It’s back in the cinema this month. This film is in my top 5 films of all time, ever. Judge me all you want, but its a universally loved film and my favourite Disney film. Quite possibly going to see this more than once and I suggest you all do the same.
I have nothing of scholarly note to add to the thousands of Avengers reviews that hasn’t already been said, but here’s my 2 cents nonetheless. (apologies here to everyone who is bored of hearing about the film - maybe take a holiday for a while because its not going away)
What was there not to love? There’s the good guys, the bad guys and a hapless planet earth in need of saving yet again, so I could conclude here by saying; If you haven’t seen it - between all of the above and the amazing special effects, I’m sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. The film was done really well and this is a double nod to Whedon for his writing and direction. He has made sure that every character shines throughout, not an easy feat for a film with a full A-list cast of superheroes (though I have to say, for my money, Iron Man has the best lines)
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner was brilliant (I mean who doesn’t have a crush on the hulk?) And Chris Evans’ Captain America was more dashing and heroic than in his previous outing as the Captain last summer. Samuel L Jackson could not have been more perfect for the role of Nick Fury and Chris Hemsworth as Thor is positively other-worldly.
What could have worked against this film, Whedon has used to its advantage. Yes its a formulaic blockbuster film adapted from a comic, but the story was well developed as were all the characters, especially those whom we have seen in previous solo outings. And at two and half hours the film doesn’t feel too long, but rather, more like an appetiser and I for one really hope that this franchise has started as it means to go on, because I’m already willing on the next course.
Comments from Faithldn
Avengers & Wrath of The Titans….
The only two movies that I watched at the cinema while here and BOTH were so disappointing. Both films - I felt like I was watching scenes of other movies all stitched together. Even worse I Fell asleep during parts of wrath of titans and every time I awoke the movie was still going on.
Like so many people, I was very excited to finally see ALBERT NOBBS at the cinema when it was released in the UK last week. The anticipation was built especially as Glenn Close was nominated for the best actress accolade at this year’s Oscars. The sense of expectation in the cinema was palpable and the subject matter compelling.
Albert Nobbs tells the story of a woman who has lived most of her life disguised as a man in order to be able to survive in late 19th Century Ireland. In summarising it as such, the story is not to be undersold. It is so much more than just a tale of a woman in disguise trying to survive, but rather a film that gallantly explores themes of love, belonging and identity.
Close graces Nobbs’ character with the perfect balance of fragility and desperation that lies beneath a demeanour of strength and self sufficiency, traits she has had to learn in order to survive over the years of living as Albert. In her depiction of the ‘strange little man’, Close is outstanding and has you feeling every single emotion that Albert goes through.
The strength of this film as a whole lies in the stellar performances from the cast. Janet McTeer, as Hubert Page and Aaron Johnson as the cocky, charming, dreamer Joe, especially stand out. Unfortunately this is where the trail goes cold for me. I felt the screenplay wasn’t as strong as it could have been, especially considering the density of the subject matter. Themes that were touched on were left underdeveloped and I left with the sense that there could have been so much more. This film is worth seeing, but will definitely leave you frustrated and in want of something more.