The Avengers: A Flickcharter’s Movie Review

Ryan Stuckey

Ryan likes movies. They are one of his favorite things. He does everything in his power to not sound like an elitist when he talks about them. He would like to apologize in advance for all the times he will inevitably sound like an elitist talking about them. He also thinks it's awkward to write about himself in the third person. He can be found at SirStuckey on Flickchart and almost every other film ranking website.

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8 Responses

  1. Aaron Wood says:

    “nor is it the undisputed champion of comic book adaptations”

    With the current box office returns, I’m going to have to disagree with you on that point.

  2. I’m the stick in the mud who didn’t properly absorb the Avengers Kool-Aid, I’m afraid. From my personal blog review:

    There were six trailers before the screening, and the first three represent my other complaint with the movie. Before I even got a chance to see the Paramount mountain, I had spent 7:49 minutes watching trailers for Battleship (2:29), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2:42) and The Expendables 2 (2:38). I’m not even sure they’re actually different movies. As near as I can tell, they’re just three different cuts of one movie. Nothing in The Avengers felt different from those three trailers, and I felt it was heavily recycled from other recent blockbusters.

    Mark Ruffalo was a fine Bruce Banner, but I kept thinking of how he was in the role Karl Urban had as Dr. McCoy in 2009’s Star Trek, caught between Iron Man and Captain America the way McCoy was caught between Kirk and Spock. Then there’s the invasion of New York City, which was nothing more than a redressing of the Decepticon invasion of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I kept waiting for Optimus Prime to show up with reinforcements. I didn’t need to bother with Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor or The Incredible Hulk. I had already seen The Avengers.

  3. Jamie Brown says:

    “nor is it the undisputed champion of comic book adaptations”
    In that case I’d sure as hell like to know what is!

  4. Nigel Druitt says:

    I think you’ve mostly hit it on the head here, Ryan. The Avengers is a cinematic sugar rush. Tastes really good, but ultimately not very filling. When the rush wears off, there’s not much left. There are some great character beats and decent dialogue, but that’s about it; the rest is mega-action.

    I’m an unabashed Dark Knight fan, so maybe that makes me automatically biased against this fluff. But here’s the list of Marvel movies I have ranked above The Avengers on my Flickchart:

    Spider-Man 2
    Men in Black
    Iron Man
    X2: X-Men United
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    X-Men: First Class

    I think all of them have more substance than this admittedly very fun action movie. The Avengers accomplishes what it set out to do: It entertains. But I look forward to seeing a little more than “just” action and entertainment in The Dark Knight Rises.