Marvel, must all your posters look the same?
Had a good time at the cinema, but not as much fun as watching the first Avengers movie. (Warning: Spoilers.)
1. Not enough wisecracks, clever ripostes or general drollery. In fact we cannot remember a single line from the movie. In the first there was a quotable in every scene. Perhaps this was to give the new one a darker tone, but the result not really dark, just murky. What sets Marvel product apart from the ponderous self-important superhero movie is humor. Wit, irony, self-referential banter and the awareness of the essential silliness of the superhero movie.
2. Villain not particularly scary, even with Spader’s voice. Ultron in comic books much scarier.
3. For villain to be interesting, audience has to feel conflicted about him, i.e. like him despite his actions. Prime example: Loki. We’re not rooting for Ultron even a little.
4. Fight scenes are confusing, badly edited and not very thrilling, the outcomes obvious. We do like how Wanda was portrayed (by Elizabeth, the Olsen who eats); she could’ve just stood there and announced what she was doing, but she didn’t.
5. He’s probably not dead. No one in the comic book universe really dies. (He’s not dead, he’s pining for the fjords.) We still think Cap can lift Mjolnir, he just didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Sucks to be good. Also being worthy to lift the hammer a useful shorthand to identify Vision as a good guy.
In real life, our cat Drogon is Vision because he can increase his mass when landing on furniture, thus obliterating paperboard bookshelf. Serves us right for buying cheap crap.
6. We don’t buy the romantic angle, probably because the movies have tried to pair off Black Widow with everyone.
7. Look, a hero with a normal life. Zzzzzzz.
8. The whole birth of Vision angle had too much explanation.
9. The simplest measure is: Were you happy when you left the theatre? Did you tell yourself, “I have to see that again!”?
In all we get the impression that there were too many cooks. Making billions of dollars will not buy filmmakers peace, only interference.
10. If you hear yourself thinking: “This is the greatest disappointment ever, my life is ruined”, then you do not have what qualifies as a life.
Our Marvel movie rankings [covering only Marvel Studios-owned titles, not those licensed out to Columbia (Spider-Man) or Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four), allowing the characters to occupy the same universe]
1. (tie) Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Iron Man
5. Iron Man 3
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
7. Captain America: The First Avenger
9. Iron Man 2
10. Thor: The Dark World
P.S. The aircon needed a break so we went to the mall to soak up theirs. Saw Age of Ultron again and like it better. Not everything is enhanced by 4DX–the rocking makes us sleepy.