Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Amazing IMAX Experience for The Avengers


It is my first time and I am telling you my IMAX experience is way beyond my expectations. Most especially that first experience was with a very beloved movie, The Avengers. I am very delighted that I haven't watched the movie in the regular screen cinema. Even if I have spent a lot for the movie, I guess it was worth it indeed.

I have been waiting for ages for the coming of this movie and I have never imagined that I would be able to watch this in IMAX. The crisp and crystal clear image and sounds are very new to me, not even the true Digital screen could match. Watching The Avengers would have been very different, but seeing it in a very wide screen makes me forget everything: even the noisy seatmates.

It's just sad that after the movie I have to experience a terrible headache. My myopic and "astigmatised" eyes just wouldn't allow me to have all the fun for my self.

As a background, I am collecting all Superhero movies that started way back when the first X-Men movie was released. Until then, every time a new superhero movie comes up I almost always have to watch it. Although I have missed watching on the big screen a few, such as Captain America: The First Avenger. But back to The Avengers, here is what I thought of the movie (better late than never):

This is the best movie the Marvel Studios has released, so far. Not only because we get to see numerous superheroes in a single movie, but this is the movie that even the most innocent lines couldn't stop me from laughing and sniggering. It is just plain funny and witty. This is just so much for me after seeing that the previous movies, aside from Iron Man, almost have a serious tone in their story.

The battle for Alpha male is definitely there. Iron Man and Captain America is surely having a hard time ousting the other. I can smell like to much hormones are surging on. The best part of it is they become great buddies at the end. We get to see the gymnast side of Captain America who really had a talent of swinging her and there. He seems to be like a cat, almost always landing on his feet. And for Iron Man, Stark is swaggering as always, which is what I liked about him the most. But at least right now we don't get to see a lot of his drinking problems.

We get to see the S.H.I.E.L.D. as a very tangible organization with tangible characters like the bad-ass Nick Fury, who was misunderstood in the movie for wanting to save the world from danger. Of course we get to see (and hear with numerous lines) Maria Hill played by Cobie Smulders, whom I made a post before. I like her character really despite having been bruised from time to time, she still looks great on screen.

Also, a deeper outlook on Black Widow has been given emphasis. Here back story were discussed a little even just through dialogues and exchange of offensive words. What I liked about her is her moves. I don't really know for sure if it's Scarlet Johanson who does all the action or some stunt double, but I have to say she really kicked some ass, literally.

Of course her "love" interest, if that applies in the movie, Hawkeye is there proving he can take a stand to be part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. My buddy really liked his character having showcasing an unmatched skills on archery. The old school way of warfare, he says. Although, no insult to Jeremy Renner who played the part, I was hoping for a much taller and perfectly physiqued actor as portrayed in the comics. But aside from that I have no complaints.

The Asgardians were a little lousy. I find Thor to be a little two-dimensional after having been impressed by it's own solo movie. Chris Hemsworth does not necessarily proved he is a god and all and he just used his bulk to brawl it out. Same is true with Loki. My beloved S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who died in the movie -- but I am not revealing who -- said he doesn't have real conviction, that I really agree of. I can't seem to find his motivations realistic. It's just plain duh.

Also, at first I was saddened a little when Edward Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo to play the always angry Hulk. But after seeing a sensitive and vulnerable side exhibited by Ruffalo I guess Joss Whedon, the director of the movie, really know what he was doing. We get to see here the one-liner Hulk which is what always makes me laugh when reading the comics. The genius and idiot in one.

The story, though was a little far-fetched but still believable. It does not really have a great essense or impact. If feels so choreographed and not-so-random. Another laughing matter, but not in the good way, for me sometimes are the Chitauri army. Very funny rendition indeed. The effects for these army and their ships we're funny and lost the appeal for serious business. That is why even if they are fighting their ass out most of the viewers can't stop laughing, or is this intentional?

All in all this movie is simply a winner. It is not really that perfeect but it's it is way better than its predecessors. And as i said before this is simple the best Marvel movie so far. I really got to see a sequel from this one and the original solo movie of each Superhero. But for now my movie fix is satisfied and I can't relax and think of what's the next good thing to come.