Guess we have another franchise. In finance term it’s called diversification. Each of the avengers has his/her movie(s) already, so it means we will see lots more of them: single, couple, triple or multiple.
Since we already know most of the characters, the first half of the film, as usual, is to see how they mesh together without their egos blocking the good cause of saving Earth! Again. (How many times Earth have been the target for alien invasions? Producers, perhaps it’s time you do a movie that we, humans, invade another planet to load up their resources?! Pardon me, we did have Avatar (2009) in that regard.)
So Captain America(2011) and Thor(2011) are really prequels to the Avengers. If I didn’t see Thor, I might be a bit lost. The good thing is that they keep the same actors to provide continuity: Thor(Chris Hemsworth), Loki(Tom Hiddleston), Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and Agent Phil Coulson(Clark Gregg). Captain America is Chris Evans. I was surprised to see Ms. Potts(Gwyneth Paltrow). In a nutshell, it’s a star-studded cast! Who did I miss: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson), Natasha Romanoff(Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner(Mark Ruffalo), and Clint Barton(Jeremy Renner), who, respectively play, Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye.
Big budget, big cast, lots of CGI and gadgets. Now why these films look familiar? Hey that’s from Transformer (2007), seen that in Minority Report (2002), really isn’t it Fantastic Four (2005), Wow okay it’s Star Trek (2009), and you mean Stargate (1994). In other words, visually nothing is really new, or is there? Also, why it is always New York Manhattan that gets trashed all the time when aliens come? Yes, we have a few battles in L.A. too, but won’t it be original that it happens in Alaska or Miami or Dallas?
The premise is simple. Bitter Loki is seeking revenge on Earth to show his leadership before he gets an army! The rest is pretty obvious: save Earth!
One thing I have to say is that the verbal script was terrible. I would rather have more actions and less talk. True, some parts were funny, but mostly I felt that they were time-fillers! Since the plot was given away in the first ten minutes, the conversations did not really enhance the story, did they? I bet if this were done with orchestral background music in its entirety, it might have worked as well.
This is not a wow for me, but it is entertaining enough, so go see it. Besides, you don’t want to miss a water-cooler topic, especially it is a box-office hit! SEE.