The world has been a witness to some superb films and some exceptional film making in their time, each person will have a different opinion on what films are their favorite and why.
Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble is a stone cold stunner! Packed with special effects, subtle humor and sensational portrayals of The Avengers ‘Earths Mightiest Heroes’.
Humor plays a huge part in the film and the thing that makes it so great and even more funny is that the humor is subtle and almost natural to each and every character. For example when Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is having a conversation with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) about how Loki has “killed 80 people in 2 days” he reply’s “He’s adopted ” this adds such subtle humor to some what a serious conversation. This is just one example of how humor made this film what it is. The acting in the film is phenomenal Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston reprise their roles in this blockbuster, however their are a few newcomers. Mark Ruffalo plays Dr Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in 2012’s Avengers Assemble and hasn’t (unlike the other characters and actors) played the character in a feature film of his own. For me Ruffalo really put his own stamp on Bruce Banner and played him extremely well and actually makes Bruce and Hulk interesting, even droll characters (he also plays the monster in mo-cap), superior to the Eric Bana and Edward Nortons incarnations, and his version ingeniously locates the big green monster’s secret. In my opinion.. Mark Ruffalo better get his own Hulk movie because he smashed it! (Literally).
Marvel lead up to Avengers Assemble was extremely well thought out and in such an effective order, not only did all the story of each avengers individual film tie in with Avengers Assemble it has now developed further story lines for future sequel’s.. Which I’m sure are on the way to our screens over the next few years.. Keep your eyes peeled!
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan’s sequel to the 2005 hit ‘Batman Begins’ glides into ninth place in my top ten, with Heath Ledger as ‘The Joker’ acting as this movies crowning jewel. The Dark Knight is much darker, more violent than the first and this brings so much to the table, it literally leaves the audience gob-smacked as The Joker tears apart Gotham city.. Solo.
Anticipation and escalation were the key words in the build up to, post-Indy, 2008’s most hyped and combustible blockbuster. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne and his suited, re-booted vigilante and powerful friend ‘Batman’. This film is swarming with epic IMAX camera shots which make the scenery stand out in such a big way, stunning special FX and villain’s that will literally eat your heart out.. maybe that’s taking things to far (although The Joker has a thing for cutting people open in odd ways..). It was going to be inevitable that The Dark Knight is Ledger’s movie. It is a towering performance. His skill and technique will define ‘The Joker’ forever. With all this praise going to Heath Ledger (although he was utterly fantastic) I cant help but praise another one of the actors in this movie. Gary Oldman returns to play his role of ‘Commissioner Gordon’ friend not foe (unlike the rest of the Gotham police force) his kind hearted but strong portrayal of his character shows that he believes that Batman is no criminal, and hes not afraid to put his neck on the line for him. Last but not least.. In this movie they introduce Harvey Dent (a.k.a Two Face) played by Aaron Eckheart, I was disappointed to say the least. I thought that his portrayal of Two-Face was not up to the standard of Heath Ledger and the other actors in The Dark Knight. This was the only thing that let me down.
We had high assumptions and expectations that Christopher Nolan would turn his reign (directing ‘The Batman’ series) into a trilogy in the near future, in 2012 this will all be revealed.. This may appear in my top ten! Ledger’s performance is phenomenal, and The Dark Knight lives up to it pres-teen reputation. Nolan knows what he’s doing and why stop there – and the Batbike. Enough said.