Saturday, 5 May 2012

Looking Back... April 2012

April in a Tweet: Joss Whedon month! Cabin in the Woods and Avengers both assembled icons from their respective genres. Plus, we got our first Jo Nesbo film.

Everyone was talking about... the Joss Whedon double-bill! Cabin in the Woods and Avengers prove that Whedon can deliver big screen scripts every bit as sharp as his TV work. And his triumphant turn as director of Avengers has just elevated Whedon to a serious contender in Hollywood.

Best Film: Marvel Avengers Assemble - crowd-pleasing, fan-pleasing and well worth the wait. Marvel Studio's long-running commitment to this franchise really paid off.

Best Actor: it's hard to pick a winner from a month of ensemble films but Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson in Avengers almost stole the show with his straight-talking, nonchalant reactions to the superhero antics.

Best Actress: Scarlett Johanssen was a sure-fire hit as Black Widow and made the character far more interesting than her Iron Man 2 appearance, utilising her dark back story to hit the emotional notes but equally happy kicking-ass. Bring on a Black Widow spin-off prequel.

Best Line: with two Whedon scripts to choose from, this is a hard call. But let's go with one of Tony Stark's zingers. "Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster."

Other Best Line: "I'm sorry I let you get attacked by a werewolf and then ended the world." Marty (Fran Kranz) in Cabin in the Woods.

Best Scene: the Cabin in the Woods system purge. Bad luck for the SWAT team.

Other Best Scene: Loki meets the Hulk in Avengers. It doesn't go too well for one of them.

Best Newcomer: TV screenwriter Drew Goddard makes his directorial debut with meta-horror Cabin in the Woods.

Films Seen: HeadhuntersThe Cabin in the WoodsMarvel Avengers Assemble.

Average The Big Fairbanski Star Rating: 4.67