I’ve never reviewed a movie on my blog before, and this probably won’t be much of a review either. But last night I saw Avengers (along with everyone else in the US) and had some thoughts.
A few years back I took my first fiction writing course. The teacher warned us to think long and hard before embarking on the fiction writing journey, “because we’d never be able to see or enjoy a movie the same way.” Last night I finally reached that point. I’d wanted to see Avengers because of all the hoopla and I love a good superhero flick. Plus lots of my respected author friends were Facebooking that they loved the movie.
But I didn’t. Love it, that is. And I’m struggling to pinpoint why.
Things to love.
1. Male eye candy.
2. hilarious zingers from RDJ- “Hold on tight, Legolas”
3. Loki calling ScarJo a “Quim” I was the ONLY person in the theater who understood the meaning. I guess that’s how you get away with calling someone a cunt in a PG-13 movie.
4. Stan Lee’s cameo- Again, I think my husband and I were the only people who recognized him. (What theater did I go to? Clueless Cinemas?)
5. Special effects were fun
Things that made me go hmmm and roll my eyes:
1. Lack of true character motivation for the villains. “I am Loki and I want to rule the world. Bwa ha ha ha” “We are power hungry alien dudes who want to conquer. Bow down earthlings!”
2. Shadowy super secret US government organization masterminding the superheros.
3. All action takes place in Manhattan. In about a 4 square block. And seriously New Yorkers, when there’s a massive invasion. STOP standing at the windows of your sky scrapers peering out. A spaceship/laser ray, tail of a dragon/etc… Will take facing of the building off in a massive crash and you’ll be killed. Sheesh woulda thought you’d learn by now. How many movies will it take.
4. And Aliens, if you’re all connected to the same power source, don’t leave the mothership vulnerable. Again, how many movie invasions will it take before you realize a superhero American will make the ultimate sacrifice (his life) to insert a nuclear device in your mothership thereby killing/shutting down all your soldiers?
Maybe I’m being curmudgeonly, but I’ve come to expect out-of-the-box plotting from Joss Wheedon. Instead Avengers is same old-same old.
What did you think? I know you saw the movie based on weekend box office numbers.