The Avengers

The Avengers

This constant-action movie is fun, but fairly shallow.

Over the summer, I heard friends rave about the latest Marvels superhero movie The Avengers, and I was pretty excited about it. Getting a sitter is nearly impossible (unless you have $10 an hour to pay—not that I begrudge sitters of this money, but we just don’t have it; that’s the price of a movie anyway!) so my husband and I usually have movie date nights via rental—and lately, via FREE library rentals, and this is one example!

We curled up with our snacks and settled in to watch the film last night, and it was a good movie. It had wonderful effects, and though rumpled Mark Ruffalo will never be My Hulk, the rest of the team was pretty good—especially the Black Widow, whom I believe deserves her own movie. That woman’s scenes were the best in the movie, hands-down.The plot was a little too simple in terms of the rest of the movies; half of it was simply the heroes all fighting one another and generally being unable to get along. This was fine; I don’t mind simple plots as long as they are executed well, and I really like it when heroes are portrayed with their more human aspects, like anger, jealousy, and pride. When superheroes are played as perfect with One Great Weakness, they get boring, and we cannot connect them to human nature—and isn’t that where everything needs to be connected from anyway?

But this movie sort of fell flat from the previous Marvel films. There was no real character development—and while you could argue that the previous films already accomplished that, that’s simply not true of Hawkeye, who was first introduced in this film. And if you watch the other films, you certainly get all of the back stories. I suppose the development of the characters in this movie is attributed to their working together and whatnot, but it was just so full of characters—like the X-Men movies—that it seemed like you just couldn’t get enough depth in there. I get it; I write. Too many characters is really too much to get through in just two hours.

Because of this, however, the film also felt rather one-dimensional, made up of mostly fighting and action scenes—whether against an enemy or each other—which was too bad. It was still enjoyable—with plenty of zingers and fun moments—but I really think the script could have included another layer or two to add just a bit of depth to the movie.

I really, really missed Edward Norton. Did I say that already? Well, I really mean it. Ruffalo couldn’t pull off that brilliant scientist persona like Norton did. And I missed the women in the other films, too, but that would have only added more chaos to the cast of characters! More women in general would have been nice, though, as it would be in most movies…

Still, I look forward to the sequel and hope we’ll have even more definition and depth in it.