Friday, March 15, 2019

The Avengers Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

The Avengers, 95%, A, 4.5 Stars
Earth’s mightiest team up at that point holds up well despite feeling long at times, having a few micro plot holes and wonky visual effects that hold up well in some areas but not so well in others.
Plot
-Pacing 9/10
The movie is quite long, and while the content is entertaining, I felt like they were taking too long to get to the next scene. There was also a jumbled nature to the rotation of story points before their convergence.
-Coherence 9/10
I had a few questions while watching the movie, such as “why couldn’t Loki’s scepter bypass Tony’s arc reactor?” among others that I forgot as I write this. Because of that, I only penalize this section just a little and not a ton.
Characters
-Relatability 10/10
There’s so many characters here, it’s easy to find someone to relate to or have moments that feel relatable, such as the Tony Stark eye roll that’s now a meme, the pop culture references, or Nick Fury’s dissent with the missile decision. There’s also the everyman quality of Coulson that I think made him likable despite his screen appearances being occasional across all the previous movies except for Incredible Hulk, which made his death sting. His fanboying over Captain America is probably how any of us would react if we met Chris Evans.
-Development 10/10
The characters are quickly established without too much fuss. We get enough of their personalities and skills displayed for the noobs, but not so much that canon nerds like myself are made to completely relive all the previous movies. Tony’s the only one with a real character arc, which goes to show that these are Iron Man’s movies with everyone else being 2nd billing.
Captain America gets the start of his arc with questioning authority that plays out in his next two solo films, Thor doesn’t revert to his old habits, Hulk gets reintroduced as Mark Ruffalo and with better visual effects, and Hawkeye finally gets namechecked and credited. Every character has their moment, and the interactions are really the fun parts given the fact this is a massive team-up movie.
Picture
-Visual Believability 7/10
While the Hulk visual effect is improved from the 2008 Incredible Hulk, the rest of it is a mixed bag. An obvious green screen here and there, an entirely CGI shot that’s just way too obvious for me, and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio instead of the usual 2.39:1. The frame rate and Hulk motion capture are the only things separating this from an episode of Agents of SHIELD, which this movie’s success would spawn 16 months later.
-Purposeful Content 10/10
Everything added to the story. If it wasn’t reestablishing characters, it was showing them build the bonds they would use in the climactic final battle.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Alan Silvestri’s score sold the high stakes and grandeur of these characters coming together after four years of five solo films for four of them, one supporting role, and one uncredited cameo.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
Each track was appropriate for its scene, and was mostly used in action scenes, with the occasional ominous conversation.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There’s good, non-overbearing comic relief, and great doses of pop culture references. It all adds and doesn’t detract, which is fine by me.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
There’s the occasional splatter of Chitauri blood, but no foul language, all appropriately edgy and still clean enough for Disney’s first release.
Before the Age of Ultron, the Infinity War and the Endgame, there was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable actors and bring to life the movie event that previous studios didn’t even consider. Seven years later, we have both a Pandora’s Box of shared universe attempts and the beginning of the superhero trend that the in-movie newscasts at the end hilariously predicted. While underwhelming compared to what came after, at least it didn’t ruin any characters.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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