Captain America

Super impressive, Captain America is an even blend of action, humour, romance and storyline.  The film keeps you riveted to your seat; it doesn’t lag nor bore you and leaves you feeling satisfied and extremely hyped for the Avengers movie due out next May.

You’d think by now people have learnt to stay until the end of the credits, especially with Marvel/ comic book based movies and especially with the movies leading up to the Avengers movie.  They have been leaving after credit titbits since Iron Man, especially since Iron Man’s titbit was Samuel L.  Jackson’s Nick Fury.  Comic book fans everywhere went ape.

BEWARE SPOILERS AND VAGUE HINTS

Captain America fits in nicely with Iron Man 2 and Thor, with reference to the Stark Expo and the involvement of Howard Stark (Tony’s dad, Dominic Coop was just perfect in the role) and reference to Thor i.e. the Cosmic Cube which was shown at the end credits, pulse the continual reference to Norse mythology plus Red Skulls death.  Think really hard about how Red Skulls death ‘looked’.  Can you really say it was a ‘death’?  Wink nudge.

Now I’m an X-men girl at heart so my Captain America lore isn’t very strong, but it is far less complex.  So according to my spotty knowledge the movie is fairly accurate to the comics, especially the current run on Captain America by Brian Michael Bendis who dealt with the Cosmic Cube.  My only issue is how they dealt with Bucky’s death. Bucky dies with Cap in his last battle against Red Skull before getting frozen in the ice, Bucky saves Cap and dies in a firey explosion and Cap gets frozen in the ice.  The films ultimate battle doesn’t do this, although I was happy to see that Bucky’s fall to doom was over an icy river.  I shall say no more.

I must admit that when Chris Evans signed up to play Captain America I thought it would be an absolute disaster.  Firstly, Chris Evans has already played a Marvel character, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four.  Secondly, Chris Evans is one of those people who exudes comedy and snarky quips like Ryan Reynolds.  They’re the kind of guys who would find it very difficult to act serious, and the thing about Captain America is that he’s not a funny guy, he has humour but he’s not a naturally funny guy, so you can see I would find it difficult to take him seriously.  I must admit after seeing the trailer, and Chris Evans awesome bod, the shallow side of me kicked in I decided to see if Chris Evans could play serious.  Well he can, he has charm and humour without trying to be funny. He was very natural.  The entire cast was brilliant, none of them bland, and Hugo Weaving is always stunning to watch – good or evil.  Hugo Weavings Red Skull make-up was just AMAZING, who would have thought they could have pulled it off!

I am very happy I didn’t see this movie in 3D, it really didn’t need to be.  3D is just horrid, you experience eye strain, the 3D glasses aren’t made to go over normal glasses, and the colour quality is dimmed by glasses so you struggle to see what little of the image there is.

I must be very truthful, what had me the most excited was that after the credits they played the first trailer for the new Avengers.  I squealed with such glee.  I really want a high quality version to watch over and over again.  Actually if I think about it, I was excited for Captain America long before production on the Avengers even started, and I was extremely satisfied by this film.

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Legend of Korra

This is the poster made for Legend of Korra and used at Comic Con this year.  I tried to load it with the trailer but failed.  Then I visited my favourite artist’s page and GASP OMG he has the poster on his page – NO  WAIT  HE  ILLUSTRATED  IT!!!!!!!!!  And I totally failed as a fan girl because I can spot Josh Middletons artwork a mile away.  I am so ashamed.  But let us admire The Legend of Korra poster in all its glory.

see more of Josh Middletons gorgeous art here: http://www.joshuamiddleton.com/

Transformers 3 The Dark of the Moon

Well I was pleasantly surprised by the twig, she wasn’t so bad, not that she had do much other than look sexy and scream ‘SAM’, which she pulled off with natural ease.  I think opinions are mixed on whether people enjoyed this movie or not.  I discovered that I have a blind spot for any movie that has large scale destruction, whether they have major plot holes or implausible action I seem to be blind to it and only focus on the glorious destruction. (oh god I sound like a monster).

I feel that they got fairly close to the same feel that the first Transformers had, which was a perfect blend of action, sarcasm, romance, drama, and  muted not over the top gags.  This was all blown to hell in the second film.  What horrifies me is that the script writers, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, of the first Transformers wrote the second, which was just embarrassing, and they were responsible for Star Trek script.  The co-created Fringe with JJ Abrams, worked on Alias and the new Hawaii 5-0 which are all amazing shows.  They are brilliant writers, but what on earth happened with the second film?  How can you drop the ball that badly?

So Transformers 3 the Dark of the Moon, yay, we have more of a storyline.  I don’t want to summarise it because I have read some summaries which give away the plot twist that sets up the second half of the film, and I don’t want to be one of those people.  I enjoyed the larger cast of Transformers, but like the flaw in the second film, there isn’t enough interaction between them and the humans.  I’m pretty sure that people are watching Transformers for the giant talking alien robots rather than watching Sam and his life fall apart, again.  I must admit I rather enjoyed the character of Carly for one reason, she is modelled as the perfect girlfriend, it’s almost a jab at Megan Fox, that Michaela was the one who couldn’t accept Sam and so broke up with him.  Carly is the perfect girlfriend, the male ideal, she loves Sam and all his flaws, she’s super hot, she earns a very good wage, is respected, and completely loyal to Sam.  (Actually I think men have difficulty accepting that their partner earns more money than they do).  Basically they are subtly saying indirectly to Megan Fox,  HAH  WE  FOUND  A  CHARACTER  BETTER  YOU  HA HA HA.

I found the comedy far more acceptable in this movie, don’t get me wrong I found the second movie hilarious, but slap-stick physical gags used in the second film just do not fit with the kind of movie Transformers is.  What I found hilarious was Sam continually stressing out and having panic attacks, he get’s squeaky and hysterical and it’s just so funny, and when he screams like a girl, I love that.

The story itself has enough in it to keep you interested;  it’s not as aimless as the second film. There were more Autobots in this instalment and they had unique looks and with little screen time still managed to convey personality and individuality.  Thank goodness they got rid of those  hillbilly twin Autobots, they were absolutely horrid, an embarrassment, and I couldn’t always understand what they were saying.

Favourite character of the movie:  Dutch played by the hilarious Alan Tudyk.  I have loved Alan Tudyk since Firefly, the most stunning and stunningly short sci-fi series ever to grace TV.  Alan Tudky plays the quirky funny man extremely well, until Dollhouse, where he played crazy awesomely, which was a surprise.  In Transformers 3 he plays the gay assistant to Simmons, who is blessedly less painful in this movie.  Dutch is surprising to say the least, and I will say no more.

Oh I also enjoyed McDreamy playing McEvil in this film.

As usual the effects in Transformers The Dark of the Moon are just AMAZING, I take my hat off to all those poor animators who were chained to their computers creating these incredibly detailed robots and then putting them into jaw dropping action sequences.  I don’t think those poor guys saw daylight for months.

So not a bad movie, a lot darker than the previous 2, not necessary to see in 3D, it’s epic without it.