The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

'Age of Ultron' is Over-the-Top Fun

Review of "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit theaters everywhere. (Marvel Studios)
What do Avengers do for fun on their time off? They attend parties and play party games like who can pick up Thor's hammer:
Tony Stark: “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?”
Thor: “Yes, of course.”
Tony Stark: “I will be fair, but firmly cruel.”
Thor: “No, I'm sure."

This is one of the best scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron as it shows the heroes in their down time and reminds the audience to not take the film too seriously – it's a comic book movie after all. (Maybe DC should take a hint.)

Writing a review of this movie is almost pointless. Any fan of the first Avengers movie will be going to see Age of Ultron regardless of what I say and those who didn't, won't be reading this review anyway. Be that as it may, here are my two cents worth.

While the sequel is bigger and badder, it isn't necessarily better. The 141 minute film is full of adventure right from the beginning and it has a spectacular ending, which is a good thing. The film does have a few flaws, but for the most part, Marvel is able to hold it together. However, that remains to be seen for the future. The movie is overrun with characters and if they add any more, (and you know that they will), it will become that much more difficult to comprehend. Surprisingly though, Director Joss Whedon was able to share the love between the characters giving characters that we know well (like Tony Stark/Iron-Man) less screen time and giving others that we don't (Like Natasha Romanoff) more. We also get to see more of their personal struggles.


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