Marvel’s The Avengers

the_avengersMarvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

My Review

There’s one thing I had to vent about this movie. Why do they have to kill off Agent Phil Coulson? They could have killed Cobie Smulders’ character Agent Maria Hill instead. Clark Gregg’s character Phil Coulson was the anchor on all the Marvel comic superhero movies.

This movie was long. At times, it dragged trying to set the background on all the characters. Fans should already be able to pick the story line quickly, therefore, the introductions are not required especially Pepper Potts and Jane Foster appearances.

I absolutely loved Tony Stark’s snarky comments and Hulk’s smashing. Captain American doesn’t have much room to explore, with that said, I can’t wait for Captain America 2 movie. I can do without Thor. Chris Hemsworth just doesn’t sit well with me. Now, I am scared that he will ruin the next movie for me, Snow White and the Huntsman.

I guess I have high expectations on the movie and was sorely disappointed.

My Grade: B+

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Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Games of ShadowsSherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

My Review

I heard of Sherlock Holmes but never got a chance to read the classics. They definitely have my attention now. I did watch the first installment of Sherlock Holmes but I don’t remember the plot at all. Netflix time!

Alright, back to Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows. It was actually pretty good with some good funny moments. I especially like both camouflage scenes where Sherlock Holmes hid in plain sight. I wasn’t able to pick him out from the scene until he actually moved. Hats off to the costume designer. The directing and cinematography were exceptional. The detail attention paid to the exploding scene was mind blowing.

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law chemistry was undeniable. The opening of the movie reminded me that Rachel McAdams did a good sexy job in the predecessor. Too bad, she only played a very small part in this movie. Noomi Rapace did a great job as Madam Simza and she was presented with a more feminine side compared to her Lisbeth Salander character in the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

I hope they will make the third movie for this franchise.

My Grade: A-

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Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2Jon Favreau did it again. Iron Man 2 is action-packed, funny and definitely met all my expectations. The movie seemed lengthy at times trying to show Tony Stark being vulnerable and trying to deal with his personal issues.

Robert Downey Jr did a awesome job (as usual), the perfect cast for Tony Stark. He has an arrogant air about him that make him so attractive, not the mention the humor. However, I am a bit disappointed on Rhodey character. I felt that Terrence Howard has a better chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. Mickey Rourke’s performance as Whiplash was convincing thought I have some difficult understanding the Russian accent.

Of course, my guy-friends are drooling all over Scarlett Johannson doing kick-a** moves in that body-tight costume. Alright, I’ll admit it, I am gaga over Scarlett as well.

Supposedly this movie is a set up for Thor (opening summer 2011) and I hope they will put out another installation of Iron Man.

My Grade: A

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