In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb. Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro and directed by Peter Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1, 2014.
This is a non-review of the film "The Avengers" as the movie reviews for are embargoed until April 21st for Malaysia (April 20th for the United Kingdom and May 2nd for the United States).
I was one of the lucky fans who get the chance to fly to Singapore and watch "The Avengers" before anyone else. But as the distributor of the film has mentioned the embargo of movie review or any spoilers until a later date, I can only blog about how good the film is.
The Avengers as expected is a mind-blowing film with plenty of actions as well as humor from the start to the end. The last time I experienced such an amazing time in the superhero genre was during the screening of "The Dark Knight". Even so, The Avengers is like twice as mind-blowing as "The Dark Knight" without the gloomy elements and sick jokes.
Unlike some of the X-Men films where too many characters didn’t work exactly well, The Avengers has made it to work out pretty well with each characters having sufficient screen time and even some character development. One thing which I felt excited about was the fighting scenes with one another within "The Avengers" as no superheroes would always agree with each other, right?
The special effects were amazing and as real as it could get. Even the music and sound editing were so seamless.
While some other superhero films may have plenty of actions, most of them lack either one or two other elements. The Avengers has them all — full of actions, plenty of humors, solid storyline.
Stay tune for the full movie review!
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Watch the official trailer of The Amazing Spider-Man. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner, who becomes his nemesis The Lizard. Directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3, 2012.
Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
In present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover a mysterious object with a red, white and blue motif — with knowingly, it is a shield belonging to Captain America.
Back in 1942, World War 2 days, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) and his men pillage a castle in Tønsberg, Norway to steal a mysterious tesseract which Schmidt calls “the jewel of Odin’s treasure room”. Yet again, this shows the connection with the characters in Thor.
In New York City, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected for World War II military duty for the fifth time. His friend Sgt. James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), takes him to the Modern Marvels of Tomorrow exhibition, where famous inventor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) demonstrates an experimental flying car. Rogers’ determination to serve for his country catches the ear of Bavarian scientist Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), who works with the U.S. government’s Strategic Scientific Reserve. Erskine recruits Rogers to the camp under under Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and SSR officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in hoping he will be chosen as the first “super-soldier” experiment.
Meanwhile, Schmidt a.k.a. The Skull and scientist Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) has successfully harness the power of the cube-like tesseract.
In a secret lab in Brooklyn, Erskine and others convene with Senator Brandt (Michael Brandon) as Rogers is transformed into a tall and muscular man but Erskine is assassinated by Heinz Kruger. Rogers gives chase as Kruger flees with a car, and eventually pulls Kruger out from a submarine, but Kruger commits suicide.
Brandt happily deploys Rogers as Captain America mascot together with colorful costume to tour and promote the war bonds. During a show in Italy, Rogers learns Barnes is one of the soldiers captured by the Red Skull, hence, he convinces Carter and Stark to fly him behind enemy lines in a solo rescue mission. Rogers manages to free Barnes and others and returns to the base.
Rogers then recruits his own team and with a new circular shield from Stark, Captain America and his team go on to destroy HYDRA’s bases one by one. At the same time, Rogers’ romance with Carter blossom as she asks him for a dance.
During a battle on a train which transport Zola, Barnes falls to death into a deep gorge. But the capture of Zola leads the commandos to the Red Skull. In the final battle, the Red Skull disintegrates himself when he attempts to use the tesseract, but Rogers is unable to control the plane as it crashes into the Arctic. Stark manages to recover the tesseract but not the aircraft.
Back to the present, Rogers awakens and realizes he is not in the 40s when S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) informs him that he has been asleep for almost 70 years. Stay back for post-credits scene!
8 out of 10
Captain America: The First Avenger is exciting and nostalgic at the same time. The film beautifully depicts the 40′s war era together with the memorable soundtrack which still keeps repeating in my head right now. Most importantly, it brings us a step closer to most-anticipated film, The Avengers.
In the post-credits scene, which is actually a teaser trailer of The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) approaches Steve Rogers in a gym, and tells him that he needs him to save the world. There, Tony Starks (Robert Downey Jr.) a.k.a. Iron Man 2, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, Bruce Banter are seen as part of The Avengers, while Loki, the villain in Thor is seen being escorted in handcuffs by S.H.I.E.L.D.