Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Well I saw Avengers opening weekend (something I rarely do) and had a good time, although the movie is crowded with characters and feels a but jumbled at times. First of all, if you had told me as a kid that there would be an Avengers movie, and that it would be so popular, I'm not sure I would have believed it. So it's awesome that these movies even exist, and are so popular. This one was a blast in a lot of ways, although it's not as good as the first one.
This one starts off great, with the Avengers assembled and we get to see the team in action right off the bat. I also enjoyed the party scene and the interactions of the team members- my favorite part of the movie. The character development and quiet moments are the best parts for me. It's just not as good as the first one- but it's still a lot of fun.
WHAT I LIKED:
Captain America- I thought he was good in this movie. Chris Evans plays him spot on, he owns this role now.
The twins- Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I thought Elizabeth Olsen was great as Scarlet, I liked how she utilized her powers, and I surprisingly liked Quicksilver as well. They were a highlight of the film for me, even if Scarlet did mess with the Avengers' heads a little too much (how did she get so close to Natasha without being detected?).
Ultron looked great, although his motivations were pretty lame- destroy humanity. Blah blah, nothing new here. But I guess that's the villain so whatever.
Black Widow- she kicks butt as usual. A big part of the movie, and in spite of all the controversy, I liked her in this movie. Not entirely happy with her character arc- see below- but she's one of the best parts of the movie.
More Cobie Smulders- she could do so much more. How about just replacing Nick Fury with her.
WHAT I DIDN"T:
Tony Stark. I'm pretty tired of the way he is portrayed- and I'm kinda over Robert Downey Jr. in the role. Don't get me wrong Downey Jr. is largely responsible for the success of these films and I thought he was a good casting choice- but after all the snark only goes so far. Tony Stark certainly bears responsibility for creating Ultron (and hiding it from his teammates, deceiving Thor, etc). This will no doubt continue in Captain America: Civil War where he and Cap will be on opposing sides. I just wish they weren't going there.
Not enough Thor- Hemsworth is a great Thor, I loved his line about needing revels to celebrate a victory. He was very underused here.
The dream sequences. Joss Whedon has said that he fought to keep the dream sequences in and Marvel wanted to cut them- I think I'm with Marvel on this one. They didn't work for me, except fpr maybe Cap's. Interesting that his was the only one where he wasn't messed up by it- I guess he came to terms with his fear of being alone in a strange time?
The Vision didn't work for me. My favorite character growing up, I was really curious how they would do him- and while I give them a lot of credit for what they achieved, I just didn't think he looked that good. A tough character to do. I was also disappointed he didn't really use his intangibility powers, no going through any walls.
Bruce Banner and Natasha. This came way out of left field, and it felt forced and not natural at all. Natasha seriously wants to run away with Banner- I didn't really see that based on her characterization to date. Or maybe n relationship at all- it's not like she needs to have one, after all.
I think Joss whedon had to please too many masters in making this movie, with all the setup for future movies. I don't envy him the struggles he must have faced, but I don't like a lot of his creative choices either- I'm happy to see the Russo brothers directing Captain America: Civil War, and the next Avengers movies as well. They did a great job with Captain America: Winter Soldier. So bottom line for me- this is a fun movie, it's way too crowded- but it's an Avengers movie so you gotta see it.