Earth’s Mightiest Review.

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Movie Reviews
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A good segway from Captain America.  A review on what is probably considered one of the best superhero movies to ever happen.  The Avengers.

I’ll admit when I first watched it (the reason this review is so late is because I insist upon watching a movie literally directly before I write a review – and I don’t watch it once, but twice in total, so the viewing before the blog post must be the second time) I was a little on the confused side in the beginning, but then things became clearer (the scenes particularly right before Loki got the tessaract).  You realize who Loki is, what the hell that glowing cube is, and why suddenly everyone is frantically driving away from a building.  Now, the film has a very stereotypical premise to me.  It’s about this guy who wants to take over the world and rule, and even gets compared to Hitler.  He’s an alien, but of course looks like a regular person, and then this team of mega-superheroes is called in to save the day.  At the end of the movie, they’re hailed as heroes despite destroying basically everything around them. Hooray, everything has been burned!

Despite the stereotypical nature, though, it works, also because if you had every character running everywhere you’d eventually lose track and just think Loki may as well be an Avenger too.  The reason why this film works (for me) is because as the movie goes on we are presented with the characters, their histories, and to some extent conflicting viewpoints on them.  Everyone knows Bruce Banner turns into a big green angry rage monster, but there he is, exiled and working with sick patients in India.  Of course, either way he might be exiled, but, that doesn’t mean he needs to do anything for anyone.  He’s soft spoken and helps the little girl with her dad.  I know the scenes drew criticism, but there is basically bad parts of every country.  The worst parts of the United States don’t represent the city, state, or country or even area as a whole because there is more to it than just what we see in a film or even documentary.  It is only up to the viewer to distinguish the difference.

Look guys!  Thor’s a man again!

Regardless of that controversy, it was just something I mentally noted about Banner.  It’s a stark contrast to his huge green angry form.  The other Avenger that stood out was Black Widow again, who acts as Fury’s personal assistant to some extent gathering all the Avengers.  We see everyone be introduced.  It should go smoothy, minus the part where Thor just decides to land on their plane with dangerous amounts of lightning around them.  That wasn’t such a good introduction.  Iron Man is perhaps most famous for his acceptance and welcoming attitude, though.

Yet again, I realize some people ragged the Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist and his divisive nature and how much of an asshole he is to the other Avengers, but the film wouldn’t work without Iron Man being an asshole.  Iron Man being condescending, constantly prodding people, believing he is better than everyone, is why this film works.  I already said it was mildly stereotypical of a plot, so for all the Avengers to be like Bob the Destroyer (see the amount of damage they did) and start chanting “Yes We Can!” it would’ve been so incredibly cheesy.  In fact, if you didn’t like that, you should just cut out a significant portion of the film, and jump right to the army of aliens toward the end.  You are throwing all different people who have never met before into one flying ship they don’t understand, and on a mission they don’t necessarily want to do.  They don’t even like each other, and somehow you expect everyone to get along like they were in Kindergarten?

It’s just not going to happen.

The ending feels so good because all of them manage to shut up and fight together even though they bicker as much as they do.  Speaking of that, I loved the end fight scene just because it felt so good, despite the confusing and tense beginning.  In the ending, Iron Man proves something to Captain America as well – he proves he is willing to risk his life, and suddenly the Old Man (aka Captain America) is really concerned about Iron Man (as long as he doesn’t kiss him, it’s all good).

But, things got a little bit clearer despite the tense beginnings, and as it turns out Marvel started The Conversation again.

Because if Fury just wanted windmills, this would’ve been a lot different.

(photo credit: Wikipedia)

The plot says Fury wants the Tessaract for renewable energy originally – just as Iron Man says he is working on renewable energy, surprise surprise.  Now, obviously, he also wants it to create a nuclear arsenal as mentioned by the intense bickering, but it does again bring a very political issue into the spotlight.  The Tessaract is from the middle of the ocean – before we see it, it was hanging with anglerfish, the Titanic, and dolphins – at least they’re cute.  It literally embodies what we do not understand and what environmentalists are trying to save or improve – the earth.  They don’t know how to operate it, but they try anyway, because I guess trial and error of a glowing cube that harnesses the power of earth isn’t at all dangerous.  The Tessaract seems to almost take on a character itself when one SHIELD worker notes it’s “misbehaving”.  It’s a glowing cube, and it’s misbehaving. Loki probably has a greater understanding of the Tessaract because he is from Asgard, but was the explosion the Tessaract misbehaving or Loki knowing how to use it?  He only just got his hands on it at that point, and it doesn’t come with a User’s Manual.  It’s practically it’s own character because nobody really truly gets it, and even Thor just wants it gone.  Thor doesn’t even like it, while his brother just wants to destroy things with it.

You know he was amused during this.

It is probably even more down to earth than the superheroes themselves in the beginning – Fury is a guy with an eyepatch who everyone realizes has ulterior motives (because SHIELD does not exist to save the ozone layer), all the superheroes are bickering, Loki and Thor fight over their childhoods, and Coulson has a heart attack because of Captain America.  They’re all pretty all over the damn place despite calling themselves a team, included with insults, to defeat Loki, who is standing there smirking, and you know he finds this funny.  I’ll admit it came off a little weird for them to be fighting and then suddenly Loki is captured, but he wanted to be captured, so I won’t rag on it too much. I mostly just find it strange three seasoned superheroes did not realize that was a possibility sooner.

And the mention of Loki brings me to my next point.

Loki is such a psychological character despite his “I want to rule you!” attitude.  He uses the Avengers’ powers against them.  He gets the Hulk to turn into “an enormous green rage monster” without needing the help of Tony Stark to get him to do it.  I consider him more psychological than brute power, because, well, he is a bit puny.  Loki was able to set the stage to bring all of these heroes together though, because you know if this much arguing happened during someone else who happens to be a villain, we’d all be dead.  Fairly quickly.

You can only imagine how that would go.

Until the end, Loki doesn’t really do much direct fighting and even when he does he’s using an army.  A lot of it is just turning the Avengers against each other while scaring Germany, and just bringing them together for the first time is enough to get them started.  Captain America and Iron Man bicker, Iron Man keeps poking “the other guy” (Hulk), Iron Man and Thor fight, Black Widow is nearly killed by Hulk,  Hawkeye is taken over by the Tessaract, and so on.  Just even putting them on the same flying ship is enough to amuse Loki, and even get Loki and Thor bickering.  Ah, yes, the battle of the Teenage Heart Throbs.  Despite all this, Good Guy Thor still looks after little bro Loki at the end.  Aww.

Loki’s psychological nature and utilizing power as opposed to possessing it set the perfect stage for the next film, and if I need to tell you what the next film is, you have been under a rock for the last week.  Loki turning Iron Man into an asshole sets the perfect stage of Age of Ultron, because Iron Man is sort of why Ultron even exists.  Way to go, Iron Man.

Iron Man is yet again the odd man out, and there’s not one set good or bad with what he was trying to do.  Ultron was created because SHIELD was destroyed.  He had good intentions.  Unlike Loki, it’s pretty apparent his motives are clear cut bad.  It’s debatable whether or not he should have attempted to do it, but either way his intentions were good, and I can imagine Iron Man is going to come under fire for being unable to control his own creation.  Still bickering to some extent, but over more serious matters than whether or not a worker is playing Galaga.

You can tell from the trailer that the Avengers are going to get pushed to their limit.  We see a broken Captain America shield, Hulk actually fighting something that is the size of him, and a severely beaten up Thor dropping the hammer.  Loki looks like child’s play and a guy who is just deluded, and it pretty much feels like Loki even happened just so that way Ultron could happen because of how inherently psychological he was.  He got the Avengers to work together before Ultron happened.  If anything, we should be thanking Loki.  We got a lighthearted, hilarious, fun film from him.  Now we’re going into a much darker realm with a robot even it’s creator does not understand.


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