REWIND — #201: The Avengers (2012), again

For this brief series of blogs, I’ll be re-watching some films I’ve dismissed as unworthy of a top 250 film list, just in case my first take was flawed, hypercritical, or distracted. I’m no expert, but sometimes certain movies that people like actually suck.  Here’s to second chances.

If it’s important to you, you can read my original post about this movie here.

When and how did I watch this?

February 12th, 2017, on Amazon Instant Video.

Had I seen this film already?

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

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

My previous take: “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…”

As time passed and more superhero movies have been released, it only got worse in my recollection.  The first half of the plot has vanished from my memory — or whatever shoestring plot existed at all.

What do I know about it now?

It was hard for me to give this film a fair second run, because it looked extraordinarily bad from the start.  I was bored almost immediately, after super-evil but largely misunderstood Loki wiped out a bunch of extras. The movie drags on for the next 45 minutes, which could’ve easily been 20 with the poor attempt character development that ensued. When they all finally stop fighting each other and join forces, I really didn’t care anymore.  Sure, the effects were still stunning, but I just wanted the film to end. Downey Jr. as Iron Man is the obvious star, but everyone else felt corny on screen, despite attempts to make the characters/heroes human at the core.  Everything about the film borrowed from a cliche.

What are some themes in the film?

Pride and internal strife, destruction, alien invasion, military response time

Did this affect me personally?

I had less fun than the first time, apparently.

Why is this ranked #201?

The film has been voted off the list since the first viewing about 16 months ago. People probably wised up to the reality that these superhero films are poorly written effects-feasts, and that’s all.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She missed it this time.

Would I watch it again?

Nope.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I chose to rewatch this film at the request of some friends, stating ardently that they “loved” this movie.  If you don’t care about a compelling story, proper character development, well-written dialogue (beyond the clever zingers from Downey Jr.’s Iron Man), and creative cinematography, then yes, this movie is recommended.

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

Here in 2017, the superhero thing is beyond worn out. They consistently top out as the highest grossing films of the year in the box office, but it’s not because the movie itself is a draw, but the already-established chiseled out comic book figures rather sells the tickets. Fortunately, some folks are wising up to the terrible recent outputs (see Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Fantastic Four. Here’s to hoping this leads to screenplay writers generating original ideas.

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