With the conclusion of Marvel’s ‘Phase Two’, we thought it appropriate to all sit down and share our man-giggles and squeeing over the new Avengers: Age of Ultron. It being such a massive film with so many moving parts, the best way to tackle it seemed to just have a conversation. SPOILERS ahead, so if you haven’t seen the film, do.
This movie will sell a lot of toys. Whilst that is far from the defining feature of Big Hero 6, it is surely a line that was used when Disney was discussing their first animated team-up with Marvel (the film is loosely based on an obscure comic series). All the characters lend themselves very well to action figures, and the star of the piece, Baymax (voiced with a child-like deadpan by Scott Adsit), is one of the most lovable animated characters ever put on screen. Every single moment of the film in which this Michelin-man like figure appears is memorable, from his first awakening to a hilarious sequence where he runs out of battery, which for reasons unexplained turns him into a deflated drunk. I can’t imagine kids appreciating any 2014 character as much as this kindly robot and, come the end of the film, I absolutely wanted a Baymax of my own. (more…)
Following the remarkable Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios continues to impress with the intergalactic excursion of an unlikely team of crusading criminals in The Guardians of the Galaxy. Blasting off from cookie-cutter crap that has characterised many superhero films in recent memory, Marvel’s trend of differentiating each saga through tone and genre keeps the continually expanding universe fresh—if there’s one word that summarises this film, it’s ‘fresh’. In a lot of ways, Guardians plays as a parody of the superhero genre with its hilarious rag-tag collection of flawed heroes, but its fun tone sits extremely well with deeper themes of friendship, unity, and support which could easily have felt superficial in a less confident film. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy delights with its chaotic sense of humour, its incredible ensemble, and its surprisingly touching sincerity.