Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
After 21 films, 12 years and a whole lot of characters, stories, directors, box office success and (a few) failures it all comes down to this.  So do the Russo Brothers and Marvel stick this landing? Oh yes. Simply put: Endgame is a triumph.  A complex film full of emotions, twists, turns, humour and endings (story endings rather than a Return of The King twenty five endings ending).  This could have easily gone wrong but rather than a chuck a load of CGI action at it approach (yes DC I’m looking at you), Endgame is story and character led and doesn’t hit the “heavy render fight” button until right at the end.  Yes it’s long and yes the internet nailed a lot of the story points but Endgame is something quite special in a world where Marvel was at risk of loose it’s shine just a little bit.

Best Bit: Getting the stones

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Avengers: infinity War, Avengers: Assemble, Captain America: Winter Solider 

 


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Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Avengers Assemble changed the landscape of modern cinema.  Yup Iron Man was more significant in terms of launching the MCU but The Avengers/ Avengers Assemble showed that a multi-layered set up across multiple films and characters could be brought together in a film that gave (almost) everyone their moment in the sun whilst being coherent, fun and full of memorable moments (and quibble lines). It also nailed the Hulk after multiple miss steps.  Avengers Assemble is still the best of all the Avengers movies and wipes the floor with Justice League.  Essential.

Best Bit: Attack on New York

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Iron Man, Thor , Captain America

 


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Grosse Point Geek: The Marvel MCU Best To Worst (to Ant-Man & The Wasp)

Grosse Point Geek: The Marvel MCU Best To Worst (to Ant-Man & The Wasp)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek The Blogs

Phil’s Quick Review’s own master blogger Grosse Point Geek takes a look at the ENTIRE Marvel MCU to rate films os far from BEST to The Incredible Hulk… get ready for a few surprises (Yes he really does rate Iron Man 3 that low!!)

Updated as and when a new film arrives…

  1. Avengers Assemble
  2.  Thor Ragnarok
  3. Guardians of The Galaxy
  4. Avengers infinity War
  5. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  6. Thor
  7. Spider-Man homecoming
  8. Iron Man
  9. Captain America: Civil War
  10. Ant man
  11. Thor The Dark World
  12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  13. Antman and The Wasp
  14. Captain America
  15. Dr Strange
  16. Iron Man 3
  17. Black Panther
  18. Avengers Age Of Ultron
  19. Iron Man 2
  20. The Incredible Hulk

 

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…Avengers: Infinity War (Finally)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…Avengers: Infinity War (Finally)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we finally get to put our spoiler filled thoughts down on the biggest film of 2018 so far – Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.  And naturally we end up talking about Avatar.  Ross’ alternate title for this episode – Driving It In Dry With Avengers: Infinity War

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Avatar, Avengers: Infinity War, Avatar 2, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers, The Avengers, Avengers Assemble

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

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#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
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Avengers Week: Phil’s Top 5… Marvels Best Post Credit Scenes

Avengers Week: Phil’s Top 5… Marvels Best Post Credit Scenes

Other Cr*p Top 5

With Avengers: Infinity War in the cinemas, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

 

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Marvel Post Credit Sequences


Close but no cigar:
Enter Thanos (The Avengers), WASP (Ant Man), Twins! (Captain America: Winter Soldier)

 

 

5 – . Avengers – Iron Man
A teaser that set up a universe, the arrival of Nick Fury signalled that there was a wider world at play and that Marvel was here to stay.


4 – I’m Not That Kind Of Doctor – Iron Man 3
Turns out that narration we’ve heard thought the film was in fact Stark talking to a certain Dr Banner.

 

3 – Howard The Duck – Guardians Of The Galaxy
Okay so it has no relevance to the wider Marvel world but it was a superb fun moment that made every child of the 80’s smile.

 

2 – . Baby Groot – Guardians Of The Galaxy
Baby Groot!  Groot lives! Say no more…

 

1 – . Shawarma – The Avengers
After the events of The Avengers, Shawarma was just a fun sequence that showed the team gelled together.

 

 

Avengers Week: Spider-Man Homecoming – A Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Spider-Man Homecoming – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Marvel’s Spider-man works.  Be it the excellent Tom Holland, one of the MCU’s best bad guys in Michael Keaton’s Vulture or even the appearances by Robert Downey Jnr & Jon Favreau as Iron Man & Happy, Marvel have finally nailed the web slinger.  Gone are the memories of the lack lustre “Amazing Spider-man” films or emo dancing of Spider-man 3, in is real heart and soul, a witty script and an actor who actually looks like he should be at school.  It even gets around the tricky last act with a few killer story developments. Time will tell how good this will be on second viewing but for now Marvel have done a top job.  Oh and REALLY stick around of the end credits… this one’s worth it

 

Best Bit: End titles

 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

 

If You Liked this Try: Spider-man 2, The Amazing Spider-man, Captain America Civil War 

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films!

The Review: For me the original Thor film was my second , least favourite Marvel adaptation after Captain America (sorry Capt.).  It wasn’t bad but it always felt like it was missing something special.  Now, two years later and bolstered by an appearance alongside his Avengers buddies, the Blonde, buff god returns in what is a far more well rounded and successful movie.

The Story: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Firstly let’s get this out the way.  Thor 2 is actually really good.  Excellent in fact.  Of all the Avengers films, it’s probably the most ‘together ‘ .  It has a simple story, which moves at pace, with action and drama but keeping it tight enough to come in at under 2 hours.  It even manages to get around (at least MOSTLY get around) the standard CGI monster fighting CGI good guy trope that has hobbled the end of every Avengers film since Iron Man.

A large reason why the film works so well is the sublime decision to once again sit an unlikely candidate in the director’s chair.   Be it Jon Favreau for Iron Man or James Gunn for the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel have a knack of picking the right man for the job.  This time out respected TV and Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor brings a more even vision to the film, much more suited to the material than Kenneth Branagh, and obviously revels in having a larger that his usual budget to play with.   The action is clean and well shot, and best of all you can see every punch, every explosion and every insane flying spaceship moment.

Oh and talking of flying Spaceship moments… director Taylor is obviously a fan of 80’s cheese fest Flash Gordon, being that he borrows a considerable part of the films finale for the attack on Asgard.  Not that I’m complaining as the mix of sci-fi, Norse legend, super hero and action make for a pleasant change form the usual Earth bound Marvel world.

Hemsworth once again proves he is a man of considerable talent, delivering action alongside comedy and the occasional pathos.  Naturally Natalie Portman has little to do (as is the female role generally in a Marvel film) but she remains a welcome addition, as does the returning Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston (once again a stand out as Loki) and Anthony Hopkins (as his most gravelly).  Rene Russo even gets to kick arse, which is nice.  As for former Dr Who and professional grump Christopher Eccleston he does good with his limited bad guy role, but in reality with the added make up and FX it could have been anyone as Dark Elf leader Malekif.

In truth the film has little against it, other than maybe an element of familiarity, and ends up being one of the best blockbusters of the year.  Maybe not as good overall as Iron Man 3, but certainly more fun. For the most part.

So overall a good script, great characters and some snappy dialogue alongside standout action sequences and a fast pace mean that deservedly Thor The Dark World will be another hit for Marvel.  Truly a studio that cant seem to get it wrong.

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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

 

This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men

 

 

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

So the bigger, louder, more action packed sequel arrives in cinemas with a weight of expectation on it’s shoulders, a weight sadly even it’s great cast & solid director just can’t live up to. Even if it’s still likely to smash box office records globally…

Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad film BUT even I’m getting a bit bored of this formula now and in an age when Guardians and Winter Solider did it differently enough to stand out from the crowd, Ultron just seems a bit of a backward step delivering us action, humour and character beats we’ve seen countless times before.

Starting with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a long time, the film rattles along at a pace with action scene after action scene, adding more and more characters along the way. Problem is, like I noted above, we’ve seen it all before and, except for the Hulk vs Iron man bit, there was little that really got me excited – especially as the film ends in pretty much a repeat of Avengers Assembles impressive last 40 minutes (hordes of faceless bad guy getting pummelled by CGI Avengers). Yes the humour’s here once again, as is the stand out character interactions, but this time it feels more forced and whilst Ultron, the titular foe for this Avengers outing, is solid good creation voiced expertly by Spader, he lacks the charisma of say a Loki, as is always the way when it’s a purely CGI creation.

So for me this is one of the weaker Marvel films, not because it’s badly made, but because familiarity surely now is starting to breed contempt and with another 5 years of Superhero films in the works I just wonder what they can do different now to stop the inevitable decline of this genre of films.

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network. 

Avengers Week: Iron Man- A Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Iron Man- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The first blockbuster of the year was a balls out debut for Marvel Studios that set a high bar for the summers other superhero films. On second viewing the film has lost little and still remains one of the top five super heroes ever made.

Best Bit: Iron Man Vs Tank

Blu-Ray Notes: Amazing transfer, loud and detailed 5.1 HD audio and a massive selection of extras. Very Good!

If You Liked This Watch: The Dark Knight(9/10); Spiderman (8/10); Hulk (5/10)

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