. Mr. Evans steals the show every time he’s on screen. His acting is only getting better in this role.

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The Stark difference was that, Tony just wanted to save the world he really feels guilty about the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which is great as this allows the events in the film to reflect the comic Civil War with regard to Stark. Mr. Downy Jr. Plays a much more compassionate Stark. There’s a lot more of a need to have the team of (new) Avengers become accountable. Stark sees the problem with the team and he hopes… he genuinely honestly hopes that the dream he sees in AoU is something he can prevent.  This new regulation seems like the gateway to such a ambitious goal. By far his standout scene is the forth wall breaking introduction to Spider-man as a character. as an actor however, I was rather moved by how he plays his first scene, and most of the third act. I felt his position in the same way as I didn’t while reading comic version to this story.

The new comer. Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man. Marvel shocked fans when they announced he was gonna be in his teens. It paid off. There was a great dynamic in him being the younger one. It a works for a better and more complete perspective for both the audience and story. I don’t want to ruin anything but he is most definitely gonna be seen as the best spider-man/Peter parker to date. His voice alone gets you as a guy who would sound like spider-man at that age. my only issue, was how much cgi they seemingly used on the Spidey half of the character. say what you will about the Raimi, Webb directed films, but they used as much practical as they could in their films. and they were better for it.

My man, Black Panther.  My only issue with his portrayal was how his accent sounded. I didn’t entirely believe it. He sounded more like as middle eastern man than one from Africa. Black Panthers as a character beyond bad ass. Chadwick Boseman acted that very well in my personal opinion. He is an “under the radarcharacter but I’m 100% positive he just elevated him with his portrayal. It almost brought a tear to my eye.

The best thing about this film was how they handled each character. Everyone gets screen time. And everyone gets a moment to shine. As much as AoU did this…. it really didn’t.  That said, getting rid of some of the additional characters in the manner they did was a misstep. But it gels nicely with the over all story. The introduction to the teams was well handled and felt somewhat similar to the way bit happens in the comics.

Where I would like to praise this movie, is for constantly pushing the boundaries of what choreographed fight and action sequences should look like. The stuff in this film was jaw dropping.

My issues were the obvious. It’s a little long. At some point you forget it’s a movie that features heroes and then you’re wondering just why are they still fighting like this. They  sorta skimmed over the point of the Civil War (the registration act) within reason to the main story where the secondary tale took more precedence (the fight with Cap, Bucky, Stark). I hope it gets further addressed in subsequent films in phase 3. Also the manner in which they tied it all together felt like a “Martha moment (December, 16th 1991 anyone?). Lastly the post credit scenes weren’t as fun as they have been. My core issue is this is a war. You can’t just NOT have people get killed or harmed severely during a war. I want to say the sole reason why this s the way this film plays out is because of the introduction of Spidey. But who knows why.

This story was going to be ambitious no matter what. The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have the years of history, or characters that the publication has the rights too, at its disposal. various story beats have to be altered but theres still a lot there from the comic… and it has to be recognized as an accomplishment that they create team wrote and directed this gem of a film. it just hurts itself that the risks weren’t as far as they could have been.

This film isn’t flawless. But it’s again a great way to start phase 3. With the Russo Bro’s taking over, The sky is the limit with how far they can go.

Bottom Line: It’s a great film, has a few missteps but for anyone who is a fan of the characters, the story or the brand named Marvel, you won’t talk away disappointed like anyone did who sadly saw BvS. but what it was really missing, what made The comic so great was this: “We’re not fighting for the people anymore…we’re just fighting.” For Cap to say that.. as both a soldier and a guy from a relatively simpler time, was huge. it speaks to the way society is these days with our memes, rallies and slogans that can often seem like they aren’t going anywhere but to a new fight.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worth it to see in theatres, IMAX if possible. I already can’t wait to own the movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Movie Review

I’m a man who likes seeds. I also really enjoy great character performance.

(minimal spoilers ahead)

Director: Joss Whedon, Writer: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Runtime: 141m, Cast & crew(<link)

Seeds. In the MCU, seeds are what fans crave just as much as “easter eggs”. Though I didn’t see many eggs like Cap’s shield in the first two Ironman movies. The seeds however, are very upfront and yet still underlying need I say the first words Ultron says to Scarlet Witch in the curch or the way she looks at The Vision. EACH. AND. EVERY. TIME (Yea. It was very much there folks. Read your comics). The way this movie is benefitted by the seeds: it sets up, Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok (That might be wrong), Black Panther, and what could possibly be the next Avengers and/or Hulk movie. Which if J.Whedon has any say, it’s not Planet Hulk. The way it does a disservice to the film is that it comes off Ironman 2 -ish in the sense that the movie is more of a bridge to more, rather than a movie of its own doing. In Ironman 2 it basically set up Thor,  Captain America: the first avenger and explains a bit of Incredible Hulk. Those are seeds. It’s great but having to pave way or set up other films takes a toll on a film intended to be a sequel to one of Hollywood’s massive franchises… ever. I felt that once it got to its inevitable end, I said that’s it? which also isn’t a bad thing. I just felt he ws obviously beaten just too easily for my liking. Seeds are awesome.

avengers-age-of-ultron-collageWhedon really knows how to write. I’m curious to know if the announcement of the future to the MCU had any affect on what was intended to be in this movie. He crafted such a brilliant tale of heroes and with the help of his D.O.P., really continued that comic book look and feel. Not everything is as vibrant  looking as it was with its predecessor. I did find its definitely better on a second watch as you can really appreciate it instead of getting lost with the excitement the film naturally brought….  but better in imax.  Since I am somewhat discussing his writing…. what the hell was up with Hawkeye?!? I feel for Renner to do the film, it was deliberately done to give him an over arching story. But the parts with him and his “wife” took me out if the film. Probably because I know how most of his life plays out thanks to Bendis’ Avengers run. But something about it seemed forced vs organic which was a shame given all Whedon has accomplished since joining Marvel. Though Hawkeye’s best moment is the bit with Scarlet around the end.

Age if Ultron comes at you fast. But it works both in favour and does this film a disservice. Comic book movies, namely Marvel, have been known to give a crap about their films.  When casting of RDJ hit media outlets it was their way of saying we care about acting, we care about the story, we simply care about our product. Since that particular casting, the other names to the roles has been stellar since. In James Spader, we have a talent with a voice that instantly captivates. My real first encounter with him was on “The Office” and even from that show (Thank you Netflix) I could see why he was special. I believe I was watching that show as they announced he was casted. His voice a covers a range and it is aptly suited for cold, dry, sarcastic and even terrifying dialogue (of Ultron) to really come across. The best feeling is that this allows for Ultron to be menacing still yet like a child. Like a child who has grown up and held on to his id personality. I can honestly say  (unless said in another review) that not since Darth Vader or that Matt Damon look a like in Breaking Bad, have I felt a fear of what a character might do. The voice acting was really superb and deserves at least one nomination, at the very least, at the MTV movie awards; or the Scream awards. This said, for me, The character really needed a scene of him just observing life. To see if there was a reason to end humanity (If you will indulge me a moment. ..or.skip to the next paragraph) it would have been excellent if they had like Ultron looking at children playing and then an incident led to him on his twisted view on life. I get why it played out the Manner it did though

It’s pretty interesting how they have handled Captain America since his first outing (read into that as you see fit). From a real 1940s Brooklyn kid to a leader amongst gods and men. He didn’t have a stand out performance but his presence is felt and I definitely saw some seeds for civil war when it came to him and Tony.

Tony. RDJ. Love em both. Especially RDJ for walking out of that interview. However I feel like he genuinely pissed me off when Rhodes was getting a wee bit of screen time as War Machine. And all of a sudden its a close up of RDJ and I was like: “honestly … how many frames per second of a contract did thus guy sign?!?” I know he is the poster child but in many ways it’s annoying to have him be the center of attention even in posters. I don’t see the avengers as a band. I see them as a team. And teams don’t always need their star player. Sometimes they need the unsung hero to make the hail Mary play.. you know to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.

Black widow seemed to have a bigger role. Even tho she was sidelined by her little bundle of joy. Which I thought the camera team and story handled it perfectly with hiding it. Notice she is shot mostly in close ups in the end, and she exits the story in a believable way. Nicely done again Joss.

Vision. Holy. His look, acting, costume design… so much is right with him. The art direction dept. Just got it right in so many ways. It’s gonna be interesting to see what develops with his character, especially in his last scene.

Hawkeye… I said that already.

Banner. Is sorta the unsung hero of the group who sadly gets to live out his worst nightmare(well sad for him, fun for us). Time will tell how he’s handled next. Maybe(a tad bit of spoiling) an avenger-less hulk film? Just saying, I would read a comic that delves into that aspect of the hulks MCU story.

The way Scarlet Witch is handled was superior to what I would have thought possible. However her brother… wasn’t. Felt like a total waste on him or overall, just handled incorrectly. They should have a dedicated more of the Ultimates (Ultimates 2 to be exact) story line with him. Though I think with him, the reason for his lacking is more legal than anything.

Well.. I think we have reached the end. What a grand way to start the summer movie season. I think i just found a way to start reading comics again.

Bottom line : I was in love with the performance of Spader, loved it more in imax. It’s a tremendous story but it does have a lacking effort in areas.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.9 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Great in Imax. Definitely worth picking up. Hopefully theres a lot of bits stuff and deleted scene as a lot was left on the cutting room floor.THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Iron Man Stands Behind his Team

The future of Avengers 2, now hangs in the balance as the studio is preparing to go into talks with Robert Downey Jr.

However the star, who received a colossal $50 million for ‘Marvel’s The Avengers‘, is thought to be fighting for a pay rise for his superhero co-stars who each made a comparatively tiny $200,000 from the movie.

[Related story: Iron Man will continue with or without Downey Jr]

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Marvel Studios bosses and Downey Jr are said to be currently negotiating his role in both ‘The Avengers 2’ and ‘The Avengers 3’, heading from Marvel’s ‘phase two’ plans and into the realm of ‘phase 3’.

So far, says the Hollywood Reporter, there’s no talk yet of an ‘Iron Man 4’, with Downey Jr remaining vague about whether he will play Tony Stark again in a stand-alone film.

What is known, however, is that signing the actor for the ‘Avengers’ sequels will almost certainly cost the notoriously frugal studio heavily.

With his various percentage and profit sharing deals, he made a colossal $50 million for ‘Avengers Assemble’, a fee he himself called ‘crazy’ in an interview with GQ magazine, adding that the studio was ‘p*ssed’ that he made so much from the film, despite it taking $1.5 billion at the box office.

According to Deadline, he’s already made $35 million from ‘Iron Man 3’, but it’s now thought that RDJ is leading the way for the other actors in the Marvel sequels to get substantial pay rises for the future films if they want him to re-sign.

One source told Deadline: “He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. and balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like sh*t.”

Marvel producer Kevin Feige has said that the character of Iron Man will endure, with or without Downey Jr, but that would be in a future incarnation or a rebooted version some time in the future.

But while Downey Jr would be near impossible to replace as Tony Stark without ruining continuity in the current series, it’s possible that other Avengers could be replaced in the forthcoming films, particularly the likes of the Hulk, who has been played by several actors in recent years.

‘The Avengers 2’ is due for May 1, 2015, while other Marvel projects in the offing include Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and mooted projects including ‘Dr Strange’, ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Black Panther’.

Video of the Day: Joss Whedon gives Avengers

Last weekMarvel’s The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon dropped some interesting details about the upcoming sequel to the film, including the addition of a brother/sister team. The director has now spoken withDesde Hollywood and has teased some more about what we can expect, but first he spoke about whether Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark.

-Source: SuperHeroHype.com

 

AVX #5

AvX continues. Not on Utopia, but this time on the Moon.

This is by far my favourite cover for the series. PERIOD.

As the two teams head to battle, Hope Summers is off to the side trying to see if she’s able to handle the entire Force of the Phoenix. The two teams engage in battle, while Logan tries to end the connection between Hope and the Phoenix, by killing Hope Summers. Meanwhile, Stark who is off preparing his “end game” weapon (If you will), a “Phoenix Buster” suit. As the battle rages on, Logan finally reaches Hope to kill her… *OPTIC BLAST*. All around Earth and slightly beyond, different characters are feeling the immense power of the Phoenix. Back on the moon, the Phoenix Buster is ready. Stark launches it towards the fire bird, he initiates the “Big Bang Cannon” (Stark & Pym believe the Phoenix Force was the “result” of the big bang.. Which may be the single most powerful “bang” in history) and just like the atom bomb, there’s a shock wave… Silence.. and questions. For as Cap.A looks around, they notice something that was far from expected. Cyclops, Namor, Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have absorbed the Phoenix. To be continued.

Well this issue was similar to the way issue two played out with the narrative, but instead of every hero, it was solely coming from Hope Summers. It really does ask great questions about life. Kinda like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, what is responsible for a gun shot victim? The bullet, the gun, or the hand? It really takes a deep look at what is happening. Fraction has been a writer I’ve been following for awhile now, since he took over the Invincible Iron man book to “reboot” it, to make it closer to the Robert Downey Jr version of the character (Which has been a major joy to read).
I believe he did a brief stint as an X-men writer (he “created” the Utopia the X-men have at the time of this issue). He tends to write stuff that makes you think, all while being able to give you great super hero moments.

JR. Jr draws such brutal scenes of violence. It’s probably why he decided to join Mark Millar in creating Kick-ass (which is now a major motion picture being filmed in Toronto… Again). When Hope goes a little berserk, Logan gets MESSED up and it’s so helpful to have an artist that can draw so well. All the previous work, I haven’t mentioned any of the great work that the inker has done. But he, Scott Hanna, has been phenomenal. The last 3 issues have just been so well done by showing how huge this event is, and how much of an impact each action has for each character. If anyone knows John Romita Jr and is reading this, tell him/her Xavier says thank you (Unless of course you are John Romita Jr.).

Again, this was a “fight” issue, but this was way more of an emotional issue as well. Hope, she is like 15 years old, and having all this chaos around her; wanting the phoenix force, having others wanting to kill her, protect/detain her. Not to mention that she is the “mutant messiah” so her “pain” and her “chicken or the egg” comparison is pretty on point, all things considered. This is the turning point issue. It’s no longer “AvX”, But Avengers Versus the Phoenix Five.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.2 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 4.5 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Avengers Movie Review

WOW… UM SIMPLY WOW. This movie rocks on all cylinders, Joss Whedon, PLEASE for the love of God stay on to make this movie’s future sequels. I WILL TRY NOT TO SPOIL TOO MUCH!!

Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Evans Chris Evans
Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo
Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth
Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson
Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner
Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston
Clark Gregg Clark Gregg
Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders
Stellan Skarsgård Stellan Skarsgård
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson
Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
Paul Bettany Paul Bettany
Jarvis (voice)
Alexis Denisof Alexis Denisof
Tina Benko Tina Benko
NASA Scientist

Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Zak Penn and Joss Whedon (story) Joss Whedon (screenplay)

Every penny that was put in to this movie, which according to IMDB, is estimated at  $220,000,000–YEA THAT MUCH.

Joss Whedon directed this movie as well as wrote it (along with Zak Penn) and, as I’ve said previously with Cabin In the Woods, he really knows how to write. His expertise in character dialogue is second to none. He uses a lot of quick wit & exciting banter between all the cast, and not one character overshadows another. He’s a writer who has written for Marvel before in various comics, so he understands and respects the material and for the most part–thanks in part to the acting, all the characters are spot on with their delivery. “I’m not big on inside jokes…. I like people who’ve never seen the Avengers, to have as much fun as people who have been waiting for this movie their whole lives.”-Joss Whedon. That statement is so true about this movie. There’s a rule at Marvel Comics: Treat every issue as if it were someone’s first ever issue. The writers there all have to abide by that, and if you are a writer, I bet you can imagine how much of a challenge it is to do that on a monthly or even sometimes a weekly basis.

HULK: New actor, Mark Ruffalo portrays both Bruce Banner and the hulk in this movie. His take on it was more witty and determined, as Bruce, like he knew his role from the start. He is MY favourite hero for his brute strength and I’ll have you know, there isn’t much left out to show how strong he is. I WILL SAY however, I don’t like the new hulk design because in the Ed Norton film, he had more of a realistic body build. Instead of just muscle he had RIPPED, DEFINED muscle, and this one reminded me of the bad Ang Lee hulk movie. Basically, Ed Norton is a better Bruce on looks alone, Mark… well not so much. I didn’t like how they made him a bit more barbaric at times either, but we are yet again in a “reboot” phase for this character in a way. This though, is by far the best hulk we have ever seen, and I know I’ve contradicted myself a few times, but it’s a love hate thing.

Iron Man: If you ever felt he was just a dude in s suit, who early on [*SPOILER*] Captain America, thinks just the same thing, then you are SURELY MISTAKEN. He is used probably the most, but in recent comic history, this is about right since he is basically the brains of missions. Tony Stark is EVERYWHERE in this movie, and his witty banter with EVERY hero in this movie is dead on to his arrogance. Spider-Man is like that in a way, constantly making jokes, this is the kind of  Spider-Man I’d like to see one day. Basically, his role was improved upon to be more of a hero, but otherwise still the same old Stark

Thor: SORRY LADIES…no shirt off here, but he probably has the best entrance to this story, outside of Hulk where it was being constantly teased to the audience. He had a lot of the charm that he has in the comics in this film. His origin movie focused a lot more of the moral, but this time he is all action.

Captain America: THIS IS BY FAR HIS BEST SHOWING. I thought Chris did an amazing job in “Captain America: The First Avenger” but they got his role down pat in this movie. He was a leader, a tactician, a soldier, brave, out of touch with the times and very American (p.s. stay after the credits… just look at cap and think about it while keeping in mind where Bush sent troops). Chris Evans is an under rated actor, and even though most (critics) don’t take comic book movies serious, watching this should make you see all, if not  just the “Big Three” (Iron Man, Thor & Captain America) as good an actor as any.

Nick Fury:  Sam has done this role a total of 4 times previously (of course we aren’t counting his face being used to revamp Nick Fury in the Ultimate Marvel Universe where most of these films have been based on), but this is the first time we see him as a man who knows what must be done sees what’s he’s being told, but says that isn’t the smarter way of doing things. Basically we see why he’s the head of  S.H.I.E.L.D. and why Sam Jackson is still the most bad ass of all actors.

Black widow: Scarlett has never been more than a pretty face to me. She has both good and bad moments in this film, but more so good than bad. Her best scenes come from the first half of the movie, I’m not a fan of Black Widow so moving on.

Hawkeye: The archer was introduced during the “Thor” film, and I’m sure to many, was a highlight to the film. He has a “secondary” role, but was much like the bad ass that was seen in the”Ultimates”  (you really need to read these two volumes, it’s by far the best “Avengers” story you will ever read in your entire life). When the second half of the movie rolls out, you will know what I’m talking about.

Loki: Tom Hiddleston really understands how to use his face to drive a scene. I thought he had the best skill outside of Anthony Hopkins in the Thor movie. He may not have been the single best actor in this movie, but he definitely isn’t overshadowed by anyone else’s performance (this is, I’m sure, in part to great direction). He was on the verge of being a villain in Thor, but here he is CLEARLY someone that has lost his way, holds a jealous grudge towards his adoptive brother, and, just like in the comics, a very evil villain who likes to show off for sport.

In many recent years Marvel comics has had many brand cross over books from: Civil War, Secret Invasion & most recently, Fear Itself.  Seeing this movie reminded me of a lot of those movies and given a few tweaks here and there, I think its very possible to see the crossover stories on the big screen. I sure as hell hope if any story gets made, Civil War and World War Hulk gets done.

LASTLY, the camera work for this film is amazing, the use of the depth 3-D helps the movie in so many ways. I know many don’t like 3-D, but that’s in part to many not understanding it.Don Cheadle said it best, “Look, it’s me. I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.” – Iron Man 2 – Rhodes. Many need to adapt those words to the use of 3-D. There is minimal shaky camera work in the movie, it mostly pretty clear minus maybe two fight scenes, though one is due to lighting which is why it’s not as great. I don’t know if this is my favourite thing about this movie, but I love  the fact that it is a full circle movie, everything brought up is then somehow mentioned again in a fresh new way. There are two “after credits scenes”, so be sure to stay and watch.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.8 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray, save up for a 3-D t.v. then buy the blu-ray 3-D version.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW