Yesterday was the
moment that I got the answer to a question that I was asking myself ever since
the release of the 2012 blockbuster ‘The Avengers’. The question being, ‘Was I too
hard on the film back when I wrote the review?’ Yes, I was in a very good
company in my disappointment along with my husband, my favourite critic A O
Scott and a certain Mr Wadhwa but did that make me right? The doubts were put to rest yesterday night.
I am an avid fan of
films based on Comic books and graphic novels. And God is the witness that I had
waited for ‘The Avengers’ to release with bated breath. Not as much as the ‘The
Dark Knight Rises’ but that is an article for another time. So when I went in
to see this ensemble cast I was expecting to be enthralled, not just because of
the long wait but also because I had made the effort of watching the banal ‘Captain
America: The First Avenger’ just to keep myself updated with all the happenings
of the Marvel universe.
But I was not rewarded
for my patience and commitment, like Nolan does with his fans. Instead I was
served with a film which takes a portion of the story from information
available on Wikipedia. The screenplay by the director Joss Whedon would have
been able to just about pull it off for me if it had gotten one element right –
The Hulk. Who is the Hulk, I asked myself while watching the film? Granted I don’t
read the comics which my Husband follows very closely but I have seen both the
earlier versions by Ang Lee and Louis Leterrier. And from my knowledge of the
character, I just could not understand his peculiar behavior in this film.
I was also informed by
sources that ‘The Hulk’ never attacks innocent people which is exactly what happens
when he goes on a rampage attacking all the superheroes when none of whom were
attacking him. ‘Why was he angry?’ is my question. And if Dr Bruce Banner is
angry all the time, as is mentioned in the end, then why does he turn into ‘The
Hulk’ right in the middle. Is he actually in control of his emotions or is he
not? Because he sure as hell cannot be both.
Yes of course, there is
Ironman, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Hawkeye too. But they just don’t
have the same effect as any of their previous outings. Except for the boring Chris
Evans as the forgettable Captain America. Instead of increasing the visual
appeal by coming together, somehow they all cancel out each other’s power like
a bunch of +ve and –ve forces stuck in a room together. The film becomes remotely interesting only in
the second half when the bunch actually stops talking and start fighting. Not
because the action scenes are exceptionally well choreographed but because the
dialogues are so ridiculous that when the superheroes talk, especially about Tesseract
it seems like that they are trying too hard to sound intelligent.
Chris Hemsworth never gets
to use his wonderfully nuanced language as the Asgard God, nor his ‘Hot’ body,
two of the primary reasons that ‘Thor’ worked so well. Robert Downey Jr, has been
on a sarcasm overdrive with the Ironman and Sherlock Holmes films. And while
usually he comes across as charming and obnoxious, he just seems irritating
here. All he does is cut everyone’s sentences in the middle, which is not what
makes anyone attractive. Not even Tony Stark. Scarlett Johanson who was part
eye-candy to Stark in Ironman 2 is treated like she is a sexless man in this
film. Yes, it sounds sexist but why else is she wearing a skin tight outfit?
Not for the comfort I suppose. Jeremy Renner is the only one who gets to not
disappoint because he had barely anything to do in ‘Thor’. Gets to shoots his
arrows just fine!
To be truthful, the
only person who held my attention other than the stop-motion capture Mark
Ruffalo, was Cobie Smulders as a SHIELD agent. She looked so breathtakingly
beautiful that I wished that that I was watching some film called ‘Maria Hill:
The SHIELD’ instead of ‘The Avengers’. And if I am bored of the ‘A’ team while
watching a film about them, that isn’t saying much about the film.
Labels: Action, English, Superhero, Watch with low expectations