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The Avengers (2012)
Can we trust IMDb ratings
How can this film be rated 8+. IMHO it was absolutely average. Apart from Robert Downey's sarcastic/acerbic humour the film's remaining characters were hampered by a poor plot line and an inconsistent/juvenile comic book narrative that's holed below the water line by contradictions. Marvel need to look to writers like Garth Ennis to see how comics should be done.
Costumes were embarrassingly bad; Loki's plastic horns and staff, Captain America's camp tights and Thor's spandex.
Has the IMDb score been artificially inflated, is it a case of the Emperor's new clothes, or is it Marvel fan-boys? I don't know, but it ain't worth more than 5 or 6 on the IMDb Richter scale.
Angels & Demons (2009)
How can anyone find this involving when the science is so ridiculous?
Antimatter bombs composed of individual particles collected from CERN?
Do the producers take us all for idiots? Its almost insulting. At least good sci-fi extrapolates what is possible today, not some made up tech no-guff that the writer/producers/directors sitting round the team table have convinced themselves will be an excuse for a poor story.
More Dan Brown kak for the gullible....
Sorry but not impressed. Mind you if you want to see some really bad science watch Supernova - now that really is Poo!
Its not particularly memorable either.
May have given this a higher score, but....
...there is one thing that mars Spielberg films. You may think I'm overly sensitive, but there is no respect for animal life. In this film snakes are used as ropes then discarded, insect life is portrayed as something to be feared (and in most of his films to be crushed underfoot), rodents burned, etc, etc.
I remember diving back in the late seventies, when every Tom, Dick and Harry with a wetsuit bought a spear-gun after seeing Jaws. Of course, no sharks would be present, so everything else would become a legitimate target. I hated diving back then and seeing the trail of carnage left by these inadequate blokes with little peckers.
A little slow to start, but...
Once it gets going the pacing is maintained with relentless intensity. The slowish intro is absolutely necessary in order to establish the context for the rest of the film.
To begin with, the soundtrack is exceptional, creating an involving atmosphere that draws you into every scene, and where appropriate, offering plenty of monster sized impact. It's really one of the stars of the film.
The characters are well played by a bunch of unknowns, who have all the attributes of real people, sometimes frustrating, at other times making the viewer feel truly sympathetic to their situation. (Thank god it wasn't Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise - or any of the other bunch of 'celebrity' actors that put you off going to the movies). Its well scripted too.
It is not obviously CGI heavy, though where it is used it is done very well. The general feel of the film is, well, imagine Blair Witch crossed with Alien crossed with a much darker version of Godzilla and set to a backdrop of 9-11 New York. Don't go expecting a light weight Emmerich movie, this is something much darker, and IMHO, better.
It does have a few failings, like a magic camcorder that is able to run the duration of the film on a single battery, and and at the same time provide a stellar surround soundtrack. You do need to suspend some belief, as to resolve it would probably require a move away from the first person perspective, which would change the whole feel of the film for the worse.
There is also the obvious omission during the film of any references to 9-11, though I guess one must be sensitive to such things.
Horses for courses...
The context in which you watch this film and your expectations will contribute to your enjoyment of this movie.
If you are looking for just another clone of 'Scream', 'I know what you did last summer', etc, etc and the rest of those tedious teen shockers then you will be disappointed.
The film is more in the style of Ring, or Dark Water, but with plenty of trouser filling jumps (in fact more then any other film I can remember). Throw in some excellent twists and you have one fun movie.
The movie doesn't rely on gore, or lots of CGI (though it does incorporate some), but on imagery and atmosphere.
However, to get the most out of this movie you need to see it on a big screen and, most importantly, with a good sound system. Watching it on a small TV with crappy sound just won't work.
Don't expect every thread to be resolved either as that is not what the film is about. Some issues are just left hanging though I personally didn't feel they detracted from the whole.
In short, this is just a real fun film in an eerie kinda way, with fantastic sound FX editing and creepy imagery.
The "Special" Edition
This was a great film in the cinema - great visuals, great sound, and to top it off the editing was spot on. Well worthy of a 9 or 10 on the IMDb vote register.
However, the Aliens (Special Edition) DVD release was another matter. Hence I'd only give it a 7, as the additional material dates the film quite badly.
Again the marketing geezers sitting round the boardroom table believe they will get us to buy more product by adding some of the junk back in in an attempt to make us think we are missing something.
The reason why the extra bits were edited out of the cinema release was because they didn't work.
Does anyone know if the original release is available on DVD?