I'm with Doc. Good grief was this movie ever boring. I cannot for the life of me understand how this movie is making the money it's making and how it's over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
As soon as the opening scene ended, I knew I was in for a long night. Boring. This movie was so generic and lacked any kind of creative direction. Anyone could have directed this movie. And like JD, I refer to it as a cartoon. Seriously, how long were they on that ship for? Was there ever any danger to any of the characters? Oh yay, a bunch of CGI villains who have no chance in hell of even scratching one of the heroes. Can we just fast forward to the end now?
And some of you think Loki is a good villain? The best movies of this nature are good because of the villain. Loki was not interesting at all and was probably more interesting in Thor. In fact, how is this movie any better than Thor like the ratings and money suggest? And why can't all these heroes (one of them being a god) beat one villain? I just don't get it. Yeah, it had a couple of funny parts but when the best thing about a movie with this many stars is a CGI green monster, you have problems.
Then there's my ultimate peeve with Iron Man. I am sooooo f***ing tired of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow chewing up the scenery with their stupid witty banter. Just talk like a normal human for **** sake! It got old 2 movies ago.
I went into this movie with low expectations and I came out thinking that they were low for good reason. At least hire Shyamalan to throw a stupid twist in the plot or something. It was so freakin' boring. I didn't hate it but it's a completely forgettable movie with nothing memorable that I can think of and I'll likely never see it again.
Oi vey.... seriously, what do you people expect out of a 3-D big budget summer blockbuster super hero movie? It's not going to be Citizen Kane... and if it didn't have so much action, then people would really say it was boring. The writing was clever, the plot was character driven (ie: seeing the team look past their differences and come together was more important that whatever it was that Loki was doing), and it paid great homage to the comics. Was it perfect? Of course not, not many movies are, especially ones like this.
Admit it.... it could have been a disaster and it wasn't at all. Just be happy that the mass population enjoyed something cool for once.
I have to split the difference here. It wasn't a great movie. And the more removed I am from it I think it was somewhere in the 'fair-to-middling' category. Yet Byatch makes a good point, this movie straddles the comic fan/casual audience divide about as well as could be expected and it deserves some credit for that. Yes, the third act is a cgi laden bore fest w/little to no actual stakes. But that's what people want. And for a movie that cost as much as this it would have been suicide to do anything else. I get it. It may not be for me, or Nasti, or Doc(what is this some off kilter seven dwarves line-up) but we are in the minority. This is a mass appeal movie made more for people who's only exposure to these characters is the movies that have come before. I disagree with you Nasti about Loki. I thought he was very effective as the focal point/big bad. In the end it was entertaining enough(although longish) but pretty much instantly forgettable. Welcome to America.
Griping about this movie reminds me of a time when I was in this locally famous pasta joint in Vancouver. This place was famous for it's quality pasta and it's massive portions. It was known that if you go to this place, you would be eating nothing but pasta and you will be taking some home for leftovers. It was also visibly very Italian. Anyway, I was there when these two very fit and obviously health conscious guys come in and sit down and look at the menu. After looking through the menu, one of them says in an extremely disgusted voice, "Oh my god... what is this place? The international house of carbs?"
I mean come on.... it's an Italian pasta restaurant renowned for everything that these guys obviously aren't into. What did they expect?
The Avengers could have been a complete disaster and it wasn't. In fact, I liked it a lot. I'm as tired as anyone with consequence free CGI action and slaughtering drone-type mechanical creatures. Unlike Transformers, at least they tried to make you care about the characters and their dialogue and interactions were funny as hell.
What I want to know from the complainers is, what else should it have been? And keep in mind that this was obviously a summer blockbuster-type movie. Compared to Transformers 2 and 3, it was brilliant!!