I know, I know, it’s like the coolest, most action-packed film of the summer. It’s making tons of money. It’s been hailed as one of the most successful blockbusters since Avatar. But I hated it.

Rampant with clichés, overly full 3D-action sequences, and seriously lacking any character development or original ideas, I thought it was a huge waste of time. Seriously, they have some severely talented actors, and this is what they come up with.

Highs:

The first time I laid eyes on Robert Downey Jr., in Iron Man, I was hooked. His charisma, confidence and bad-boy-comeback charm was perfect for the “billionaire genius playboy philanthropist” Tony Stark story.

His scenes were the bits of warmth of excitement in the overly ambitious Avengers. Oh, and the Gwyneth Paltrow inclusion made his scenes even stronger.

Jeremy Renner is the newest addition to my “I will watch him in anything” list (short list: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Rachel McAdams, so far) and his rugged, tough guy Hawkeye character was pretty fun to watch. In a pure fluff entertainment way, not in a character development way that this Oscar nominee and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol star is capable of. Looking forward to watching him in the new Bourne flicks!

 

Mark Ruffalo arguably provided the highest quality acting performance in the whole film. His brooding, guarded sexiness provided the only hints of tension and an actual plot. I thoroughly enjoy him as an actor, and felt that he too, was wasted in his scenes.

Lows:

Scarlett Johansson. I just. Can’t. Stand. Her. Every time she speaks I want to suck on a cough drop and then toss her several hundred.

Chris Evans. I never really understood the “heartthrob” appeal here. He’s utterly uninteresting, and by far the most dry character on screen. His whole “there’s only one God”-after he meets freaking Thor- is just trying way too hard to engage the whole 1940’s Captain America bravado. I wasn’t buying it. His only humorous part? His punching bag pets. And even then, super unoriginal and trying way too hard for a forced chuckle.

Samuel L. Jackson. He is probably one of the most intimidating actors in Hollywood- anything he touches usually turns to blockbuster gold. But here, his eye patch is so random, and all of his lines are so predictable that it’s almost hard to watch. He has made a great niche for himself by playing the same character over, and over, and over. Good for him, but he gets lost in an ensemble cast like this.

Chris Hemsworth. Some pure hunky beefcake opportunity was totally ruined by his wannabe Game of Thrones accent. Hopefully he pulls off the “hot and strong destructive force” better in Snow White and The Huntsman.

 

 

 

 

Also, sorry, but I just could not handle seeing Robin Scherbatsky in a tight black leotard.

All in all? A super unoriginal, unimaginative, trying WAY too hard attempt at a summer popcorn 3D blockbuster that is simply capitalizing on all the superhero redux movies of the past 10 years.  I’m sure it will still rake in the multi-millions, and congrats, because it sure looked expensive to make.

Have you seen The Avengers? What was your opinion? Maybe I would have felt differently-and less disappointed- if they didn’t show a FABULOUS trailer for The Dark Knight Rises right before this far inferior action flick?

 

Media Credits:

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sixth photo courtesy of collider.com

seventh photo courtesy of moviefanatic.com

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