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Movie Review- The Avengers

I saw The Avengers last night….. and I was so blown away!!! To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. I was disappointed by Iron Man 2, and aside from the Captain himself, I hated Captain America. But it blew me out of the water and I can officially say that this is my new favorite movie.

The concept of this movie(*NO spoilers*) is that housed on Earth is a powerful cube called the Tesseract. Aliens from another planet have come to steal the Tesseract, harness its power, and rule the human race. Well aren’t they as fun as a barrel of monkeys? 😉 But really, these aliens are vicious, and reminded me a lot of the Decepticons from Transformers (yet they were just different enough so that it didn’t annoy me). As they steal the Tesseract, they are led by a demi-god named Loki, who happens to be Thor’s half-brother. To defend Earth against the probably phsycopathic murder Loki and his robot-alien goonies, the government puts together a team of superhero agents called The Avengers. The Avengers disagree about many things, but unite to fight for Earth in a deadly battle for Manhattan.

The Avengers consists of 6 awesome superheroes. These are my impressions of all of them. (I apologize for the fact that most have to do with hotness ;)) Also, you wouldn’t expect a superhero movie to be funny, right? Well, this movie was HILARIOUS! Like fall-out-of-your-seat, spill-your-drink-on-your-date hilarious. Keep your ears open for some classic jokes that won’t be going out of style anytime soon! Anyway, back to the task at hand…

Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)- Wonderful! He is a little old to be called hot, but his acting was great as always. He had several funny moments not to be missed!

Captain America (Chris Evans)- Let me just say that Captain America is my favorite. I saw his specific movie, and like I said before, aside from him, it sucked. Really badly. But especially in this movie, I appreciated my background knowledge of him. I understood why he was troubled, why he felt the way he did, and acted a certain way. That is good acting right there, my friends. But the reason he is my favorite also has to do with the way his character acts. I believe he is the most noble of all of them! Here is a little funny quote that I liked that also showed a lot about his character:

Black Widow: “You can’t go after them(Thor and Loki were fighting at the time). These guys are gods, it’s too dangerous.”

Cap.:”There is only one God, ma’am. And I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

See why I love him? And I can’t help but throw in a little picture. I mean, he is perfect. Without the dirt. His muscles are HUGE!

Thor (Chris Hemsworth): I love his accent. I haven’t seen the actual movie Thor, but this really made me want to know his backstory. He also has very, very good hair.

Hawkeye/ Agent Clint Barton(Jeremy Renner): OK, so I admit that I really like Jeremy Renner. I have ever since I saw him in Mission Impossible. He certainly didn’t disappoint in this movie either! I think he was more made for this role than for his in Mission Impossible! He basically has really good eyesight (hence the name Hawkeye) and has a bow and arrow that he rocks at shooting. My second favorite character! 🙂

Dr. Banner/ Hulk (Mark Ruffalo): They did a really good job with this character! I don’t know the story of the Hulk, but Mark Ruffalo did a great job giving him a depth I didn’t know a big green monster could have! He calls him “the other guy”, like he has a split personality disorder (and he kind of does) and it really is sad the way he feels volatile. On the other hand, he also has lots of funny moments and happens to be good at smashing stuff to pieces.

Black Widow/ Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson): She was the only character that I really had a problem with, because I still fail to understand why she qualifies as a hero. Seems to me like she’s a kick-butt secret agent with mad skills, but super powers? Not really! Each of the characters has a trademark weapon (Cap.:shield, Hawkeye: bow and arrows, Thor: hammer, Iron Man: suit, Hulk: being huge and green) but hers is just…. a gun? Really…. that part just didn’t click with me. But she was a great actress, and I enjoyed her performance despite those things.

The only major issue I have with this movie is its length. After trailers, you spend about 2 1/2 hours in the theater. That is a little ridiculous. But since I can’t imagine them cutting any of the scenes out, I’ll let it slide.

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this movie is a total yes from me! Recommended to everyone! And if you aren’t convinced, check out some other movie  reviews of it. I have yet to find one negative one! 🙂 Also, it had the second biggest grossing opening day OF ALL TIME! It took in 80.5 million dollars, behind only the final Harry Potter movie (opening day for that was 91.1 mil). So far it has made 415 million dollars worldwide! And it has only been in theaters for 1 1/2 days! That, and the reviews are great everywhere. Clearly, this movie is a win on all accounts!

Hope you guys enjoyed it! Review of Stardust by Neil Gaiman soon 😉

Olivia

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Movie Review- The Lucky One

Despite my recent lack of reading (I haven’t picked up a book not for school in about 4 days *GASP*) I did see The Lucky One in theaters yesterday! I admit I had high hopes for the movie, because

a.) The book was great.

b.) Zac Efron is very hansome.

and c.) Overall, I like Nicholas Sparks!

Maybe I set my hopes too high, but I didn’t like this movie as much as I thought I would. It isn’t a movie that I would watch over and over, but I would recommend it!

If you want a synopsis of the book/ movie, click here.

Moving on the real stuff. Part of the reason that I waited until today to post this movie review instead of writing it yesterday is that I wasn’t quite sure of my opinion of this movie at first. To be honest, I still can’t totally make up my mind. But mostly, I enjoyed this movie.

As with all movies, certain sacrifices had to be made to fit the events into a short-(ish) run time. However, I felt like too many important events were skipped! There were many parts that I felt should have been included, but weren’t. I expected it to be closer to the book than it was. Although I can say that it could stand alone as a good movie if you hadn’t read the book, and that is always a plus!

Whatever happened to all of Nicholas Sparks’ books being set in North Carolina? I mean, really? Hampton, Louisiana? Jambalaya night instead of taco night? Whyyyyyyyyy!!

Compared to the book, my friend and I both agreed that they squished the first half of the book into a 20 minute segment, and then drew the rest out for another hour and 20 minutes! I realize that the first half is a little boring, and quite frankly romance free, but it seems unfair to the book.

The rest of the movie was great! The actors wear wonderful- although I wish Clayton had been portrayed in a more negative light. It was a quick way to pass a rainy day, and I can see why they call this a date movie. It is very romantic and can get sappy in places, but it still kept that unpredictability that surprised me in the book. The end was great, just like in the book. I recommend this book to those who appreciate a romance, but if not then this probably isn’t for you. 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen about a week ago. I don’t plan on writing a review of it, but if you want one tell me below. It was awesome, by the way! And I watched A Walk to Remember this afternoon! It made me cry, of course. But it still rocked! Definitely need to read the book now…. 😉

Have fun reading and movie- watching, everyone!

Olivia

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Movie Review- The Hunger Games

I went to The Hunger Games yesterday with some of my friends! I was really excited to see it- even though I had heard mixed reviews. It seemed like I heard good things from friends, and semi- good things from the critics and reviewers. I tend to agree with the critics, myself.

New York Times review quote:

“For some fans of the three novels, the screen version will inevitably be disappointing, especially for those keeping inventory of the details, characters, grim thoughts and cynicism that have gone missing.”

Can I just say that I agree with this totally? I think if you are an avid lover of the books, then the liberties taken with this film will annoy you more than just a little. I did enjoy this movie, I really did! But the point is compared to the books, the movie really stinks.

If you haven’t read the books, these might spoilers. 😉 These are some things the movie changed that I wasn’t a fan of.

~ The mockingjay pin thing. In the book, Madge, the daughter of the Mayor(or something similar, I can’t remember) gives her the pin to keep her safe. In the movie, Katniss buys the pin for Prim, because Prim is scared to death getting chosen.

~Where were the helicopters that took the bodies away?

~ Why didn’t they even bring up the Avoxes? They were there, but they weren’t explained.

~ Why were the tributes wearing eyeliner and mascara in the arena?

~ Why did the tributes look fantastic when they were starving?

~ Most importantly, why did they get rid of the tribute part of the tribute-dog-monsters?! That was important!!

Besides those things, the movie was good. I have to say, the casting was very pleasing. You know it is good when you can’t imagine anyone else playing a certain character! Amandla Stenberg was perfect as Rue, and Josh Hutcherson was awesome as Peeta. Gale was probably the most handsome 😉 (well, all of the guys in this were, except for the old ones like Seneca Crane, etc.) but he was portrayed to be much more brooding and moody than I think he was in the book! The tributes, especially the more terrifying ones like Clove, Foxface, and Cato were wonderful as well! They were extremely bone-chilling. Jennifer Lawrence did a pretty good job of playing Katniss. I can’t really think of anything else to say about her performance.

Some people criticized how they added many scenes of Seneca Crane, Haymitch, and President Snow that weren’t in the book. I liked this! I think it added more political complexity to the movie, and more interest too!

There were some scenes I really liked, like the last scene in the arena, and the Tracker Jackers, and the scene where she blows up the supplies. There were even some funny scenes!

I recommend this movie IF you have read the book first! If you haven’t yet, then trust me, this movie will be in theaters long enough for you to read the book first! 🙂 It is slightly disappointing compared to the book, but still great and worthwhile to see!

😀 Olivia

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