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April 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

This was my most anticipated film of the year and for the right reasons.

Avengers: Age of Ultron IMAX Poster

Age of Ultron is the aftermath of Winter Solider where shield is now down because of Hydra.  We now have the avengers initiative which includes earth’s mightiest heroes. When Tony Stark creates something to help the world, it turns into the villian, Ultron. Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye must team up to stop Ultron.
This action-packed movie was great. It doesn’t beat the Avengers or Winter Solider standards but it is in the top three. The story starts off a little bit rushed to bring more action in the second half. This is something that I was able to deal with as we get some character development in this movie from other people besides Captain America ( not to say that the character is bad, he has actually grown on me since his second independent movie but it is nice to see some change). Hawkaye in particular gets more screen time than he did in Avengers Assemble which makes it even more interesting. The only thing that I would have a problem with this movie is the fact that scenes at the beginning feel a little bit rushed The movie still has a connection to infinity war, just like Guardians of the Galaxy did. It’s good because we get a better understanding of the infinity stone and how it connects all these characters and world together for the big finale.

After X-Men: Days of Future’s Past, there has been some big expectations from Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver. In the end, it paid off. He put his own unique taste into the character that didn’t make me feel as if he was copying Quicksilver from X Men. I love that he always looks out for his sister, no matter what.
Scarlett Witch is a great character played by Elizabeth Olson. She’s not as comedic as Quicksilver but the brother and sister teamwork make the characters intriguing.
This is the first time that a villain in an action movie has actually creped me out. Every time I saw the character and heard the Pinocchio song, I got a little bit freaked out. James Spade’s voice sounds so menacing. Even the jokes the character made scared me. The only problem that I had was his transition from good to evil was rushed. I wanted a bit more of the villian and I didn’t get that. I think this is something that Marvel as a whole need to work on. Their villains don’t get the amount  of screen time and storyline they deserve because the movie is so focused on making the superheroes perfect.  Avengers has a lot of superheroes so I have managed to forgive this film but in the future, this is something they need to look into. The action was incredible, so I can’t really complain.
Overall, it is an amazing, comedic superhero movie that I will probably watch again. I have given this movie an 8/10.
P.S stay for the post credit scene.

1st May 2015 Update:

I have watched it again in IMAX. It is so much better than my first viewing even though I missed 15 minutes of the movie. It is the best experience that you can have and I have given it a 9/10. The level is near the avengers level.

If you like this or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.


The Duff (2015)

I was curious to see this movie. On one hand, it looked interesting. On the other, it could turn out to be a typical teen flick. Here is my verdict.

This is a movie about a girl who finds out in her senior year that she’s a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier friends. She tries to change all of this by asking for advice from a jock, Wesley who lives next door to her, in order to get her crush to like her.

This is basically a typical teen movie. It is not up to the ‘Mean Girls’ standards, but it hasn’t gone to the ‘She’s All That’ low point. I did like the message that it has about ‘be yourself, no matter what’. You see that the typical teen situations are the same with different clicks and a typical love story. The only thing that has changed is the technology and how it has developed. We know get social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube where teens just want to share their lives to the world. That is why the message is so important, showing us that any embarrassing things that might be online isn’t the end of the world. You just need to try and embrace it. Don’t let cyberbullying bring you down.
I did like the some of the actors, particularly Mae Whitman who plays the main character, Bianca. She has this charm throughout the movie. Bella Thorne who plays the mean girl, Maddison was weak throughout. I think that if they got a better actor for the role, the character would’ve been more intimidating.

I did find some of the jokes to be immature and sexual, not in a good way. This is because my screening had some girls as young as 10. They shouldn’t have been there, especially because one of them said ‘ew’ when the guy mentioned kissing with tongue.

I think this film was trying so hard to be like Mean Girls but it isn’t. Mean Girls is a teen flick that has so much charisma and comedic charm, making it iconic. This one had an original idea that could be unique but turned it into a movie that I was sick and tired of seeing over and over again. It was also faced paced, making everything that has happened on screen not connect with the audiences.

Overall, I was satisfied that I got to see when it came out because of the message but I wouldn’t remember it, making it a forgettable teen flick.I have given this movie a 4.5/10 for the message and a small amount of performances.

Furious 7 (2015)

I have always been a fan of action. Over the years, I had tried to watch the movies from beginning till the end but never got chance until recently. My excitement for this movie built up until I could actually watch it.

This is a movie set after Tokyo drift where someone wants revenge on the gang after they put his brother in the hospital.

After seeing this move all I have to say is ‘that’s how it’s done, transformers!’. These films know how to bring action and a storyline together. Yeah, it may not have the best storyline in the world but it is something that is decent and consistent throughout. My favourite action scene is the one where they are coming out of a moving plane and things start to happen. It was great. People are saying that the movie feels like a superhero movie and I have to agree. I mean…., no scratches after someone tumbles off a cliff in a car isn’t real. 

I do wish that they could have more of the Rock in the movie and that they didn’t have to always show Dom and Letty’s flashbacks. It was annoying. Also, that female wrestler who was trying to act, just stop. You can’t act. Even your line was so bad. There was no tone. It just felt like she was a robot. 

Of course, this is the last movie that Paul Walker starred in before he sadly passed away. Every time I was watching him on screen, I would just remember that he is no longer with us and it is upsetting. There were times that I could tell that he wasn’t in a particular scene, that it was CGI and it really made me want him back. The final scene ended so well. They had a montage of all his clips from the first fast and furious till the previous one. At the end, he drove into the distance with the screen fading to white and a message reading ‘to Paul’. It was a great ending and I really wish that he could still be with us today. This movie should be the ending of fast and furious series because it would be perfect.

I have given this movie a 7/10 for great action and a bittersweet ending.

Update: 25th May 2015

I usually don’t do this for a movie review but because I completed this late, I have had enough time to think about this movie and the rating I have given it. I have decided to lower my rating to 6/10. This is because it has made so much money worldwide, making it the 4th biggest film of all time. I find that to be wrong because it isn’t great and it is forgettable. The only part that stands out the most is the ending.

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