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It would not be in LIH’s best interest to supply spoiler filled appraisal of the Avengers movies. Has this movie, cast and director found its audience? Please look at the box office numbers and recognize that the movie can’t stop breaking box office numbers? Does the movie live up to the hype? Below are 10 questions that everyone who still hasn’t seen the Avengers needs to know? Every general effort was made to not spoil the film.
First this reviewer enjoyed the film in a big way. My pleasure with Joss Whedon’s script and direction knows few bounds. Marvel’s immaculate hype machine began in publishing and has only evolved since. Even Marvel’s rivals Warner and DC quote it’s promotions. The Critics most are sadly out of it and will be looking for new jobs in the very near future. Film criticism evolved into a publishing to screen review process a great while ago, so if you don’t know the books you don’t know jack about the film.
When New York Times critic A. O. Scott’s claims in his article “Superheroes, Super Battles, Super Egos,’’ “But for all their maverick swagger, the Avengers are dutiful corporate citizens, serving a conveniently vague set of principles.” He is expressing fatigue with movies whose character exposition occurs in other movies. And yes he saw the previous movies to the Avenger’s sequel where character motivations were presented in a way this reviewer found more than adequate. As much as I would like to agree with him, this sentiment may solely be an expression of ancient film criticism. In terms of exposition, hopefully I will address this formal and potentially academic issue later. Attempting to reign in my pet peeves, (at least until I express them) yet I was more than pleased with the film. I will warn you if I will spoil the film in some way.
1. Can group super hero movies be successful?
Yes. Again see the box office, unfortunately most of the suits stop complaining in Hollywood when the cash over flows. At this late date, I heard that the buckets had reached a windfall of $2.6 million dollars. Older attempts at this genre “Fantastic Four,” “X-men” and “Watchmen” are now relics of a bygone age. And very few of the previous characters could sustain their own movies.
2. Given the large cast did the story represent each character well?
No, yet all make a respectable showing. The order of character dominance is directly relevant to past box office earning success. Iron man earned $318,412,101, and Iron man 2 is $312,433,331. Thor earned $181,030,624. Captain America earned $176,654,505. Hulk earned $134,806,913. These numbers drove character visibility, and if these bean-counter values that make you uneasy, than you should know that character Nick Fury’s Samuel Jackson is the highest paid actor in Hollywood history. While you attempt to digest that, recognize that screen dominance and rank was projected visually.
Spoiler Alert: Despite the huge cast, the Avengers sometimes appeared to be Ironman three. Many of the sets appearing in Stark Tower, Tony Stark was the first to discern Shield’s opportunistic schemes, and ultimately (yet not surprisingly) Iron Man was the character who had the biggest role in stopping the alien invasion.
Without observing Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who were in roughly in many of the movies for less than twenty minutes, here’s an account that demonstrates how past earnings distinguished presence in the character cast;
1. Iron Man: Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.), Black Widow/Natasha Romanov, (Scarlett Johansson) Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Computer voice Jarvis (Paul Bettany),
2. Thor: Thor Odinson (Christopher Hemsworth), Hawkeye/Clint Barton, (Jeremy Renner), Loki Odinson (Tom Hiddleston), Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård),
3. Captain America: The First Avenger: Steve Rogers, (Christopher Evans)
4. The Incredible Hulk: CGI Monster
3. Does the film narrative present characters and relations as they appear in the comics?
Generally, yes. In the comic Captain America is the undisputed leader. Though there were scenes where strategic orders are delivered by Rogers/Evans, they were fairly few in between Starks acts of leadership.
Though technological scenarios make it easy to situate Stark as the focal point of most of the action the lack of Steve Rogers idealistic point of view is noticeable. Of course this may define the difference between comics and filmic live action.
4. Will all of the characters resemble their comic’s counterparts?
For the most part, I really found the variation on the Hulk the greatest variation on the comic book character. Others have made observations that Whedon’s script is actually a comedic piece and the Hulk is surprisingly the best expression of this comedy.
Different from the dramatic leanings of the last Hulk film and the 8o’s TV series, this Hulk has some of the funniest sight gags of the film. And unlike prior presentations of the character he frequently smiles. The comic has explored multiple expressions of the character and after three attempts this hulk though brutal he’s actually smart.
Even more surprising Whedon breaks from the depiction of the Hulk’s Dr. Jeckle and Banner’s Mr. Hyde. When Mark Ruffalo claims, “I’m always angry.” He confirms that Banner is the Hulk’s concession, and the Hulk isn’t Banner involuntary occasional Monster. When Banner wants to be the Hulk, he purely becomes him. No contrived lose of control, no sudden fit of rage, and no accident of fate. He simply becomes him.
5. Does the Marvel sequel formula continue to seem fresh?
Yes, yet I do think more concessions should be made so first timers who do not have a better understanding of past events and films. The after the credits scene teaser was not even possibly (un) understandable without being a fan boy. That’s kind of cruel, maybe this is a marketing ploy to test or compel fan loyalty but I don’t think this is the best way to treat your loyal new fans?
6. What does the movie suggest about future solo movies and spin offs?
- Scarlett wants her own movie for Black Widow, we’ll see if that happens yet I agree this movie definitely creates more interest in her back-story than past appearances.
Ironman three seems to be exploring the 2010 “Extremis” story line from his comic book.
Fans are starting to clammer for another hulk movie for the Hulk/Bruce Banner.
Thor will likely concentrate on adventures pertaining to Asgard for his next movie.
Like Scarlet Johansen, Jeremy Renner probably hopes for his own feature film series.
Captain American is said to be preparing for an espionage tale for next movie.
There has been talk of a Nick Fury movie though when has never been specified.
7. What characters and actors were standouts?
- Robert Downey Jr. handled Tony Stark with his usual character’s usual flair.
- Chris Evans proved unusually effective portraying the man out of time, Steve Rogers.
- He and Scarlet Johansen had some of the best-choreographed fight scenes.
- The Hulk was very funny.
8. What were plot points were the strongest?
I thought that the Shield organization was an excellent environmental backdrop was an excellent community to establish and better unveil the group.
9. What were the weakest plot points?
Thor’s treatment was easily the least thought out. At the end of the Thor, he was isolated on Asgard due to the destruction of the rainbow bridge. He and Loki return in this movie without any explanation of how. Plus there was no explanation as to why he did not find Jane Foster.
His character looked unusually bad for most of the movie. If you told me Whedon kicked Hemsworth down a flight of stair between every scene I would believe it. I know this was an action movie yet I did not understand the character “distressing.”
Referring to Captain America’s costume, I’m not sure I have ever seen a worst super hero costume in a film.
10. What events will be the most memorable?
Tom Hiddleston as Loki stole almost every scene.
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