Let me start this off by telling you something I’ve said before; I don’t do comic books. I never have and I think it’s safe to say, at this point in my life, that I never will.
That being said, I have watched a lot of super-hero movies. Why? Well because I don’t pretend to be the kind of guy who needs high-brow intellectual crap to entertain me and I’m not at all above getting a thrill out of seeing people get kicked in the junk by people with super powers.
So I sat down and watched “The Avengers”. Here’s what I thought of it.
Again, I’m not above some good old fashioned, childish fun. Hell, I’m just an old child myself. I like explosions and fist fights and if someone gets punched through a concrete wall, all the better. Super-hero movies are good for that kind of thing because they can be gratuitously violent without having heaps of gore…because, you know, super-heroes don’t bleed much and we can pretty much bet they’re not going to die.
The Avengers follows the typical super-hero movie mold. Bad guy starts making trouble, good guy(s) try to avert catastrophe, bad guy gets the upper hand, good guy(s) turn it around and pull the lever on the whip-ass machine.
In this case, though, there’s also a lot of internal strife. We learn that Loki, the bad guy, is planning to use the heroes against each other and, from the very beginning of the movie, it looks like he’s going to succeed. In the end, of course, the heroes get their acts together and take care of business.
I won’t tell you if any of them die but you already know the answer to that one, don’t ya?
So what did I think about the movie? Well, if you manage your expectations, you’re in great shape. Don’t go into this one expecting Shawshank or some movie of the year contender and you’ll be ok. If you go in expecting a couple hours of fun, during which you can switch off your brain and float along on an autopilot of punching, kicking, building-smashing, exploding goodness, well…You’ll really enjoy yourself.
It’s not cerebral, folks, it’s a super-hero movie.
While I did think a couple of the characters were under-represented, I also thought the creators did a fairly good job of balancing things out. Iron Man did NOT run the whole movie, which I was afraid would happen, and no character was left so short that they didn’t matter. Everyone had a role and they all played it well.
My final assessment: If you’re a fan of super-hero movies, or of explosions and fist fights, give The Avengers a look. It’s a solid action flick with good acting, good effects, a decent story line and lots of smashing and crashing going on. Of course, if you’re a pretentious douche, pass on this one and go watch The English Patient for the 38th time. Have fun with that.