Escape to the Movies: Avengers

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Taking a girl to see this is going to be awesome/awful. We're both going to love it for sure. But how can we make out when we're both glued to the big screen?

The Avengers might just be the best movie ever. It certainly was probably the best cinema experience of my life.

Thank God for Joss Whedon. And for once, thank god for the executives with enough brain to let him take the reins.

Meh. Caught a screening and thought it was pretty good. Not amazing like everyone has been banging on about.

I dunno, I thought Thor and Captain American were fairly shit, along with Iron Man 2. I really only loved the first Iron Man.

Before: Please don't suck. Please, please don't suck.

After: YYEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! It apparently doesn't suck! :D

The only real complaints I had with the movie was a plothole in regards to the Hulk, and that the 3D looked awful and was awkward and distracting. Otherwise, I had a helluvalot of fun with it :3

Spiderman 2 as a great superhero movie ?? I'm not sure about that..

arc1991:

And Iron Man 3 ;)

That too of course :) But I'm more of a Thor (and Loki) girl- I love the combination of fantasy and superhero-ness and... I should shut up before I get too excited :P

Probably going to see this a third time this weekend (visiting my sister). I want to fully enjoy the fact that there's finally a movie worth seeing in the cinema after something of a drought (for me) these last few months.

DPunch4:
Taking a girl to see this is going to be awesome/awful. We're both going to love it for sure. But how can we make out when we're both glued to the big screen?

Me and my girlfriend had this problem, and it only made matters worse due to the fact we were both wearing 3D glasses. Just pick the moments where not much is really going on and you'll be fine.

Saw it and in Australia, the 2D version I saw had the mid-credits extra scene but not the final after credit scene. I guess I'll be looking that one up on Youtube.

Loved it. There were moments, especially with The Hulk, where I actually made an audible "Woah!" I have not done that in a movie in a long time, I was that invested. I even liked Tom Hiddleston as Loki, I thought he was rather wet in Thor but he stepped up in this to a proper level of bad guy.

And I thought Mark Ruffalo was great as Banner and they did The Hulk right, finally.

"And Hulk?"
"Ugh?"
"Smash."

I cheered.

This was a very fun and enjoyable movie ride with some great and oftentimes funny character dynamics and very stunning visuals; it was a superheroe movie in every sense of the word. But for whatever reason, the 4 friends I took with me to see this didn't care for it at all, two even disliked it, and other than the glaring plot-hole of the hulk suddenly being mostly friendly with his fellow heroes in the final battle despite the fact we had no indication earlier that he was able to control who he attacked (indeed, a big deal is made out of it), they gave no real reason besides some corny dialogue and 'over-reliance' on CGI. Personally I just think most of them are stuffy prigs who can't just relax and enjoy some fairly light and raucous entertainment and need much of what they watch to have deeper inner meaning and more cerebral themes. I'm not trying to excuse mindlessness (transformers anyone) but just letting go of any of your preconceived notions about what your going to watch is very important and they all went into this films wanting not to like it, so they didn't. Just felt the need to rant a bit about my friends, I really need to make some more who understand where I'm coming from.

YodaUnleashed:
Personally I just think most of them are stuffy prigs who can't just relax and enjoy some fairly light and raucous entertainment and need much of what they watch to have deeper inner meaning and more cerebral themes.

Some people just do not enjoy turning their brains off. It is not a pleasant sensation for everyone. :)

I think the movie would have been better, if it ended an hour sooner.

The Hulk was both awesome and hilarious towards the end.

i agree. this movie is awesome. watched it on the 26th last month and enjoyed the whole ride. even when im not a huge fan of the comics, its just a joy to watch this movie.
the hulk really smashes things up and i just coulndt stop laughing when hulk..... i better dont spoil this part. :p

oh, i think you should have watched the previous movies to understand the background of the characters more. otherwise it might be a little bit confusing.

Zenron:
I'm english so I've seen this already. Was looking forward to seeing Moviebob gush about this movie like a fanboy because y'know, this movie is great and totally deserves it.

To be fair, after all the hype he'd invested into it, it could be total ass and he would probably still run with the praise.

ZZoMBiE13:

Yeah, First Class was good. But seriously, how long did it take them to get to that one good X-men movie. The original 2 seemed OK in a world before the Iron Man movie was a thing, but looking back on them today they don't hold up. At least not in my opinion. The titles said X-men, but what it came down to was 4 Wolverine movies.

By my count Fox is what, six-to-one against on Superhero movies? If I'm wrong then I apologize but there were four X-men movies ranging from "OK" to "Horrible" and 2 God awful Fantastic Four movies (that's Fox too, right?) before First Class came along. I enjoyed First Class, but it's the anomaly not the rule as far as I'm concerned. I'd love nothing more than to see the rights revert back to Marvel now that they have this whole movie thing down to a science.

True, but with First Class they have the foundation to start making good movies. The only thing that confuses me is that they seem to still be planning on making another Wolverine Origins and another of the other X-Men trilogy. I was always under the impression that First Class was rebooting the series after the tragedy of X3 and Wolverine.

Don Reba:

Some people just do not enjoy turning their brains off. It is not a pleasant sensation for everyone. :)

Personally, I'm surprised this is ever really considered a good thing. Almost anything is good if you just "turn your brain off." Why even discriminate on the basis of which movie you're watching? Pay ten bucks for some shiny objects and flashy lights.

On the other hand, I was the one who suggest Star Wars: Episode III could redeem itself by being nothing but 90 minutes of lightsaber battles...

Hindkjar:
Spiderman 2 as a great superhero movie ?? I'm not sure about that..

To be fair, he included Spider-Man 2. He's obviously taking the piss.

Yea This movie rocked.
I wonder what Thanos is gona do now he showed up in the end credits bit.
I liked Thanos as a bad guy, so badass that death became his girl friend, should be a hell of a fight :)

Zachary Amaranth:
On the other hand, I was the one who suggest Star Wars: Episode III could redeem itself by being nothing but 90 minutes of lightsaber battles...

Dark Resurrection Vol. 0 comes close to this ideal, actually.

person427:

arc1991:
[quote="Eamar" post="6.373869.14473100"]
No way was Wheldon this much of a genius? Surely?

The Justice Friends were supposed to be a parody of the Avengers. Iron Man's counterpart wasn't dexter though, it was Living Bullet.

Yeh i know, but if you look closely, each character has pretty much the exact same pose as there counterpart!

And the fireball hitting the building in pretty much the same area over Captain America and whoever the other guy is!

It was glorious. "puny god" F#$% ya!

I'm glad they did an awesome job with this movie.

I'm gonna go see it myself tommorow evening and I can't wait!

One part really got to me, and everyone in the Audience too.

DarkhoIlow:
I'm glad they did an awesome job with this movie.

I'm gonna go see it myself tommorow evening and I can't wait!

It is worth the 3D experience by the way. The 3D is great. It's a shame Bob didn't mention that for people but felt the need to explain the classic tale of how the Avengers comics came about as useless information for 2 minutes.

Am I the only one who was sorely disappointed with this movie? I thought it was poorly paced and structured, paper thin in the plot department, really wasting potential on what could have been awesome character exploration and interaction, and there was so much gratuitous action without any plot or character weight to carry it.

What exactly is it that everyone loves so much about this movie? I loved what it could and should have been but I've seen it twice and I still feel there was hardly any substance where there should have been an ocean of it. Not to mention the constant annoying tension breaking cheap Joss Whedon one line jokes.

After the trailer and the at first subtle then exciting build up over the years I thought this was going to be a character driven, nuanced story of epic proportions. Instead it was poorly constructed, deep as a puddle and had nothing to make me feel anything but disappointment after building up to this for years. The copious amounts of action and CGI were hardly pieces of cinematic beauty anyway.

Please someone take issue with my disappointment because I would love to vent my frustrations in a debate while finding out why everyone else seems to love this piece of crap.

Saw it again yesterday just because it is that awesome. Perhaps I will even see it a third time.

I could keep watching this movie it is amazing to say the least. Can't wait how they handle Thor 2 and Iron Man. I would love to see how they handle

And I won't be able to see it for a few weeks because I live in a backwater town that's playing Mirror Mirror at the moment...

This hurts me.

Oh my god the movie was so good. Seriously, and that after credits scene was just freaking amazing. I wasn't expecting that. The after-after credits scene (Which has only been released in the U.S.?) is also pretty good. Great movie though.

In the first issue of the comic series Secret Warriors Nick Fury discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D was in fact set up Hydra and that Hydra had been running it since the beginning. I wonder if we might see a similar revalation with the secret board of shadowy figures

Especially considering

There isn't much evidence so I wouldn't call it a theory, more a musing or what if?

A thought regarding the mid credit scene.

I am not a comic book fan, I saw Hulk and Spider Man when they came out and only went to see Ironman after seeing the previews, I knew nothing of The Avengers and the end scene in Ironman, which I thought was great, was interesting but didn't peak my interest though I did recognise that it meant something big was coming. It wasn't until they did the same thing after The Incredible Hulk that I started to gain some interest in what the long term plan was. I didn't see Thor or Captain American at release I did see Iron Man 2 at the cinema though and eventually saw Thor and Captain American on Blu-ray. By now the whole Avengers thing was pretty set and yeah I was interested, but my knowledge of the Avengers universe only extended as far as what I had seen in the movies.

So here's the point, The Avengers was f*cking awesome but that last scene meant nothing to me, I had no idea who the person was. The movies worked nicely for the uninitiated but that end scene was clearly for the fans.

I know now who the person is and what that persons significance is but that's because I had to go and find out via google.

arc1991:

person427:

arc1991:
[quote="Eamar" post="6.373869.14473100"]
No way was Wheldon this much of a genius? Surely?

The Justice Friends were supposed to be a parody of the Avengers. Iron Man's counterpart wasn't dexter though, it was Living Bullet.

Yeh i know, but if you look closely, each character has pretty much the exact same pose as there counterpart!

And the fireball hitting the building in pretty much the same area over Captain America and whoever the other guy is!

Oh, I thought someone made the second picture to draw parallels between the characters, not realizing the similarities were intentional. In that case, it is really strange. Perhaps one of the covers for the actual comics was the same?

person427:

arc1991:

person427:

The Justice Friends were supposed to be a parody of the Avengers. Iron Man's counterpart wasn't dexter though, it was Living Bullet.

Yeh i know, but if you look closely, each character has pretty much the exact same pose as there counterpart!

And the fireball hitting the building in pretty much the same area over Captain America and whoever the other guy is!

Oh, I thought someone made the second picture to draw parallels between the characters, not realizing the similarities were intentional. In that case, it is really strange. Perhaps one of the covers for the actual comics was the same?

I know, i remember seeing it as a kid, as i was a big fan of Dexter, and that scene is there somewhere, if it was intentional by Wheldon, then i here by name him the smartest director of all time!

aegix drakan:

Merrick_HLC:
I will agree that scene's probably the weakest in the entire film, but I forgive it simply because it was, to me, an awesome Cap moment.

Followed by an awesome iron man moment. XD

Agreed so hard. And I like that Cap didn't let the modern world overwhelm him too much, because some things never change, and somebody has to punch a would-be world conqueror in the face.

Vault Citizen:
In the first issue of the comic series Secret Warriors Nick Fury discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D was in fact set up Hydra and that Hydra had been running it since the beginning. I wonder if we might see a similar revalation with the secret board of shadowy figures

Especially considering

There isn't much evidence so I wouldn't call it a theory, more a musing or what if?

Yeah, that was a way out-of-left-field retcon in the comics. HYDRA (always capitalize) created the organization that routinely beats them up & foils their schemes? That's a very elaborate version of punching yourself in the face.

I'm actually surprised by how low key this review was. I've heard Bob gush about moives before, and considering how much he's been hyped for this film, I was expecting to hear him have actual Nerdgasms over it.

Then again, he has stated that he thought that Captain America was the best of the individual films (in my opinion, the weakest), so...

I saw this last week, twice, and while I haven't been as invested in the Marvel Movie Universe as some people (I dont care for the comics, tbh) I really really enjoyed this, considering I thought it was going to be a train wreck. If for no other reason that it is an amazing technical achievement.

Does it have flaws? Yes. As Bob states, it feels rushed in the beginning. I felt they could have used another film between Captain America and this, and Hawkeye really needed more set up (Black Widow got a secondary role in Iron Man 2, all he got was a cameo). Whoever decided on the derpy Cap helmet should have been sent back to the drawing board, the whole second act pretty much served no purpose, and some of the dialogue was a little too Whedon, but other than that...

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