Well, that was a thrilling exit from the series by writer and director Joss Whedon. It was great. It even passed the Bechdel test (I think?) and had a decent amount of diversity (by Hollywood’s standards, so don’t get too hopeful).
The plot was complicated for a movie so it took some effort to understand everything that was happening. Most notably, whatever Thor’s doing in the middle was a little bit complicated, but I think I kept up well enough. It just seemed out of place in comparison to the rest of it, but then, Thor’s technically an alien, so I suppose I can just write that off as realism. I didn’t feel like I missed anything, which is the ultimate endgame.
This sequel had everything fans were hoping for. More Hawkeye than last time, both Anthony Mackie and Don Cheadle, and more female superheroes…sort of. I’m confused about Quicksilver compared to the Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I’ve decided (to save myself the headache) that maybe the X-Men universe is a different one from the Avengers universe. No one said universes were only separated by the comic book companies, right?
There were also a few one-liners that were repeated way too many times. It felt like Whedon was trying too hard to be cool and it took me right out of the action. And there was one part in the beginning that was supposed to be dramatic, but it went overboard and I burst out laughing in the theatre. Oops. Not the first time.
The main two characters, if I were to pick two, would be Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Despite being so small on the posters, make no mistake: Hawkeye was running things. And to think, I didn’t even know he had a personality after that last movie.
All in all, it was a satisfying film and it deserves all the praise it gets. But if you go to see it, don’t bother staying past the first after-credit scene. The film ended, one of the theatre employees said, “There’s no scene after the credits” and the expectant audience gave a collective groan. That was the most disappointing part.
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