In anticipation of Iron Man 3 I thought I should watch The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble in the UK) to get me in the mood. The last time I saw it was when it was in the cinema and I have memories of loving it. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that it isn’t as great as I thought. I’m not trying to be controversial or piss anyone off, I just thought I would put it out there and see what other film fans think. This isn’t a review as I’m pretty sure everyone in the world has seen the movie so I’d really like to know what you guys think – is it overrated or am I just a joyless, nit-picking, fun vacuum?
There’s lots and lots of elements of Avengers that are great, off the top of my head – the acting, the action scenes, quite a lot of the script, and of course The Hulk. But you already knew all that. No, I’m going to focus on the things that stop a good film from becoming a great film. OK let’s do this!
This is something I didn’t notice the first time I saw the film but on a second viewing it really becomes apparent that there’s a hell of a lot of long sections that are all exposition. Its actually quite dull at the start and the process of bringing together the superheroes is not very exciting.
I know I shouldn’t really be looking too closely at the plot of a movie about guy in a robot suit who teams up with a green monster, a recently thawed super-soldier, and the Norse god of thunder. But I’m a dick so I’m going to! It books down to ‘bad guy wants to open portal so aliens can invade’. That’s it! Also there a some plot holes so big you couldn’t fit a Tony Stark’s head through them. Loki let’s himself be captured for no apparent reason but it’s what the Joker did in The Dark Knight so it must be cool. (Sky fall is guilty of this too)
I’ll admit Thor and the Hulk are super cool and Nick Fury is a bad-ass but some characters are just plain annoying. Black Widow and Hawkeye have the personality of a wet loaf of bread, Fury’s sidekick lady is totally forgettable, and most criminal of all – Tony Stark has been turned into a smug, smarmy asshole. Iron Man was great because Stark was cocky and arrogant but always likeable. Tony Stark in the Avengers is just a smart-ass with none of the redeeming features from the previous movies.
Like I said before, I really enjoyed The Avengers so this is just me thinking out loud. What do you think? Am I missing something? I’d really like to hear your opinions