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Avengers, The (2012) 
Les Invincibles
3/4 stars

Remind me. Why does everyone love the Avengers?

When it was released I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It had fun characters and acting, especially by Robert Downey Jr.
But I never thought it would be at this level of praise and admiration. It even holds the overall 47 rating on FilmCrave. Why?

I still stand by my original opinions of what worked in the film. The acting was phenomenal and the amount of story was just right. I especially liked the conversations between the titular heroes.
Actually, what I don't like is exactly what everyone likes.

The action is as overly stuffed and bloated as it can get. I felt like I didn't have time to breathe while everyone of these invincibles caused mayhem. Because that's what they are. Invincible.
At no point in the bombarding scenes was I worried about the characters in any way, because I knew they would survive. There's just no way they can die with all this power and might in their hands.
Actually stop and think about the action for a moment.

SPOILERS START HERE.

I was baffled when there was a decision made near the end of the film to send a nuclear missile to New York and kill millions of innocent people. Wow. What a face palm moment.

SPOILERS STOP.

This is the kind of film that could have either triumphed or failed completely. Apparently to the general public, it was a great success and the perfect example of a superhero film. I don't think it was a failure, but it definitely didn't defy superhero films.
It had way too much to nitpick, bloated action, way too simple character development and barely any elements of what made the pervious Marvel films effective.

Plus, where were the X-Men? That was just stupid.


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