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The Avengers (2012) Review

The Avengers 2012
“Guys.. I don’t think we’re in Comic Con anymore..”

Snap: It’s the ultimate marvel team-up! Bringing together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow, these comic book superheroes come to life, fight through infinitesimal odds and use the power of FRIENDSHIP to defeat the evil designs that Loki has on the Planet Earth. The characters all come from stand-alone movies of Marvel’s comics book franchise, so if you don’t know what special abilities each person has, you could watch those other movies first. Ultimately (Hur, see what I did there.) this movie’s not about the finishing line, but the journey. [3/5]

Love: As expected from any summer blockbuster and superhero genre, there’s a tonne of action sequences, plenty of pyrotechnics and computer generated images. They’re great sequences, a full visual spectacle and treat, but you can’t exactly marry a person just based on their looks. (Well, you could, but it would be a short-lived relationship.) The true stand out would be Josh Whedon’s script and direction of the actors. The true super power in this movie is friendship, or teamwork. I won’t say there’s a careful exploration of what makes a team, a truly great team, but the banter between characters does a fantastic job of making you believe that somewhere deep down in each superhero, is a sense of belief that this bunch of misfits could work.

Hate: With such a huge cast, some fans of individual superheroes are bound to be disappointed. I was, because I’m a Captain America fan, but I felt that his role was rather side-lined, probably to make room for the higher paid Robert Downey Jr. aka Tony Stark aka Iron Man. It might be fool-hardy on my part to give every character equal stake in saving the world, but I think I’m within my capacity as an audience member to expect more intricate character development if Josh Whedon wanted to make this a character driven plot, but I appreciate that the studio got their hands on it first. So yes, it’s a well packaged movie, it just wasn’t that birthday present you were expecting. Like getting an apple for a present, when you wanted an Apple.

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Black Snake Moan Review

Black Snake Moan

Snap: Hot, sticky and sweaty story of a nymphomaniac girl who finds her redemption in the form of a religious ex-bluesman and a 40 pound chain. Great music inspired by the delta blues, but afflicted by what seems to be an unfinished product. [3/5]

Love: The central characters convey a convicted performance of losing control and finding peace. The mood and sense of location is bound to take any delta blues fan into a forgotten time. Great imagery with the 40 pound chain.

Hate: Justin Timberlake’s bad acting destroyed it for me. Perhaps there wasn’t enough character building and you wonder why Christina Ricci’s character feels for him the way she does. Still, he should stick to comedies with SNL.

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