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Visually stunning, but...
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I had been eagerly awaiting this movie since 2010, and now I finally got to see it earlier today and it didnít exactly disappoint. But I did have a few issues:

1. The slapstick-ish humor. Now, while a bit of comedy is generally a good thing, I found some of these ďpunsĒ occasionally annoying as they felt a bit shoehorned into the plot for the sake of a few cheap laughs. Sort of, ďoh itís been ten minutes without some jokes so letís just have The Hulk bitchslap Thor, thatíll make them laughĒ and after a while it got old. One or two of these puns can be fine, but when you are in the middle of an action scene, and this happened for the 5th time you just want them to quit dicking around and get on with the actual fighting.

2. The fact that the villains are some sort of nameless alien race where everyone looks the same. I would have preferred actual villains with names and personalities for The Avengers to fight against (like Red Skull and Whiplash from Captain America and Iron Man 2). And no, Loki barely counts as a Big Bad as he was basically a Butt Monkey throughout the movie.

3. The 3D was pretty pointless.

4. Slight Anti-Climax.

Otherwise, I think it was a good movie and very entertaining. They handled the large cast of superheroes quite well (I was a bit worried that it was going to be like X-Men 3 with lots of characters that did absolutely nothing), but in The Avengers no one felt all that left out or useless (although Tony Stark seemed to have to most screen time and the best lines).

All in all, itís a good movie, it looks GREAT (!), but it's neither better nor worse than the movies leading up to it. Itís really just a bigger cast and more heroes.

I recommend seeing it, your mind is probably not going to be blown away by its amazingness, but you will most likely feel entertained at the very least. And the movie certainly opens up for a sequel.

As in my other review, if you find any spelling/grammar fail, do tell.

The aliens are called the Chitauri; they are from the Ultimate take on The Avengers and they are named a few times in the movie, though admittedly their comic-book counterparts are actually completely different (insidious Commie alien shapeshifters; these guys seem to actually be robot mooks who just enjoy killing).

I disagree that this is only as good as the previoius movies- I felt it was much better, if a little superficial plot-wise (and to a lesser extent so story wise), much more coherent and much better at handling its characters, with superior dialogue. I thought the humour was fine and though there was lots of it, I don't think it outdid the action (thought there was more than enough of that) and I don't think the other movies were much different in that area, save that the villains were handled more seriously (though, while Loki is indeed the Butt Monkey of the film, he is still treated seriously and gets enough villainous moments to be treated as a threat).

Its a good review and I can see where you're coming from with some of your points, but I think most people will probably enjoy it more than you did, and you did seem to enjoy it. I agree somewhat with the climax but as you say, it was slight, and I think it at least ties in with the idea that Loki is out of his depth a bit (though this only makes him more likely to hurt people in frustration at that fact, so it doesn't dilute his menace much) so at least its not pointless. I do think he counts very much as the Big Bad, and being a Butt Monkey (and only a light example of one) doesn't negate that and if anything even motivates his villainy convincingly.

For me, and most other reviews and comments I've read, this is better than all the other movies leading up to it.
comment #14027 masamune1 27th Apr 12
Well I have only followed the movies so I know absolutely nothing about the comics, but now when you mention it I vaguely remember them being called something like that, but honestly I had completely missed their name.

I probably sound far more negative than what I actually am (Iím going to admit that I have a tendency to Accentuate The Negative) because I really, really did like the movie and found it very enjoyable, apart from the few things I took up in my review. I pretty much liked everything else. But I personally I liked Loki a lot more in Thor where I found him to be a Magnificent Bastard while in this one he felt like a Smug Snake who pretty much every single Avenger kicked the crap out of. After that I just couldnít take him seriously. I kept waiting for the real villain to appear but he never did (until after the credits I suppose).

I might also add that I had a terrible experience when watching this in the theater. 50% of everyone going there seemed to be around twelve or so and they kept roaring in laughter and applauding over pretty much every single joke (even those that were only vaguely amusing) so by the final half-hour of the movie I was pretty much fuming in rage. So that might have clouded my judgment a bit. Iíll have to see it one more time I suppose.

comment #14028 Defbye 27th Apr 12
1) The humor wasn't overpowering; in fact, given that this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, humor is a given. I mean check it: Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America. All their solo movies were epic summer blockbusters that had a healthy combination of humor, action, and varying degrees of drama. The Avengers doesn't deviate from the formula one bit; in fact, it seems to have perfected it.

If you want a serious, pretentious superhero drama, wait for The Dark Knight Rises. That film seems to have its head stuck up its ass, just like its predecessor.

2) Until Loki got curb-stomped by the Hulk, the most the Avengers could do to him was take a potshot or two Ė be it verbal or physical. However, up until the third act everything happened according to his plans. I would hardly call that being a Butt Monkey.

3 & 4) Agreed.
comment #14037 romxxii 28th Apr 12 (edited by: romxxii)
Well I still think the humor was too much, which IS slightly strange seeing as my favorite movies of these have been Iron Man (the first) and Thor and both of them were quite silly at times. It might have to do with how Joss Whedon always writes some very good and witty dialogue but I personally feel he can overdo it at times. When basically every line is something witty/banter-y/lampshade-y/snarky I grow a bit tired of it. But really, Iím not sure why I was so annoyed by it.

And I personally liked The Dark Knight (not Batman Begins) just a bit more than The Avengers, as I found it more memorable. But they are really different in their approaches and are both good IMO.

comment #14046 Defbye 29th Apr 12
wait, so do you hate the slapstick or the witty banter? Sounds like you might be searching for a reason to _not_ like this film.

I'm just thankful that other people haven't OD'ed on Avengers humor; I've seen the film three times, and on cue, the audience laughs, claps and cheers at the exact same moments. The only difference was the one screening I attended with another Marvel Geek who actually got the Mythology gags. So more laughter there.
comment #14049 romxxii 29th Apr 12
...so do you hate the slapstick or the witty banter? Sounds like you might be searching for a reason to _not_ like this film.

Or, like he said in his review, he thought it was good movie with a few flaws. Calling the humour excessive is not the same as saying you hate humour. For goodness sake, read it carefully.
comment #14050 maninahat 29th Apr 12 (edited by: maninahat)
Calling the humour excessive is not the same as saying you hate humour. For goodness sake, read it carefully.

I think you're the one that needs to read more carefully; romxxii is pointing out that the reviewer complained about excessive slapstick in the review itself, but about excessive bantering in a comment; the two are not very similar.
comment #14052 MFM 29th Apr 12
Gee, people sure are sensitive when it comes to this movie. Read this carefully now, here is the thing. I like witty banter Ė when itís not too much. I enjoy slap-stick Ė when it is not too much and fits the genre. I think The Avengers have both. And I found it to be too much. Itís not harder or weirder than that. I donít hate comedy - I just thought it was excessive for this particular movie.

Like I said before, Joss writes very witty dialogue. The dialogue alone would have been enough humor for me. But this movie also contained slapstick-y moments, so in the end it started to grate on me. If they had toned down on either the slapstick or the banter I would have been fine with it. As things are now, it annoyed me a bit.

And NO, Iím not searching for reasons to hate the film because as I said before Ė I LIKED IT JUST FINE, I just didnít think it was a masterpiece that will forever change my view on filmmaking. So calm down and respect that other people have different opinions than you. If you loved it Ė good for you, I respect your opinion to do so. I have always said that this is MY PERSONAL opinion and you donít have to agree with me.
comment #14058 Defbye 30th Apr 12
What's with people lately, ok here we go again. You made a "review", if you have problems with criticism don't make reviews in the first place, at least not on tv tropes. People are not even being sensitive, these comments are so tame they can't aren't even in the lowest levels of controversial. The whole it's my personal opinion is usually a very weak point when it comes to reviews.
comment #14059 marcellX 30th Apr 12
For God's sake, the OP clearly said he enjoyed the film but he had one problem with it. You can like something even if it is flawed.

My, my, Joss Whedon fans sure are sensitive, aren't they?
comment #14060 PurpleDalek 30th Apr 12
Why does it have to be a low point to say it's your own opinion though? People have different opinions, natch. If I was a professional reviewer I might not have used ďmy personal opinionĒ in the review, but I'm not and I don't pretend to be. Iím just an ordinary girl who likes movies.

I donít have problem with criticism - even if it may seem like it. The only thing that bugged me about this whole ordeal was that I said the comedy was overdone. Then everyone suddenly thinks I hate this movie and hates all sort of comedy, even though I said nothing of the sort. It's not like I flamed this movie and gave no reason for it. I simply pointed out a flaw and everyone got all upset about it.

But yeah, Iím done with this now, this leads nowhere.

@ maninahat and Purple Dalek: Thank you. That's just how I feel. I liked this movie but found one flaw. Doesn't mean I hate it.

comment #14061 Defbye 30th Apr 12 (edited by: Defbye)
^ because that's a Logical Fallacy, of course is your opinion, read Irrelevant Thesis. If you made a review you must have means and knowledge to back it up. They challenged points in your review, if you would had just given your counterargument and leave it at that it would had been fine, but you go on and on about how you actually liked this movie (which borders on Special Pleading) and that it wasn't a masterpiece. Just as you didn't say that you hated this movie or slap-stick comedy, romxxii never said that the movie didn't and or couldn't have flaws, but that he didn't agreed with some of the ones you gave.
comment #14076 marcellX 30th Apr 12
Well I doubt anything I write is actually going to make a difference here. I did state why I thought the comedy was overdone, so what more arguments should I make? I could understand if this was a debate about say, nuclear power or file sharing where lots of arguments and counterarguments can be made, but itís not Ė itís about whether the jokes in a movie was excessive or not.

Now I thought they were, while other people say ďwell I didnít think so, I enjoyed it and laughed all the timeĒ. How do I counterargument that? I wasnít there with them, so I canít really claim they are lying. I canít say that they are wrong because I canít prove it.

This is like having a debate about whether itís warm or cold outside. Iím wearing a jacket and I think itís cold but my friend beside me is wearing a t-shirt and he thinks itís warm outside. What arguments should I make here? I could claim he is lying because I think itís cold but all he can say is how he thinks itís warm, so any arguments here will be null. I could make up some bullshit about how he probably think itís warm because he is foreign and his skin is less sensitive or some other strange crap but that is completely irrelevant! It still doesnít change the fact that my friend thinks itís warm outside. Nothing I say is going to change his mind as long as itís not cold to him.

In file sharing, on the other hand, arguments can be held about whether or not itís hurtful to the music industry as whole, whether CD selling is as important as live show concert tickets, whether streaming sites promotes artists or causes major losses of income, lots of arguments can be made.

There are just some personal preferences that you canít argue much about and jokes and comedy certainly falls under that category. I found the jokes/slapstick/banter excessive in The Avengers, due to a combination of too much witty dialogue banter and slapstick. You didnít. Again, I canít prove you wrong. I donít know you, I have never seen or met you and I donít know what other movies you like. I have nothing to argue with. All I can say is basically "that is your opinion" as this is simply matter of taste and everyone have different taste in things. So all you can do is agree to disagree, which is not a fallacy.

Also romxxii's: "Sounds like you might be searching for a reason to _not_ like this film" isnít actually a counterargument in my book, itís an accusation taken out of thin air. So the only counterarguments I got basically sums up to "well, I laughed" and "you don't like comedy" and "watch the dark knight" or "so you don't like slapstick or witty banter?" which is a question I now have answered, so how did they counter my arguments exactly? This is matter of taste, after all, and you can never agree with everyone on that. You are never going to reach a conclusion.

The only real discussion we can have is whether you can use "in my opinion" in a review and that has nothing to do with the movie at all.

Also, I never assumed you all thought it was a perfect, as you claimed I had, but what I did say was that I found a flaw and you didn't like that or disagreed with it. I never said anything about your opinion of the movie other than that; I did however say that ďIF you loved it, good for youĒ.

But Iíll say it again, I have had enough. This leads nowhere.

comment #14082 Defbye 1st May 12 (edited by: Defbye)
The alien race was just a bunch of mooks. It is mostly Loki for 90% of the movie and mind controlled Hawkeye for 5% of it. I guess they count as named characters.

But yeah, 3D felt extremely pointless.
comment #14088 nairoxev 1st May 12
I did state why I thought the comedy was overdone, so what more arguments should I make?

I never said the arguments you already made weren't enough, I said that you come out as whynning with the whole, this is my opinion, I actually liked this movie thing. So here's me again, I don't agree with romxxii's hate claims, but I don't agree at how quickly you used the it's my opinion fallacy, or how you keep saying "people", "everyone", etc. even though it was just one person (aka exagerating), I wouldn't had bated an eye at any of this if that weren't part of your reply to him/her. so look at yourself before you call others of being too sensitive.

I found the jokes/slapstick/banter excessive in The Avengers, due to a combination of too much witty dialogue banter and slapstick. You didnít. Again, I canít prove you wrong.

Another way to show you have problems with criticism is doing things like this. I've never expressed my opinion in the movie, on any of it, you know why? because I haven't seen it yet, so I don't get where you come from with that assumption.

I donít know you, I have never seen or met you and I donít know what other movies you like. I have nothing to argue with. All I can say is basically "that is your opinion" as this is simply matter of taste and everyone have different taste in things. So all you can do is agree to disagree, which is not a fallacy.

If you payed more attention to the troupe, you would had notice the flaw in that. What would debate teams do half of the time if most arguments were ended with that's just your/my opinion? heck, how much different would the reviews on tv tropes be since about 80% of them argue on these kinds of topics. Of course is a fallacy, because as the troupe clearly said, it implies that all opinions hold the same water, knowing me or not is also a fallacy as it implies you can't argue unless you know the person, which again brings the question as where did 95% of the arguments on the internet came to be, since there's made most of the time by complete strangers.

isnít actually a counterargument in my book, itís an accusation taken out of thin air.

Never said everything was a counterargument, way to pick specifically that one, why not "Until Loki got curb-stomped by the Hulk, the most the Avengers could do to him was take a potshot or two Ė be it verbal or physical. However, up until the third act everything happened according to his plans. I would hardly call that being a Butt Monkey." or "I disagree that this is only as good as the previoius movies- I felt it was much better, if a little superficial plot-wise (and to a lesser extent so story wise), much more coherent and much better at handling its characters, with superior dialogue. I thought the humour was fine and though there was lots of it, I don't think it outdid the action (thought there was more than enough of that) and I don't think the other movies were much different in that area, save that the villains were handled more seriously (though, while Loki is indeed the Butt Monkey of the film, he is still treated seriously and gets enough villainous moments to be treated as a threat)." again, don't be so absolutistic.

Also, I never assumed you all thought it was a perfect, as you claimed I had, but what I did say was that I found a flaw and you didn't like that or disagreed with it.

Well that's a little difficult to know when you say "I just didnít think it was a masterpiece that will forever change my view on filmmaking." when again, no one said the movie is flawless and or a masterpiece. And yet again, you keep saying I felt this or that way about something which is a Blatant Lies since yet again, as I said before, I can't have an opinion on this movie since I haven't seen it yet.

But Iíll say it again, I have had enough. This leads nowhere.

yet you keep on comming back.
comment #14092 marcellX 1st May 12 (edited by: marcellX)
Okay. I heard you, and I respect your opinion on this thing. But like I said before, I'm officially done. I could continue with this argument, I had a few more things to comment on, but I'm going to refrain from doing so. There is no point to it. I'm not going to back down and you are not going to back down. I know how and what I feel and nothing you say can make me change my mind about this, so there is no point to this. I'm done.
comment #14093 Defbye 1st May 12
I'm not going to back down and you are not going to back down.

Who says I'm not going to back down? it's way too early in this conversation to be making that claim. I don't just go on and on arguing for the sake of arguing, if I'm proven wrong on something then I'm proven wrong. If I can't make a counterargument then I'll admit it, I wont just go making stuff up, move the goalpost or make 20 fallacies to reply something (which happens a lot on the internet).

know how and what I feel and nothing you say can make me change my mind about this, so there is no point to this

that's an extremely close-minded way of thinking, but you're right, if that's the way you live then there's really no point, sorry for wasting your time.

I'm done.

I doubt it.
comment #14094 marcellX 1st May 12 (edited by: marcellX)
Mahna mahna!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Mahna mahna!
comment #14104 Defbye 2nd May 12
marcellX, strop trolling.

Defbye, stop feeding the troll.
comment #14130 Kraken17 3rd May 12
how am I trolling? ...are you tsuna4?
comment #14132 marcellX 3rd May 12 (edited by: marcellX)
I totally agree with this review. The slapstick and Banter was overused and excessive. I think Whedon had too much freedom here as both co-scriptwriter and director: every other scene was crammed with his trademark "witty" one-liners. Frankly, I think Whedon relies to heavily on banter and equates it with characterization.
comment #14162 CasualBanshee 5th May 12
The theater I was in was roaring with laughter like I hadn't seen before, I guess it was enjoyable for them but I wasn't laughing as loudly as they were (I found it funny but not laugh out loud funny) and that made me resent the humour a bit. It sounds like you had a similar experience :(
comment #14166 Tomwithnonumbers 5th May 12
I really didn't think there was that much slpstick besides the Hulk punching Thor and beating Loki which were obviously meant to be that and were some of the best parts of the film. I cant really think of any other slapstick in it though. I do agree that everyone ending with a snappy comeback was a bit much though, but it wasnt that bad.
comment #14168 Deadpoolrocks 5th May 12
I gotta lean more on Tomwithnonumbers and Deadpool. I too had a similar experience when I went to see the movie, the crowd laughing at almost everything, I didn't thought Ironman hitting Thor was meant to be a joke, now the one linner Loki gave was, there were only like 4 or so real slapstick comedy moments.
comment #14172 marcellX 5th May 12 (edited by: marcellX)
While I don't agree about the slapstick and banter (I thought it was awesome and hilarious, and the best thing about the movie aside from the characterization and action), I think you made your points very well, cogently, and reasonably in comment 14082. And while I don't think Marcell was being a troll, I do think he was unfairly targeting, even harassing you. In fact it seems odd to me that someone who hasn't even seen the movie would find such a strong need to debate with someone who had seen it, liked it, but found a few flaws in their opinion—apparently because there's something horribly wrong with having a different opinion or being able to dissect a work and find things to like and dislike instead of completely leaning one way or the other.
comment #14182 Ingonyama 5th May 12
The only criticism of the four pointed out that actually I agree with is the 3rd one. 3D WAS pointless as it usually is with movies not specifically designed for it.

1. is just a matter of opinion. One of my friends actually thought the same, but to me the humor was awesome (as it usually is with Joss Whedon). Some people just don't have my awesome sense of humor, I guess.

2. Already explained. They appear in the Ultimate Universe and are named in the movie (they are like the 'more serious skrulls' as opposed to the silly green ones from earth 616).

3. Agreed.

4. Don't think so. The climax was Iron Man learning a very important lesson on heroics from Captain America and the whole scene and the way it happened.

As for Loki getting curb stomped it was great and genious in so many different levels:

A. It defies conventions and makes for an original, unpredictable ending.

B. It is very true to the characters (Loki might be a badass and probably even abble to stop the hulk with some sorcery, but he is also tremendously arrogant and was rightfully demolished by commiting the mistake of enganging in hand to hand combat with "the strongest that is").

C. It helps underline that the real vilain of the movie is not Loki or any external force, but the Avenger's own internal conflicts.

D. It's definetelly on the top 5 most funny moments on the film.

E. Its not at all anti-climatic, it actually helps the structure for reasons A and C, building up to the real ending (which is much better than any "final battle" could probably have been).
comment #14184 Sligh 5th May 12 (edited by: Sligh)
@Ingonyama

I was never debating if s/he liked it or not, if the movie did had those flaws or not, or any of that (please at least read), I also agree that s/he gave a good explanation, at the time I couldn't agree or disagree with him/her about any of that. All I said is that if s/he's so quick to burst on criticism (which at that point I hadn't said anything yet) and so hell bent in that it is just his/her opinion, then s/he shouldn't had made a review here on tv tropes, where the point is that other tropers critique your critique of the work. If I saw it or not is not an issue here, you can change the movie and end up with the same discussion. And on contrary s/he was the one who kept insinuating I was leaning to one side (kept saying I liked, not like, thought, dindt thought this or that) when I never had a side to begin with.

ps. how am I targetting and harassing him/her? I've never talked to him/her before (that I know of) and even the one we had here was rather short, specially for tv tropes.

@Slight

In 3D it was also too dark to see the background very well.
comment #14201 marcellX 6th May 12 (edited by: marcellX)
SO I've seen it today, and I agree with the review. It is a good film, but like you said:

The comedy was a little too much. It's funny for a while, but eventually the constant quips and repartee just comes off as smarmy, smart-arsery. Typical Whedon really, though I found it more tolerable here than in Serenity.

Yeah, Loki is basically a butt-monkey for most of the movie. Almost every encounter ends with someone getting one over on him, which is kind of silly when his powers are built entirely around cunning and manipulation.

The biggest thing that got on my nerves though was the flying aircraft carrier. That thing was basically a floating plot hole generator. I can't imagine what was going through the designer's head: "Let's build a flying, invisible aircraft carrier! The flying element helps nothing! And the stealth doesn't work! And it is far more vulnerable than a normal aircraft carrier! And it has no apparent air to air defences of any kind! Genius!!!"
comment #14202 maninahat 6th May 12 (edited by: maninahat)
^^ Agree so much :) I was thinking whose idea was it to build a great big heavy fortress and then stick it up in the sky so they will die painful deaths if anything happens to go wrong :D

But it's comics silly stuff like this is meant to happen :)
comment #14213 Tomwithnonumbers 7th May 12
@ maninahat

My thoughts exactly: you put it quite succintly.

I hadn't considered the aircraft carrier issue, though. I think it proabably would've held up to "mundane" threats, such as the Iron Monger or other battle aircraft, but certain parts of its design seemed like a major oversight.
comment #14237 CasualBanshee 8th May 12
You'll have to blame the comics for that one, and lord knows if it wasn't included, plenty of fans would be upset.
comment #14331 MasterZero 16th May 12
Actually, people have done the math and determined that Captain America got the most screen time, not Iron Man. It' really just a matter of RDJ making his scenes stand out.
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