The Avengers

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Paul H
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The Ghost Rider movie is a

The Ghost Rider movie is a dud. Nicholas Cage isn't very interesting in the role, the movie progresses slowly, the villain isn't very menacing, the CG is poor quality, and the fight aren't any good either. Most of them are over in a matter of moments. I'm amazed they managed to get funding for the sequel and that they cast the same lead.

Captain America is an enjoyable movie, but it wasn't as good as the Iron Man movies. The action wasn't as intense and there weren't as many funny moments as in the Iron Man movies. Also, since Captain America is such a goody-two-shoes his character isn't as interesting as somebody like Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, or even Bruce Banner. On the DC comics side of things I think Superman has the same problems with being rather one dimensional.

Thor is more of a special effects popcorn movie. There are some good jokes and Thor's character develops a bit, but the action isn't as good as C.A., Hulk, or Iron Man.

Regarding Avengers in 3D there are some good quotes from the director on the wikipedia page. The movie was shot in 2D and they converted it to 3D after the fact, so I wouldn't consider it the "true" version of the film, but he seems happy with the conversion. I watched it in 2D because I find 3D is distracting and I sometimes get mild headaches by the end of a movie.

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Matt Barton
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Yeah, I heard negative things

Yeah, I heard negative things about C.A. as well. I've never been a big fan of his, and I don't know if it was the actor playing him or the script, but he just seemed boring to me.

My friend Max argues that Marvel went too far with the Bruce Banner/Hulk contrast, making the former too wussy to be interesting. He though (and I agree) that it'd be a lot more fun if Bruce was this guy that was very suave and sophisticated, with the Hulk being offensive to him on so many levels (he'd be really embarrassed to become the Hulk). As it is, though, I have to agree that the Bruce character in The Avengers is almost as uninteresting as C.A. Heck, even Hawkeye and Black Widow are more interesting than those two.

As good as the movie is, I feel that it'd be almost unwatchable without Iron Man. You're right--Downey just makes all the difference, bringing a lot of energy and interest to scenes that would otherwise fall flat.

BTW, I've heard this is one of the rare films where 3D is actually done really well. I saw the 2D version, though.

Thor is the character that really confuses me. The whole "god" aspect of him keeps threatening to turn him into cardboard.

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Bill Loguidice
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Marvel and DC
Matt Barton wrote:

I haven't seen Captain America or the Hulk's movies, but saw everything else.

We thought the first Hulk movie with Eric Bana was "meh!", but thought the second Hulk film with Ed Norton was excellent. It's a shame Norton didn't come back for the Avengers.

I have mixed feelings about Captain America. I greatly enjoyed IronMan 1 and 2 - that probably has to do with the perfect casting of Robert Downey Jr. and other top-notch talent - and certainly enjoyed Captain America, but overall, Captain America seemed to be missing whatever it was that IronMan had (it may just have been as simple as a better overall cast).

Thor looks pretty "odd" from the previews, but by all accounts it was a good film. When we watch it, it will be with low expectations, so that's at least a positive towards us enjoying it when we do.

My favorite comic book characters growing up were Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, and the Green Lantern. I heard really, really bad things about the Green Lantern movie and am not a particular Ryan Reynolds fan (also not a fan of the actor who plays Captain America and Johnny Torch, though he has grown on me a bit after Captain America), so I've actually not gotten around to seeing that. It seems like in the modern era outside of Batman, DC Comics can't make a good superhero movie, while the only real missteps for Marvel have been the Fantastic Four films (which, I've honestly not been able to get through in their entirety), though I haven't seen the Ghost Rider films either.

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Matt Barton
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I haven't seen Captain

I haven't seen Captain America or the Hulk's movies, but saw everything else.

I went with my wife's friend and her husband. The men had to "drag" the women, but I heard both of them laughing during the funny bits.

It does take awhile to get going; lots of catching up and setup at the beginning. Once it gets moving, though, I don't see how anybody couldn't appreciate it on some level.

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Bill Loguidice
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We haven't seen it yet,

We haven't seen it yet, perhaps next weekend (our girls are not that interested). We saw Captain America just the other day, leaving us only Thor to catch up with the series...

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Paul H
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I also watched it last

I also watched it last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. It had exactly want I want in my superhero shows, lots of super powered people using their super powers to fight other super powered people. I think Hulk may have actually smashed more things in this movie than he did in his own movie. While I would have appreciated some more back story for Black Widow and Hawkeye I appreciate they didn't let that get in the way of the fighting.

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