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Age of Ultron suffers “All your base are belong to us” moment

14 May

We really liked Avengers: Age of Ultron, you can read our review here. But maybe that is because we saw in its native language and not translated as it is shown in China.

Fans are expressing their frustration with clunky and sometimes too literal translations of dialogue. For example at one point Captain America says “You get hurt, hurt ’em back. You get killed, walk it off”. The Chinese translation reads “Run fast if someone tries to kill you”. Good advice, but it changes the tone of the pep talk just a bit.

And it really doesn’t improve from there. A few of the other instances that are making the rounds:

  • Captain America says “I’m Home”; translation: “I’m good”.
  • Iron Man says “We may not make it out of this”; translation “Let’s back off now”.
  • The phrase ‘son of a bitch’ is translated as “my old familiar partner”.

Chinese theaters typically hire their own translator, but the quality of the translations can vary greatly. And the issues sometimes extend to the title of a film. 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy was know by the much more intriguing Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team.

The good news for Marvel fans in China, some theaters have already corrected translation issues.

Also, a trip back to 1991:

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reese Witherspoon needs to fire her agent

8 May

Avengers: Age of Ultron came out last weekend, and it did what everybody expected it to do (or maybe a little less, due to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight), and everybody got the hell out of the way. No major movies opened last week against it, and it looks like the studios projected a second weekend of dominance, as well, as the only film out this go around, is a female, buddy-cop, road trip movie, that looks miscast and miserable, and ploy to grab at the demo that doesn’t plan on seeing Avengers for a second time.

Hot Pursuit stars Reese Witherspoon as a beat cop, and Sofia Vergara as the drug kingpin’s wife, who needs protection. This odd couple pairing – the by-the-book blonde vs. spicy-Latin-bombshell – soon realize both sides of the law are out to set them up, and they learn to work together, to make it to their destination (Dallas), and clear their names. It’s like every other road trip buddy movie (Due Date, Identity Thief, Planes, Trains & Automobiles), but the problem here is it seems unbearably miscast. Witherspoon plays the dowdy, naive, wholesome cop, out to get the job done, whatever it takes, but the problem is, the whole time I’m watching the trailer, all I’m doing is picturing Amy Poehler, playing an Amy Poehler-type character…..but it’s not Amy Poehler, it’s Reese Witherspoon. Sofia Vergara does what she’s supposed to do, walking around in a bra and yelling things in Spanish. And it’s no surprise there’s an oddly-timed tabloid scandal regarding frozen embryos and her ex-husband (really scrapping the barrel to drum up press for this stinker). But if we wanted someone to play the foil, and look weird in granny underwear, we want Amy Poehler, who is, after all, an actual comedian. Oh, that reminds me, it also doesn’t look funny AT ALL. It’s Thelma and Louise meets The Odd Couple, and if the studios needed to throw a sacrificial lamb at the feet of Iron Man and Co., this bungled mess of a film looks like it will do nicely. I’m guessing the film was written with female comedians in mind (of which there are growing numbers: Poehler, Wiig, McCarthy, Schumer), but for lack of anyone willing, they must have thrown a bunch of money at a big name, and lost any hope of improvisational-magic to fix a rehashed, dull script.

But hey, if you were stuck watching the May-Pac fight (speaking of dull!) last weekend, you might want to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron…we heard from about 60 million people that it was pretty good…

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Cast of Captain America: Civil War expands

6 May

The cast for the third Captain America is growing. Martin Freeman is the latest star to sign on to the movie. It is not clear which role he will fill. Film producers say they were impressed by Freeman’s dramatic and comedic roles.

Freeman was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role of Lester Nygaard in the mini-series Fargo. He also won a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the BBC series Sherlock.

Captain America: Civil War, represents the beginning of Phase 3 of the ambitious plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The events pick up after Age of Ultron and represent a shift within the films–friction between our heroes will increase as governments tried to manage the threat from super-humans. Civil War continues the march toward the Avengers: Infinity War films–the first will be released in 2018.

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Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016

Post Mortem – The Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 May

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the eleventh movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and hit screens this week. The commercial success of this movie is guaranteed: it will, without question, be one of the highest-grossing films all-time. So how will fans of the series judge the Avengers’ return to the big screen?

I will admit to having guarded expectations regarding this movie. For me, the original Avengers movie was one of the best comic book movies. I think Joss Whedon did a great job of mixing action, charm, and humor in the film. He did a great job of combining the fun of the Iron Man films with the gravity of Captain America. My one complaint is that the fight scenes were a bit too muddy on screen–it was sometimes difficult to follow the action. So, I entered Age of Ultron with guarded expectations. Could this film ever live up to the enormous hype generated by the Disney/Marvel juggernaut? Could it recreate the unique blend of ingredients in the first one? Could we feel the same excitement the first time we saw the Avengers assemble? And I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

The Plot: The movie begins with the Avengers raiding a HYDRA base as they search for Loki’s staff (Chitauri Scepter for the mega-fans). From the first scenes, you can tell that Whedon learned from the missteps in the Avenger action sequences. The camera easily moves from on Avenger to the next and serves as a showcase (or introduction if you are new to the Marvel Universe) of each member’s ability. This entire battle serves mainly as a prologue, because it is only after they have captured the staff and begin to examine it, that we are introduced to the main theme of the film.

Tony Stark is tired of saving the world and believes that the Avengers were brought together so they could eliminate the threats that only the Avengers could solve. With the power of the staff, he believes that he can create a robotic sentry that would safeguard the world. But, predictably, the artificial intelligence that was supposed to protect humanity, realizes that the only way to protect humans is to remove the largest threat to their safety–humans. This A.I. is Ultron, and he is the Avengers most persistent and dangerous opponent.

I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but I do have a few notes:

  • We are introduced to several new characters in this film, and they all fit very naturally. Their personalities and powers fit right in with the rest of the Avengers.
  • This movie is funny. Not full-fledged comedy funny, but action movie funny. The laughs diffuse tension. And even in a huge blockbuster, Whedon manages to sprinkle in scenes that provide an intimate look at the heroes, when they are not being heroic.
  • There is a romance, that while not offensively out-of-place, still feels shoehorned into the movie.
  • The Hulk vs. Iron Man. That is all…

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Verdict:

For all of the build up over the past three years, Age of Ultron manages to more than meet my expectations. The action is tighter, the one-liners are funnier, and the 3D is the best I have ever seen. The stakes are just as high in the movie–you feel that the survival of humanity hangs in the balance of a decisive battle. As I left the theater, I heard many comic book fans talking about how the comics were better and how they changed this detail. This is an adaptation of comics, inspired by the stories that took hundreds of comic books and years to tell. They cannot possibly make a word-for-word, panel-for-panel recreation of the comics. In short, this is how every person who read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or Gone Girl, or The Da Vinci Code felt when they saw movies based on those books. Compromises must be made to fit a novel’s worth of material into two hours.  But most important, this movie did not feel like a placeholder. Yes this is part of a much larger story, but it was a self-contained thrill ride. So does it suck?

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Need a Marvel movies refresher? Look no further

30 Apr

Thank goodness there are some people on the Internet who have more free time that they know what to do with! In this case, one of those people used their powers for good. Thanks to YouTube user ahmed elsherif for putting together a comprehensive review/recap of Marvel movies released between 2008-2014.

If you don’t have time to watch all of the Marvel movies before The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases tomorrow (really tonight at 7 PM in many markets), you can use this as a crib sheet. Still, you will have to clear a bit of time, the video requires the same time commitment as watching a feature length movie.

Here is the link to watch the video.

Did Amazon UK reveal details about the Avengers DVD special features?

26 Apr

The Avengers: Age of Ulton could become one of the top-grossing films of all-time, but will not be released in the US until later this week. If you are like me, you are trying to avoid spoilers for this film, but that may be the least of our worries. The folks over at Screencrush may have stumbled upon a spoiler for the special features that will appear on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the movie.

The UK branch of Amazon is already offering customers the chance to pre-order the film (it opened on April 23 in many locations, including the UK). Included in the product description is the mention of an extended version of the film and hints at a possible alternate ending.

I have not seen the latest Avengers film, so I do not know how the ending could be changed/approved upon, but this is a bit disconcerting. The Age of Ultron represents the end of Joss Whedon’s involvedment in the Avengers and it is disappointing that he could be shipping a product that he is not completely behind. I am much less disturbed by the additional/deleted scenes that will appear in the special features section, but am a little perturbed at the inclusion of a different ending.

Or, this could all be some last-minute jitters. How will The Age of Ultron live up to the original Avengers? Can it? That is yet to be seen, but I will be back with a review of this summer’s can’t miss blockbuster next weekend!

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters in the US May, 1.

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