Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Review Phase 2 

Movie Review – Ant-Man

– Summary – Director :  Peyton Reed Year Of Release : 2015 Principal Cast :  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Tip “TI” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Abby Ryder Forston. Approx Running Time :  117 Minutes Synopsis:   Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the…

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Movie Review – Avengers: Age Of Ultron

– Summary – Director :   Joss Whedon Year Of Release :  2015 Principal Cast :  Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader, Haley Atwell, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann, Claudia Kim. Approx Running Time : 141 Minutes Synopsis:  When a dangerous artificial intelligence threatens the existence of everyone on Earth, the Avengers band together again to stop global annihilation. What we think :  Blockbusting entertainment doesn’t…

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Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier is perhaps the most complete and cohesive of all the Marvel Universe films thus far – while it might not have the box office draw of the Avengers, The Winter Soldier presents some major ramifications for the in-Universe continuity, pushing both Cap and Black Widow out of their relative comfort zones, and setting the stage for a massive showdown in the next Captain America film (due out after Avengers 2). There’s enough action to keep the junkies happy, plenty of plot, some nice character development (especially of Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, surprisingly) and a few nice Easter Eggs paving the way for franchise expansion in the future. A rip-roaring adventure yarn with plenty of style to burn.

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Movie Review – Thor: The Dark World

It’s weird that the best part of The Dark World’s shenanigans is the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s mischief-making Loki; the film rumbles through its galactic action with barely a pause, there’s twists and shocks galore, and the stakes appear to be enormous, yet Alan Taylor’s solid, commendable direction feels more mechanical than organic, leaving the on-screen action flat and emotionless. The Dark World is entertaining, but hardly enthralling.

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Movie Review – Iron Man 3

Controversial handling of The Mandarin aside, Iron Man 3 is a damn fun film. No, it’s not better than the first, and yes, it’s a long stretch better than the second film, and if this truly is Tony Starks last solo film outing (for a while, at least) then it’s a terrific one to go out on. Some will not be able to make it past what Shane Black does with Ben Kingsley, and that’s fair considering how potent a menace he is throughout the films’ early stages, but the gangbusting final act, coupled with some terrific effects, ensure Iron Man 3 wraps up this “trilogy” in a way sure to leave even casual observers satisfied.

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Movie Review – Avengers, The (2012)

What a blast! The Avengers, the great team-up of Marvel heroes, is a rocket ride of a film, helmed with humor and precision by Joss Whedon. The action is enormous, the characters work wonderfully well together (the big selling point for me) and the films grandiosity never outstrips the comic-book origins it’s gleaned from. This is a magnificent film event, and will keep you gasping and laughing in equal amounts!

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Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger

Rousing adventure has everything working in its favor – a top cast, an adventurous script, and the production values one only finds with tentpole studio productions, and it all works a treat. While the film manages to be tonally different than previous Marvel hero films, such as Thor and Iron Man, this last solo outing prior to 2012’s The Avengers is a wonderfully realized precursor to the massive throw-down coming our way. Great fun in every sense.

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Movie Review – Iron Man 2

Thrilling, emotionally satisfying comic-book film sequel, which does exactly what the title promises. Unhampered by the obligatory “origin” story from film 1, director Favreau keeps the tone light and the action fast and furious. Not a par on more serious comic-book films, but is enjoyable enough in its own right. More SpiderMan 2 than The Dark Knight.

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