Episode 11: The Avengers (almost) Extravaganza!
In good conscience I couldn’t label this a true Extravaganza because we do not spend the entire podcast celebrating The Avengers; we did dedicate about 10% of it to other news. There were not a lot of movies released over the weekend, which was probably a good thing as it doesn’t seem that anyone went to anything other than The Avengers. Whether you choose to see it in 3D or 2D it is worth the price of admission, but be prepared to give up your buffer seat and leg room because I’m predicting that the theaters will continue to be packed for the next couple weeks. Summer blockbuster season has arrived!
News & Gossip:
- Really, James Cameron, really? article
- 10 Things I Hate About You sequel coming. article
- The Avengers has the first $200m weekend article
- The Avengers gets a sequel? No shit. article
- Joss Whedon pens an open letter to his fans article
- How Marvel can make their movies even better! article
- In more no shit news The Pentagon doesn’t think the plot of The Avengers is realistic article
In theaters now:
- The Avengers (trailer): Anna and I both thoroughly enjoyed The Avengers. The cast had amazing chemistry, the action was massive, and the plot didn’t get too bogged down in Marvel mythology. As a couple people who have not read the comic books this was still easy to understand, although a background knowledge of the other films starring each individual Avenger helps make it easier to understand. The film clocks in at 142 minutes but I never once felt the need to check my watch. It kept my attention from the moment it began until the end of the second little snippet at the end of the credits. Joss Whedon has burst into the film scene in a big, big way and is now a serious force to be reckoned with. As someone who has been a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work for years I was nothing but wicked excited when I heard that he’d be at the helm of The Avengers and he exceed all of my (high) expectations. He managed to keep the story on track and keep each character’s arc in place. You get a few minutes alone with each character, but this doesn’t move into ensemble drama territory, which I know Anna appreciated. The chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Mark Ruffalo (Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk) was a true high point of the film. The remaining cast members all brought their A games for the film and even Scarlett Johansson, who neither Anna nor I typically like, gave a great performance. I rated this 5 out of 5 while Anna rated it 4 out of 5, but we both agree that this is one not to be missed in theaters!
What’s on the horizon:
This weekend’s agenda:
- Dark Shadows (trailer)
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And for those of you who did not heed our advice to stay through end of the credits of The Avengers here’s what you missed…