July 11, 2012
Released May 4, 2012
Directed By Josh Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans
Back in 2008, the movie Iron Man hit theatres. After the ending credits, there was a small clip that promised the audience an upcomming Avengers movie. Three years later, the first official teaser was attached to the after-credits of Captain America, thus begining the excitement and anticipation for movie goers and comic book fanatics alike. The movie finally came out on May 4th, 2012; the day that made us all think was a four-year-long wait worth it?
I’m gonna cut strait to the chase, because the answer is yes. This movie is indescribably good! When I first heard of it comming out, I knew it was gonna be a pretty good movie, but it gave the audience what it wanted and more! The film couldn’t have been made better. The director did an exceptional job helping the actors and actresses collaborate with eachother and there wasn’t a single person who broke character. The sound and visual effects were stunning as well with the Michael Bay-ish type of CGI animation. Another thing that I totally liked about this movie was that the plot was realistic in a sense. The members of The Avengers didn’t always get along, they had to work out the kinks of switching from working solo to working as a team. Something else I found interesting was that they didn’t just show “The Avengers” throughout the entire movie. The film focused on the separate characters at the beginning of the movie and showed how everything tied together, which the director did a phenomenal job doing.
Bottom line, this movie can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone! If you don’t like this movie, then I’m sorry. I have no clue what could possibly be wrong with you. The Avengers seriously set the bar for cinematic entertainment this year and will be insanely hard to top.
4.5 out of 5
Review by Austin Winkler
July 11, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man
Released July 3rd, 2012
Directed By Marc Webb
Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
The Amazing Spider-Man is a super hero movie based off the Marvel super hero of the same name. The movie made its debut on July 3rd, 2012. The story revolves around one of the most popular super heroes known to mankind. Peter Parker is forced to live with his aunt and uncle because of family matters. While visiting a local scientific research facility, he gets bitten by a radioactive spider that gives him super-human powers. A one-armed scientist from the facility named Dr. Curt Connors has been working to find a way to “regrow” his arm. Since lizards have the ability to grow their tails and limbs after they fall off, he’s been experimenting with the creature’s DNA. When he finally tests the product on himself, he turns into this lizard-like creature (hence his super villain name: The Lizard) and wreaks havoc across The Big Apple. Now it’s up to Spiderman to stop him.
This movie attracted a lot of attention from average movie goers and comic book nerds alike. When photos of the film were released to the media, lots of mixed feelings brewed. Some were positive, and others were not so hyped up for the upcoming film. Excuses such as “I don’t like the outfit” or “I don’t like that his web-shooting capability isn’t biotic” were only a few of the complaints. I’ll be honest, I was one of them. I wasn’t too excited for the movie, but I figured I’d give it a shot to see if it was worth watching.
I must say, I was impressed! The cast worked well with each other and never broke their character, the fight sequences were spectacular, and the screenplay was decently written. The only thing I didn’t like about the film was that in the comic books, Peter Parker is a nerd. Every single time I asked one of my female friends about the movie, the first thing that comes out of their mouths is “Oh my God, Andrew Garfield is so cute!” Peter Parker is a nerd, not a chick magnet! Even though Andrew Garfield did a great job with the role he was given, he’s too much of a “chick-magnet” to play a nerd. Other than that, I have no problem with the movie.
Bottom line, everybody needs to see this movie and/or buy it on Blu-Ray. I will be sure that’s what I do when it hits store shelves. I’m not sure what the comic book buffs will think of the film, but I think they should see the movie anyway. With a well-chosen cast, great special effects, and a story line that’s just as good, The Amazing Spider-Man will be difficult to hate.
4 out of 5
Review by Austin Winkler
July 1, 2012
Man On A Ledge
Released January 27, 2012
Directed By Asger Leth
Starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
Man on a Ledge. What a troubled little production. The question many people ask is “How can a movie possibly be any good when it’s about a guy on the ledge of a building that lasts an hour and a half?” The truth is, you don’t have to ask that question, because a movie about a guy on a ledge that lasts an hour and a half really isn’t any good. That’s pretty much the premise in a nutshell. Everyone and their brother try to get the guy off of the ledge before going splat on the streets below. The lead character, Nick Cassady, is played by Sam Worthington, who does a mediocre job, at best. The man is out to prove his innocence, and won’t stop until he succeeds.
From start to finish, the film feels empty. It’s all filler. Police are talking to each other, trying to figure out how on Earth to compromise with the guy, meanwhile, Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks), tries to get inside of his head, while never really giving up on him. The chemistry between these two characters is one of the only redeeming qualities of the film. It makes for some interesting dialogue, but that’s about it. There isn’t a whole lot of emotion in the film at all, among anyone. The story is straightforward and it’s simply a drag. A bore fest. There’s a little action and some decent stealth scenes, but it’s all too mild mannered to actually be cool. The film really lacks substance and purpose, making it hard to cheer for. There just isn’t enough here to make it worth your while. It’s all just too laid back. The actors all seem lazy and bored. The ending is especially silly, with gunshots going in different directions, along with some terrible acting jobs on everyone’s part. I was skeptical going in and it turns out my gut was right. Man on a Ledge was exactly what I thought it would be. A lackluster production.
2 out of 5