so I feel kind of obliged to write about The Avengers because I just watched it.
Overall, I didn’t think it was absolutely AMAZING but I thought it was great enough to recommend to a friend and for a superhero movie, the writing and casting was amazing. It was also such a pleasant break from finals. Testament to the movie was an applause towards the end.
So first off the bad things about the movie: obviously the plot was cliched, but I didn’t actually think this was a big deal because there were enough small twist and turns in the movie to keep me engaged. AND I didn’t think the story was THAT predictable on a more micro scale, but I’ll explain this later. Second: what the hell was up with Loki? Tom Hiddleston is gorgeous but he was way too much of a simple-minded villain for my taste. Like that part where he and Stark were bantering:
Loki: Uhm like, all humans are meant to be ruled and I want to rule them.
Stark: There is no version of this that you will win - whatever way, if we can’t protect Earth, we’ll avenge it.
Really Loki? You didn’t see that coming?
But I mean there could be a reason why Loki wasn’t as threatening as he could be. It could be a comic book thing - I have no context for this movie other than .. the last Marvel movies so if Loki was the first villain, and he was always this weak, AND the movie was staying true to the book then fine, fair enough. Also, I guess this movie was just a first in the series so the first villain would be the weakest. Hey, Avengers need some credibility right and what better way to do that than to make them seem strong with a weak villain?
Anyway on to the things I thought the movie did REALLY well:
The writing AND the comic timing: There were so many good lines in this movie I was just crying! Well Stark has always been this witty so I wasn’t surprised but I was surprised at how funny some of the characters were. Every main character in this movie had a one-liner (well except Hawkeye I guess) and the one-liners were so good. The Legolas reference to Hawkeye was great. The trading cards were great. The general smart-ass things that Stark said were great. This was by far the greatest:
Everyone: Something about Loki being evil.
Thor: But he’s my brother.
Natasha: *stare* He killed 80 people, in two days.
Thor: *straight face* He’s adopted.
Okay, I don’t know about you but that was hilarious.
The casting: I really, really liked the characters. Usually with superhero movies they tend to be boring because there’s one obvious leader and there’s not enough back-story to each person to make them stand out - so the rest end up looking like sidekicks. X-Men first class did a good job of giving each character a personality. The Avengers could do a great job because it could a) build on all the previous movies of each individual and b) everyone was a leader in their own right; everyone had their individual heroic stories. Everyone held their own in this movie and there was really no sidekick, which I loved.
Also, was Captain America super badass towards the end or what? How strategic and what an N (.. haha) - he’s also so likable and genuine. I sense a consultant path in the near future if this super-heroism doesn’t work out.
And I really liked the Black Widow in this. I actually didn’t even remember this character from Iron Man 2 but Scarlet Johannson did a great job with the character; it was really bad-ass and really believable. What I didn’t like was Robin from How I Met Your Mother. Every time she spoke, it just felt like acting. And I was expecting a joke.
Tangent: the whole time during the movie I thought - damn if I were a consultant, I can’t do ANYTHING in the event of an extra-terrestrial attack. I would be so useless. I would be one of those people in glass buildings screaming at flying out-of-space monsters wanting to destroy my world. I need to build survival skills.
Anyway besides the casting - I really, really liked how the entire story was never really built on some kind of oh-my-god-we-have-to-save-the-world sentiment. I liked the defiance at the start, I liked the coming together only because there was a need. I liked that they all had separate lives. Not your typical team-superhero movie I guess.
Plot: Okay so the plot was definitely cliched but small twists and turns in the movie were good. I couldn’t predict Loki’s little magic tricks. Random things like where Iron Man just rammed right into Thor when Thor was about to do something to Loki was unexpected. Also did not expect that bromance between Captain America and Iron Man - always saw more of a Hulk x Iron Man combination.
Also, I liked that I could reason out each character’s motive, which made me think. I don’t think all movies do this very well. This movie already had an advantage because there is already so much context to the heroes from their previous movies, so it was easy to tap into each person’s psyche. I like being able to just understand why each character thought and acted the way they did.
Anyway the plot wasn’t a huge deal to me - I liked each character enough, the writing enough and the small twists and turns enough to ignore the predictable plot.
Would watch this movie again - not in the cinema, but would definitely watch it again.