Marvel Marathon #5: The Avengers (Assemble)

(During quarantine my girlfriend and I are going through the Marvel movies chronologically. Surprisingly, she is really enjoying them, maybe even more than me. We are already a couple down and I’m gunna do write-ups for all of ‘em, the good and the bad.)

Bitta background on my relationship with The Avengers – saw it in the cinema, of course. Loved it, of course. Since then I’ve seen it a couple times and I’ve come to the theory of the “IMAX veil.” Seeing anything in IMAX makes you think the movie is much better than it is; huge screen, loud surround sound, big comfy seats, immersive as hell, and of course, the expensive ticket prices. It gets me every single time, it made me think Star Trek Into Darkness, Godzilla, and even Tron: Legacy were great films. I could go down a rabbit hole and theorise that IMAX was the invention of a marketing genius, but stay on topic, Ste.

What I’m basically saying is, watching it on a 50” TV didn’t give me the same thrills as it did in the cinema. This time I watched the movie with a completely open mind, now with knowledge of the predecessors I had not seen originally (Iron-Man 2, Thor,) but also wearing my movie review hat… and something weird happened – I fucking loved it. I actually have almost nothing negative to say about it. It is a great film through and through. Any problems I had with the solo films have been ironed out. The interaction between the heroes characters and the creation of this “universe” is approached so delicately and with so much care.

The movie doesn’t shy away from putting the heroes in impossible situations. It approaches personality clashes head on. They all have massive egos, they all think they are the shit. Are they all Leo’s or what? They all treat each other as enemies and that’s what single-handedly creates the catharsis. They all have their own and completely different opinions on how to approach the situation to the point where they are shouting over the top of each other, and it all makes total sense. Then, of course they have to learn to get along and work together. Their communication develops in the most natural way. However, if you get rid of all the banter, it’d only be a 50 minute movie.

Thor especially works so well within this group compared to his solo movie. Well, all of ‘em do. This film is much greater than the sum of its parts. The Avengers working together for the first time still holds up as such a thrilling moment in cinema history. Establishing all the characters in this world, let alone as a team, was a daunting task but the everyone involved pulled it off perfectly.

Now, like I said, it’s the Avengers themselves that create the catharsis. One thing that’s wholly unoriginal is Loki’s plan. He escapes just to intentionally get captured again. Whatever. This has been the “evil genius” plan of every villain ever since The Dark Knight and it has to stop. In this movie, Skyfall, all of ‘em, the plan is completely convoluted, makes no sense, lazy writing. It isn’t clever anymore, OK. At least Loki does have more character than he did in Thor, though he might be a little too obnoxious and not feel like a real threat.

The Battle of New York is the first huge battle in these movies that does not feel overly long. Maybe it was long, but it kept me entertained throughout due to the whole logistics and choreography. You really get a sense of where everyone is at that exact point in time and the way the characters interweave with each other is so satisfying. Every hero has their greatest moment in this action sequence (Black Widow riding on an alien ship is a personal fave.) It looks straight out of a comic strip – Every frame is so detailed. And the CGI is blended with reality much better than it ever has.

There are so many amazing moments that I could keep this write-up going but it would just be boring ass scene descriptions.

Next up: Iron Man 3

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