I hadn’t watched Avengers in awhile. The last time I saw all the way through was in a theater, but after having watched Captain America: The Winter Solider, and Thor: The Dark World, I figured it was high time to revisit the penultimate comic movie (to many) to see if it still held up. And what better way to revisit it than via the magic of a 3D Blu-ray?!
Avengers starts out… well okay I guess. You’ve got Loki showing back up and he turns Hawkeye and the scientist from Thor evil. Loki destroys the base SHIELD was using and takes the Tesseract with it that was recovered from Captain America: The First Avenger. After that things are kind of slow. In fact, the first half of the film is rather ho-hum. While there isn’t an over abundance of action, there is a lot of reminding us who every one is and relevant bits important for this film’s plot, including a few quick shots of the first Captain America movie. Not everyone will have seen the lead up movies, so this is all important stuff, but it’s just retread for those who did their due diligence ahead of time.
And while there’s some “hilarious” Joss Whedon banter between the characters, it’s not an overbearing amount. In fact, it works really well for much of the film, particularly Tony Stark who is supposed to talk like a Whedon character in these films. Speaking of Stark one of the most praised aspects is the Tony Stark with Bruce Banner bits. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo have an amazing chemistry. I wish there was a spin off movie with those two.
Once the second half of the Avengers hits, then I’m all in. The battle aboard the heli-carrier has everyone doing something interesting and once it’s time to stop Loki, it’s like the film goes into high gear and provides plenty of well executed action sequences.
Now don’t get me wrong, the film is fairly light on depth. It’s almost all surface stuff, but it works so well that you probably won’t notice the well used formula.
The biggest complaint I have with this last half of the film is that the alien army isn’t from anything. They’re made up villains for the movie and they look like every other creature/alien/monster created in the last ten years. Also, there’s no logical reason that they should be deactivated at the end except for the writers wanted the movie to be over. It might have been cool to have survivors of this battle still active throughout the U.S., which would have given 3rd string heroes or the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show something to do right away?
I was ready to write The Avengers off as being a sub par 3D experience. Like the plot, the 3D doesn’t really kick in until the second half of the film. The first half is all dark and there’s not a lot going on depth wise. You wonder why you even bothered to put your 3D glasses on. Apathy kicks in. But then, blamo you’re sucked into a magical 3D world of superheroes kicking ass and it feels real good.
Still, the 3D conversion probably won’t win any 3D haters and it’s not a film you’d really want to use as a showcase 3D movie. It’s a solid addition and enjoyable enough to check out in 3D once in awhile.
The Final Judgement:
A couple years later and a few post Avengers movies later The Avengers still holds up as a fun action movie. It’s so funny now that it was such a big deal and there was a huge question of whether it would work or if audiences could accept all these heroes meeting up.