Is it time for us nerds to start anticipating THE AVENGERS, directed by Joss Whedon?

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Just stick to rom-coms, bitch.

Lovely.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Friday, 27 April 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

going to a prescreening next wednesday, yay

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 27 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was *stupendous* fun, not had a film experience like it in a long time: full house, whole audience tearing the place up as it went off, I thought the guy next to me was going to keel over such was his glee. Per Number None, many truly funny moments and a few brilliant one liners and visual gags. Terrific performances from nearly all the main players, Ruffalo needs a special mention for totally nailing Banner's character with pretty limited screen time (best movie Hulk ever too imo). I'm srsly thinking of seeing it again at the cinema, last film I did this for was Starship Troopers. (oh yeah, nice blink and you'll miss it cameo for a Whedon regular too).

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Friday, 27 April 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

been thinking of seeing it again myself. Ruffalo really is tremendous (thank god it wasn't Edward Norton) and the visual gags you're talking about destroyed at my screening too

Number None, Friday, 27 April 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ruff's delivery of the line for his "secret" totally gave me the chills. Yr dead right, Norton would have shit the bed if he'd been involved with this.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Friday, 27 April 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Didn't think this was as good as the reviews led me to anticipate.

Bob Six, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thoroughly enjoyed this. After two poor outings they finally got The Hulk right.

treefell, Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was okay for the most part, it clicked into Transformers-y incomprehensible mayhem mode towards the end, sadly.

DavidM, Sunday, 29 April 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

The humour's done well, but I found it dragged a bit in places.

Bob Six, Sunday, 29 April 2012 12:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

how was Tom Hiddleston?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 12:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

He was very good - he has a particularly fine scene with ScarJo and gets to lay down a few excellent bits of monologuing. Certainly up to the high standard he set in Thor.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Sunday, 29 April 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes this wasn't great and if i didn't know wheedon had done it i wouldn't have been able to tell by watching really, there's just so much machinery that comes w/ this that it's difficult for anything even suggesting humanity to come out, it doesn't have that looseness of the first iron man movie, though it's never as flat as um every other marvel movie. i actually really really enjoyed the final battle, genuinely giddy at points, strong ditto to 'this movie gets hulk right'. ruffalo was good, hiddleston really was good, there are several moments where the standard superhero villain performance note is to go ott and he keeps it contained, an inside joke w/ himself. the moments he does go cackling evil are played as moments of weakness. eg that awesome moment w/ the hulk. the assemble the samurai sequence was really dull esp considering this was an avengers movie and i usually enjoy any assemble the samurai sequence. also the 'whenever superheroes meet they must FIGHT' rule was observed here, w/ weak returns.

balls, Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm waaay late to this party, and I've only just watched Iron Man & Iron Man 2. Loved the shit out of both, RDJ just superb as always but it was the first Marvel movie that I've enjoyed for a long time.

Anyway, after seeing the rather giddy teasers at the end of both movies am now definitely going to go see Avengers.

PSOD (Ste), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Film's making ridiculous money already by all accounts.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

this was my #1 pick in this little fantasy box office draft i'm in and i'm giddy at the basically guaranteed $400 mil+

no prize for winning i'm just a competitive dork

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

When Nick Fury said "The Tesseract is where it belongs" I was sorely tempted to shout out "It belongs in a museum!" but I'm not that kinda guy and also the cinema was full of youth who probably wouldn't have got the reference.

this was hell of fun btw

Touché Gödel (ledge), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 09:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

booked tix for imax 3d for friday night, psyched

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 09:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

where is this supposed IMAX in Dublin?

Number None, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's the 'isense' 3d showing at the odeon up at point village.

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Agree with the boosters - fun+++, didn't flag, real laughs, ruffalo offers fine reading of the hulk and a well-balanced ensemble. Renner/Hawkeye the only meh-ish element for me.

woof, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

is this renner person, like, a famous person

thomp, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that screen is a wee bit disappointing. The whole isense business (it's meant to be a 3D sound thing) seems like sort of a con

Number None, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

well i'm prepared for that, i mean it's the point tbf

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

just as long as you're not going out of your way

Number None, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah it suits the group, so while we're headin that way etc.

Did i miss a standalone schlubby hulk movie btw?

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah the last one was Edward Norton, who was too much of a dick to appear in this movie

Number None, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

ruffalo hulk was so, so great.

this was really fun, super satisfying, and i would go and see it again, but I don't feel like this review is exactly wrong: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/157875-whedons-avengers-reaches-apex-of-averageness-true-believers/

c sharp major, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Everyone talks too much. The pace lumbers. The story clunks.

from whedon? what an utter shock

some dude, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

You notice all the little details that should have been invisible, such as the way Hawkeye never seems to run out of arrows

um actually he does

or how sparsely populated the streets of New York City are during an attack by an intergalactic army.

they run away! there are classic shots of people in new york streets running away from intergalactic attack!

Touché Gödel (ledge), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Whedon's really cornering the market on "don't get me wrong, there were tons of smart, fun, exciting moments, but..." reviews this year.

da croupier, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Everyone talks too much. The pace lumbers. The story clunks.

from whedon? what an utter shock

― some dude, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9:33 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this. whedon has lots of great ideas but he seems to have a hard time executing them effectively. i recently watched serenity and it wasn't terrible but felt like a lot of missed opportunities. i found myself enjoying the plotting but kind of re-directing the film in my head. the cheesy mise-en-scene had a lot to do with this--it looked cheaply lit and kind of underconceived. i wonder if that's just the low budget showing through (although, compare it to e.g. carpenter's assault on precinct 13 and you can see what a director can do with a few dollars and some crappy sets).

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

watched a boot of it yesterday cos i was stuck in the house. Enjoyed it.
Was struck with thinking that Hulk's inarticulacy in the common understanding probably had a lot to do with the actor playing him in the tv series being a deaf mute - Lou Ferigno. I know there was a point where the intelligence of Bruce Banner was present in the body of the Hulk, in the comic anyway, not sure how long that lasted.

& Captain America's wings just being drawn or whatever on the side of his mask. There have been live action things where they have been freestanding haven't there? Does seem a bit impractical.

What powers does the Black widow have? think I heard about her having similar healing properties to Wolverine/Bucky and her being young in the early Soviet Union but not sure what else. Is everything else training?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ferrigno is mostly deaf but not mute.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

was gonna say

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was checking the imdb credits a while back and ferrigno does the voice of hulk in this!

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

also if we're gonna get into a grey/green/red hulk conversation regarding the intelligence levels of banner/hulk we're gonna need to start talking peter david and this conversation gonna get NERDY

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

also holy shit at that bit of trivia

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the original black widow is just a batman-type, no powers. Dunno whether they went with a Russian Super Soldier thing for her in the movie version.

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry head still full of cold, he growls quite a bit in the tv series but I don't think he says anything coherent does he? Which isn't the same as him being a deafmute of course.
But I wonder if a more articulate actor might have made something else of the part. Method acted his way through the rage etc.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

But she has that Nick Fury anti-aging serum thing, right?

xpost

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

you wanna hear Ferrigno talk watch Pumping Iron

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

King of Queens!

PSOD (Ste), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok so yeah this was entertaining. plot is completely threadbare - loki steals tesseract, nick fury assembles avengers to get it back, they get it back - just enough to hang 3-4 massive action setpieces on. but the interaction between the avengers really greases the proceedings and, as pointed out above, it's a very funny movie. not in that usual "throw em some one-liner chuckles" way - the crowd at my screening was roaring with laughter + delight. absolutely recommend seeing it w/ an audience.

this thing's gonna make 900 gajillion dollars.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 3 May 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, also 'loki allows himself to be captured / loki gets released'

it seems like they ought to have another one in the pipeline already

thomp, Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

sadly, they have to do more sequels to the individual characters' movies first

Number None, Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

the crowd at my screening was roaring with laughter + delight. absolutely recommend seeing it w/ an audience.

I wonder how much of this is just sheer delight that their childhood dreams are realized i.e. Hawkeye and Cap America interacting.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah, it's really funny. I can't imagine most of the crowd at my screening had much familiarity with the characters beyond maybe seeing a few of the previous films

Number None, Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yup. my wife usually hates superhero movies but she was cracking up throughout. it's not nerd delight, it's general audience delight.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink


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