|The Avengers Film - Failure to Launch|
It’s just noise. Lots of it. And its really fucking LOUD! (Don't know why Hollywood blockbusters think noise is part of the spectacle of film; it's clearly not unless you are hoping to paper over the cracks)
The dialogue may have looked good enough on paper but when spoken by the likes of Chris Evans, much of it falls flat.
It’s too long. Okay, that may seem like a trivial point but length is tied to quality, and given the lack of quality on display, the lengthy running time made it all seem spectacularly boring.
You have Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. in the cast but they are surrounded by whimpering fools. The performances are uniformly terrible and that means you rarely sympathise with any of the characters.
A great or even good comic book film is usually made significantly better than it seems by a catchy and memorable score or even theme in some cases. The score, which is pedestrian to say the least, doesn’t matter anyway because its drowned out by the constant din made by the avengers.
A solid story and evidence of a workable plot-line usually helps when trying to navigate through the narrative chaos - a portal opening in the skyline of New York is neither original or imaginative.
At times it felt like one long jingoistic ad for American imperialism; New York is under threat again, we must band together, Captain America you patrol ground zero, and let’s fight for the common good because we don’t believe in nuclear deterrence. If Loki is the Other then what exactly does he represent or symbolise in terms of a foreign threat?
The final set piece is just chaos and the action is poorly co-ordinated & choreographed.
Representing India as a poverty infested third world country is simply regressive and yet again validates the way American cinema and Hollywood promotes India as an inferior and exotic place.
This film was made with 12 year old boys in mind. Everything else is secondary.
The Avengers is not good enough to join the company of the following comic book film adaptations: The Hulk (Ang Lee version), Nolan's Batman films, Dick Tracy, The X Men films (excluding The Last Stand), The first 3 Superman films, Hellboy 1 & 2