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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012: The Summer of Superheroes




Well gang, it looks like the summer season is almost over and this year we had a total of 3 superhero movies being released: "The Avengers", "The Amazing SpiderMan" and "The Dark Knight Rises".  These comic book titans were on an endless journey for truth, justice, and the all mighty dollar.  Which one were you rooting for this year?  After you read these short posts, head on over to Flights, Tights and Movie Nights for even more superhero goodness from the great Bubbawheat.



The Amazing Spiderman.




Andrew Garfield dons the red and blue latex outfit this time in the reboot of the comic book icon.  I really liked that they had the character of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) be the love interest, because she was Peter Parker's first love before he even met Mary Jane.  Mr.Garfield does a decent job in both roles, but thought Mr. Maguire was more believable as the nerdy guy who gets superpowers.  Also, the origin story is more accurate in the Sam Raimi version than it was here.  It was great that this version took a different route, but in my opinion, it was completely unnecessary.  I know it's not fair to compare these movies and I should judge this one on its own merit, but it's only been ten years since the first one.  Four, if you're counting "Spider Man 3".  I will admit that one wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't really so horrible that the whole franchise had to be  rebooted.  This new version really doesn't offer anything that's drastically different from the orignal trilogy and I suspect in another ten years we'll get yet another reboot.





The Dark Knight Rises.




The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's trilogy is a really good movie, it's just not as good as the last one.  While I really liked Tom Hardy as Bane, he just did not have that level of intensity that Heath Ledger had with his performance as The Joker.  Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (no one actually calls her Catwoman) is one of the highlights of this movie.  She is a master at manipulation and is the best movie version of this character (sorry, Michelle Pfeiffer fans).  I really like the whole Occupy Wall Street element to the story, but thought they could have expanded on it just a little bit more.  I wanted to see both sides get equal treatment on screen and I didn't get that.  This movie, in fact the whole trilogy, is very dark and I am kind of upset that Warner Bros Pictures released them with a PG-13 rating.  It's understandable that they want to bring in the widest audience they can, but I can't really imagine young kids liking this movie because Batman himself is hardly in it.  This is more of a Bruce Wayne story and it doesn't play on the usual tropes of a superhero movie, which may confuse some younger viewers.  I still say this is one you should see in theaters, because the visuals are very nice and you will have a good time watching it.  It just was not the best of the three.



The Avengers.



Hands down, "The Avengers" is the best time I have had at the movies in a while.  This is the definition of what a summer blockbuster should be.  Great story, that is interesting, but not too complex, wonderful and interesting characters who help keep the plot moving- instead of just existing , and jaw dropping visuals.  This movie has it all.  Joss Whedon did a fantastic job and should be nominated for Best Director for his work in this.  He was able to put these six characters (Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow) together in one movie and give them all equal screen time.  Kudos goes out to film editors Jeffery Ford and Lisa Lassek for their work in making it appear seamless.  The cast is just amazing and Mark Ruffalo's performance as both Bruce Banner and The Hulk was really good.  He is the best character out of all of them.  I also liked that they gave Black Widow (Scarlet Johannson) more of a role, instead of just being the hot girl who knows how to fight.  There was never one slow moment in this flick and when it ended, I wanted to pop down some more money and see it again.  Stay after the credits for a funny scene that follows.



Which superhero flick was your favorite?   Leave comments below.

19 comments:

  1. They're all so good for different reasons. The Avengers is by far the most fun of the three. The Dark Knight Rises takes itself the most seriously, and has the most grandeur. And Spider-Man has a great relationship at its heart. Personally, I'd give the edge to the Avengers, but it's a close race, and all three are better than a ton of superhero movies of the past.

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  2. Thanks Bubbawheat. I liked Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy's story but nothing beats that kiss between Spider-Man and Mary Jane in Sam Raimi's version. I bought more that they were in love.

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    1. I agree! I thought Peter and Gwen had great chemistry only because of the actors playing them, not because of anything in the script. Their "relationship" boiled down to "giggle!" "flirt" "blush" "smoulder" "kiss!"

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    2. Thanks Tippi. I like your review on this movie very much

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  3. Interestingly, we had more superhero movies last summer (Thor, X-Men, Green Lantern and Captain America). This year's bunch is much better quality-wise though. Every summer is gonna loaded with superhero movies from now on. Audiences love it.

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    1. I generally like super hero flicks if they are done well. I'm all in for more of them being made, but most of the major characters have already been done now. I suspect sequels and reboots for a long while. Thanks for the comments

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  4. I liked The Amazing Spider-Man quite a bit, but I loved The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers albeit for different reasons.

    The Avengers WAS the most fun I ever remember having at the movies. I was lucky enough to see it a month before it's release, and the theater experience was unlike any other I've had. The reactions during the movie and the loud applause afterwards were memorable.

    The Dark Knight Rises was the finale of arguably the best trilogy of all-time. I'm a big fan of the more mature and dark manner in which the films were done. Although I understand the issues many have had with the movie, I was able to just sit back and enjoy it for what it was...an epic finale.

    The Amazing Spider-Man had such a phenomenal cast, and I'm on the fence as to whether I think it was better than the first Spider-Man. I think the edge goes to Raimi's first because of the iconic origin being told accurately, but I don't blame Marc Webb or the studio for deciding to do something differently.

    Superhero films have come a long way since Superman's "You'll believe a man can fly" tagline.

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    1. The cast was good in Amazing Spiderman and I am really excited to see where the story goes now that the origin is out of the way. I'm hoping Mary Jane gets introduced.

      When Dark Knight Rises comes to Blue Ray I plan on screening the whole trilogy because it is extremely well done and I do appreciate the movie on a filmmaking level.

      I might also buy that Avengers Set and have a weekend dedicated to watching all of those films. They were great.

      Thanks for the comments

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