Category Archives: Movies

Movie of the Week: The Avengers

Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and a bunch of other super heroes in a movie directed by Joss Whedon? That can only be awesome or awful but nothing in between.

In the movie The Avengers our planet earth is threatened by a powerful alien army. The secret organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. is desperately trying to prevent the evil demigod Loki from opening a dimensional portal which would allow this alien army to invade. To be able to succeed S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to build a team of super heroes, the Avengers. But most of the possible candidates are not exactly team players and a lot of them don’t trust S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place. Only when the catastrophe seems to be almost unavoidable the Avengers finally stop to fight each other and join in a desperate effort to stop the invasion.

The Avengers features the well known mix of spectacular action, comedy and interesting characters which made the other Marvel Comics based movies worthwhile to watch. But with multiple featured super heroes, an excellent cast and even more spectacular action sequences the film surpasses all its predecessors.

If you like entertaining action movies you should definitely watch the The Avengers. Silke and I both enjoyed it very much.

Movie of the Week: The Hunger Games

After seeing a trailer for The Hunger Games I was immediately interested in this story. It reminded me of the Bread and circuses strategy used by the Romans to appease their population. I therefore ordered the three books of the The Hunger Games trilogy and read all of them in a few weeks. Last weekend Silke and I went to the cinema to watch the movie adaption.

The Hunger Games is set a few hundred years in the future. After an apocalyptic war a single large city is left in North America. It is the capitol of Panem and rules over twelve districts, smaller human settlements that provide the capitol with resources like food and energy. As punishment for a rebellion against the capital 74 years ago the districts have to take part in the Hunger Games each year. One male and female tribute between the age of 12 and 18 from each district are chosen via a lottery. All the twenty four tributes have to fight each other in a massive open air arena. The games last until only one of the tributes is left alive.

When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister Primrose is chosen Katniss volunteers to take Primrose’s place as the female tribute for district 12. She does that knowing very well that she is mostly likely going to die in the arena. Together with Peeta Mellark, a boy from the same district, Katniss is immediately sent on her journey to the capital. Their only ally is Haymitch Abernathy, the only surviving district 12 tribute. But as Haymitch is a drunk Katniss’s and Peeta’s situation is desperate.

The movie is a decent adaption of the novel. There are of course parts of the book’s story missing but the essence has been preserved. The movie is also less violent than the original, probably to get an age 12 rating. Jennifer Lawrence‘s performance as Katniss Everdeen is very good which is key to making the film work.

I can definitely recommend watching the The Hunger Games. It’s a good movie based on an excellent book which provides both action and food for thought.

Movie of the Week: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Almost ten years after watching the first Harry Potter movie  and half a year after watching part 1 we finally made it to the cinema today to watch the grand finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. My expectations were of course high.

While the first part stayed mostly true to the book the second part has been turned into an epic battle. It reminds me a bit of Return of the Jedi: after an initial action sequence and a short reprieve a one and a half hour final showdown begins. It  is full of action but still manages to find time for the important moments from the book although some details get lost of course.

Overall the movie is exciting but manages to slow down for the moving moments. It delivers the grand finale that I was waiting for.