Monday, April 30, 2012

Movie Monday: The Avengers


On Saturday afternoon, I took myself off to Ikea in search of cheap picture frames. And as a reward to get me through the torment of going to Ikea on a Saturday afternoon, I followed it up with a little trip to the movies to see The Avengers. First of all, going to Ikea on a Saturday afternoon is a) a terrible idea, and b) an advertisement for remaining childless. SO. MANY. SCREAMING. CHILDREN. Anyway, the point is this: if you go to Ikea on a Saturday afternoon, make sure you have a reward planned for yourself so that you actually GO to Ikea as planned.

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So considering The Avengers hasn't even come out in the US yet (land of the free, my butt!), I'm going to hold back on all the spoilers (you're welcome - all the quotes are from the trailer) and just tell you why you should go and see it.

1. It's completely and utterly amazing. I loved every second of it, even though I was trapped between a group of 13 year old boys, and a guy who took his shoes off, fell asleep and snored through the whole movie.
2. It's written and directed by Joss Whedon. JOSS WHEDON!!! And don't write it off if you're not a fan of Buffy/Firefly/Angel/Dollhouse - Whedon also wrote the screenplay for Toy Story.
3. Robert Downey Jr. He's brilliant. And I'm pretty sure Joss Whedon should ALWAYS write for him, because the two of them together was solid gold.
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4. The novelty of seeing Cobie Smulders in a different role. Thank you to the teenage boys next to me for reminding of this by screaming "IT'S ROBIN SCHERBATSKY!!" every time she was on screen...
5. "Big man in a suit of armour. Take that away, what are you?" "Uh...genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist?" 
6. The Hulk is actually awesome, contrary to what's happened in the Hulk movies made up until now. And Mark Ruffalo is great as Bruce Banner.
7. Tom Hiddleston is once again amazing as the ever so slightly bonkers megalomaniac, Loki.
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8. Samuel L. Jackson being a badass. No one does it better than him.
9. "Doctor Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a big fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster." "Uh...thanks."
10. Jeremy Renner with a bow and arrows.
11. Scarlett Johansson kicking arse and taking names. Well. Mostly just kicking arse.
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12. "I have an army!" "We have a Hulk."
13. Massive explosions and giant alien space beasties.
14. "If we can't protect the Earth, you can be damned sure we'll avenge it."
15. A shit ton of opportunities for bicep appreciation:
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16. 36 hours later and I'm still flailing with excitement and wanting to see it again.

If you've seen it, what did you think (HI KIM!)? If you live in America, are you excited about the release?

K xx

12 comments:

  1. Bicep appreciation. For sure.

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    1. There are a LOT of bicep appreciation opportunities. A LOT. Like, it's basically one giant opportunity to appreciate biceps.

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  2. I loved the moments of comic relief. There were a few hilarious moments I won't mention here because they are just TOO good to spoil :)

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    1. THE HULK. I laughed so hard. That's all I'm saying.

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  3. Saw it in Gold Class in 3D with the Viking. It was amazeballs. I haven't read any of the comics but I loved the way Joss wrote everyone and balanced it out. It was wonderful.

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    1. Gold Class would have been spectacularly perfect! I read somewhere that the original cut was 3 hours long, and they had to get rid of a whole chunk of Captain America stuff. But apparently there's going to be an extra half hour of movie available on the DVD. Yessssssssssssssssssssss!!

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  4. Hahaha. Bicep appreciation. Fortunately, I get this quite often anyway with Office Boy. Anywayyyy...

    I'm going to see the midnight premiere on Thursday with my big sister, little brother, and superhero-loving guy friend. (Unfortunately Office Boy has to work on Friday so he can't come with us...boo big kid jobs.) But seriously, I cannot wait. I was going to do the The Ultimate Marvel Marathon, but I have to work and my sister and brother weren't going to be home yet. *sigh*

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    1. The midnight premiere would be amazing! Sad face to not being able to do the marathon. And damn those big kid jobs, getting in the way of comic book adaptation fun!!

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  5. I was chatting with my cousin on FB last week when he mentioned he was going to see Avengers this weekend (the past weekend) and I was all "Huh? It's opening there this weekend?" (He's still living Down Under)

    "You mean we've got it before you guys?" he asked.

    "If it's opening for you this weekend, then yes," I replied, jealous, but happy for him.

    He loved it. I'm going to take my son but as much as we're looking forward to it I don't want to go on opening day, or even opening weekend. The wife will most likely want to tag along, so we'll wait a couple of weeks for the crowds to die down.

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    1. It opened here on Anzac Day and I went during the day on Saturday. The session was busy, but not packed. I guess either everyone went on Anzac Day, or not that many people want to go to the movies on a Saturday afternoon!

      I totally wouldn't be able to wait that long. I'd take time off work and go in the middle of the day or something!! ;)

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  6. SO BASICALLY THIS WHOLE POST IS RUBBING IT IN AMERICA'S FACE, AM I RIGHT??

    Sigh. I'm going to watch it tomorrow.

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    1. Yeah, pretty much. I mean, we don't get that opportunity a whole lot, so we have to take it where we can! ;)

      Also, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to finally seeing it! <3

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