Monthly Archives: May 2012

Millennium Falcon: The Greatest spaceship ever made


The Millennium Falcon has a glorious history created AFTER the original three films. The Falcon is meant to be respected.

The ship is not only a mode of flying across the distant galaxies but instead part of the cast in the movie itself. First on Tatooine in the fourth movie , we hear of a ship that is something of an avionic ‘hero’. She’s the ship that can go with “.5 past light speed.”
She can “fly faster than Imperial Star cruiser’s… the BIG Corilian ships!”
Why she even made the “Kessel Run in less than 12 Parsecs!”

She’s fast! In fact she’s the “fastest hunk a’ junk in the galaxy!”-Lando Carlrissian.

She is fast AND manoeuvrable! So if she can’t outrun something it will maneuver it for sure.  Falcon is full of surprises and after a lot of modifications she became the Falcon

When an Imperial Tie -Fighter’s is chasing you in an asteroid field it has such styles that she can fly between them with ease like a piece of cake. And when the imperial fleet is after you while you are having troubles with out of light speed there are no worries because you are flying in the ‘Falcon’. She is sleak and can easily hide herself in a giant space worm’s tip , or on a much larger ship by using the docking clams, and then just leave like it was never there.

Now Flacon is something incredible that one have never seen ever in his/her cinematic life.

Reason?

Luke is pressing down the final leg of the trench in ‘The New Hope’ while Vader is about to get a lock on him, but suddenly out of no where the Millennium Falcon appears on the Death Star’s scanners! Grand Moff Tarkin even after being informed he just rejects is calling it a “piece of junk”(Luke’s quote) and ignores the threat to the station

However the ‘Falcon’ has few tricks of her own and the final shot delivered by Han destroying Vader’s wing men and sending the Sith Lord- tumbling out of control and out of Luke’s way. The same ship the Moff ignored earlier in his “Moment of Triumph”

If ever a ship was a hero, she was then!

She played hero every time she was needed, it was her that Princess Leia escaped from Vader’s clutch.
Again, ‘The Falcon’ is saves the only hope the galaxy has to defeating the ‘dark side’ of the ‘force’ by rescuing Luke while dangling from beneath Cloud City with one hand!

And then destroying the yet to be complete, but “fully armed and operational” NEW Death Star! Her greatest achievement of all.

This time her former owner Lando pilots her, who lost her to Han in a card game, but then he gets into her cockpit hoping she ‘saves his life at least ONE MORE time’! Falcon flies in her classic style accross a system of space station chain to the reactor core while being persued by imperial fighters. He fires a series of missiles and then moves for the exhaust post hoping that Falcon outruns the fire storm. And she does that.

If you are struggling with an answer to find another ship as sleek and trusted as much is the Falcon, I’ll offer you this quote from Han Solo as help:

“Good luck. You’re gonna need it”!

Movie Review: Marvel’s The Avengers


 And there came a day, a day unlike any other… when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat… to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand… on that day, The Avengers were born.

The Avengers was not just a film. It was a movie even of a lifetime. People like me waited 5 years for this movie to come out. The thing was that could a movie this big would live up to the expectations. But in the end it shut down everyone’s mouth and it turned out to be a masterpiece. This movie deserves all the praise it’s getting. In the hands of someone else this could have been a total disaster, but Joss Whedon managed to turn out a really good film.

What worked best for me was how each character was given enough of a role that they didn’t feel useless.. Iron Man, for me, had the best arc in the film. I particularly liked how Cap challenged his way of thinking. There is something to be said in that Cap and Iron Man fight for different reasons and ideologies; and you could safely assume that unless Tony as a superhero is a stupid person who wants to change the world as per her terms, he’d have something to learn from the famous super soldier.

The actors themselves all seem to be really on their game, including ScarJo and Jeremy Renner, who get quite fair screen time as Black Widow and Hawkeye, but a couple of special mentions have to be given. One goes to Tom Hiddleston, who really plays the sole baddie of the film, and handles it with ease. This shouldn’t be too surprising as he was the standout character in Thor, however he evolved from a calm demeanor to wickedly intense in a matter of seconds, no matter what character he’s standing against. It’s his villainous turn that carries a lot of the film, and he was more than up for the task. Another wonderful job was done by Mark Ruffalo, who seems to actually get Bruce Banner more than any other actor to step into the purple pants(Sorry Ed Norton, you no longer rule that department). Ruffalo doesn’t play Banner as a depressed doc fighting his inner demon. He is now able to control the monster within, and when he’s finally able to unleash the beast makes one of the best Avengers moments for me.

Yes, the action. Oh, the action. The 2nd half of the film. Wow. There’s just not a lot to say other than it will leave goose bumps on the arms of any fan who has ever dreamt of something of this magnitude. It’s just almost too good to believe. Watching Hulk and Thor back to back fending off alien invaders; seeing Iron Man swoop in to lend a repulsor ray- assist to a shield-swinging Cap…these are visuals literally popping off the page. It seemed that once the full scale of Loki’s plan is unleashed, there were literally dozens of moments back to back where the theatre I was in would let out an audible shout of approval followed by thunderous applause. It’s moments like these that make being a comic fan in this day and age so much fun. We’re able to gather and literally “geek-out” together over childhood heroes being brought to cinematic life.

There’s constant comparison between The Avengers and Chris Nolan’s upcoming ending to his Bat-trilogy, but those comparisons seem so off-base due to the completely different takes on the properties. Yes, Nolan has crafted an extremely intriguing world of hyper-realism and crime drama that peaks at an intellectual level, but Whedon has done something that others before him have failed to do. He literally made a comic book come to life. Not in a way that’s cheesy, but in a way that both honours’ the creators of the characters and stories that have come before, and allows the audience to do something that is often missed when adapting four colour adventures…just have FUN.

Is The Avengers a perfect film? I’m not even sure what a perfect film would look like if I saw it, nor do I think many critics would either. That isn’t really the point though. It’s all about whether or not a gamble like this would pay off. Future films like Justice League(someday….someday) could entirely depend on the success or failure of this, the first true superhero team-up. It’s easy to see that this will more than pay off though. Marvel has a bona fide blockbuster on their hands, and a master craftsman in Joss Whedon. The Avengers works in all the ways it should, and left me grinning like that little kid playing with his toys.

My Rating 4.5 out of 5 times Hulk smashed Loki like a rag-doll