Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Movie Review: Avengers

I have to admit that Marvel Superheroes have never been my favorite. That said, all the X-Men films, Iron Man, and Spiderman films (with the exception of the 3rd film) have been top notch. I also liked the first Blade movie.

I've always thought that Thor was silly. I've never liked Captain America. I didn't like either of the Hulk movies. I don't even consider Hawk or Black Widow superheroes.

To me, the only well played villains are in the X-Men Series and the first two Spiderman movies. Even so, when I was kid, I thought the Goblin and Dr. Octopus were silly villains.

The best Superhero movies focus on developing the likeableness and believability of the villain. Superhero movies that focus too much on the superhero - don't really make for good scripts.

Very few Superhero movies do a good job with origin stories.

In The Avengers, we've already dealt with the villain; Loki.

Loki is portrayed in the 2011 movie Thor as Thor's evil brother.

While actor Tom Hiddleston does a very convincing job playing Loki, the villain itself is weak. All of the story behind Thor is weak and the character is just downright silly. While I realize that with all the stories and villains we are suppose to suspend our disbelief … I at least like to think that the Superhero I'm looking at is real. Spiderman, Batman, The Flash ... even Superman do a good job of this. The story of Thor just seems far fetched and ridiculous to me. Maybe, in a small part, it has something to with my religious conviction, but mostly, I just find Thor ridiculous.

Let me break the movie down into Pros and Cons:


• Actor Robert Downey Jr. is top notch and a perfect fit for this movie and for Iron Man.

• Mark Ruffalo plays the best Hulk and Dr. Banner to date. I think they finally got his compelling backstory right and his transformation right.

• The movie is action packed and adds a number of original elements to the Marvel Universe.

• The movie contains welcome humor ~ mostly coming from Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man/Tony Starck figure.

• The movie contains some of the most realistic and completely amazing special effects of any move to date.

• I'm not sure, but I don't remember a single curse word being said in the entire movie. The movie almost could have been rated G.


• The movie drags a bit … mostly due to the Thor/Loki plot lines.

• Samuel Jackson plays Samuel Jackson in this movie. I'm not a big Samuel Jackson fan, so I may be bias here. It seems this role is pieced together from the two dozen other blockbusters that directors love to put a Sam Jackson cameo into.

The Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansen and The Hawk played by Jeremy Renner are played well, but seem like weak characters.

Captain America is no longer a relevant or likable superhero even though he's played perfectly by actor Chris Evans.

• The enemy is in a way; undefined. The enemy isn't unique and while very interesting seems borrowed from other movies.

• Borrowed plot lines and effects.

Overall, I'd rate Avengers a 5 out of 10.


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