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Movie Ramblings: Avengers Age of Ultron

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP PART 11

Age of Ultron starts with yet another music video battle montage with all of the avengers from the first film on an unexplained assault on what turns out to be a hydra base where they have Loki’s sceptre (how? Black Widow has it at the end of Avengers) and also a leviathan from the attack on New York in Avengers and the twin mutants glimpsed at the end of The Winter Soldier all in one place. The fight is spectacular but, possibly suffering from watching all these films one after the other, it feels just like more of the same stuff we’ve already seen in Iron Man 1,2&3 and the first Avengers. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Guardians of the Galaxy

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP part 10

Guardians of the Galaxy shows a lighter side of MCU but deals with some darker themes and sets up characters and plots for future movies. It lays on the friendship will conquer all evils theme a bit thick in places but does it in a tongue in cheek self aware way that makes it not too stomach turning. There are a number of deliberately cheesy lines and all for one type sentiment that still grate in places despite the self-referential humour. Still easily the most fun and entertaining of all the MCU films I’ve seen so far. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Captain America The Winter Soldier

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP Part 9

Captain America seems to be settling in to modern life. He’s got his own place and some friends outside of work, he’s even considering dating or at least being pushed towards it by Agent Romanov. He has even updated his fighting style a bit incorporating parkour and eastern martial arts into his repertoire. Now he is a lot more active and doesn’t spend so much time standing around waiting for the bad guys to shoot at his fancy shield. The action is still comic book over the top but is a lot more gritty, previously it felt like he was overly anxious not to hurt any one. Continue reading