– by Cecily Knobler, Live from Hollywood –
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner
Man, these superheroes have some mommy issues. First we had Superman and Batman rolling around in a warehouse, their capes all a flutter until they realize, “Wait, you liked your Mom too?” Now these guys, the Avengers, exemplify a similar sentiment. Although I suppose when you strip humans down to their core, taking away the world politics and even moral dilemmas we’re constantly faced with, it does come down to protecting our own blood.
Once again, Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers AKA Captain America AKA Yawny McBoring. Jeez, I don’t know if it’s the actor or the character he’s playing, but every time he was on screen, I was rooting for whomever he was battling or talking to, even if they weren’t fighting. Like he could just be having a conversation with Black Widow and I’d think, “I wish she would just punch him in the face. Just for fun.”
Well I kind of got my wish. The group got divided into camps, once faced with the question as to whether they should allow some oversight from the Feds or continue serving their usual vigilante justice. It was an interesting argument, especially as they started to take note of the collateral damage caused by their “do-gooding.” But Tony Stark/Iron Man (again played by Robert Downey Jr. channeling a very handsome Rachel Maddow look) and Captain A didn’t agree. So my wish was granted and Captain America got punched in the face. A LOT. (By the way, has anyone ever seen Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel Maddow in the same place at the same time? Just curious.)
Here’s the good news: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man is again absolutely joyous and yes, I do love him very much. Sadly, there is very little of him (double meaning intended). We have a new Peter Parker (and this isn’t a spoiler as it was shown in the previews.) Young English actor Tom Holland encapsulates the role the best I’ve ever seen and it’s fun to see Spiderman cutting his teeth with the big boys and girls. Also, Anthony Mackie as Falcon is lots of fun to watch.
The not-so-great news is the script is overwrought with characters and fight scenes. There’s so much going on that it actually gets a little exhausting. I don’t want to share the entire plot as to avoid spoilers, but let’s just say that some of our favourites were missing and some not-so-memorable characters are front and centre. And if we’re all going to berate Zach Snyder (Batman Vs. Superman director) for how bad the fight scenes look, I don’t think we can give much of a break to the Russos.
Overall though, it’s worth checking out. These are characters many of us have grown to love and this is just another chapter furthering their fantastic story. And yes, of course you should stay through the closing credits until the VERY end.
B – – –