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2012. 142 Minutes. Rated PG 13.
“Because if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”
I know some girls wouldn’t dream of going to see a movie based on comic books, but The Avengers was pure eye candy (I’m not biased due to my secret crush on Mark Ruffalo either; ever since 13 Going on 30, there is a quiet sadness look that I just can’t get enough of.) If Ruffalo isn’t your type, this movie also has Robert Downey Jr. in his reprise of millionaire playboy Ironman (who always seems to get better with age), the loyal and patriotic newcomer Chris Evans as Captain America, and Chris Hemsworth as warrior god of Thunder, Thor. Oh, and for everyone else, Scarlett Johansson bends and twists in skin tight leather as the spy, Black Widow.
“If we can stop him, we shall prevent the collapse of Western Civilization… No Pressure.”
Following the success of the 2009 reboot of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, this sequel continues to pull out all the stops when recounting the Sherlock Holmes legend.
It doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test. There are gratuitous explosions. It toes the line with stereotypes. But Tropic Thunder was one of my favorite movies of 2008.
It’s a movie about making a movie, which is a fantastic frame; unbeknownest to the actors who have been dropped on location in Vietnam for authenticity, when the director steps on a land mine, the only shooting that continues is by drug-runners, at our heroes, who still think they are within a construct they will emerge from safely.