It’s official, the summer blockbuster season has started. The Avengers is the first of many superhero movies coming to theaters this summer, so it’s tasked with setting the bar for its peers. Now, on paper this shouldn’t be hard, after all six heroes are better than one, right?
- Action Packed – If you’re a fan of action then this movie is for you. Seriously, you can stop reading now. There are fights, explosions, and huge set pieces aplenty. Summer blockbusters are all about the spectacle, and The Avengers doesn’t disappoint. Joss Whedon has created one of the most action packed movies in existence.
- Performances – The actors bring their characters to life with ease and precision. From the heroes all the way down to the supporting characters — there isn’t a single cringe worthy performance to be found. Although, one of the actors outshine the others (more on that later).
- Assemble – Seeing all the heroes on-screen was like a wet dream come true. Dear DC — make a Justice League movie, please!
- Great One-Liners – This is probably the funniest superhero movie I’ve seen. The comedy is timed brilliantly, and none of the jokes fell flat.
- Hulk Smash – Can I tell you a secret? I hated both of The Incredible Hulk movies, he’s a good character, but he can’t carry a movie on his own. Mark Ruffalo’s version of The Hulk is the best one yet, and he fits in with the cast wonderfully. I literally howled in delight the first time he hulked out.
- Lack of Conviction – A superhero movie is only as good as its villain, and unfortunately Loki is completely one-dimensional here. It’s not the acting; Tom Hiddleston is a good actor. The problem is Loki lacks conviction, and the writers were aware of this because one of the characters tells him “You lack conviction.” I felt like he was just doing everything for sport, like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed and said, “Fuck it, I’m going to enslave the human race.” Trying to take over Earth just to spite Thor is a terrible motive, and it hurts the movie.
- Tony Stark Dominates – After watching this you may want a new Ironman movie sooner than later. Robert Downey Jr. steals every scene he’s in; it felt like he was the driving force throughout most of the movie.
- Too Much In-Fighting – It was exciting seeing the heroes duke it out, but eventually it became vexing. They don’t truly become The Avengers until the last 30-20 minutes of the movie. This should have happened at least 30 minutes earlier, I wanted more scenes of them working together as a team.
If you’re looking for a movie with tons of action, an all-star cast, and a great sense of humor look no further. But if you’re looking for some substance with that side of style — The Avengers will leave you feeling empty. It falls into the classic summer blockbuster trap, it looks wonderful, but it’s shallow. Rating: 7/10 “Good”