Takes itself far too seriously
- Avengers Assemble review by RP
The world is defended by an assemblage of Marvel Comics' superheroes (Ironman, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor + Black Widow and Hawkeye) against the baddie Loki and a horde of invading alien Chitauri. Hmmm....
Sorry, that's just too many wooden-acting superheroes for me, a villain (the Loki character, played by Tom Hiddleston) who just isn't bad enough, and far, far too much CGI special effects. But I did quite like the Chitauri.
There's plenty of crash-bang-wallop, lots of preposterous hand-to-hand fights and if you're about 14 years old you'll like it a lot. But frankly, I felt that the film insulted my intelligence - it's just didn't have the depth (?) of the Batman films, the humanity of Superman nor the novelty of Spiderman. Nope - these are comic book characters with big muscles, small brains, and small minded dialogue. It's just too silly for words.
I know it's popular, I know lots of people like it, it's taken a shed load of box office money, I know that it's got an IMDB score of 8.4 (Dec 2012) but I found it poor. The worst fault is that it takes itself too seriously - a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour would have improved things a little, but at over 2¼ hours it was too long and boring for me. Or maybe I just prefer characters from Marvel's rival, DC Comics?
I'll give it 2/5 stars - I've seen worse, and the Chitauri effects were quite good - but I'd rather watch Steed and Mrs Peel any day :)
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