The Avengers (2012) Review

The Avengers 2012
“Guys.. I don’t think we’re in Comic Con anymore..”

Snap: It’s the ultimate marvel team-up! Bringing together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow, these comic book superheroes come to life, fight through infinitesimal odds and use the power of FRIENDSHIP to defeat the evil designs that Loki has on the Planet Earth. The characters all come from stand-alone movies of Marvel’s comics book franchise, so if you don’t know what special abilities each person has, you could watch those other movies first. Ultimately (Hur, see what I did there.) this movie’s not about the finishing line, but the journey. [3/5]

Love: As expected from any summer blockbuster and superhero genre, there’s a tonne of action sequences, plenty of pyrotechnics and computer generated images. They’re great sequences, a full visual spectacle and treat, but you can’t exactly marry a person just based on their looks. (Well, you could, but it would be a short-lived relationship.) The true stand out would be Josh Whedon’s script and direction of the actors. The true super power in this movie is friendship, or teamwork. I won’t say there’s a careful exploration of what makes a team, a truly great team, but the banter between characters does a fantastic job of making you believe that somewhere deep down in each superhero, is a sense of belief that this bunch of misfits could work.

Hate: With such a huge cast, some fans of individual superheroes are bound to be disappointed. I was, because I’m a Captain America fan, but I felt that his role was rather side-lined, probably to make room for the higher paid Robert Downey Jr. aka Tony Stark aka Iron Man. It might be fool-hardy on my part to give every character equal stake in saving the world, but I think I’m within my capacity as an audience member to expect more intricate character development if Josh Whedon wanted to make this a character driven plot, but I appreciate that the studio got their hands on it first. So yes, it’s a well packaged movie, it just wasn’t that birthday present you were expecting. Like getting an apple for a present, when you wanted an Apple.


Ironman 2 Review

Iron Man 2

Snap: Big budget sequel to the first movie adaptation of Marvel Studio’s Iron Man that promises to be bigger, better and babe-ier (if that’s even a word.) Unfortunately, as wonderful as the characters are, and the action wasn’t exactly shit, it just seems like a convoluted excuse to set up the much rumoured “Avengers” story where S.H.I.E.L.D brings a group of superheroes to battle the forces of evil. Apart from seeing some Avengers related paraphernalia, the story doesn’t seem to mind speeding along, leaving little room for character development. Which to me, is essential for the audience to identify with the struggles presented in a film. Ultimately, the tin man had no heart. [2.5/5]

Love: A quote by Whiplash (Micky Rourke): “Trust me. Drones better.” I think this is the best quote in the movie, delivered in a gutteral Russian accent. You can be sure this will be my reply to whenever someone expresses doubt over any of my abilities. Anyway, Iron Man armour is cool. There is a reason why we’re drawn to a live action version, and that’s because as Howard Stark said, “Anything is possible with technology.” and the Iron Man armour personifies that, hence.. it is supercool. Oh, War Machine makes an appearance too.

Hate: It was a decent story of Tony Starke exorcising some demons and getting over some Daddy issues, but it’s nothing to rave about. There were no real plot twists, or even a mature one to begin with. The introduction of S.H.I.E.L.D was a tad unnecessary although it added a Deus Ex Machina to the already shambling plot. But hey, Iron Man gets his level up and gets to play with the triforce! Oh, War Machine makes an appearance too.