Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany
Last watched: April 2015
Review Date: June 2015
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: 3D IMAX
What is it makes a good movie? I don’t know but sometimes it’s not as easy as ‘has a good plot’ or ‘nicely filmed’ or ‘geez, did you see the way all those robots were smashed into pieces that came straight at ya??!’
So let me try to break it down a bit. First, it’s 3D IMAX. Amazeballs. Action made for this is wonderful and action that’s thrown at it without any consideration is very flat and a waste of money. AAOU (see? I can shorten stuff too!) has done it right and I felt nicely part of the scenes. Good job there, I advise you to try to get big screen or 3D or something so you enjoy the action. Let’s face it, action is about BIG and nothing says BIG as much as 3D IMAX.
Next up we have the plot. Well… not so difficult to see and not much more than a comic plot. Don’t expect many twists and turns.
After that we get to actors, acting and the whole production thing. Big cast, everyone keeps it tight, joined up lines and plays well. Direction, CGI, sets – all are wonderful as you would expect with a big budget.
Lastly then, the verdict. Was this a show stopper? No, come on. Hollywood will ride this train until there are no more tracks. Is it the best action movie ever? Probably not. Is it all a bit empty? Kinda. I liked it and would defo see it again; this will fit really nicely into a box set and as comic-movies go, AAOU is exceptional. However as a stand alone there’s something very transitional about the way everything has to be played. I know it’s a tricky one to keep juggling these rock-star characters so do I give a bit of lee-way there? Hmm. Guys, I like Marvel but let’s get back to some individual excellence and not keep swarming us with the look-at-all-this-cool-comic-stuff-it’s-so-awesome-and-BIG!
I used to read comics and be transformed into a world where I identified with a hero. Where’s that gone, Marvel? Avengers as a group might be a huge ‘Team America’ but there are a lot of stories that led up to each hero getting there and I’m losing interest in a lot of bouncing egos, no matter how well played.
Good. Could be better. Might start to fray.
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