You know these films that just will get amazing reviews no matter what because honestly speaking, 99% of the critics and 99% of the audience attending the screening are mad geeks? And you know when you are this only person who can watch it but doesn’t actually NEED to watch it (unless he or she is a critic, then of course, they probably should, just because EVERYONE is talking about how amazing it is). And you know when this critic who is in this 1% simply LIKES the film, but doesn’t LOVE it? Do you know how hard this critic’s life is? Well, I could just lie to you and say how much I loved the Avengers’ Assemble…but I’m too truthful to my personal morals and thus I publicly announce that this:
And now let me tell you why…
Firstly and most importantly, the Avengers is completely action driven. If you follow my reviews like you should, you probably already know that I am not a big fan of action as a genre, however, I do appreciate good films even if they don’t come from my favourite category. I enjoyed the magical world of Harry Potter as much as I guiltlessly paid too much money to watch Transformers in IMAX (after I already saw it twice in a normal cinema). I even liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes more than Drive and enjoyed Thor more than most of Sundance films this year. So it seems like surprisingly, I might had been the perfect target for the Avengers, even though I didn’t know why Hulk could sometimes control his anger and other times couldn’t, or how did Iron Man manage to communicate with everyone on the ground while he was flying around almost unseen, or why was Black Widow called a black widow?
or who is this guy anyway?
I know, I know, I was suppose to do my homework before I went to the cinema and watch all of the Avengers’ movies separately, so
they could get more money out of me I could appreciate it more; but I didn’t and I believe that even if I am not familiar with the series, a good movie would be able to quickly introduce me to the characters. And it did! And these are the characters:
a nice guy, protects the United States, believes in God, generally conservative and a little out of fashion, but still cool for hipsters
a nice, Briths guy, has a hammer and shit, believes in brotherhood and has one funny line
says he’s always angry but looks like a nice guy, knows about technology and is afraid of a cage
no, not this Cage
With characters so well written, there’s only action left I guess.
So, is it AMAZING?
Once again, it’s just good. It is very strong, well balance and impressive film, but the Avengers seem not to risk enough to reach the hoped for greatness. The shots are classic, the music is standard, the jokes are cocky (by the way, it could be the Avengers’ drinking game if you had a shot every time dialogue between any characters on screen or any action sequence finished with a cocky comment; i promise, you would be completely drunk in the first ten minutes of the movie) the special effects are as good as they have always been in Marvel’s movies, but the lack of egde makes it just a satisfying and entertaining movie rather than the EPIC adaptation everyone was waiting for.
ok, that’s pretty epic
I saw the Avengers in 3D (although the cinema had problems screening the copy so the first thirty minutes was just plain blurry) and it was definitely a well made 3D. It wasn’t pushy, it wasn’t distracting and to be honest, it was a little pointless. Most of the time I felt as if I watched the potential the Avengers had rather than the same potential being used in practice. The special effects were of course great, but there was nothing innovative about them, nothing breathtaking or simply unique. It was just everything Marvel has already given its audience, but combined in one movie.
Speaking of combining things in the movie, I believe this is what the Avengers was really about. Having different characters from different comics fighting for Manhattan against Thor’s evil brother. The type of movie where we cheer for each and every one of them, the type of movie in which they combine their powers in order to create a new, unique weapon against the enemy. The type of movie that uses the awesomeness of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk mixed together in order to promote the universal message about the importance of friendship and standing for yourself. The type of movie from which we learn that everyone is different but we are all the same, right? Not really…
Don’t get me wrong- I enjoyed the Avengers (or whatever the actual title is), however, after reading so many reviews and seeing big 8.9 on IMDb rating page, I expected so much more than what the movie actually offered. Well, actually, I expected only one thing. I expected it to provoke this feeling of unity, the belief in people and the need to see more of the Avengers fighting alongside because they are just such a great team. Instead, because of the Avengers movie, I believe that all of these characters just hate each other and making them see each other again would be simply a punishment for them. I know it’s too late to stop the sequel from being made, so just please, make it warmer. After all, isn’t friendship what the Avengers’ comic is about?
who are you…