I enjoyed the Avengers. The characters were likable and the acting was sufficient, the special effects were delicious and the action was over-the-top… but do we really want over-the-top action? Perhaps to a seven-year old, a plot in any form is rather complex and action is bound to keep them awake if nothing else, but for the wide audience the Avengers is aimed at I am shocked how few people have cried foul.
Of course there are some movies that have little plot and yet manage to remain intense and interesting so where do they deviate from the Avengers? I’ll admit that even I could not fathom this for a time but after going over the movie in my head a few times I finally realised what was possibly the biggest downfall for the Avengers… the absence of villain empowerment. To build up tension successfully in any work of fiction, there must be not just conflict but close conflict. The best stories are those in which the conflict is so close that the audience end up doubting the protagonists. The villains become more and more menacing and just when all hope seems lost, there is a eucatastrophe which brings everything back around against unimaginable odds. In the Avengers, we start off okay, Loki half destroys a S.H.I.E.L.D. base and gets Hawkeye on his side, so far so good. But then as the film goes on Loki just gets (literally) beaten into the ground by each and every Avenger. This obliterates tension and should bore an audience to death as the path to the end is so clear and predictable that you would have to throw some porn in there to shock anyone whatsoever. There was never a shadow of a doubt that the Avengers would fail in their mission, not for one second and this left me severely disappointed.
The Avengers is a fun Summer flick and is slightly better, due to a great cast and varied CG, than a film such as Transformers (see my Dark of the Moon review from ages ago) which lands it a 7/10. It is just so lacking in plot and character development is minimal. Quips are fun and all but I would prefer deeper dialogue with more subtlety than a cheap chuckle. If you want to tell us what you thought of the film, leave a comment below.
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