Review: The Avengers (Directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth)

The Avengers

The Avengers teams up the various superheroes from Marvel Studio’s movie projects into one incredibly fun film (The films themselves built to this crossover in their subplots). Recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and featuring Captain America (Chris Evans) Thor (Chris Helmsworth) Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) as well as the Incredible Hulk (Third time’s casting the charm for him, played by Mark Ruffalo in his Bruce Banner form) Black Widow (Scarlet Johannsen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The various heroes must tame their egos and band together to stop Thor’s mad brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from conquering earth. Supporting characters Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) also appear. The movie’s fun, action-packed and colorful, with an excellent script and direction by Joss Whedon. Be sure to watch the credits and after the credits as well.

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Review: Prometheus (Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Naomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

Prometheus

OK prequel to the Alien series tries to explain some elements of the first ALIEN movie and has some decent, scary set pieces. However, the plot feels more like the first Alien vs Predator movie, (Which also featured not too bright archaeologists and other scientists), and the film also raises more questions than answers about the relation to the ALIEN saga. There’s also a similar problem to the last three Star Wars films; while the original films featured a sort of broken-down, “used” universe, Prometheus is very high-tech and ‘clean’ yet takes place only a few decades before ALIEN. Also the creature design doesn’t come anywhere near the chilling HR Giger designed creatures from the original films (Although there is some Giger influence in some of the film).