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2015 – My review

2015 – My Review

Hello Dear Reader

Well 2015 has now passed and often people reflect on their year, a personal review you might say. I am no different than millions of others, so beware spoilers ahead. (Well for time travellers at least).

2015 has, just like many other years, been filled with ups and downs across the board. It is often thought that the downs tend to come to the fore at this point and yes there were a few scary moments. It has not been the best of times but things did pick up towards the close. One of the up’s was the pleasure of seeing Michael Palin live talking about his dairies and what he wrote about. It did make me think and yes write a blog about them. Maybe more people need to remember what a dairy is all about. Another odd good moment was a trip down memory lane to the Tower Ballroom at Blackpool and yes sitting watching a lot of people waltzing around the floor. Of course there were many other good moments most of which ended up in a blog or two. I also added to my list of achievements two presentations, one for the Keele Creative writing society which I was extremely proud. Add to this a very interesting trip to Buckingham Palace, one of the afternoon BBC Proms and an evening meal surrounded by most of the cast and writers of Sherlock. Now that was different.

Normally in the past I have reviewed a few good films, so why spoil a good format!

There have been a number of blockbusters yet again and surprisingly the best was saved for last (I am sure you can guess). Here are my top films (in no order whatsoever );

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Ant-Man

Jurassic World

Spectre

Minions

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Of course they are all action based adventure films and the ones I saw at the cinema. There were a few I missed, noticeably Steve Jobs, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Martian and a few more.  It seemed as if each movie, for me, kept on building towards one of the best kept secrets of 2015. In this day it was surprising to find that there was little real information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Man from UNCLE started a short series of spy movies this year, along with Bridge of Spies and Spectre. The latest James Bond movie, rounded what was a very well put together story and left at least one person with a dilemma. If you wish to read my review on this film here is the link; Spectre. The Man from UNCLE was good in the sense to tried to explain the origins of the lead characters. Will there be a squeal? Bridge of Spies was one of those films I missed which was a shame, but there is always rental.

In keeping with the past few years, hard to think there was a time before them, we had the latest two Marvel films. Ant-Man introduced us to the smallest of Marvel’s characters, while the Avengers (still no Steed) came back to battle their own demons. Both films gave us more to enjoy in this growing universe, well at least to the non-comic reading part. Again I enjoyed them for differing reasons; Ant-Man was more of a comic feel, the humour fitted well as did the story. It is always difficult to present a 60s or 70s comic version so taking the best from the whole comic range seems Marvels plan. Age of Ultron on the other hand showed that sometimes it is best not to mess about with alien technology. It will lead into a series of films that could tear the audience apart.

Minions, cute, yellow, strangely understandable at times and one of those hits that was not meant to be. Why? Well they were sort of supporting characters (even in animation) that just took off. There first movie and who knows what else will turn up, was funny predictable and ok. Also returning was the Park, Jurassic one, remember that? It was a major hit of the summer and well worth it. It combined the old with new, basically the Park opened as Hammond always wanted and of course someone decided to play God and well guess the rest. Another good escape.

So finally the film of the year. You can’t argue with facts and figures, not these. Even before the film had been shown it was breaking, cinema servers and records. I have not reviewed this film as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. However I did post just one word after I watched it … Emotional. It was all that everyone has said. It did take me back and yet did not reboot as many thought. It moved forward in a logical fanshion. The sets where real, the characters believable, the effects better, the story fine, yes there might be the odd plot hole but sometimes, just sometimes you have suspend everything. It was one of the few movies I could have just sat through a second time without moving. I did in fact see it twice already and plan to see it again given the chance. Many people tend to want to find problems with any film they see, I myself see plot mistakes – take IronMan 3. However, I don’t believe in just denocensing a film just because it does not explain where character A cane from.

So what else has happened that was memorable? A number of things really including having one of my poems published in the first Keele Creative Writing anthology. Completing my first book, which is due to be published in 2016, was a major achievement. That for me, is a goal I have slowly pushed for. It won’t be to everyone’s taste and I doubt it will gain me anything other than self pride. I will be able to say  not only have I written a book but it’s a published one.

Writing has been one of the more enjoyable outlets over the past few years. I have published more blogs in 2015 than before and branched out into posting photographs and a small video. I do plan on producing another short video in 2016.

To close then. 2015 another year to talk about.

Roll on 2016.

Tagline:’Are we there yet?’

 

Avengers Age of Ultron

Dear Readers

Avengers Age of Ultron.

Once more Marvel’s characters band together as the Avengers to tackle, this time a seemingly man-made problem. What starts as one man’s good idea and intentions may not always be the best.

Avengers 2 has already opened and to great success. It seems Marvel really does have the right formula at the moment. The story is straight out the comics, it is well-balanced, well scripted and has enough of everything for everyone. The cast, really are into their respective roles now, they appear at ease with each other sharing screen time. It does work.

Like one of the comics, this story has twists which does not disappoint. It also allows the characters to continue to explore. Stark pushes his desire to protect, against the advice of others. But his plan is taken up by Banner (The Hulk) and for a time it seems impossible. Fate, fluke call it what you will but of course things happen. I wont tell what happens in the story as that will spoil the fun.

What this movie does is take another step further to cement Marvel’s position as the number one comic franchise. Once more the movies cinematography was excellent, the effects wonderful and the music just blended without being over the top. There is an Avengers theme, which you can recognise without wondering. It just all fits together perfectly. There are some obvious moments and the script allows all the characters to explore much more without slowing anything down.

Marvel certainly has the edge over its rival DC in a big way. They just have something more, they have that winning formula in the movies. DC has some very good TV programs, but the movies fail each time. Either the plot, the character or more. Even as Batman V Superman was announced what they meant was Justice League of America. So why give such a big movie a lame title? Marvel knew full well that The Avengers had to be The Avengers. Despite the set up in various other movies; IronMan,  Thor and Captain America – Marvel got it right.

They even picked the right actors to the right characters. Maybe planning this for years in advance, take Robert Downey Jr for example as Tony Stark. You can actually believe they are the same person. Each actor fits perfectly with their respective Marvel character. Maybe that is part of Marvel’s success compared with DC. You believe the characters are real. Even in the action sequences comparing the last 15 minutes of Man of Steel against the new Avengers movie. It was boring where as Avengers has the edge of the seats moments. Marvel shows how to mix action and not let it become tiresome.

As for a rating, for me this movie is 5/5. Would I watch it again, yes and I will buy the Blu-ray. It is that good.

Tagline: “Time to see a new Vision”