Cabin in the Woods made a big splash when it was released because of its big twist and the play on genre conventions, but… the twist isn’t great or surprising, and director Joss Whedon doesn’t use conventions that intelligently.
I watched the Avengers at the drive in on opening weekend, but I ended up missing bits of the movie, but tonight I saw it with my dad in digital 3D and can now give a sound review.
IMDB: Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
RT Rating: Audience 96% Critic 93%
Through and through, this movie was incredible.
Just like in Captain America, the 3D is done really well. Even as a converted 3D picture it’s wonderful. As people have said in past interviews, 3D conversions don’t have to be bad, they are only stigmatized because of so many movies doing quick conversions a few months before release dates, rather than taking the time that is needed to make the 3D spectacular. Not only was it used during fight scenes but it added depth to the whole film, making it feel more real.
I was surprised by how much character development and camaraderie there was throughout this film. Hawkeye and Black Widow, Hulk and Iron Man, Captain America and Iron Man, Thor and Loki, Black Widow and Hulk, it was all so lovely. With Joss Whedon’s script and the Marvel comics, all of these wonderful actors were able to create full characters with back stories, emotion, and intrigue.
Every actor had great performances in their roles, but the one actor I want to discuss is Mark Ruffalo because he took on the role of Hulk when Edward Norton did not reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk (2008). Ruffalo fit perfectly into this character’s human side, befriending and talking science with Stark and worrying about the “other guy” with Romanov.
Because I am on tumblr, I see a lot of Tom Hiddleston go through my dashboard. Since seeing the movie on opening weekend I have gained an incredible love for Hiddleston, and in turn his character Loki, so every time Loki came on screen this ridiculous grin would spread across my face. Although that grin appeared for all my favourite characters/actors and events, so it’s hard to tell if Loki especially brought it on. Of course the hulk smash is a particular favourite moment of mine.
I don’t think that Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulsson is really dead. This isn’t a new topic of discussion as many have said the same things I will say here, but I want to say it anyway. Paramedics are shown running towards Coulsson but they are never shown calling him dead or rolling him away on the stretcher in the black bag. The description wouldn’t even be difficult. Oh hey, I was in surgery/recovering/etc and we thought you all needed a reason to fight Loki together, we knew you would all be upset if you thought I died, so we pretended to kill me off, but I’m not really dead! TADA!
Shawarma is a Levantine Arab meat preparation. I was very pleased with the final clip at the end where everyone is sitting there eating silently at this Shawarma place that Tony Stark had mentioned earlier.
My Rating: 10/10
I’ve given this movie a 10 out of 10 because both times when coming out of that movie I had the biggest grin on my face and I want to immediately go back and rewatch it. This shows me that not only is it a good movie but that it has staying potential. If you have yet to see it, then you definitely should go out to the theatre and watch it.
What did you think of the movie?