Movie Review: “Marvel’s The Avengers”

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am.

(Photo: Marvel Studios)

Summary: Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Nick Fury and a whole lot of explosions bond to save the planet.

Review: When it comes to superhero films, there are legions of loyal fans who disregard poor scripts and are easily swayed by bombastic special effects. There are also the fans who anonymously rage in the comments section, as if men in spandex and metal costumes are as serious as war and the economy.  Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and all the others are throwbacks to being a child, when you believed that a superhero could possibly save the day.  Is there some type of defensive euphoria in seeing your childhood heroes come to life?  That said, is Marvel’s The Avengers a great film? No. Will people love it? Yes!

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers stomps, roars and explodes on the big screen — at least in the last hour. The film, which is six mediocre plots crammed into one, is an exhaustive two hours and twenty minutes of serpent-like machines, New York City being destroyed (it is always New York City, isn’t it?)  and sassy folks in tights. Is the grand running time due to so much action that couldn’t be contained in less than two hours? No. The first hour oozes with forgettable dialogue and weak character building, as if Whedon, who is clearly talented but seemed to be thinking, “See, superhero films can be deep!”  Line after line there are talks about attacks and strategies – take off the Lycra and Avengers could be a behind-the-scenes peak at the art of war.  There is a simple formula to superhero films — stick to the simplicity of the comic book!  Whedon’s stretch to add some brain, only made The Avengers more brainless. 

Within the characters rambling in laborious monologues, there are several campy one-liners that provides a few chuckles — especially from the charismatic Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, who is more enjoyable in an ensemble.  The always excellent  Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury blends well as the leader of the pack — although I would’ve liked to see him kick more butt.  The supporting cast is just as strong with actors who have the chops, just not the best script.

After yawning through unnecessary character development, finally, the action kicks in. Yes, the CGI is decadent but audiences crave the epic special effects.  Thankfully, the battles were big and the explosions almost loud enough to make you forget the useless first half.

Like many before it, the film is critic proof.  The money is in the bank and I am sure there is already a sequel the works.  Not a terrible film, but not one to remember.  Thankfully, there are better superhero films making its way to a theater near you this summer.

Marvel’s The Avengers is in theaters today.

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Comments

Afotey Said on

I’m a fan of most of your other stuff.

This time?

GTFOH.

You are sorely mistaken, Homie.

SORELY!

The Avengers is, by FAAAAAAAR, The Best Comic Book-Based Movie of All Time.

Not EVERYTHING has to be Shakespeare, Pimp! Sometimes, it’s nice to just be entertained.

PS: You apparently rated “Avatar” higher than this.

Hello?!?!?



Kirin Said on

Critic proof is right… You look at all the legion of fans raging and you know you’re gonna get hit hard.

But don’t worry, you got a point. I wasn’t absorbed into this movie as much as I was with the individual movies of the other characters. The director didn’t know how to make this ensemble work, sadly.



Captain China Said on

I tried to enjoy this as a brainless action movie. I really did. But the plot moved so slow and took such a long time that I was bored to tears. The set pieces weren’t even that fun or impressive.



SamJack Said on

@Afotey: Perhaps you mean ‘the greatest superhero movie of the PRESENT time’. By saying ‘ALL-time’ you are implicating the future as well as the past and the present.
Who is to say what monumental superhero movies will come forth in the decades to come?
I will agree it is no doudt the best superhero movie of the pre-historic age and even the early colonial years of the American revolution.