A couple months ago I noted my top 5 movies I was looking forward to this summer. They were:
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Amazing Spiderman
4. The Avengers
5. Expendables 2
I saw each of those movies, finishing the Expendables sequel about an hour ago. I was thinking I would do an indepth review of all of them, but really there is nothing more to say. They were all awesome.
Of the 5, I would have to say I rank them like this:
Dark Knight Rises
Why? Batman was sooooo good. The villain was better than expected. The pacing was great, and Nolan took some chances with the story and characters that surprised me. 2 hours and 45 minutes flew by for me. The action was tight. Anne Hatheway was a surprise hit, I couldn't believe what a great Catwoman she was.
Promtheus was the one I was most looking forward to, mostly because the ground it had tread had been left alone for decades since Aliens came out in the 1980's. It was a beautiful movie. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender were the clear favorites of the film. I thought the plot was great and it left me wanting the painfully obvious sequel.
Spiderman was surprisingly good, despite the "ok" Spiderman 3 coming out six years ago. I thought Tobey Maguire was outshone by Andrew Garfield, and I thought Emma Stone was perfect as Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone's natural color is blond, I just learned, she is something else). The villain, of course, couldn't top Willem Dafoe, but the fight scenes were awesome (the best scene featured a cameo of creator Stan Lee with the hero and protagonist fighting in the background).
Expendables 2 was exactly what I expected. The first one was more of a "could they redo the classic 80's action movies with 80's action stars in 2010," and after Sylvester Stallone and co. proved that they could of course they made a sequel to it. With so many toned down PG-13 movies coming out (Live Free or Die Hard, for example) when they should be "Hard" R movies, it is refreshing to see a no-holds-barred action movie pull everything off.
Finally, the Avengers. I enjoyed it, it was fun and action-packed. I thought it was amazing that Joss Whedon could pull it off, by having four larger-than-life heroes, all played by top Hollywood talent, share the spotlight. Perhaps what took the enjoyment a tad down compared to the other films (especially Promtheus) was because there has been so many recent movies featuring the Avengers (Iron Man, Capn' America, Thor, and the Hulk). I ununderstand that Marvel wanted to set up the fanfare film, but still.