THE AVENGERS ARE BOX OFFICE SUPERHEROES!


THE AVENGERS ARE BOX OFFICE SUPERHEROES!

By Adam Blasucci 5/13/12

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans,

Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffolo,

Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston,

Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg

Rated PG 13

Running Time: 2 hrs. and 23 min.

Five Stars Out Of Five*****

 

Hulk finally got his cinematic due. Filmmakers try twice to bring the Green Goliath to the silver screen with some unsatisfying results.

In the past he was only successful on the small screen with Bill Bixby’s and Lou Ferrigno’s The Incredible Hulk the beloved 70s show.

But this time Marvel passed with flying colors with getting Mark Ruffolo an excellent actor to portray Bruce Banner and matching is appearance to do his gigantic green alter ego.

You really believe he was jumping around and smashing things on the screen. My younger brother Danny loved it when the Hulk beat the tar out of Loki.

The Hulk truly was a crowd-pleasing character everybody laughed when he did something funny. Like punching Thor or pounding Loki. This please my inner child immensely.

Black Widow’s back-story and character arc from Iron Man 2 is greatly expanded in The Avengers.

Her dark and bloody past, which motivates her journey to redemption, makes her character more rounded added more dimension to her character.

The filmmakers also added more reality to her fighting style. This made her a strong and believable female superhero that can hold her own with the big boys.

Strong women and wisecracking humor are two of Joss Whedon biggest trademarks always on display in Buffy and his other projects.

Tony Stark Iron Man had a lot of great one-liners to lighten up the seriousness of the end of the world.

Like calling Thor “Point Break” and “Shakespeare in the Park”

 

Loki truly embraced being a villain. Using his power of deception and mistrust to keep the heroes from becoming a truly unified team.

The greatest thing about the movie is when all heroes put aside their differences and issues and unite against this great evil Loki and his alien army.

It took the loss of Agent Coulson to finally bring the team together.

The filmmakers visualized this epic portions when the camera circles the Avengers are marks the disaster scene of Midtown Manhattan.

Stan Lee’s famous Marvel method of creating interesting, flawed and moody heroes with feet of clay was very evident in the finished product.

You truly got the feeling of a dysfunctional family with epic personality conflicts that is paramount to the comic books. Joss and his collaborators

definitely brought the legendary comic book to life. The filmmakers beautifully connected the previous Marvel produced films to this epic superteam movie.

And the idea of Shield finally pays off in this film.

 

The FX are breathtakingly realistic and fun. Perfectly capturing the powers and abilities of each making you believe this could really happen.

The threat of the alien army was heard believable.

In the final closing credit scene were introduced to the true identity of the cosmic villain pulling the string

Thaons who we will be seeing in future Marvel movies and eventually in The Avengers 2.

Being a comic book aficionado I’m a little familiar with Thanos as I am sure some of the comic book fanatics reading this review will know also.

 

As you read this The Avengers will have had taken in 1 trillion more dollars at the box office.

Making it one of the busiest movies of all time. (It’s really only $103 million so far.)

 

Let’s see tomo…


Let’s see tomorrow I turn 35. That’s a great number. I’ve seen lots of great things (movies).

The Star Wars films, Batman (1989), Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spiderman, Superman, Superman 2, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Citizen Kane, Dracula (31), Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Alien, Aliens, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Evil Dead Series, Nightmare Elm Street The Godfather Trilogy, Taxi Driver, Casino and so many more it’s hard to list them all.

I’ve been around for five presidencies. I’ve lived through three interesting decades. The Strange, gritty, electric neon, happy-go-lucky and sunshine 70s. The exciting, happy and awesome 80s. The new and promising and sometimes dark 90. And the ups and downs of the 2000s.

I lived through the beginning of punk some of the greatest music. I survived the life and death of disco thank you Lord. I was around with New wave, the birth of MTV and the music video. I accepted the existence of rap music as an okay music genre. The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Eminem, Jay Z. and a few more listenable rap artist. Heavy-metal and hard rock were growing up with me. Grunge came and went and became rock.

I’ve seen pictures and paintings of the greatest artists of all time too many to name.

I’ve been to too many concerts to name.

So I figure 35 years is a lot of years to experience a lot of great things.

By Adam Blasucci 5/30/12

* Marvel Comics…


* Marvel Comics has unveiled the variant cover by J. Scott Campbell for Amazing Spider-Man #688. The issue arrives on June 27 and kicks off the “No Turning Back” story by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Here’s how Marvel describes the story:

 

“Someone has tampered with the grave of Billy Connors and it’s up to Spider-Man to hunt down one of his greatest foes: The Lizard! But Spider-Man will have his hands full when he takes on Curt Connors, and Morbius the Living Vampire! Can Spidey handle both of these monsters before it turns into an all-out brawl?”

 

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

 

* AMC has released the first image of Danai Gurria as Michonne from Season 3 of The Walking Dead.

 

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To all my frien…


To all my friends and readers of my blog. Can you help me spread the word about my blog?

Let’s see how many people we can get to read my blog.

This Saturday I’m going to Wizard World Philadelphian ComicCon.

I’m going to experience the costumes, the comic books and collectibles for myself.

Thank you very much. Adam

* According to …


* According to Variety, Ashley Hamilton is in talks to play the villain Firepower in Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man movies, will return to play Happy Hogan.

* According to Variety, Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play a villain in Thor 2.

 

THE DARK KNIGHT…


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ROUNDUP

MTV has announced that the 2012 MTV Movie Awards will feature footage from The Dark Knight Rises.

The show will air live on Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. (ET) from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.

 

Actors Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman and director Christopher Nolan will be at the event.

 

In other The Dark Knight Rise news:

 

* Above are six new banner images for the movie. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.