Hello readers, it’s been a while. I promised I would return if given the opportunity and I’m back … at least for this week. What brings you back to the world of blogging you may ask. Oh wait, you’ve completed you’re latest novel, fantastic! I wish, but unfortunately I still have a few chapters to go on that one. Then why the rare appearance? Why none other than The Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor … need I say more? I better, or this will be the shortest blog ever. In a word – awesome! Yes, dear friends, I was one of the many who helped this movie reach the all time grossing record of $200.3 million for a movie debut. Being a Disney shareholder, I thought I’d bring along seven other superhero fanatics for the ride. Clearly Disney didn’t need my help – what a movie!
Although the film was released Friday, May 4th, I had the bright idea of waiting until the first showing early Sunday morning to see these heroes in action. I knew this movie would be a hit, and as you movie-goers know, opening night is usually a mob scene, so I thought I’d try to avoid some of the crowd. Yes, get up early on Sunday morning and have the theater to yourself … brilliant! That idea was quickly squashed as I pulled up to the theater. I’ve never, and I repeat never have seen the parking lot so packed on a Sunday morning. You would have sworn it was a Friday night. Wait, it gets worse.
My wife lets me off to purchase the tickets and the lines are at least twenty people deep, three rows strong. This, I have never seen, ever, not for Harry Potter, not for Batman, not for Pirates, never. I foolishly looked at the movie posters aligning the walls hoping that these people might be here to see something different. Who was I kidding? There was no other movie out there that would draw this kind of a crowd. I looked down at my watch and knew I wasn’t going to make the ten forty-five. What to do? I could leave, but no, I had five other children and two adults with me who also desperately wanted to see this film. Okay, bite the bullet … wait in line.
By the time I arrived at the counter to purchase my tickets, I asked the man which Avenger’s movie was the earliest one I could view. To my surprise he said the 11:30 was available. Okay, not so bad, only a forty-five minute wait, but hold on … he then proceeded to tell me that this time slot was allotted for the 3D version. Ugh, I personally love 3D, but did I mention I had seven other people with me.? No problem, that’s what credit cards are for, right? Oh well, I paid the eighty dollars for admission, got my tickets, and my 3D glasses, sweet. Let’s rock this thing! We get inside and rush to get some seats. I turn the corner and crap, you’ve got to be kidding me? It’s packed … duh, what else did I expect? We got lucky enough to find eight seats on the end of the back row. No problem, at least we’re all sitting together. We’re going to see the movie of the year, nice.
Dad, I’m hungry was the first thing I heard. I looked down at the watch, all right, twenty minutes to go, I got this. The wife and I take everyone’s order, get the food, and settle down with five minutes to spare. By now you’re probably wondering, when is this guy going to get the movie? Anticipation, he’s making me wait. Hey, I have to build it up just to give you a taste of what you’ve missed. Blah, blah blah, fifteen minutes of commercials and another fifteen minutes of previews later, it begins. Halleluiah, I thought I heard the angels sing.
Loki’s back and he’s mad as ever. How dare Thor destroy the bifrost bridge and abandon him to the nether world. Well, don’t worry about poor old Loki. He knows exactly how to payback Thor for his kindness. He decides he’ll destroy the world Thor loves, good old planet earth. He comes to town and interrupts Nick Fury’s plan to harness the power of some magical cube and bam, look out, Hawkeye’s now the enemy. Loki, out, Avengers in-troduced.
The first one you meet was Hawkeye, but I just mentioned him, so let’s move on, shall we? Next you meet the lovely Black Widow and watch as she kicks some serious Russian ass. She’s asked to recruit the big guy and whammo, let’s go meet the new Hulk, or at least Dr. Banner. I liked him, but computer graphics Hulk stole the show. Then you’re introduced to America’s favorite boy-scout as he beats-up some old punching bags. Finally, they save the best for last, they introduce you to the witty Iron man. I tell you, Robert Downey Jr. was made for this role.
It took a while for Thor to enter the picture, but when he did, the dialog was amusing and clever. The fight scene between Iron man, Thor, and Captain America was classic. Now, I won’t give away any spoilers, because this movie is a must see, and I predict, the best film you’ll see all summer. I know, it’s a bit early to say that and frankly I am surprise that they started out so strong, but hey, after John Cater, I guess Disney needed a boost in the earnings department.
I’ll never forget the excitement that came across my daughter’s face as she finally watched Dr. Banner transform into the Hulk. She was out of her seat. The movie, as expected, was action packed, the graphics were incredible, and believe it or not, it was funny. Not just slapstick funny (which they had), but very witty. Clearly they had the adult in mind, as well as the children, when they wrote this script. Again, computer graphics Hulk stole the show; watch the movie and you’ll know what I mean. Will there be spin-offs? No doubt. Is this a franchise that could go five movies deep? I hope so.
Bottom line, The Avengers kicked some serious butt. This was by far one of the best movies I’ve seen in a theater in some time. Granted I’m eagerly awaiting the return of Batman, but I find it hard to believe that even he can surpass the dominance created by this six-pack of supers. If you’re on the fence, don’t be. Go see this film, you’ll thank me later. Hats off to Disney with the hiring of Joss Whedon to direct and for bringing together this wonderful cast of actors. I had to admit, I was a little nervous when Disney first acquired Marvel. I feared they would take the adult out of the Marvel equation and make the heroes too kid friendly. To my delight, they’ve gone above and beyond my greatest expectations. It’s all I could ask for when dealing with these iconic characters. This franchise is a huge success and hopefully here to stay. I look forward to viewing many more Avenger films in the future.
Summer blockbuster-time is back! And what better way to open the season than with a classic superhero adventure. The latest installment comes from Marvel (my personal preference over DC, but let’s not go there, that’s another argument). Thor opened in theaters last Friday, and of course, I was there to welcome him to the Tampa Bay area. You can imagine my surprise when I found my father in the theater waiting as well. The love of adventure apparently runs deep in the Bove family.
The latest superhero to grace the silver screen is Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth. The movie also starred some other well-known Oscar worthy actors such as Naboo native, Natalie Portman, and I’ll eat your face, Anthony Hannibal-Hopkins. Did I mention this was a superhero movie? How cool is that? When was the last time you saw a couple of Oscar nominated performers doing a superhero movie? Fantasy is finally getting legit!
I had to admit, when I first heard that Marvel was going to bring Thor to the big screen, I had to scratch my head. Granted, I’m a fan of the comic, but I wasn’t sure of the crossover appeal to the general public. Let’s face it, he’s not as kid friendly as Spidy and Iron Man, he’s a bit more mature. If the masses have anything to say about it though, he was a huge success. According to IMDB figures the movie has already grossed over $60 million (within a week of its release).
Without giving away any spoilers, I will admit that I was both pleasantly surprised, and slightly disappointed at the same time (if that’s possible). Of course, I had to see the film on IMAX (nothing screams hero more than IMAX-3D) and the graphics were amazing. It’s definitely worth your while to stick around to the end and watch the universe flow in 3D as the credits fly by. The scenery was incredible, and the costumes were not over the top.
As far as the acting was concerned, I thought everyone came to play. Natalie Portman has truly become a fantasy/sci-fi favorite. Even newcomer, Chris Hemsworth, did a solid job (showed a good sense of humor). He looked a little younger than I thought Thor should be, but he carried the role well. The only role I had a problem with was Loki. Not that the actor did a bad job, as a matter of fact I thought Tom Hiddleston did a great job with the part given to him. I just thought the Loki character could have been more evil and devious than they portrayed. Instead you received a bad guy with daddy issues.
Was the movie true to the comic form? For the most part yes, but let’s face it, when Hollywood gets involved, things tend to glamor up a bit. I thought Asgard was a bit more Star Wars than Norse Mythology, but creative none-the-less. Did the story make a whole lot of sense? Eh. Did I care? Not really. I went with one mission in mind and that was to be entertained, and entertained I was.
Up next I think is yet another X-Men film, or The Green lantern. I’m not sure. I may just wait on those films (so much to see, see little time to see it). The movie I’m truly looking forward to viewing this summer is Captain America. This character is long over due for a re-make. If Thor is any indication of what to expect from Marvel going forward, then I’m enthused.
In the end, I thought this was a good start to the season. Granted it may not have posted as well as Spider Man, or Batman, but Thor clearly had a tougher crowd to win over. If you’re looking for a solid story line, you can wait for the Blu-Ray disk, (wow, I said Blu-Ray, not DVD). If on the other hand, you’re looking to escape, then you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to Thor 2. For Asgard!