Following The Avengers’ underwhelming first instalment which played out like a poorly organised NBC sitcom set on Bonfire night, it was this week confirmed that its director, mastermind and pretty colours enthusiast Joss Whedon would be helming its sequel.
Fan boys rejoiced, Robert Downey Jr. pulled a smug facial expression, Chris Evans pulled no facial expression and an illegal Chinese firework seller in downtown New York put a deposit down on a Ferrari; The Avengers 2 is coming in the same style as the first… Oh dear.
However not one to take anything lying down, more like kicking and screaming until my voice gives out and I mess myself, I found the need to fly the flag of not giving up hope and offer the Marvel film machine a handy list of things to make the sequel less of forgettable light show; and more like something worth the money.
1. Make It Less Like A Superhero Sitcom
Why This Sucked:
As aforementioned in my not-at-all maniacal introduction; The Avengers felt like a situation comedy lifted straight out of the Friday death slot…And not a good one.
There’s all for finding humour in a situation, and alleviating some of the horror by making a joke or two but this films attempt at this is poor. No amount of one liners or Robert Downey Jr’s smug self-satisfaction could do little but raise the odd wry smile from your box of popcorn as you checked the receipt and wondered if it had a no-satisfaction back guarantee clause on the back of it. It didn’t. Bummer.
The cheap and constant use of borderline humorous head smacking was a poorly used disguise for the fact they couldn’t make the characters interesting.
The characters being the God of thunder; a playboy billionaire with a God complex; a schizophrenic genius; a man who was frozen in ice for 60 years and Hawk-Eye….Ok, I’m all for not being able to make him interesting but the rest?
The humour doesn’t come from the characters personalities but instead a wash-away script that reduces them all to the same basic one line repeaters. This isn’t a film about characters; it’s an egotistical fan dance of its own script. And it sucked.
How To Make It Better:
Character development, interesting story-archs and making each character different; some things that Joss Whedon may have missed in film making school and could be used to good effect.
If it wants to be funny; be funny. But use the individuality of its characters and the situations they find themselves in to do it. Not fit them to the one note script.
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