Hey there Darlings! I was chatting with someone there other day about The Avengers, when all of the sudden….I realized I left out a few things. In my defense I was having a really hard week that week. Lot’s of bad things going on…lot’s of things on my mind. I’ve had time to clear my head though and now I would like to go back to those missed topics if you all don’t mind. I know, of course I know most of you can’t go long without reading my words. Well enough about me…
***FROM THIS POINT ON, LOOK OUT FOR SPOILERS***
One of the things I would like to do is expound upon Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. I barely talked about him, and he had such an awesome part in the movie. It totally blindsided me when he ended up as the one turned by Loki. He spent over half the movie as a bad guy, it just caught me off guard. I also have to say I’m a fan of the outfit. At first, I thought I would hate it because of how greatly it was scaled back. When you think about it though, in this continuity, he is more an agent for S.H.E.I.L.D first. It just doesn’t make sense for him to have a costume. Maybe in a later movie they could add it in then, but for this one…it was fine the way it was. Oh, and before I move on…to the guy out there that was ripping on Jeremy Renner’s ability with the bow. It looked spot on! If it was awkward in a few parts, it was probably because the shot was technically impossible. I think some people get to wrapped up in the movies that they forget for a moment that these are all based on fiction. To each their own I suppose.
I also forgot to mention the very last scene of the movie. Well both of them. The first after credit scene rolls after the primary credits. You see the alien leader talking to someone about how the humans are not a species to be reckoned with (Go us!) Now I had heard rumors before I went to the movie that the ending had something to do with Thanos. The aliens did look a little like him in the lower jaw, so I figured maybe it would just be a very small hint. Well, if you consider small showing his full face in view and him grinning creepily at you small…then yeah I guess it was. I was blown away! What a choice for a villain, The only question is…which film? Will it be in one of the upcoming ones like Thor 2, Iron Man 3, orCaptain America 3? I don’t know, I kind of think they are going to wait until the next Avengers film. The last post credit scene came at the very end of the credits. That one was a little bit of funny. The set up came a little earlier in the form of a comment by Stark. Right after he snaps out of it from his free fall, he mentions how they all need to go to a swarma place he knows about up the block. the director felt the joke was just incomplete without a pay off. So after the premier, he rounded up all of the actors and shot the scene to tack it on at the very end just for us (Thank you Joss!) It speaks volumes and is really one of those scenes you either get it or you don’t.
Final thing and I leave this alone for a while (doubt it will be long) the soundtrack. My first thoughts after listening to the soundtrack was…MOTHER OF GOD (takes off sunglasses)…It’s so freaking good it ain’t funny. Weird thing is their are bands on there that I would have never listened to in a million years. The crown jewel of the soundtrack ends up being the track “Live to Rise” by Soundgarden. I don’t remember ever being a huge fan of Soundgarden, but I do have fond memories. Plus, it’s always something to talk about when a band makes a song for the first time in 10 years. I really don’t think there is a single problem with it…of course that’s just my opinion. Give the video a check below.
Sorry I didn’t get this all out the first time! Like I said I was just a little preoccupied. I hope you all have an awesome Memorial Day! Be back soon!!!
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
Hello Freaky Darlings! It’s official if people don’t quit getting sick I maybe forced to vaccinate the world! Seriously, the amount of people getting sick or dying is too damn high! Through the midst of it all though, I was able to see The Avengers last week. I wish I could have gotten this review up a lot sooner, but things what they are it was IMPOSSIBRU!!! Even still…I’m here now giving you the down-low that I’m sure you have either heard already or seen somewhere else (I’m hanging my head ashamed…ASHAMED I TELL YOU!) So without anymore waiting…here it is…
Psychotik Review: The Avengers
I really have nothing bad to say about this movie! While I have been waiting to type this review, I have honestly been wondering what the heck I was even going to say! I think I will just say what most others have said, THE MOVIE IS FREAKING AWESOME!!! I laughed, I cried, and I jumped for joy. It was so great finally getting to see all of the Avengers on the big screen at the same time. My Fanboy button was pressed repeatedly. The film was perfect…but what makes a perfect film to me? Well, I have three things I usually grade on. They are Story, Visual Effects, and Casting. Then again, those are the basis for most reviewers. What makes me so special is I grade on the intended audience. Why grade a movie that plays toward action and comic book fans the same way you would grade a movie like Titanic (Yeah, Academy! I’m looking at you!) This film was perfect for it’s intended audience and more! It sort of transcends boundaries.
Let us start with the story. I was really taken away by the amount of thought and effort put into the script. I really think the whole team attached to the Avengers should walk away with all of the awards. So many levels of action are put in motion. The forming of the Avengers, Bruce Learning to deal with The Hulk side of him, Loki Vs. Thor continuing, S.H.E.I.L.D coming into full focus, The Alien Invasion, on and on and on etc. etc. etc….It was almost too much to take in all at once. I really don’t want to get too descriptive, because this is oe I feel most will need to see (or at the very least should see!) Besides the trailer speaks for itself as to what the movie is about mainly. Instead of my usual shtick, I will offer this. Every movie element you can possibly think of is used to its full potential. You have Action as the base pallet to work on! Then a healthy splashing of comedy, a generous touch of drama, with a little refreshing hint at suspense. In a small case you could say a small accent of horror (creature creation was some pretty damn good!) All of this comes together to paint the Mona Lisa of superhero flicks.
Next thing I must touch on is the casting. Over the last couple of years Marvel has really out done themselves in this department. Robert Downey, Jr. is the absolute real life equivalent to Tony Stark. Chris Hemsworth “verily” brings to life the Norse God of Thunder like no other. And Chris Evans looks far better in Red, White, and Blue than flames. However, we all knew those were coming. The real test of casting were the newer characters added to the fray (and also the characters that up until now have only carried supporting parts.) One of the main new faces I want to mention is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. I was a firm believer that Edward Norton was the best choice for Bruce after seeing 2008’s The Incredible Hulk…was being the operative word. Mr. Ruffalo is everything that the character was meant to be! He still maintained an awkwardness that the character needs, and at the same time brought out Bruce’s serious side. He is everything that you could possibly want in The Hulk’s counterpart. I do hope that the part sticks and that they plan on a Hulk follow-up project. Let’s not forget to also mention Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Cobie Smudler’s as Maria Hill. Mr. Renner, regardless of some unwarranted criticism, commands a well-balanced Hawkeye. While Cobie Smudler actually makes Maria Hill kind of likable (If you have ever played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 you know what I mean…you hate her in that game!) Honorable mention also goes to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. That man adds so much bad ass to an already bad ass character!
Last, but not least, I’ll touch on the Visual Effects. By far the best I’ve seen, especially in a Marvel movie. The aliens were out of this world…pun intended…Seeing the S.H.E.I.L.D Helicarrier brought to life was amazing. Everything was just so…EPIC! The crown jewel of all the effects has to be The Hulk. Finally after years of trying we have a perfect form. Countless amounts of man hours were put into this version. Not only does it completely include Mark Ruffalo’s likeness…BUT…the model also has the most human look outside of Lou Farrigno! I also liked the choice in not making him cut and ripped all the time. Maintaining a sort of average feel and then arching up to completely shredded. It was a nice touch that added so much to the movie. I really wish there was more I could go on about, but one character in particular I happened to be pleased with would give away too much. JUST GO WATCH THE MOVIE ALREADY!! JEEZ!!
To close this big mama’ jamma’ of a review to a close, I give Marvel’s The Avengers… 7 out 5 Top Hats. That’s right…7 out of 5! I’m giving them the 2 that Human Centipede 2 had in the negatives (Come on an equivalent Exchange had to be made somewhere…) Now all of that being said, I’m going to bed! I’m tired and I want to sleep…Have a good day my Freaky Darlings…
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
p.s enjoy this music video by Sound Garden…First one in YEARS!!!
My Freaky Darlings it does appear that the Summer Box Office season is upon us! How did I kick it off? With Marvel Studio’s new installment….Thor! What a way to start this summer off it was. I was really impressed with this move. Especially taking into account I didn’t think it was going to be that good. I’m not really a big fan of The Mighty Thor comics, and just really thought the character a pretentious prick! (Yes, I know, He’s supposed to be that way at first) I’ll tell you, if you felt the same way I did about ye olde God of Thunder, this movie will make you do a complete 180! At any rate…allow me to organize my thoughts a little better and paint a much better picture for you in this…
Psychotik Review: Thor
Jeez, where do I start with this movie review. The whole damn thing was just so great, it’s to hard to pick. I suppose I could start out with the story line. As most of you may (or if you haven’t been paying a bit of attention) don’t know, this movie is about Thor. Thor is the norse God of Thunder, or at least sort of is in Marvel. You the see, the Asgardians are moire beings from another realm, one of nine. More or less, they helped us out in war against these other realm beings known as The Frost Giants. Because of that help, they became revered as Gods. This story is the first words of Sir Anthony Hopkins, who might I add plays a FIERCE Odin, as he tells the story to his two sons. These two sons of course are Thor and Loki. You than flash forward to the day that Thor is supposed to take over as King of Asgard. However, as things go in story’s like this, it doesn’t happen. “Somehow” the Frost Giants get into Asgard undetected by the all seeing Heimdallur (who is EPIC!!). Long story short, they are destroyed by “The Destroyer,” an Asgardian machine seemingly made out of metal and flame, and Odin just wants to leave well enough alone. Thor doesn’t see things the way his father does. No, he wants to bring the fight right to the Frost Giants and teach them a lesson. Odin of course tells him no, and as you might have guessed by the fact that there is a movie, he doesn’t listen. Thor and his legendary warrior friends head out to the land of ice to pay these big blue giants a visit. Things start out good but quickly turn to an all out shit storm. Odin comes to their aid, not very happy might I add, and takes them all back to Asgard. Thor and Odin get into a father son squabble that ends in Odin stripping Thor of his power and banishing him to Earth. Odin then throws Thor’s trusted hammer Mjolnir after him telling the hammer that “Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” It’s now up to Thor to learn his lesson on Earth and gain back his powers to save Asgard and Earth from certain peril.
*Anymore questions check out the trailer below…
What I liked: OK, so I’ll admit that was a rather long summary. Belive it or not that is only the first 30 minuets of the movie! There is one hell of a story in this film, and every bit of it keeps you glued to the screen. Never do you hit a slow point in the movie, which is rare to see. The character development is very solid, letting you even get to know Thor’s warrior friends! Casting was absolutely superb. After seeing who was cast as the new Spider-Man, I have to say I lost faith in Marvel’s casting ability. Let me assure you that if this movie is any prelude to what Captain America: First Avenger will look like, I’m already on the edge if my seat. I’ll also add that the movie’s 3D was excellent quality, unlike some 3D movies I have seen. Visual effects and action sequence were top-notch as well, rounding this movie out to be in the top echelon of Marvel Movies.
***WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD***
Oh, before I leave this section, watch for little throw backs to the comic and a guest appearance from another Avenger. The coolest throw back to the comic is when Jane gives Thor his mortal clothes. Turns out they are her Ex-Boyfriends, and his name is Dr. Donald Blake, MD. Incase that didn’t press your geek button, that is the human bound name of Thor in the original comic. The throw back becomes even more hilarious when they have to make a fake identity for Thor using the name to get him out of S.H.E.I.L.D custody. The next little easter egg is in the form of Hawkeye. Pay very close attention to the agent that grabs the bow and arrow to stop Thor’s break in to the Mjolnir crash site. The agents name is Clint Barton. It happens so fast that you keep wondering, until you hear the name. A nice little addition to a great movie.
What I didn’t like: Not much! Really the only thing I disliked was the little tail scene at the end of the movie. I was really looking forward to a lead out to Captain America: First Avenger. Instead, you are left with a sort of villain hint. Somehow Loki is either possessing or influencing Erik Selvig. Nick Fury gives Erik a sort of box with a device in it. He says that if the device is fixed it could tap into unlimited power. I’m not sure what the device is, but I guess they did have to start hinting off to the antagonists in The Avengers movie, just wish the scene would have made more sense.
* Watch the video below and make your decision…
At anyrate, I give this movie 5 out of 5 Top Hats! If you haven’t seen it yet, I implore you to find a way. Excellent story, great effects, superior casting, and all the other little things that make a summer blockbuster great helped me to this rating. Make sure to stay tuned for my finishing of my older reviews from a couple of months back….
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,