For the past five years, we have been eagerly anticipating this film. Ever since the infamous post-credits scene after the first Iron Man (2008), our imaginations were filled with childhood-like wishes of just what this "Avengers Initiative" was. We all knew it was coming, and we wanted to watch this film, badly. Although, questions and doubts did arise, could a film with over 8 main characters work? Well, I can only say one thing: YES.
Taking place after Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor; The Avengers is surly the ultimate super hero movie. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has finally found the perfect moment to bring the heroes he's been collecting together, to fight an evil like no other. Along with the lovely, and beautiful Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and the new character Hawk Eye, played by Jerry Renner. Although problems and issues arise, the heroes must learn to work as a team in order to stop an oncoming invasion manned by Thor's evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Now, Joss Wheden had a lot at stake. Not only did he have to make a movie where every single character got equal amounts of screen time and proper justice, but he had to appeal to the hype and raging fan base this movie had. It was certainly not an easy task, but I am pleased to say, Joss Wheden nailed it. He crammed so many characters and gave them all what they deserved. His directing was amazing, and his vision is what made this film great. I am eagerly awaiting Wheden's next Marvel film, if he decides to of course.
The action scenes were simply breath taking and so suspenseful. Everything from Iron Man's epic flight scenes, to Black Widow taking down three men in a chair while still looking as sexy as ever, are all fantastic. The camera angles were also good, I was literally on the edge of my seat, and so was everyone else. Although, what really made this film was undoubtedly the Hulk's massive rampaging return. All the destruction he caused was such a nostalgic and crowd pleasing thing! He even had the funniest scenes in the movie too.
What can I say about the actors? Each and every one of them put their all into this film. Mark Ruffalo was a great choice for the new Bruce Banner/Hulk and Jerry Renner performed his debut perfectly. What I'd like to point out however, was the astonishing interactions between these characters. Seeing the ole' Cap arguing with Iron Man was just so entertaining, as was Thor's petty comments regarding the rest of the heroes. I'd say some of the films best moments were simply from watching these characters talk and have conversations with each other.
There are simply no words to describe how much I enjoyed this movie. We have all been waiting five years for this and we were not at all disappointed. I saw this movie with a smile on my face.
My only complaint, though, was that it seemed to slow down just a bit in the middle. Just a tiny bit though.
Overall, The Avengers is the comic book movie we have all waited for, and it may just be the best one ever. The kids will no doubt enjoy it and the adults as well. With a grand combination of action, drama, and a bit of humor, The Avengers soars into new territory for the comic book genre of movies. I recommend staying until after the credits as well, as Marvel has left what might possibly be the funniest scene I've watched in years. I can't find anything wrong with this movie, so, without further delay, I urge you to go out and watch this film. Hell, I can't even think of a good pun to end this review with, so I'll leave it at this: Go watch this brilliant movie, you will not regret it. 9.5/10
To be honest, I have always had a soft spot for the Madagascar series. The first was smart, witty and actually funny, but, that is for another review. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (notice the "brilliant" usage of the number 2) is one of those rare films that is actually better than its predecessor. It builds upon it's predecessor and goes above and beyond to give you a crazy, new adventure.
This time, the titular animals crash land in Africa in their attempt to return to New York. Here, they meet their families and get to learn more about their own cultures. The story may not be as original as the first one, but it has its own unique charm that makes this one stand out. The 4 main characters each get their own sub-plots as well; whether its trying to reclaim one's lost honor or get the girl, the story makes each character special and funny in their own way. It is filled with funny and sometimes downright hilarious jokes that keep the film lively and entertaining even during the more serious parts. The writing is actually pretty decent and not too dull.
The animation is very nice. Everything looks amazing and it really helps to bring the African savanna to life. Even though I could never get used to the human designs in this film, it did not detract from the experience.
The entire cast fills their roles perfectly, along with the new additions. Bernie Mac (note, this was his final role in a film) was a fantastic addition as Alex's (Steve Carrel) father. Although the zebras could get a tad bit annoying at times, the lemurs were really the ones who stole the show. Sacha Baron Cohen as the lemur king, Julian, was hilarious and his return was greatly appreciated.
I would like to point out the amazing music Madagascar 2 had. Composed by the legendary Hanz Zimmern, it really brought a African-feel to the film and helped set the mood nicely.
Overall, Madagascar 2 is a great family film with hilarious jokes, a great story, nice characters and beautiful visuals. The film will please the younger crowd for sure, while still having something entertaining for the adults as well. This movie is perfect for your children's sleepover or just a normal get together with friends. Its sure to get some good laughs and with catchy music, it'll surely get you to "move it, move it". 9/10
Over-the-top elephants and all sorts of weird and kooky animals run amok in this whimsical tale. Horton Hears A Who! is the latest adaptation to a Dr. Suess classic that really feels like a traditional Suess story would.
The story is set in the Jungle of Nool where Horton hears and befriends Ned, the mayor of a microscopic town called Whoville. This small town is, unbeknownst to it's inhabitants, but a single speck in grave danger of destruction. It is up to Horton to take Whoville to a much safer place even if his friends aren't as friendly as they may seem.
The visuals are mind-boggling and amazing. Roads and sidewalks are twisted and trees curve, giving off an adorable Suess-ish feel.
Horton and the rest of the cast are all perfectly executed and never seem to get annoying. The movie is funny and cheerful without ever getting stale. What really did it for me was this film's perfect climax. I have to admit I began to tear up during the climax which tells me how good of a movie this is. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrel, Seth Rogan and the rest of the cast all perfectly execute their roles and help bring life to the movie.
Overall, Horton Hears A Who! is a fun, crazy and hilarious adaptation to a cherished Dr. Suess classic. With a simple yet witty story and jaw-dropping visuals, the Doctor would be proud. 9/10
In a world where CGI has become the most commonly used form of animation, it is a refreshing breather to be able to watch a traditionally hand-drawn movie. In my eyes, Disney has not made a true "Disney" film in a while. Luckily, Princess and the Frog and their most recent film, Winnie the Pooh, has convinced me otherwise.
Winnie the Pooh is a heartwarming and adorable film featuring one of the most cherished cartoons in history. The film is entirely hand-drawn which makes for an amazingly detailed and very simplistic movie experience, especially when it is in the hands of Disney. The visuals are cute and cuddly like every Pooh movie has become synonymous with. Overall, the film gets a perfect score when it comes to the majestic hand-drawn visuals Winnie the Pooh has to offer.
The story isn't complex or hard to follow, instead, the film has a very simple story about Pooh and his friends desperately trying to find their dear Christopher Robin after his "kidnapping" by the "Backson". The movie is very short but makes up for it with a cute story and awe-inspiring visuals. When I first saw the movie, I couldn't help but giggle at the antics Pooh and his friends kept getting themselves into.
The film is devoid of any over-the-top action scenes, in fact, the entire climax of the movie takes place within a hole, but that is completely fine. Pooh isn't known for his deep story, he is know for being able to offer 70 minutes of adorable and hilarious comedy.
Overall, Winnie the Pooh isn't as amazing as Lion King or as epic as Lilo and Stitch. It isn't as groundbreaking as earlier Disney classics, but it does contain a certain unique charm that no other movie can mimic. Pooh and friends have made a fine comeback and hopefully this will inspire Disney to make much more hand-drawn films in the near future. I suggest to sit down, relax and just enjoy this great film for what it is...a sweet, entertaining pot of honey. 9/10