#201: The Avengers (2012)

When and how did I watch this?

October 25th and 26th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

This movie was a long time coming. Multiple Iron Man and Captain America movies, to the best of my knowledge.  I never jumped on the superhero bandwagon, so I wasn’t particularly excited when this movie was released.  Apparently a lot of fans were anticipating this one.

What do I know about it now?

A bit confusing at the start.  Much like Guardians and Harry Potter, the writing suggests that we already have fair knowledge of all of these characters and their backstories, making the beginning uninteresting and difficult to follow. It took a good 45 minutes before I became interested. Afterward, it was basically non-stop action revolving around a huge airship carrier thing, and then they brought the battle to the ground and pummeled a bunch of alien things.  It was awesome to watch, not gonna lie.  The obligatory hero poses transpired:

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I had better familiarity with these characters versus Guardians, so I had a better attachment.  Overall, however, it felt like the story was headed somewhere, albeit bearing the classic comic book characteristics (evil bad guy controlled by eviller bad guy working together to get super item thing; good guys uniting to go against the odds and get super item thing at the last minute). The setup for a sequel was obvious.  Definitely a money-making machine.

What are some themes in the film?

Brotherhood, jealousy, pride, vengeance, violence

Did this affect me personally?

Nah.  It was a good time to be had.

Why is this ranked #201?

More hype.  This was an awaited capstone to the individual superhero movies.  Kids love it, moviegoers love it, and the parents approve.  Plus it sells millions of toys.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She was okay with it. She spotted weird discrepancies here and there, because that’s how her mind works (i.e. how does Thor get trapped in the cell and get shot out of the ship when the entire mainframe was shut down?)

Would I watch it again?

Perhaps. It’s not really a priority.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I don’t think I need to answer this.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Not yet.  It’s not exactly a standout film — nothing about it was really gripping, and any “moments” were simply CGI-fueled visual/audio feasts.  It warrants merit for being a cool movie to buy a ticket to see, but that’s really about it.

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