The Avengers will be hitting the cinema this weekend so I thought rather than reviewing one film I would share with you my top 5 Marvel Studios movies. So sit back and enjoy the ride:
5. Fantastic Four
Cert: PG Runtime: 106 mins Director: Tim Story Starring: Ioan Gruffud,Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis
I need names… and shots. Bartender!
Back in 2005 we were graced with the Jessica Alba in a cat suit and the Fantastic Four obviously. It’s completely flawless and packed with intelligent fun for a comic book movie. Crisp action structured around great character development.The Fantastic Four is near perfect on every level. It is tight and lean and superbly done. The action is second to none and some of the scenes have to be seen to be believed- What the Human Torch does as that missle draws down on him is remarkable!Jessica Alba has a huge role and brings a level of emotion to the movie (not to mention sexuality) that summer blockbusters rarely have. You knew Michael Chiklis would be excellent and hearing those classic words. “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME” never sounded so good. The cast certainly didn’t disappoint. A nod must go out to the director as well. He juggles all these characters and plot points just beautifully but keeps the pace quick.
Cert: 12 A Runtime: 124 mins Director: Joe Johnston Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones
Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength, the value of power…
The last movie before The Avnegers was not only the best performance of Chris Evans career but one of the best comic book movies. I do not see fit to name any other names, however in light of Hayley Atwells performance I think we will be seeing a lot more of her in Hollywood.As for the film its self, Excellent, Critics of this genre need to realize the genre that is being depicted through this movie has conventions and thats why we watch them.From Batman to Spider man these are the what make super hero movies great.We are seeing the re-invention of the medium through which super hero’s are being portrayed and rightly so.The moral values these movies teach will not be forgotten, that’s the point of Marvel, its not about the powers, or the hero. It is about the individual and the relatability.-that’s from Stan Lees mouth as well Which brings me back to Captain America, the never give up attitude that Americanism was so caught up on during the set era is ripe and depicted well through Steve Rogers character. Teaching us to rise up to a challenge, and to never back down from what we believe in no matter the cost.The action that is lusted for the moment you can smell the popcorn will loosen your grip on your drink and have you reeling in anticipation of what Captain America will do next.A great movie which leaves me excited for the Avengers.
Cert: 12 A Runtime: 115 mins Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston
Asgard is in danger!
Thor was much much better than I expected. I didn’t know if they could pull of the balance between the Norse mythology stuff and the real world Marvel Universe. I should’ve known better because Marvel knows their characters and knows what we want to see. Spider-Man set a new standard for the superhero film genre back in the day. Iron Man upped the ante. Thor takes the ball and runs with it and places that bar even higher. I look forward to seeing it again and know it will do well enough to be worthy of a sequel because word of mouth is going to be great. Trust me when I say Thor REALLY IS as good as Iron Man and is most worthy to be called one of the greatest adaptations ever.Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as his villainous brother Loki show they have the acting ability and star quality to become mega-marquee names in the future. Marvel found two absolute diamonds in the rough. Both actors make a HUGE impression and are wonderful on screen. You knew Acedemy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman would bring it but these relative unkowns more than hold their own on screen. I know the script is written mostly for them but they carry it in a big way. From what I’ve read, Hemsworth and Hiddleston were cast almost a year in advance of filming the story so, they had time to get into shape and do character research. They certain did these long-time Marvel greats proud. Intelligent comic-book popcorn epics are rare and this one is definitely a cut above the usual fare
Cert: 12 A Runtime: 121 mins Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Toby Maguire, Kristen Dunst, James Franco and Williem Defoe
He’s saved my life twice and I’ve never even seen his face
back in 2002 I was looking forward to seei this movie but I hadn’t expected to enjoy it as much as I did! It may not be the best movie ever as some people are claiming, but it is an excellent blockbuster movie. Spider-Man stands out from the usual summer blockbuster fair due to its very human core. The characters and storyline are the focus rather than the latest special effects.Tobey Maguire is perfectly cast as Peter Parker/Spiderman as he isn’t your usual Beverly Hills himbo. Casting Maquire was one of those unexpected decisions that turns out a stroke of genius, as was casting Michael Keaton as Batman. Maguire’s portrayal of the transformation from geeky nerd to geeky superhero is spot on. Willem Dafoe is also superb as the green goblin. He displays obvious delight in portraying his character’s decent into madness. I only wish he hadn’t been put in a silly Power-Rangers outfit. Dafoe has a sort of goblin look about him anyway, so surely some sort of ‘genetic mutation’ could have happened to give him a greener complexion. I would actually have accepted that more than him leaping around in a naff mask as he does here. I do look forward to what Andrew Garfield has to bring to the table as Spider Man
Cert: 12 A Runtime: 126 mins Director: John Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges
Give me a scotch. I’m starving
From all of the Marvel films to date Iron Man is the best so far, Iron-Man is one of the greatest superheros that has ever graced the comic book scene has finally mad it to the big screen in ones of the best and most successful comic book adaptions ever made, Iron-Man proves to the world that he’s a hero that’s built and not born.Iron-Man stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark an ultra rich, genius weapons designer who has everything he wants and nothing at all, while Tony is demonstrating a new weapons of his he is captured by a group of terrorist who want him to build the very same weapon, now Tony has to use all his wits and genius to get out alive and his escape comes in a very familiar way, a high tech suit of armour made by him and his captive friend and assistant Yin sin.After Tony returns to civilization he decides not to make weapons any more and uses his new found suit of armour to protect the innocent from the terrors of the world.Iron-Man is a high tech, high flying sci-fi action comedy that won’t let you down until the movies over, Jon Favreau brings his own style to an old friend and turns Iron-Man into a truly jolting and explosive experience that you just can’t miss. This film succeed beyond everyone’s expectations, no one thought that Robert Downey, Jr. could carry this movie, much less alone portray a hero that’s been in our consciousness for over 40 years. But amazingly he pulls off an outstanding performance that’s sure to make you accept him as Iron-Man for years to come, this movie is exciting, daring, funny & witty and is a perfect treat for comic book fans alike. Iron-Man is still and will always be one of the best hero’s out there hands down.
THE AVENGERS REVIEW TO FOLLOW THIS WEEKEND