Film Friday… week 78

Captain America: The First Avenger

After being rejected for military service several times, GI wannabe Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is selected to participate in an experiment that turns him into a muscle bound super soldier.  Then I fell asleep because it was all very boring and not even Chris Evans is pretty enough to keep me focused with so much waffling happening. When I woke up some guy with a red face (Hugo Weaving) was running around trying to out-Nazi the Nazis , which mostly seemed to involve making up his own Hitler-esque salute. Possible it would have made sense if I was awake throughout. This might be worth watching if you’re a big Avengers fan but it’s certainly not required in order to enjoy Avengers Assemble.

What do you mean steroids gave me moobs?

Avengers Assemble

After naughty Norse godling, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) rocks up on earth and nicks a shiny energy boxy magadget, S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brings together a collection of humans with unusual abilities to defend the earth. So far, so whatevs. We’ve seen it all before. What makes this film worth watching is not the action element but the interaction between a group of people with very different ideas and ideals, who are all used to being in charge. From master manipulator, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to self-righteous Captain America (Chris Evans) and self obsessed, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) everyone is attempting to steal every scene. Although in fairness it’s The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) who actually succeeds.  Joss Whedon has done an excellent job of balancing humour with action and you’re likely to enjoy this, no matter what kind of movies you’re usually into. Highly recommended.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Subo with a jetpack!

The Cabin in the Woods

Five friends go into the woods for a weekend but it’s not long before things go horribly wrong and they realise that they’re not the only thing lurking in the woods. Typical horror film, right? Nope, this is more Joss Whedon, and this time he’s decided to explore the idea of what might be behind those “tropes” that most horror films are based on. And let me tell you, it ain’t pretty. More than this would be giving away too much so all I’ll tell you is that there is Buffy stamped all over this… in a good way. Even if, like me, you grew out of horror in your teens, this likely to keep you guessing and leave you pondering long after the credits have run.

Karen was adamant that her demons should stay in the damned closet!

Velvet Goldmine

Ten years after the hoax death of glam rock superstar, Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Myers), reporter, Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is tasked with trying to find out what really happened, forcing him to relive his own coming of age.  Slade and his erstwhile sidekick, Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor, once again getting his knob out) are so obviously based on David Bowie and Iggy Pop that it is barely worth mentioning but it does add a frisson of excitement to this tale of sex drugs and rock ‘n roll, which starts well but loses its way up its own arse somewhere around the middle.  McGregor is brilliant which makes it painfully obvious that Rhys-Myers couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. It’s a bit of a case of all style and no substance but still worth a watch, especially if you’re a Bowie fan.

If Kurt Cobain and Freddie Mercury had a love child…

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