Last night, after we both finished working (yup) we watched Ant-Man (imdb | rotten tomatoes). It wasn’t great, but it was pretty good. Better than the whole ant-man concept should have been. Paul Rudd has enough natural charisma to be a decent, if slightly unbelievable, lead. The supporting cast were all good too, especially Michael Peña who stole nearly every scene he was in.
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In between errands and work we found time to take a Sunday afternoon off. We watched Avengers: Age Of Ultron (imdb | rotten tomatoes) at the Yonge & Dundas VIP, and it was what I expected: very good, but nothing surprising, nothing outstanding. Granted, the first one set the bar high, but I felt like the sequel chased the success of the first too often. Not that anyone could argue with that, given how much money it made, but I was hoping for a slight shift to keep things interesting. It wasn’t a bad movie. It was a very good movie, in fact. I was just hoping — fairly or not — for more.
We left the theatre and walked down to the Bier Markt for some lunch. Well…a charcuterie board and three beers each, anyway. It was just so nice to sit on a patio, enjoy the sunshine, eat some snacks, drink some cold (Euro-centric) beer, and relax. And WHAT a joy to not have cigarette smoke anywhere on a patio now. I could hardly ask for more.
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Somehow, in the couple of months that it’s been in theatres, we’ve managed not to see The Avengers (imdb | rotten tomatoes) even once. Finally, with a little bit of time to spare during the week, we rectified that error.
But first, a bite to eat: I met Nellie at The Oxley, which has quickly become my favourite watering hole in Yorkville, mainly because all other Yorkville watering holes suck huge, save the flight deck at The Pilot. It has a smashing burger and interesting beer and a fantastic back patio, which is more than enough to make it my new work local. Anyway, when I arrived Nellie had staked out a position on the patio…which would have been fine, except that Toronto has been hotter than a marathoner’s armpit all week and I was wearing a dark suit. Anywayanyway: food good, drinks cold, back to theatre.
So we were a bit dawdly getting there and actually had the time wrong, so we got there five minutes late…or, in today’s theatre-going experience, just before the ads finished playing and just before the previews began. We each had time to pee out all remaining beer before the movie even started. Unbeknownst to us, though, we had elected to see it in 3D. Which I hate. Super, super-hate. But I’ll try not to let that ruin my impression of the movie.
That impression: it was great. Lots and lots of fun, and funny. Especially The Hulk; he had a couple of classic comedy moments, which I appreciated far more than Tony Stark’s non-stop sarcasm. But it was everything a comic book movie should be, and the special effects were stellar. I don’t know if I’ll bother buying it when it comes out on DVD — there’s not a lot of heft to it, if you know what I mean — but I’ll certainly watch it over and over when it comes on TMN. You know, two years from now.
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