Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fwd: Whedon

'The Avengers will have to assemble without Joss Whedon.

Marvel Studios has already tapped Joe and Anthony Russo to direct the third and fourth installments of the company's biggest franchise, "Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 and Part 2."

That means Whedon, who helmed the first "Avengers," the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, and the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," won't return to the cinematic superhero universe he helped build.

While the mammoth success of "Avengers" has been a boon for Whedon, the director told the Daily News in 2013 that handling a property that enormous is like staying ahead of an out of control train.

"The problem is that there's so much that if you're not on top of everything, you're always in danger of having something turn out generic and uninspired or wrong for a character," he said at the time.

The Russo brothers are fast becoming Marvel's go-to super team behind the camera after the critical and fan acclaim for their eye for action on last year's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The studio took a big risk with the pair considering their biggest previous credit were episodes of the sitcoms "Arrested Development" and "Community."

They are also directing next year's "Captain America: Civil War," which will feature the titular star-spangled hero played by Chris Evans battling Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man.'


​... It all seems like overkill to me.  There may come a time when the comic book theme is overdone.​

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

There seems to be a surplus of teen friendly movies based on books.

If you combined Twilight, Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a teen friendly Twilight-want-to-be film, you would end up with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  Do I need to say any more?  I found the film interesting because I like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but the movie and the characters don't feel exceptional in any way.  The film has enough to hold my attention, but it relies on action and fight scenes a little too much.  It lacks the really great characters that would make something like this wonderful.  The television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer had more interesting characters than this.

That isn't to say that there weren't some cool things in the show, but I would like to see a sequel that makes the characters more appealing. 

The most common criticism of the movie is that it feels recycled.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones garnered only 12% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, but I feel that the movie is not so terrible.   If you like shows like Twilight, Harry Potter, or Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then this is a three star film.  For everyone else I give it two and half stars.  If you hate these kinds of movies, and chances are there are many people who do, then skip it.