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6 Thoughts About the Avengers

Last week I saw The Avengers. I had been waiting to see this movie since I saw Captain America, and it didn’t disappoint.

Here are my impressions.

6. Joss Whedon pulled it off

Like I said, the movie didn’t disappoint when it very well could have. Crossover films are notoriously difficult to manage, which is why many of them end up in disaster.

I’m looking at you Aliens Vs. Predator.

Even with all the moving parts involved (including a pretty preposterous demigod, space demon earth takeover), Avengers was entertaining throughout.

5. It’s funny

Whedon and the producers were smart enough not to go the dark, gritty route. Avengers isn’t The Dark Knight, and it never could be.

Batman is a sociopath who saw his parents murdered in cold blood as a child. He just happens to also be a millionaire martial arts enthusiast. The Avengers are for all intents and purposes a superhero boy band (plus Black Widow).

So in a way, Avengers  is the superhero movie antithesis to TDK. It’s lighthearted, it’s bright, it’s funny.

In what will be no surprise to anyone who has seen Iron Man or Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark really steals the showBut Samuel L. Jackson playing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was also good, and some peripheral characters get great one-liners.

The Hulk is also used as effective comic relief in several scenes. It’s like someone finally realized a scientist (who apparently invented recipe for infinitely stretchable pants) who turns into a giant green rage monster when his feelings are hurt is inherently ridiculous.

Speaking of the Hulk…

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

You’ll notice this review is shorter than the previous one. I was asked to keep it shorter so there would be room on the page for art.

After more than a decade, seven books and this, the eighth film, the Harry Potter saga has finally come to an end. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” serves as a fitting and satisfying finale to one of the most popular series in recent memory.

The sheer length of J.K. Rowling’s final book necessitated splitting it into two movies. It’s a good thing, too. It allowed the final chapter to address the many plot points appropriately, with proper weight and without feeling rushed.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

I wrote reviews for the last two Harry Potter films for my paper; however, I have yet to post the reviews for some reason. So here they are!

The seventh film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, is bittersweet for Potter fans. It’s been nearly a decade since the first Potter film was released, and while fans finally get to see Harry start to live up to his destiny, it also means the adventure is almost over.

Hallows is the darkest film in the series, but one of the best. Its setting and plot are larger in scope than any other film in the series, too. From the opening minutes, it’s apparent to the audience that there is something at stake for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as the actors who play them. All are operating without safety nets this time. The magical trio don’t have the Hogwarts staff to save their skins, and Radcliffe, Grint and Watson must carry the bulk of the film; they can’t rely on a supporting cast that reads like a who’s who of British actors as they have in previous movies.

Pictured: Carrying the bulk of the film.

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