Hello movie fellow fans, I saw only one thread on the Avengers movie, still more on the trailer than the movie itself. While I'd like to take a moment
to write about the film itself, I also wanted to open a discussion on a condition of American blockbusters, especially the summer, huge ones, which in
my opinion were lacking a lot lately.
I suppose the Avengers and this summer, summer 2012, shall change this sad course.
Personally I'm not really into the Marvel Universe, yep, I've seen all the previous films (Iron Man 1&2, Thor, Cap, Hulk) but still wasn't on the hail
Marvel bandwagon, prefering Dark Knight's realism or second's Ghost Rider's stupid camp. Having seen the film I have to say it was really, really well
crafted. The characters weren't cardboard cut-outs, they were meaty, funny, edgy and had some really well written lines and quips.The jokes were nice
relief and weren't circling the crotch areas. The action wasn't a huge 'let's blow up NY' crappola, it was very well shown, one could easily follow
who fought whom and how. With the leght clocking at 2.5hrs I wasn't bored even once.
So... what the hell happened? What did the Whedon guy do, that his film didn't look like Bay's Transformers, soulless, trivial mess that no one cared
My opinion? Target. I was really expecting to see lots of zitty teens at the screening, and being there with a girl, that had no idea about Marvel
(she loved the film btw, and had great time, which also means something), I was afraid she'll be the only girl there. To my surprise I saw fans of
20-45 yrs old, many women ang girls, everyone had awesome time, people cheering, clapping and sitting in silence in all right moments. These are the
guys who read the comics back when they were teens, now being 25-45 yrs old. They are the target and not teens, who I suppose do not give a crap for
sych superheroes nowadays, when they have facebook with 789233 friends and Call of Duty. The film was crafted for adult fans, while still being
attractive for younglings. This is what was a recipe for success for blockbusters such as Jurassic Park. This is what only magicians of cinema managed
to do, magicians like Spielberg, Zemeckis in his best days, Lucas, when he was still sane.
Let's just look what previous summers proposed us as a huge popcorn adventure from Hollywood:
Established, however weakening franchises, reboots, remakes, girly men in unrealistic thrillers for no one. In my opinion Rise of The Planet of the
Apes was last summer's best film, however one cannot take it as a blockbuster - it was a great sf with real characters.
Please do note understand me wrong. I do not say that Avengers is a cinema masterpiece everyone should see. I just miss the old days when the mindless
fun was smart, meaty and gave a real cinema pleasure of enjoying the rollercoaster. I love some good drama, love Asian, Australian and European
cinema, but that moment when you looked for entertainment and had to sit through ~3hrs CGI mess, or old actor pretending to be young in a tired
franchise happened too often recently.
Seriously speaking the suits in Hollywood are taking notes right in this very moment I think, having seen the numbers, the warm critiqe and fan
response maybe, just maybe thay will put 'smart' back into movie popculture.
People are tired with PG13 nonsense and it is obvious now with Expendables 2 and Prometheus being rated R - that's completely other thing, I know, but
it was a cancer devouring popular cinema for the last decade. Remember Live Free or Die Hard rated PG13? Me neither. Funny how in one moment a gossip
taht Expendables 2 shall be rated PG13 because of Chuck Norris condition of being cast stirred an angry fan response:
But that, fellow movie fans let's leave for another discussion I hope to start soon. This forum needs more serious movie discussion!
So. To sum it up - do you think summer popcorn blockbusters will go in the right direction after Avengers or still dwelve in CGI soulless
edit on 12-5-2012 by gigaherc because: (no reason given)