A pretty shallow week for new releases unless you take a gamble on some indies, which I simply did not have the time for. Along with the new releases, all 22 James Bond movies are being sold in a complete set for $150, which isn’t bad, especially when you consider that’s with the Blu-Ray priced in already as well. I’m not the biggest James Bond fan, but I haven’t seen near enough of them to really say one way or the other. I’ll probably poke around and see if any of my friends bite the bullet for this set and then dive in, and then purchase the set later on if I am impressed. Anyways, we start this week with a doozie…
Easily one of the best movies of the year, as well as one of the best action movies you will come across. I was worried that Joss Whedon wouldn’t have free reign when it came to what was included in the film, but it was pretty obvious that if there was production interference, it was kept to a minimum. And that’s the way it should be, especially when working with a writer/director such as Joss. As you are watching this movie, it’s evident that Joss was given this plethera of toys to play with, and he didn’t leave the sandbox for days, making the characters interact in ways that we couldn’t dream of. I ended up watching this four times in theaters, with each time delivering excitement and laughter.
And each actor made vast improvements in their characterization of the hero they were portraying. I had doubts about Chris Evans sporting the blue and white, but he WAS Captain American in this film, and I can’t wait to tackle the deleted scenes with him that further develop his story. Even Mark Ruffalo was able to step right in and give us a Hulk/Banner combo that was troubled and anguished. I was surprised how dark they took that character, although I wish they would’ve spent more time around his first big reveal. And the chemistry between him and Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic, and will definitely be something to watch for in future future movies. And that grand finale? Oh boy. There simply isn’t any reason to not watch this film. Here is Jordan’s review.
Verdict: Must Watch
Klown / The Tall Man / Delicacy / Goodbye First Love
These are the indies I was talking about earlier, and was disappointed I wasn’t able to watch any of them before posting this article. Klown is supposed to be one of the better comedies of the year, and currently sits at 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. Delicacy will probably get the most attention from the AM crowd, as Audrey Tautou stars in this one, and I have a feeling will be more in line with what our community will enjoy. And for a completely different movie, Jessica Biel stars in the suspense thriller, The Tall Man, which has split reviewers right down the middle. Make sure to comment below if you have ween any of these and let us know which ones to watch.
Verdict: Give Them a Try (and lets us know how it went!)
Damsels in Distress
Oscar nominated writer and director Walt Wittman is back in action after a Malick-like hiatus, and had my hopes set pretty high by bringing in indie darling Greta Gerwig in to play his main character. Gerwig heads up a group of girls that tries to change the the divide between the two sexes on campus. In what could have been a promising movie, we get a disappointing screenplay that mocks his characters all too often, which ends up getting in the way of the movie’s message. Gerwig wasn’t as great as I had hoped either, but ultimately ends up being one of the few bright spots for the movie. Nick liked it a little bit more than I did, but was still gave it a pretty average grade.
Verdict: Watch It If You Dare
What are you watching this week? How excited are you for The Avengers?