Jeff has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2015.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★½

    A great man once said, "I love it when a plan comes together." Watching Joss Whedon's masterful work stepping into Kevin Feige's vision for the MCU is pure bliss. This is true pop culture at its best--comparisons to RIO BRAVO are apt indeed. Whedon's knack for capturing oddball personalities and the ease that grows with camaraderie is unparalleled. I'm still astonished how all the character's egos were managed so proficiently, but then in some ways Loki is the Whedon surrogate,…

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man

    ★★★★½

    Downey is so perfect and all the right notes (Black Sabbath!) get hit on the way to the finale. Stark's transformation from clueless playboy to playboy-with-a-conscience works thanks to Downey keeping the character's cockiness in tact. There is no real humility on display, rather a redirected hubris that is a hoot to cheer for. Bridges is a great baddie and tying Stark to his father's legacy lends an unspoken emotional undercurrent. Gwyneth, as ever, is transcendent as Pepper Potts.

    As filmmaking goes, it moves just fast enough and gets out of the way of the personalities onscreen.