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The Avengers

I liked it a lot.  I went with GRRM, Parris, Raya and Ty yesterday afternoon.  Our timing was perfect.  The crowds weren’t bad (Santa Fe isn’t much of a movie town), we had great seats, and anticipation was high.  I was going to get my fix of gorgeous men — my personal favorites, Captain America, and Loki.  I know, I know, Thor is gorgeous too, but I like more sensitive suffering types.  Or I guess in Loki’s case, bat shit crazy, but he’s got the kind of narrow features, and passion that I love.  Sort of the overbred race horse look, and I guess I still kind of think of Steve as the small, delicate man he was before the treatment.

Anyway, enough about the gorgeous guys.  This movie was just flat out fun and exciting.  Tony Stark got all the best lines, the Hulk got the two best moments of “business”, Nick Fury was appropriately manipulative, The Cap was true blue, and had a great moment when he finally gets a reference — to The Wizard of Oz.  I wouldn’t have minded if the movie had been longer so there was more time to show The Cap trying to get up to speed in this new world.  I wanted to know exactly how Thor heard his brother had gone off the rails again.  I didn’t need it, I just wanted it because I was enjoying the ride.

Hawkeye, or The Hawk as they called him in the film was cute, but sort of wasted, and Black Widow made me crazy.  I understand they needed a girl in this mix, especially a girl in a skin tight cat suit, but I was having trouble suspending disbelief, and the scene where she is facing ravening hoards of invading aliens with a tiny pistol just made me giggle, and pulled me out of the film a bit.  It was fun watching her do martial arts, but many of the hits she took would have left her with every bone in her body broken.  At least have had Stark make her a suit or something.

I loved the fact the heroes didn’t all get along.  They have very different personalities and agendas and egos.  I was impressed with the moment when The Cap had a machine gun in his hands again, and his whole physical attitude changed.  Up til then he had been quite tentative but,  this he understood.

Black Widow was clever in her dealings with Loki which I really liked, and Agent Phil Coulson got his moment.  He’s been such a quiet little presence in all the movies, and he got to shine here.  I like that kind of continuity.

I have a very few quibbles.  I thought it started a little slow.  I really needed a little better explanation or at least a consistent explanation for why Loki has such a hard on about conquering the Earth, and I won’t see it in 3D when I go back for a second time.  The action is fast, the camera moving fast, and that just doesn’t work when you retro the 3D.  It made all the colors dim, and the whole thing seemed muddy.  Movies like Avatar and Hugo that were filmed as 3D are beautiful.  What they did to The Avengers just didn’t work.

5 Responses to The Avengers

  • JaniceG says:
  • Ian says:

    I had a blast with it, too. The Hulk really did have the best two moments in the entire movie.

    My plot quibble is that I didn’t understand why our heroes didn’t realize that Loki and Dr. Whatshisface were going to tap into the Stark Tower arc generator to power the froomium. They make it very clear early on that (1) the new Stark Tower has its own copious energy supply (2) Loki needs an energy supply to jump-start the froomium. They come dangerously close to figuring this out when Stark, Banner, and The Cap are talking together in the lab on the SHIELD hovercarrier. But the conversation swerves away at the last second. So then I was waiting all along for them to figure it out, but somehow they’re caught flat-footed when they realize the bad guys took the magical froomium to Stark Tower in NYC.

    OK. Having gotten that quibble off my chest, I still had a great time. Also, I want my next suit to come with a helment with giant horns, like Loki’s.

  • melindas says:

    I confess Loki’s very elegant suit that he wore in Germany (before he donned the horns) was gorgeous, and that was when I found him most attractive — physically. That level of crazy is not a big turn on. 🙂

    Hmmm, and you have a birthday coming. Helmet with horns. Check.

  • Ian says:

    I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t admired Loki’s suit in that sequence in Germany. Those demigods can dress nicely when they want.

    I just thought the horn helmet really brought the whole ensemble together.

  • melindas says:

    I confess I thought it was a bit too much of a metaphor when he kept growing horns. I kept channeling Gardner Dozois and wondering if Loki ought to be leering every time he grew the horns. “Happy to see me now, baby?”

    I didn’t go to devils, I went right to sex — which might say something about me.

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