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The Avengers/Marvel's Avengers Assemble! in 2D (for which I am grateful.)
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Later I will post a proper review (probably after I've seen it again) when my thoughts are more in order. At the moment I am so relieved that it wasn't awful, that it captured the spirit of the early Avengers, that it didn't muck up personal favourite characters, that it laid the foundations of the team and its relationships (not to mention its relationship with SHIELD), without fleshing them out, that the action was excellent and the CGI more than adequate.

It's not a perfect movie, but it is a lot of fun (exciting and funny), and you cannot ask more from a superhero film.

Some of the criticisms aimed at it are not strictly accurate, though the explanations (such as how Thor got to Earth or the motivations of the invading aliens) are given obliquely in a couple of lines. It's a movie to which you have to pay attention.

Furthermore, it does have a point to it, as only a couple of critics have, so far, noticed. No, it is not mindless. Yes, it takes a stand on certain points. But it deals with them lightly.

It's not a modern age comic book movie, but a Silver Age movie with modern sensibilities. There's nothing dark and edgy here. About damn time.

And yes, I guess Tony Stark does steal it...

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Phew! I can see it without the extra-large popcorn (that eats up so many WW points). I'm not surprised Tony steals it. And I'm grateful as hell it's available in 2D. I was already steeling myself up to see Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows (I sort of have to see it) in IMAX when I heard they were 3D'ing the Avengers.

What's happened to normal screen-sized, 2D movies? I guess I sound like my grandmother. *sigh*

Most movies are available in 2D if you look, and Thor was the first 3D movie to take more in 2D than it did in 3D.

I loathe 3D, but if that had been the only thing available I suppose I would have gone to see it. Mind you, the reviewers say the conversion isn't as bad as some...

I hate 3D too. The only version of 3D that ever impressed me was Captain EO and even then the general reaction was "weird" rather than entertained. If I want some strange reality invading my dimension, I'll go over to my mother-in-law's house.

Icon admiration, btw.

Thank you for that. We had a choice of Pirates or Avengers and we saw Pirates. Not Nick Parks best movie in that it never reached the laugh-out-loud stage, only the mildly-amused-stage. Some nice work but overall; a resounding meh.
£D (not a typo...) gives me headaches, so I prefer the 2D versions too.
And thank you for the comment that it's NOT dark and edgy. Thank Ghu-I'd really rather not be harrowed all the way through a film. Life is bloody grim for most folk at the mo. Something uplifting would be more the thing!

Well, there is a lot of comic book violence, and some people - and a lot of alien gooks - die (this is a Joss Whedon script!) but, hey, Captain K will enjoy it.

We saw Pirates this week. As you say, not laugh out loud but mildly amusing and quite sweet.

When I hear "The Avengers," I think of Steed and Mrs. Peel. What can I say? I'm totally mired in the past.

Why do you think it's called Avengers Assemble! in the UK and Oz?

Actually, the comic book team and the TV series are almost contemporary - and I bought the comic book from issue #1, and tend to think of that first, if not in a TV context.

However, other than that, it's very much an age thing...

There's nothing dark and edgy here. About damn time.

1) I don't think there was anything dark and edgy about any of the previous Marvel Studios flicks either.
2) Is this snark against Chris Nolan's Batman movies?

I love Nolan's movies, but the comic book world itself has got too damn gritty for its own good. Sometimes, you know, a comic book [film] is just a comic book [film.] This has the feel of a Silver Age comic. I'm nostalgic for that.

I do actually think this is more upbeat than any comic book films since, I think, Spider-man.

I'm not quite sure how you are judging "upbeat". The bit where Spider-Man is being blown to pieces at the end of Sam Raimi's first film was actually pretty dark and the rest of it didn't seem so much "upbeat" as "cheesy" i.e. the characters weren't particularly happy, but the whole setting had an unthreatening gloss over it.

I also don't know comic book eras well enough to understand the term "silver age".

I mean, personally I think the best superhero movie was the original Richard Donner "Superman". I've no idea what era of comics that reflects and whether you'd consider it more upbeat or more gritty.

If we just stick to the previous Marvel Studio movies, how were any of them dark or edgy and what era of comics were they reflecting?

Just got back from seeing this with Mr FB. I fancied a trip to the pictures for teh first time in over a year. I enjoyed it a lot. Loved the bloke with the bow. He was rather scrummy. Loki was rather fine, too.

Oddly enough, I'm just back from seeing it for a second time.

You always did have a thing for villains.

And Jeremy Renner's arms are worth seeing...

I really want to see it again. And again. And probably again.

I've seen it twice now, the second time with a sharper eye as fans often watch through specific goggles, and I wanted to be clear that what I remembered was what actually happened. We may wait a while for the DVD, as the movie doesn't open in Japan - a major market - until August. *sigh*

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