Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (4/22/12 - 4/28/12)

Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani) *** - A young man and a young woman from a small Italian village fall in love but due to the fact of their respective social statuses and the fact that marrying for money is a common practice, circumstances always pull them apart. This film feels like an Italian neorealist film with a sense of humor. There are some really funny scenes here and I'm not sure but it seems to be parodying Italian neorealist films as well. It didn't blow me away but it's a really fun little slice-of-life, fluffy film.

The Avengers (Joss Whedon) ***1/2 - A million different things could have gone wrong with a film adaptation of The Avengers. It could have easily have been a ridiculous, bloated, silly train wreck of a film. Even after the news that Joss Whedon, a man whose works I have loved and admired in the past, is gonna be writing and directing it, I was at best cautiously optimistic. What he managed to do with this film is short of being truly miraculous. He took multiple larger-than-life characters and created a cohesive and compelling, near-perfect narrative while putting on a spectacular, exciting piece of popcorn entertainment where nearly every element works well. It's got great dramatic character moments but a the same time an organic sense of humor about it. It's the first Marvel film that I truly want to see again.

4 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the Avengers buddy, you're right that it makes for some great popcorn entertainment, awesome round-up as always.

Tony Van Helsing said...

I'm looking forward to this one.

Mark said...

I'm glad you really enjoyed Avengers. I may have to see it for myself. I probably will.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Ahhh, more words that inspire me to break down and go see the Avengers (i probably would have, just for Ms. J), but now that FilmGB has given it a decent rating, I'm all over it.