(Spoiler Alert) Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Review
I’m going to try and get through this without too many spoilers but there are some that will crop up. You have been warned. Stop reading any further if you don’t want to know more. Skip down to the end though because I’ve added a new poem.
Last Friday I went to see the new Avengers movie because my family and I are big fans. This one was pretty special, too, because I got to see it with my friend, Denise. I enjoy all the Marvel movies, (the Thor series is my favorite-because of that mythology thing I love) but I truly enjoy seeing how all the egos interact with each other. Seeing Tony Stark and Thor pick at each other, then Tony and Cap, well, it makes for some good conflict. And then Hulk who just bashes everybody. This Avengers wasn’t any different in that respect. It was darker than the first, which in my opinion is not a bad thing. But I did feel that they focused too much on one character throughout the film. I’d heard that Whedon had so much footage that he had to cut out quite a lot. What I’d like to know is what footage was cut because I felt the film lacked some of the impact the other movies always carry.
Not to say that this one didn’t have impact. There were some HUGE action scenes. There was a lot of conflict. But it missed that overall feeling of unity throughout. In the first film, the Avengers had to lose Colson to come together. In this one, it felt as if they were all back to square one. Tony taking over and being manipulative, convincing Banner to help him, kept me thinking Tony is crossing that line between hero and villain. Yes, I know that Tony is that way anyway, but remember, he supposedly “saw the light” and was turning over a new leaf. I understand where his thinking was leading him, but this is where humanity constantly goes wrong. When we try to become gods for the sake of peace, we lose. We end up destroying, or very nearly so, that which we set out to save. (Hiroshima, anyone?) And that was the theme for this movie.
That conflict, that idea, kept me glued to my seat. Where is Joss going with this?
There were four new characters introduced in this film: Ultron, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and, well, I think I’ll leave this one for you to find out (but I know my favorite Avenger now). Although, why they killed one still has me wondering why. His character had a lot of potential. Scarlet Witch, though. Man, is she something or what? I’m curious to see the dynamic between her and Black Widow. Scarlet Witch’s power is interesting. And what she does to the Avengers kind of leaves me thinking as a writer. HUGE plot hole there. But. It did leave an opening for the audience to guess as to who the next Avenger (that character I’m letting you find out on your own if you haven’t seen the movie) would be. It’s kind of funny, too, how Joss did that. Raise your hand if you caught it. It wasn’t really all that subtle. If you didn’t catch it, the most obvious hint is in Thor’s ‘dream’. I’ll give you a clue. At one point, everyone is blind.
My biggest hangup is the same thing that my friend, CJ, talked about in her Twisted Writers post Tuesday. Whedon made a dumb move. He weakened Black Widow’s character. Black Widow has been such a strong character throughout the series. Has she been too tough? I don’t think so. Women keep back a lot of feelings. We flirt with letting people in but usually there’s only a few who know us well. We want to be strong and tough and confident and beautiful and sexy. We are independent for the most part. We do what needs to be done, and we aren’t going to wait in that tower for someone to rescue us. Not when we know that we can save ourselves. That’s what Black Widow was. She got the job done and she didn’t wait for anyone to help, though she recognized when she did need help and asked for it. In this movie, she was willing at first to walk away and let what happens happen. Even though she has said she has red in her book and wants to clear it out. That just doesn’t jive. It’s contradictory to her character. Yes, she is a woman but I’ve never once thought of her as unfeminine. In fact, she uses her femininity to full advantage (her certain skill set). And why bring up her conflict now? This should have been brought up long before. Yes, romance happens in the workplace but I’m not so sure I agree with how it’s being portrayed. And who are they going to have her fall for next? I’m still not sure where I sit on this one.
Overall, I loved the movie. Even if I did feel as if I had been in the action scenes myself by the end of the movie. It was action-packed and fast-paced. The dialogue was brilliant as always, and the humor was witty and playful and lightened up some of the darker areas. (Although, what was the point of bringing Selvig back for that *extremely* brief scene? I didn’t really see the need for it other than to bring him in for a cameo-and speaking of…where the hell was Loki??? Really, Joss. Listen to the fan base-you, of all people, should understand that.)
But this whole thing brings me back to a conversation Denise and I had before the movie. Is Hollywood running out of original ideas? To date, most of the movies are being based off books, re-inventing superheroes, and remaking classic films for today’s youth. Not that I mind for some things, but where are the new ideas, original and creative story lines? Has Hollywood lost it’s edge? Maybe they should start looking to London and Bollywood, even Japan. Better yet, look to the new independent directors and writers. There are scores of independent films and screenplays being written right now. There are young (and older) directors who are trying to bring something new to the screen or bringing a new perspective to an old idea. For example I give you Anno Dracula. Yes, it is a book but what an idea! There are a number of ways that could be worked into an original film. Also, what about the self-publishing writers out there who are trying to make a name for themselves? We’re out here just waiting for a chance. Some of us even have a plethora of original ideas. And, if you’re going to continue making books into movies, why did you stop with the Dune series? Children of Dune made for the ScyFy channel was outstanding. And, even with as seriously bad as it was, Sharknado was still creative. And the Grimm series for tv…there are sooo many ways to twist fairy tales. And, hell, there’s Shakespeare! I’ve already had the idea to rewrite Hamlet in a way that kids today would understand. You don’t have to use Shakespeare’s words, though some lines would still work in today’s culture. For instance, the dialogue between Polonius and Hamlet where Polonius asks Hamlet what is the matter would translate today as it did then. It’s funny and sarcastic and full of meaning. And kids in today’s culture would get the themes, if we would make it pertain to them in some way. And finally, for god’s sake, please please please stop remaking classics. Not everything needs to be reworked. Casablanca would not be the same if it were redone. So stop remaking every favorite classic. Please, take a page out of Guillermo del Toro’s playbook. He knows what original is.
Now. On to the poem. I wrote it last night and it’s obviously a metaphor. The voice is not an actual spider. I actually thought about the woman in the web from the movie Krull (still a fave-DON’T REMAKE IT!!!) , and how, in a way, as a woman, I feel this way sometimes. I’m not good enough, I make bad choices, so don’t come near me because I will only destroy you, too.
Actually, I keep feeling like I need to write a statement before everything I write lately. There’s a line from a movie that keeps coming to mind every time I sit down to write. It’s “I seem to be writing a lot of funeral music.” Every time I sit down, I’m writing something depressing. I’m not quite sure why, not completely anyway. So, I’m going to let it run its course. Besides, there’s a lot to be said for funeral music. It’s not all bad. Maybe it’s just because I have another birthday coming up and I’m not looking forward to it this year. Or maybe it’s just the realization that time is moving faster every year and I’m helpless to stop it or slow it down for a breather. C’est la vie!
Anyway, I hope your Thursday is grand and that you are looking forward to your weekend.
P.S. Lizzi, Rod, and Cindy (And Denise) I’ve gone back and edited it some. The flow kept throwing me in some places. Also, formatting isn’t right. Le sigh. C’mon WordPress, can’t we get that fixed?
By Jesi Scott
Leave me be,
Oh, leave me be!
Step not into my bower.
Your gentle sighs,
And pretty lies,
Die here among my flowers.
Can’t you see?
It isn’t me
You woo here in my tower.
You’ll lose your breath
To Fate and Death
In this tangled web of power.
So, leave me be,
Oh, can’t you see?
Come not into my parlour.
For I must feast
To tame the beast.
Your love I will devour.