When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!
Popcorn without salt but with Pepper
By Jack Anderson on March 18, 2018
Technically, the movie is of course, as you'd expect with a $220 million budget, good. Everything is well done. All the make ups, the costumes, the sets, the special effects are perfect. And that's the problem. Everything is perfect, like a nice lifeless toy. Even the format is too size, at 1.78. For a blockbuster movie like this, I would of course personally prefer a 2.35.
My favourite characters are without any single doubt Stark (Iron Man) and Dr Banner (The Hulk). Why, you ask? Well, simply because the first one wears Black Sabbath sweats, attacks with AC/DC loud music and is having fun lines, not caring about anything. As for the second, he's not perfect, is feeling unsecure and it's good fun to guess when he's going to be angry and transforms into a green monster.
All the other characters are as empty as shells. I wouldn't even want to spend a minute talking to Mr Perfect Captain America, Thor or The Hawk.
Not only they are too perfect, but there is no real substance to grasp. I don't even understand the point of having immortal superheroes fighting each others with their fists. Of course, they don't even get a scratch, so there is virtually not a point to have them fighting each others. That's why I'll always prefer Iron Man versus all the other characters. Because he's made out of flesh and bones and can die. Simple as that. Psychologically, that is also why our lives are so beautiful, as Roberto Benigni would say, because we all die. Therefore, everything matters. (Even though we could also say that nothing matters, since we all die at the end, but I stop here the psychological references.
WHY SO SERIOUS?
There is a reason why Batman is the best superhero of all time. First, he's not super. Second, he's not even a hero, most of the time. He's a dark person who faces even darker ennemies. I'll exchange one minute with Christopher Nolan's Joker against the entire Avengers movie. Comparing The Dark Knight with The Avengers is quite fun, as those two movies, both incredibly successful at the box office, are produced in entirely opposite way.
You can generally spot a bad movie when the characters are playful in extremely life-threatning dark moments. And this movie is no exception (i.e. when Black Widow and Hawkeye are in the middle of a battlefield).
Meanwhile, the music is also very dull and not interesting one bit. Once again, compare it with Hans Zimmer's work on The Dark Knight trilogy (with James Newton Howard) and it is actually incomparable.
But the film has a few good moments in it, such as:
- Harry Dean Stanton discovering Dr Banner after he fell from the sky.
A very well produced movie but without any salt, except with Pepper. I give it a low 4 out of 10. Average.