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Postby jlp94 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:33 pm

Double post, but Avatars 2-4 finished filming a couple of days ago. So begins the post-production!
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Postby bert425 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:26 pm

^ "Avatar" falls into category: "I don't give a crap about". .


BUT. . . also wrapped filming (today, I believe): "Godzilla vs Kong"

yep, filming wrapped a month before "Godzilla: King of Monsters" even opens.

GvK has a great cast, and I'm sure it will take them a while to get the FX work done. . but wowed they already finished the filming.
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Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:06 pm

Avengers: Endgame Review!

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While I'm not going to give away any "major" spoilers of the film, I am going to talk about the movie and some of the plot points, so if you want to avoid knowing ANYTHING about the movie at all, STOP READING RIGHT NOW! I think it would be impossible to talk about the film without talking about some of what happens in the film, otherwise my review would just be:

IT'S GREAT! SERIOUSLY A LOT OF FUN! GO SEE IT!

Let me first start off by talking about Infinity War since this movie pretty much picks right up where that left off. I'll be honest...I wasn't the biggest fan of Infinity War. (as you can see from that review!) To me, Infinity War didn't feel like an "Avengers" movie. It was disjointed, all over the place, lacked the heart and wit that I was used to from other Avengers movies, and at one point I even thought to myself "Is this an AVENGERS movie or a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film???"

Thankfully, Endgame fixes a lot of that! The film is back to the core Avengers working together (with a few extras hands in the mix) with that same wit and charm as you've been used to in the first set of films featuring these characters. In fact, there are scenes in this film that I absoultely laughed out loud and that's exactly what I was looking for in these Marvel movies.

I consider myself a "casual" Marvel Cinematic Universe fan. Out of the 22 films, I've probably seen 15 or 16 of them, and while I generally like the characters, I'm not that invested in them. But that being said, this was a film where it was easy to cheer on the "good guys" and with them all working together again, it was exactly what I wanted to see.

I do feel that the movie was fairly predictable and, at least to me, there were no "OMG I can't believe that just happened" surprising moments. Everything that I expected to happen, happened. And that's not really a "bad" thing. You kind of new they needed to "fix" everything that happened in Infinity War, because, if they didn't, they wouldn't be the Avengers, right?

What I did find interesting is the introduction of "time travel" to the Marvel Universe. We had a hint of in Dr. Strange, but now we've got full on time machines, and by the end of the film, time travel almost seemed to be kind of a casual thing. Which makes me think "Huh... they can pretty much change any plot point they want now from any past film" because they've set that precedent in this film.

And don't worry, giving away that plot point really didn't give away too much of the film. I mean, if you didn't figure out that they had to fix everything from Part 1, then, well, sorry, your expectations were not correct! Trust me, there are far worse spoilers I could give away! :lol: :lmao:

I will say that it was nice to see everyone back again and there were a few "hero moments" that really stood out and I'm sure in a full theater will erupt in cheers (me personally, I prefer these media screenings with a small group of people mostly keeping to themselves!)

I liked that the film didn't play out as one giant fight scene after another. It was clever, had some really touching moments, and they saved that big bad-ass fight for the grand finale (as it should be!) It almost played out more as a "quest" movie than a constant comic book action film. I appreciated that.

As a "casual fan" I felt that this movie was a HUGE WIN! Honestly, I'd probably put it up there in the "best" of the Marvel films I've seen. I'm sure it will do crazy big numbers this weekend and I'll be curious to know if my thoughts and musings match other peoples or if I end up having another "unpopular opinion" like my Infinity War review! lol

Overall: GO SEE IT!!! ENDGAME IS GREAT!!!

ps. Oh yeah, you kind of need to have seen the ending post-credit clip from Captain Marvel. So if you haven't seen that yet, Google it. I'm sure it's out there somewhere...
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Postby Garet » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:20 pm

I enjoyed it. I think people who go in expecting tons of action may be disappointed, it's a mostly character driven film. There's a couple of character choices that seemed to be there for comedy that I could have done without, and there were points with time-travel I think you shouldn't dwell too hard on how it should/could have affected the plot of previous movies when people or objects are interacted with or moved and just enjoy the ride or you will get bogged down but for a 3 hour movie I never found myself fidgetting at all and it kept me focused.

Also, you don't need to sit until the end of the credits on this one or potentially even mid-credits.

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Postby bert425 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:03 pm

thanks for that non-spoilery review, Robb.

one thing I am wondering.. are there any "deaths that stick" coming out of this? or does it all wrap up in a nice bow?

(not asking for specific spoil. . just wondering)
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Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:35 pm

bert425 wrote:one thing I am wondering.. are there any "deaths that stick" coming out of this? or does it all wrap up in a nice bow?

Yes and no. And I will answer that question more when the film had been out a few days. Let's just say that now that time travel has been introduced, IMO, no deaths are ever final. I mean, some of the deaths you thought for sure would stick in Infinity War were reversed, because... well... time travel. So now anything should be possible, right? If Marvel wanted to reverse some things that happened in this film, they now have the plot spackle to do that with.

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Postby Garet » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:02 pm

Going to avoid posting spoilers on infinity war deaths or otherwise there are a couple of moments in the story or the end where they make it clear this is just a chapter closing but the universe goes on for others and there is story left to tell.

Would it be possible to have a separate spoiler thread could be made for a discussion with its international release already happening combined with the U.K. tomorrow and more on Friday?

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Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:08 pm

Garet wrote:Going to avoid posting spoilers on infinity war deaths or otherwise there are a couple of moments in the story or the end where they make it clear this is just a chapter closing but the universe goes on for others and there is story left to tell.

Would it be possible to have a separate spoiler thread could be made for a discussion with its international release already happening combined with the U.K. tomorrow and more on Friday?

Nah. To be fair, once it's had it's opening weekend, I think it's all fair game to talk about, IMO. And you're right about "closing chapters" but you know what I mean... if Marvel ever wanted to go back and be all "Crap, we need this character again..." there is now a fall back plan.

I mean how many times have we seen Loki come back to life now throughout the different movies?
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Postby Garet » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:18 pm

I completely agree with you. Again for the sake of non spoilers as Robb said there is time travel and it felt like the movie set up rules on the time travel but also, at least in my opinion subtly broke them and in a strange way I think it’s kind of clever. It means that deaths they want to stick will have weight to them but when they do want to change something they’ve given themselves enough wiggle room to do it without looking cheap.

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Postby RCT3Bross » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:44 am

Avengers: Endgame.
Well I'm kind of a emotional wreck. I laughed, I cheered (internally), I cried. Like Robb said the movie is very predictable but that isn't a bad thing, it's all in the name off pay-off. I'm happy I don't go to a theater where people uncontrollably yell and cheer, but there where some jokes the whole theater laughed at and there was a moment the theater was extremely quiet I just heard boxes of popcorn fell and crying around the theater. Marvel really deserves praise for the entire MCU, I mean for creating an universe loved by millions or billions, I believe they showed a cinematic universe can work if you take your time and money to let it grow by it self, that is the lesson I think other studios should take from the MCU.
There is indeed no mid or post credit scene but I do recommend sitting partly through the credits it was the best credits in the MCU if you ask me.
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