skew_whiff: (come into the factories)
So, when I came out to my family round about the middle of last year, it had exactly the opposite effect to what I'd expected, in that it actually brought us all closer together. Obviously, this is great - after a good few years mentally preparing myself for disownment, it's nice that everyone's chilled and I can actually be open around my folks now, and even my mother (whose atrocious reaction when I told her was what made me so doubtful) has now calmed down and accepted things.

In particular, coming out led to me discovering that one of my cousins, whom I hadn't talked to in years, is in fact even gayer and even nerdier than I am. I've visited her and her side of the family a few times, and a couple of weeks ago we went to see The Avengers together - and all of this is a roundabout way of explaining how and why I received this through the post this afternoon:




FUCKING LOOK AT THEM. THEY'RE SO LITTLE AND ROUND AND WHOLESOME. They're my late birthday present, and every time I look at them, Cap's little blond caterpillar eyebrows make me crack up anew.

They're just the most ridiculous and adorable things I've ever seen. Apparently there's also Spider-Man and Hulk models in the same range, which I'll have to look out for; I wish I knew how to whittle so I could make myself a little wooden Thor.

Being from a family of nerds is pretty much the best. Of course, now I'll have to repay her in kind, seeing as it was her birthday a few weeks back. I'm thinking maybe a knitted Loki. (God, I love Etsy.)
skew_whiff: (star spangled man)
So, I went to see the Avengers this weekend! And it was very good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My non-spoilery thoughts are as follows: It was good, solid fun, which did a good job of carrying on the continuity from previous instalments in the shared universe while making it (reasonably) accessible to those who might not have seen all of it. The script does a really, really good job of fleshing out minor characters and making ones that might not be the easiest sell likable and compelling - I couldn't give the tiniest of fucks about any of the previous Hulk films, or really the character in general (at least in the comics), but everything about the set-up and the way Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner works perfectly. Black Widow and Hawkeye are both excellent, and the script implies a lot of backstory between them without info-dumping all over the place. Agent Coulson, after having been in the background for years, unexpectedly gets a chance to shine.

The actual plot is not anything ground-breaking, but I've felt the same way about all the Marvel movieverse films that I've seen so far - they get away with it by being strong on character and doing a good job of actually making it feel like a comic brought to life without it being campy. I couldn't see a single weak point in the cast, but Tom Hiddleston does effortlessly out-do everyone else as usual.

Also, props to the costume designers for making Cap's suit cling to Chris Evans' backside like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth. It was slightly distracting, but certainly not in a bad way.


Okay, that's the stuff I can safely say. If you've seen it - or just don't mind spoilers - other thoughts and flailing around are under the cut. Read more... )

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