Let’s talk about The Avengers. I know this is late beyond reason to still be relevant, but I’ve never been known to be timely. I enjoyed the movie. That’s what I can say about it. My mind wasn’t blown, I only saw it once, and it was perfectly enjoyable. I’m a little bothered by the kind of pedestal people are putting it on. The plot was pretty standard and the way the characters developed wasn’t shocking or new. Even the “shocking” death was expected. If Whedon’s name is on it, you take bets with your friends which player bites the dust. And since Whedon likes impaling people, that wasn’t too much to guess either.
Maybe I’m bitter, but this movie shouldn’t have been considered super impressive. I’m glad that it was entertaining and not a horrible let-down, but just because it wasn’t a horrible let down doesn’t mean it deserves all the noise. It’s a superhero movie. One Spandexed man tried to take a MacGuffin/BDO/whatever from another Spandexed man and it will go back and forth between the parties until the one in the most primary colours has it for keeps or destroys it. The colour bit isn’t as true with Batman, but otherwise is pretty faithful. I was hoping for a bit more deviation from that story line since it received such high praise. The team dynamic was nice, but then the arguments and cheap shots they all took at each other when shoved in the same room seemed silly. No, they wouldn’t all have agreed, but they could have acted like adults a bit more readily. And though the building of camaraderie were thorough for a movie, the two tiny suggestions that after years and years of losing control The Hulk can now identify friends and enemies seems insulting.
Like I said, I found it entertaining and I might see it again, but for such high praise it should have been able to live up to it a bit better. I know I should suspend beliefs for a few things, and I did, but it becomes silly after a while. There were far more interesting things they could have done with it. They would introduce things and then forget they existed. Like Thor supercharging Iron Man’s suit. Why did they never use that to their advantage? What a waste. To a lesser extent, Black Widow being Russian was almost completely abandoned except for her introduction and a few times where they say “Since she’s Russian…” Casting someone who could at least pretend they were Russian for more than 15 minutes would have been a vast improvement. I know that I’m asking too much of Hollywood to be clever and have a cast that does more than serve as a fantasy aid. I’d love to start reading comics, but this movie didn’t contribute to that desire at all.