The Avengers

April 29, 2012 at 9:27 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I saw Joss Whedon’s The Avengers this afternoon.

I enjoyed the movie – particularly the scene setting and the introduction all the main characters, at the beginning. There a lots of characters, including: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Helmsworth). Loki and The Black Widow got the most introduction; I presume that the rest, got less time, because they had already appeared in previous Marvel Comics inspired movies.

Scarlett Johansson makes for a believable spy/assassin; it is a role well outside of her normal roles. Tom Hiddleston does the villain very well.

The film picks up from where Captain America: The First Avenger ended. (Captain America, Nick Fury, and the Tesseract were introduced in this film.)

Once more the Tesseract is has fallen into the wrong hands – Loki. And a team of heros is needed to get it back. There is lots of action: the heros battle the many minions of evil. There are some great actions sequences and some great special effects.

The one drawback of the film is that there are so many heros, and I found the scenes with only one hero the most absorbing.

Battleship

April 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I saw Battleship this afternoon.

It was a little predictable, but it held my attention: alien scouting force isolates Hawaii and must be ‘dis-armed’ before they can establish two-way communication with follow-on forces. The main characters are: Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), Sam(antha) Shane (Brooklyn Decker), Petty Officer Raikes (Rihanna), Captain Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), and Chief Petty Officer Lynch (John Tui). Decker looks so much like Charlize Theron!

Hopper must step-up and get the job done when everyone above him in the chain-of-command is either killed or rendered in-communicado. Nagato is the one who end s up playing ‘battleships’ with harpoons. Lynch is the father figure who must put some backbone in a young officer. Aside from Nagata, it is very formulaic. There is even a football match!

If the publicity material had not pointed out that Raikes was played by popular singer Rihanna in her first movie role, I would not have noticed. Rihanna played the part really well. She does stern and determined very well.

It was an awesome sight to see the USS Missouri – the ‘Mighty Mo’- underway and (apparently) firing broadsides.

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