Re: AVENGERS: Grade, Reviews, Discuss, DVD & Sequel **SPOILERS**
spoiler text my review, just in case
right I have now seen the Avengers, got out of work early, so took the chance to watch it in a quiet cinema.
First of all, in the previous thread, I make a few jokey posts about how awesome Hawkeye looks, and actually my opinon has not changed, the movie should have been called "The Awesome Archer and His Friends Assemble", everything single time he used one of his arrows, he did something awesome, even when he was under Lokis spell, you got the feeling, he was 2 or 3 arrows away from the helicarrier down single handed.
Yes im being serious
Anyways moving on, one thing I feared was the ability of the movie to make Steve Rogers the lead, and how the movie was going to stop being Iron Man 3. Of the 4 heroes, the Hulk is the most ignored in this movie, with strong elements from the other 3 heroes movies all present, (without spoilers) who knew going on that Erik Selvig would have a decent role in the Avengers movie. However on the main two points of
1) Steve Rogers, yeah they made a good job of him being treated as a leader, but at the same time, the invasion made him seem under powered compared to the rest.
2) Iron Man, Tony Stark is still as exciting and a joy to watch as ever, well when Hawkeye wasnt busy being awesome.
Over all, I think this movie is most important to the Thor movie series, what with Loki being the villain and his back story, the after credits sequence seemingly being a set up for Thor 2.
Moving on to Nick Fury, it did occur to me at one point, that making the Avengers distrustful of SHIELD, isnt good for Fury, but adding The Council, gives him something to be rebellious against, and solves that little problem. Even if Lokis weapon was causing them to fall out, it only enhanced what was already there.
The start of the movie, being set in SHIELD, and loosing the SHIELD base, made SHIELD look like Torchwood in Army of Ghosts, only without the Doctor to show up and solve the problem. Maybe this isnt a fair comparison, but its just something I felt watching it.
I under estimated Black Widow going in, but she works really well, both her integration technique and her place within the team.
All this said, the narrative of the movie, seems a little bland and predictable, even Agent Coulson, death I felt looking back I should have seen coming, him being the only character who could die without effecting the franchise too much over all, and the need for their to be a meaningful death to bring the Avengers together.
3D was nothing impressive, but over all despite Loki being happy to chat and buy time, the movie looked good, and whatever the larger aliens were called, I thought they were cool, I think they were the creature Thor mentioned.
So 4 out of 5.