The young Black guy sitting to my right was so ripe with emotion that at the end of the super-heroes film Avengers he couldn’t resist turning to a complete stranger (me, me, me) and asking rhetorically, “Nice movie, eh? They did a good job on that.”
Yeah, I responded because it’s the politically correct (and smart) thing to say when everyone around you is clapping.
Ain’t No Big Deal
But if you really want to know, I think Avengers is like a good reefer that gives you a momentary high but, hey, who remembers the euphoria the next morning.
You can take my word that a few months from now no one’ll even remember this high octane action flick let alone talk about it.
Just one more in a long line of Hollywood releases pumped by a cast of A list stars (Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel Jackson) and souped up by A++ gee wiz gimmickry.
The loudest claps and applause came when an angry Hulk, after being taunted by the villain Loki that earthlings were beneath Gods like him, grabs the evil man by the legs and repeatedly smashes his body against the floor in a violent fury.
Admittedly, the scene was a bit funny given Loki’s vainglorious boast but is seeing a bad guy being smashed to a pulp against the floor cause enough to send the entire movie hall into a collective swoon and a lengthy orgasm?
Is this what big $220 million Hollywood movies and audiences have come down to.
O tempora, o mores.
But for now the audience is enthusiastically lapping it up.
Shows are sold out, parking lots are full and the lines inside U.S. theatres long.
And the studio (Paramount, in this instance) involved will make a ton of money, ensuring similar dreary stuff coming down the pike.
Nothing, it seems, can shake the sway of the super-hero film genre on the American psyche. By the way, get ready for Spiderman releasing in July.
Earth in Peril
When Earth comes under grave threat following the theft of the bluish Tesseract crystal, a high energy source, by the evil Loki from the Asgardian realm, spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury assembles his Avengers team of hotshots to save the planet.
And who in the name of Christ are these so-called Avengers?
Well, think of them as Earth’s last line of defense against a mad and incredibly powerful enemy like Loki.
To moviegoers, the Avengers are a familiar crew, drawn from the Marvel Comics pantheon and comprise of Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Dr.Bruce Banner/Hulk, Thor, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
The rest is all mind-numbing pulp with Iron Man whooshing around, Thor swinging his Hammer at enemies, the Black Widow kicking anything in sight, Loki warning there’s no going back, Dr.Banner ‘Hulking’ up and interminable fights on the ground and up in the air.
Fortunately, I was spared underwater fights this time around.
The action scenes are what’s considered de rigueur for a 21st century super-heroes film.
Anything less would turn it into a total travesty for the fan-base.
Loki played by Tom Hiddleston, while not completely disappointing as a villain, was kinda eclipsed in all the hurly burly of the flying men, speeding arrows, hammer-falls and fiery explosions.
Only occasionally did the dialogs rise above the banal.
Without the powerful dramatic characters that can only be built on the edifice of an engaging story, most super-hero movies have now descended into a farce fizzing with special effects gimmickry.
The first few times, I could sit through all these fizz-laden effects. But lately I find it incredibly tedious and can’t wait for the end-credits to roll.
Desis here will be pleased to learn that Mera Bharat Mahaan figures for about 2 or 3-minutes in the movie. Yes, it includes even a few Hindi dialogs.
Overall, I wasn’t in the least bit excited by Avengers and must confess that I even nodded off for a few seconds now and then.