This Friday I went to see the first ever bringing together of the greatest Marvel superheroes to the big screen known as the AVENGERS! If you didn’t know to begin with, I am a huge comic freak and 100% nerd to the bone! Who in the hell doesn’t want to see Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, THOR altogether kicking ass! And if you’re looking for an ass kicking film, then look no further. This baby is drenched with it, with SMASH on the side! You even get the THOR vs. HULK match-up and IRON MAN vs. THOR vs. CAPTAIN AMERICA wet dream fanfic?
It packs a nice style of comedy with our heroes during some fight scenes and with the villain Loki who is hell bent in brining earth down since his last encounter in THOR. Now, the numbers have been huge for this franchise and people are begging for more. So, you think with such praises I would give it a 5 out of 5. BUT, I can not. And here is the “why”
For one, the storyline is rushed off the bat. We’re tossed in a whirlwind without having enough time to really enjoy the chaos, it’s a theme that carries on through out the film. Captain America is a new era, we’re told he’s having a tough time adjusting, but it’s never seen, not once. Only with some small practical jokes thrown here and there, but not really enough to show us the deep scars that lie within. Thor returns to earth, but isn’t show how. That’s the issue that bugged me, it’s almost as though Thor came back, nuff said, don’t think about, not for a second… do I have to wait until the next movie to find out? If so, that kinda sucks.
Of course we also have Black Widow, whose 2D to the bone, she’s tough, she’s an agent, she cares for Hawkeye with all her heart, ah yes, Hawkeye another hero that we’re told to care about, but frankly I couldn‘t. Yet we’re meant to have all these emotions for these characters in a span of 2 minutes. If this was done on any other film, critics would have bashed it and fans would have tossed to the fire. This film should not get a pass on merely because it’s the Avengers.
The fight scenes were outstanding, well done. But the way the characters looked defeated for a mere two to five minutes then somehow came together and formed a plan to stop this threat, made me bash my head against the wall. For example, Thor is in a field, tries to pick up his hammer…but can’t after getting defeated by Loki… few minutes later random scene he grabs his hammer thunder strikes down and he finds his well to fight. COME ON! At least give us something, what was Thor thinking about? Or at least a flash back to he and Loki as kids or his father speaking words of wisdom. I understand the film could only be 2 hours and 25 minutes, but you have to give us a little something than just take our word he‘s sad but he‘s better now.
Yes, we’ve all been dying to see the Avengers and we got it, but, is it the film we deserve? No, not by a long shot. Even though some have told me wait for Iron Man 3, Thor 2 , Captain American 2 and the Avengers 2 to get the whole picture… that’s where my BIGGER issue lies. Are we going to see rushed films meant to sell one thing, the next Avengers movie? If that’s the reasoning to it, I just have to shake my head.
Story wise this franchise just gives me a headache. Look no further than IRON 2 which was a total bust. Now look at the first Iron Man and you’ll known it was on to something, the second part just ran off the cliff and burned. Mainly to put focus on the Avengers movie. Captain America started off great, then rushed to the end without giving us a look into the belly of the beast that was Red Skull, who was misused in that film, so many darker ways you could have gone, but they just ended up making look like an Austin Powers villain. I know I’ll get some heat for that.
In the end, I got to see my heroes on screen, but I didn’t get to feel the connection to their troubles or heartaches to come with this film, they just felt soulless. Though, I do not dispute that it won’t break records seeing how it’s a big target with kids and families; to let their inner geek come out to play.
The Avengers is a first of it’s kind, I point to you the Tim Burton Batman franchise, when it came out it was awesome sauce , then Christopher Nolan came and showed us how much BETTER, someone else can retell the story. The Avengers are in a league of it’s own, for now. I will hand them this, they sticked to the source material as much as they could, and I applaud them for that.
Yes this franchise can sell, but will they become an icon for the ages, I have to say no. Not if the next films can take a drop into somewhere dark and start putting the lives of it’s heroes at risk and show them they are nothing but flesh and blood.. Then, they might just be an image no one in the world will be able to compete with. Till then, I’m giving the AVENGERS a 3.5 out of 5.
Let the comments rain down on my page like the wrath of THOR 😉