This film is better than it looks as Kate Hudson is a sheer force if life. What happens to her is made all the more powerful because of her performance. It made me cry! The reactions of family and friends are incredibly realistic. The only bum note is Whoopi Goldberg...
The best superhero film of all time! Joss Whedon is an unqualified genius. How he brought together such a disparate group of characters, all headliners in their own right (eye candy all, but for different reasons) with the egos to go with it, with such ease, humour and emotional power... It's beyond belief.
The acting was superb, with each getting their moments. However Iron Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gets all the best lines; there's more than the ones shown in the trailer. Yet the highest praise should go to what they did with the Hulk, who gets the stand-out moments.
The only criticism is that you should see the Marvel films before to get the most out of it: both Iron Mans, both Hulks and Captain America, but particularly Thor. The interplay between all the characters was pitch perfect, believable and utterly entertaining.
Basically, it's all a superhero film should be with all the characters having equal time to shine: fun, funny, entertaining, nostalgic, action-packed, dark and light, characterful and character-full and overall masterful. Thank you for an eventful (we had a fire alarm evacuation part-way through) time in the cinema, maybe the best time. Well worth the price of a 3D ticket, well worth the midnight home time and well worth the lengthy running time. I now want to see it all over again!
Beautiful. And I'm not just talking about Ben Whishaw whose degradation tugs at the heartstrings, the relationship is lovingly portrayed and the cinematography is a delight to behold. However the beauty is in how Campion manages to stray away from sentimentality, the utter tragedy of the story and overusing the glorious poetry. I also loved Schneider as Brown whose brash personality is a perfect foil to the quiet dignity of Keats. An utter joy to watch and the one tear that slowly made its way down my cheek at the end sums up the understated beauty of this film more than any flood of weeping ever could.
The most interesting thing in this film is the city of Barcelona. None of the characters are as fascinating as their self-absorption makes them think they are. Javier Bardem certainly has the charisma to pull off playing a man who is the middle of a love quadrangle, but Cruz surprisingly throws off the whole tone of the film and ruins every scene she's in, Hall does well with her unforgiving part and Johansson is strangely under par. Surely with three female muses Woody Allen would've been in his element, but it seems to have thrown him off balance. He took on too much, which is exactly what this film is, too much.