Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Perhaps not as good as the original, but then, how could it be? Maybe the weight of expectations holds it down a little too, but nonetheless it is a thoroughly enjoyable, action blockbuster of the highest order. It both stands alone as its own movie and acts as a bridge to the next chapter in the massive overarching Marvel storyline – I must admit I found myself thinking ahead to what’s next and wondering what was being implied for the future more than I should have.

The Avengers

The Avengers

This movie seemed like it would be the perfect match made in heaven. Marvel, in proper control of their own property, carefully shaping a superhero team movie having used a series of previous films to flesh out the world and the characters. The cherry on top being the masterstroke of having Joss Whedon, a perennial underperformer, as the director.

It all worked out PERFECTLY. The Avengers is the pinnacle of comic book superhero move making. It has an authentic feel about it in terms of truly realising the spirit of a comic book superhero, but appropriately adapting it to movie form. It grounds it enough to make it palatable in the big screen format, but does not lose sight of it’s fantastical foundations.

Everything came together well. It is not a perfect film, the villain coud have been stronger, but in the context of a long arc, which it seems apparent Marvel are going for, this may not work out to be an issue at all. This is a great movie, and I only wish more of Marvel’s properties were back in their control – particularly anything that Fox owns.

All my childhood fantasies are coming true with Marvel movies. Brilliant.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

A great immersive story driven series comes to a great conclusion. Almost certainly my pick for the game of the year this game delivered everything I could have hoped for and there is still surely more to come in the way of DLC later in the year to keep the experience going. In a few short weeks it’s already my most played game ever, and I’m not done with it yet.

Loved it.

Battleship

Battleship

They made a film based on the Hasbro board game. I have never stopped thinking this was as stupid as it sounds. However, even so, I really enjoyed this film. It’s links with the board game are completely irrelevant. The association with the intellectual property was essentially a means for the movie to receive funding and for Hasbro to make large sums of money as they have already discovered they could do with their other major property – Transformers.

I can’t be sure that this movie will be a huge hit, but it certainly deserves to more so than the last two Transformers movies. It is dumb, sure, no question – but it is fun. It has great, slick action, good laughs, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It also has a lot of the positive hallmarks of a Bay styled action film, a beautiful cast, amazing special effects, explosions and high octane action, but without the annoying lingering shots of the female characters that make you cringe, or the crazy camera movement that made it impossible to enjoy the action. Peter Berg does it right, and quite frankly shows up Michael Bay.

Yes they make a reference to the line about “sinking my Battleship” and YES there is a scene where they target the enemy ship by way of choosing from an alphanumeric grid and hell, even the enemies artillery is SHAPED LIKE THE PEGS IN THE BOARD GAME – it’s silly, but it’s fun.

I liked this film.

Agent Vinod

Agent Vinod

My first Bollywood film, and it was a relatively easy introduction into one as it was a movie clearly made with a view towards emulating a Western Spy Action Thriller. Effectively an Indian Bond/Bourne/Bauer character, what was surprisingly to me actually was how inept Vinod was. He was caught, beaten or tricked A LOT of times, he eventually saves the day of course and there is only one song/dance routine – (not involving the Vinod himself).

I watched the movie in Hindu with no subtitles, so I didn’t understand a word of what they were saying except for scraps of the odd English word they would say that said, it was easy enough to follow what was going on.