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10 Things I Hate About The Avengers

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With The Avengers well and fast on its way to become the BIGGEST MOVIE EVER, it’s only natural that every review page you turn to has been heaping praises and praises on this epic comic book caper…including my own blogful of positives for the movie.

However, since its showtimes are starting to wind down in theatres globally, I can’t help but start to reflect on some of the things I didn’t like about the movie, which I hope can be improved on to make its next few sequels even BETTER. ūüėõ

Don’t worry….if you are one of the 100 people left in the world who have yet to watch movie, my list of 10 things I hate about The Avengers doesn’t contain any earth-shaking spoilers…enjoy!

10 Things I Hate About The Avengers

1. It’s WAY too short!

2. Chitauri? C’mon….Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battling the poor man’s Skrulls? Meh..

3. Whole movie feels like an extended version of Thor

4. Even the Frost Giants look more menacing that Loki’s army…

5. The Leviathan looks so much more scarier in the trailer…

6. All world invasions have to begin in USA. So predictable…

7. The ‘hordes of people in city running in chaos as invasion begins’ scene is SO overdone. Boring.

8. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes inspired by the death of ONE person and NOT the hundreds who died a day earlier?!!

9. No Joss Whedon cameo appearance? Sigh. Even Stan Lee appeared YET AGAIN! ūüėõ

10. Plot was too simplistic. Was actually anticipating some freaky twist at the end…:-P

Friday Funnies: Avengers Edition

Do you know if your kids are learning the right things in kindergarten? Do you know if the kindergarten syllabus is safe and solid? Do you know if there aren’t any evil forces at work where you send your kids to kindergarten?

Well…better prepare yourself because today’s blog is bound to send blood-curling chills up your spine…

The other day, I was flipping through my sons apparently harmless looking activity workbook form his kindergarten when I saw this page…

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Scary,ain’t it?

It is scary enough to see the ‘harmless’ activity mention the evil Norse God of Trickery, Loki. When you read the entire page line after line, you get “Loki kata ‘Mari'”, translated, it frighteningly means Loki said ‘come’!

GASP! Quick, we need the Avengers in Malaysia too!

 

Reel Review: The Avengers

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Some people say that you can judge the quality of a movie by counting the number of times you check your watch when the movie is still screening. When I exited the cinema after a whopping 142 minutes, I never even got close to touching my watch. In fact, I seriously thought the movie felt too short! Yup, folks…The Avengers is really THAT good!

I have to admit that I went into the cinema with many high expectations of this movie. All the buzz and hype leading to its release certainly didn’t help. ūüėõ So, were my high expectations met? Oh YEAH…not only did The Avengers met it, it surpassed it beyond ‘infinity’ (hint! hint!)

The story starts off explosively enough with Loki attacking a SHIELD facility and steals the Tesseract, a cosmic cube with mucho mucho powers of universal proportions (what else?!). It is also capable of opening up a portal to allow an alien army from another dimension known as the Chitauri to invade Earth with Loki at helm.¬†This¬†immediately¬†triggers Nick Fury to become ‘very desperate’ enough to begin gathering Earth’s mightiest heroes..Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Black Widow and Hawkeye.

The initial ‘assembly’ didn’t exactly go as planned as the customary mistrust, teamwork issues, bickering, arguments, etc. sets up some mouth-watering superhero vs superhero battles. The heroes seem to be like a hopelessly divided lot after falling for Loki’s schemes during the stellar battle scene onboard the Helicarrier.

Eventually, they would regroup and stand ‘assembled’ in Manhattan (where else?!) where Loki’s army of Chitauris would begin its invasion of Earth. Would the Avengers prevail?

Under the directorship of Joss Whedon ( he of Buffy, Firefly, Dollhouse fame), the Avengers benefited from a very impressive script – witty and charming dialogue¬†with just the right amount of action sequences. With a movie of this magnitude and so many heroes clamoring for silver screen space, Whedon successfully and cleverly distributes the stage spotlight for all the characters to shine without allowing some characters to be given the teacher’s pet treatment (read: Wolverine from X-Men movies). I also began to appreciate that Whedon chose to use the Chitauris as the alien army in the movie compared to more regular and obvious alien races like the Skrull or the Kree. With already so many superhero characters to develop into the storyline, putting in the Skrull or Kree would surely mean additional time to be clocked in to explain their origins, powers, etc. The Chitauris were less prominent and better choice for the audience to keep focused on the main antagonist, Loki.

All the action sequences’ choreography and movements were excellently filmed. I certainly liked that not too many slo-mo shots or shaky camera realistic shots were used. Compared to the action scenes in Transformers where the battle scenes ranged from being too messy, choppy or confusing to follow at times, The Avengers has clearly set the standard of how action sequences should be filmed as it allows the audience to be totally immersed in the action lines! Another gem of the movie has to be the technological evolution of the CGI Hulk. When compared with the earlier screen versions, the Hulk here is definitely the most realistic and impressive!

One of the many talents I love about Whedon is his ability to create great team chemistry as seen in his earlier works. In the Avengers, he brings this up to another level with many great teamwork spots – where a superhero tag-team fights side-by-side – Cap/Iron Man, Thor/Hulk, Cap/Widow, Widow/Hawkeye, Cap/Thor, Iron Man/Cap, etc. In addition, the superhero vs superhero scenes didn’t disappoint as well. We were treated to superb battles like Iron Man vs Thor, Widow vs Hawkeye, Thor vs Hulk, etc.

I have to admit the casting was another special touch. For example, it isn’t easy finding the right actor to portray Bruce Banner/Hulk but I think they have hit the jackpot with Mark Ruffalo, who carries Banner’s shy, geeky persona to its very best. Jeremy Renner was certainly ‘spot on’ to play Hawkeye. I did notice¬†Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow having difficulties maintaining her Russian accent but overall, I think she managed to stay tough with the guys. Robert Downey Jr. as usual has the best lines as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Evans did well enough to play the soldier out of time/captain of the team when needed role. Whilst Chris Hemsworth played Thor well, I personally thought Thor looked best in all battle scenes. ūüėõ

If there was any flaw to The Avengers, it would have to be its overly simple storyline. I kinda expected a little more sub-plot twists to the story, but at the end of the day, it turned out to be plain old enemy aliens invading earth (via USA, of course) and superheroes standing united to defend it. I guess when I start to analyse deeper, Whedon was probably doing his best movie cover of a comic-book, where plots are kept simple and actions fast and furious!

In summary, The Avengers is one engaging and¬†exhilarating ride of a lifetime that shouldn’t be missed. Although framed with a rather simplistic and childish plot, the movie is brilliantly paced with its sharp dialogue, fantastic action sequences and wonderful team chemistry. it certainly delivers in all departments and has undoubtedly thrown down the ‘gauntlet’ to future superhero movies to follow.

Oh yeah…don’t forget to stay on after the movie to catch an exclusive teaser after half of the credits roll. It’s gonna make you breathlessly wait for the sequel! ūüėÄ

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Avengers Fan Art Posters

I have to admit….the only thing I kinda dislike about The Avengers so far is the official theater poster. I’m sure all of you would have seen it too. Yup, that bland, customary group pose with action scene as background…just doesn’t quite cut it for me.

Anyway, in my final blog this week to commemorate the release of the Avengers TODAY, I have decided to share some of the more better looking unofficial fan-art posters I could find.

Better than the original? Check them out yourself!

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Which one is ya favourite?

Avengers Assemble!

 

Avenger Quotes

In my continuing blog to commemorate the release of The Avengers this week, I would like to pay tribute to Joss Whedon’s exceptional skills to writing sharp, witty and charming dialogues.

Trust me, we will get to hear plenty of them throughout the movie. Fortunately for us fans who have been drowned with plenty of trailers and teasers and TV spots leading up to the movie release, we were able to catch an audio glimpse and enjoy snippets of the colourful dialogue from the movie.

Here are some of my favourites…(source: Rotten Tomatoes)

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Loki:¬†Ooh, it burns you to have come so close, to have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all of mankind to share? And then to be reminded of what real power is…

Nick Fury: Well let me know if real power wants a magazine or something.

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Thor:¬†He’s still my brother.

Captain America: Your brother killed hundreds of people.

Thor:¬†He’s adopted.

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Tony Stark:¬†Doctor Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.

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Loki: I have an army

Tony Stark: We have a Hulk!

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Captain America: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?

Tony Stark:¬†Uh, genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist…

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Loki:¬†How desperate are you that you’d call on such lost creatures to defend you?

Nick Fury: You have made me very desperate.

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Captain America: Men who want to rule the world end up getting just six feet of it.

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Tony Stark:¬†If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll AVENGE it!

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Are you ready?

Avengers Assemble!

Avengers Assemble Parody!

Yup, folks…it IS The Avengers’ opening week, so I’m keeping up with my on-going blogs to spice up the momentum till the (possibly) BIGGEST movie of all time is released!

Today, I thought I would share an unofficial parody website about the Avengers that was created way back in 2010. They have managed to create some 15+ episodes with our favourite Earth’s Mightiest Superheroes tackling serious everyday problems like Unemployment, Pollution, Budget Deficits, Middle East Crisis, etc.

Heck, they even managed to get Stan Lee to star in one of their episodes! ūüėõ

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I couldn’t stop laughing watching all the episodes in one sitting. Simply hilarious and a MUST-WATCH before watching the Avengers on the big screen. To whet your appetite, here’s two sample episodes from AvengersAssembleThe Series:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NnropCWjPw

Season 1, Episode 4: The Middle East

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcZ3VtNfQs0

Season 2, Episode 4: Job Interview

 

Watch ALL the episodes and MORE at AvengersAssembleTheSeries.Com

Avengers Assemble!

5 Questions Requiring Assembly

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Ain’t it cool that The Avengers is opening a couple of days EARLIER than in the big ol’ US of A? Yeah!

Anyway, methinks the Marvel Factory have really done it this time Рwith regard to publicity (read: viral trailers, TV spots, online buzz, forums, etc.). With all previous Marvel movies over the past two years containing some from of teaser at the end of its credits that is indirectly promoting this movie, fans from all over have been  salivating in anticipation of this possibly THE biggest movie EVER! I kid you not.

Wait, what? You have not heard of The Avengers?!

OK, lemme try to bring you up to speed with this trailer that has garnered gazillions of views since its released. Just imagine if everyone who watched the trailer were to buy ONE movie ticket, The Avengers could easily become the BIGGEST movie of all time!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPoHPNeU9fc

Now, I’ve always been a big fan of Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers. I totally loved what he did with the Sci-Fi western flick series, Firefly and also his incredible work in the Astonishing X-Men graphic novel. Although I wasn’t quite a follower of Buffy or Dollhouse, I am quite excited about the stuff he would bring in his directorship of The Avengers – great team chemistry, quick wit, charming characters, women empowerment and unpredictable twists.

With The Avengers opening in theatres later this week, these are my Top 5 things I am looking forward to be revealed from this blockbuster:

1. What is the Metal Dragon?

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At the end of the trailer, the movie teased us with a glimpse of a gigantic metal looking dragon that seems to be ripped off the pages of Transformers. Since the release of the trailer, fans have been trying to guess the identity of the metal beast, narrowing it down to the possibilities of either the Midgard Serpent, the alien mother ship or even another character from marvel’s comic-lore – Fin Fang Foom!

Although I would personally love for it to be FFF, I think it is simply the alien ship that carries with the evil army that invades Earth..sigh. Anyway, we shall soon find out!

2. Who is Loki’s army?

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I have to applause Joss for keeping the identity of Loki’s army under wraps for months – during its pre-production, shooting, and even after the trailers were released!

The very fact that the identity remained unknown for so long initiated lengthy debates amongst the fans – from Kree to Skrulls to Frost Giants to Atlanteans, etc. heck, I was surprised The Smurfs wasn’t added to that list. ūüėõ

However, as the movie looms closer to it opening, the identity had actually been revealed to be (spoiler: highlight to see): The Chitauri

Although their ‘reveal’ technically takes them out from my list, I would still want to retain it here because it was so cleverly hidden from us fans. *applause here*

3. A Sub-Heli Carrier?!

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Comic fans would easily recognise SHIELD’s HeliCarrier as the signature flagship vehicle that is used by SHIELD for its operations, transport, etc. Although there were notably many versions or designs used in the comic books, the version that I saw in the trailer prompted me to ask this question:

Is the Helicarrier in the movie capable of going UNDER the sea as well? Cool! Can’t wait to find out!

4. Who Wins when Avengers Disassembles?!

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All trailers and TV spots have suggested that throughout the movie, there will be some form of adjustment struggles, disunity and discontent amongst Earth’s Mightiest Heroes before they are finally erm, assembled for the climatic final battle.

Personally, I am really looking forward to these heroes vs heroes battles – Thor’s hammer coming upon Cap’s shield, Thor head butting Iron Man, etc. Cool stuff, indeed!

5. Who Will Die?

Yup, it is no secret that Joss Whedon has the bravado and guts to kill off characters in his movies. Regardless if they were fictional characters or a cult Marvel superhero, Joss can and will do it. I am already preparing my heart in anticipation of this in the movie.

Only question is….which character or characters will bite the dust?

Are we all ready for the Avengers Already?!!

Manchester Assemble!

The race for the BPL crown seems to be going down right to the wire this season, especially with the Manchester derby this coming weekend poised to be the “title decider”. At the same time, one of THE most highly anticipated movies of this year (if not, of ALL time), ie. The Avengers looms upon Malaysia this coming weekend too…

Now, the more I see and think about it, the more I couldn’t help myself but to reflect on the many¬†parallels from the BPL race and The Avengers¬†that would suggest that Manchester United are really like the Avengers who are mankind’s only hope against the Loki and his army, who seriously resembles our noisy neighbours, Manchester City! (Gasp!)

Don’t believe me, here’s some proof…

Proof #1: The famous rallying cry of Earth’s Mightiest Superheroes is “Avengers Assemble!” Now, when you think about it, the word ‘ASSEMBLE’ is strikingly¬†synonymous with ‘UNITED’, which means a gathering of parts or people, joined together for a single purpose, etc.

Proof #2: In the upcoming movie, The Avengers, the evil Loki will be seen donning a long corporate-styled trenchcoat and sinisterly accessorised with a neckscarf too!¬†If you are now¬†scratching¬†your head to think where have you seen someone that looks like this before…..ahhhh….look no further to Roberto Mancini – City’s manager who was the¬†eerily¬†same sense of taste in fashion, hairstyle, stare and all…

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Spot the Difference?!

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Proof #3: In the movie, Loki does not take on the world on his own. He will apparently summon an evil army from another dimension to do his bidding. So what do these creatures look like? In brief, they look tall, scary, strong and most importantly, sports a blue-coloured skin. And what colour of jersey does Manchester City wear?…

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Proof #4: In the movie, Nick Fury is the character from SHIELD that is responsible for gathering all of Earth’s mightiest superheroes to defend against the threat of Loki. Now, do you think it is a coincidence that the name ‘ FURY’ is strikingly similar to Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘HAIRDRYER TREATMENT’?…

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YIKES! Need I say more?…

Manchester Assemble!