May 13th, 2012


One Really Big Movie

Saw Two Movies Last Week

Still have to write up a review on the one. This week I was busy with a variety of things, what with poor weather the beginning of the week and the abortive dinner plans (DW) of midweek, so I didn't get out to the movies until Friday. But it was a really pretty day out, which made a late afternoon drive exceptionally pleasant.

When I came out at 6:30pm, it was still bright blue sky nice. Still over a month to the longest day of the year, but what a difference a couple of months can make. Anyway, there were these two seagulls squawking on top of this light pole in the parking lot. I'd brought a camera, so I changed to a longer lens. By the time I got the shot, they were no longer on the same lamp housing, but they still amused me.

One pair of gulls, bathing in sunlight -- or the emissions from that cellphone tower. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)

The Avengers 3D [PG-13]
Holland 7 Theatre 5, 4:00pm, 1×$8.25

The start of the summer blockbuster popcorn season came early this year and oh what a biggie. There was no way I wasn't going to get a small popcorn and drink, especially since the Holland 7 has the best popcorn around.

In the week since The Avengers blew up the box office, many people have raved about how good the flick is. Especially given the results of some of the comic book adaptations. I even think the local reviewer at the GRPress gave it four stars. And a lot of that love is justified. But there's also some carping about the lack of diversity -- despite Samuel L., Scarlett and Gwyneth among the major players. And that, too, is justified to some extent.

But, given that Marvel already has in the bag movies with Iron Man, The Hulk and The Mighty Thor, they've been building up to The Avengers for years. And Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally gets to come up to bat and bring everyone out to play. Everyone gets to have a lot of fun, sufficiently such that Tony Stark doesn't completely dominate/steal the whole show. And that is what makes this movie incredibly fun. The interactions and banter between all these powerful heroes -- and villains. Even the Big Guy. That big green guy. (grin)

Sure we have the usual Things That Go Wrong and Teams That Won't Team at first, plus the usual setbacks and stuff. I mean, they've got two hours and twenty minutes to fill, so they have to pack a lot of stuff into this movie. But there's actually dialogue and whole scenes of expository development. Really. Hard to believe.

Look, I know we're dealing with willing suspension of disbelief, but I do have a few issues with firepower, numbers of rounds and energy requirements. You've got all these bad guys pouring out of hyperdimensional hole in the sky, like so many anime shows or reminiscent of The Matrix: Revolutions. At least the latter made an attempt, even if poorly executed, of trying to include some semblance of having to actually carry a lot of rounds and reload from time to time. Instead we get one good indication of why having only one shot isn't such a good tactical move and then we have Black Widow blasting away the invaders with pistols. Right.

There were a handful of people at the showing I was at, including a bunch of teens after school. But only one group of adults stayed with me to see the first Dr. Phil Special -- you had to stay all the way to the very end to see the second. (grin)

Good popcorn.

Highly Recommended

Trailers: We're getting longer trailers for some of the movies we've seen previously. Two animated movies. Disney's Brave certainly looks entertaining. I can pass on Frankenweenie, since I have a bad feeling I've just seen all the best lines about a boy trying to resurrect his dog. And heavens to Betsy, they're trying to make me like Battleship.

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