Rating: PG-13, Time: 2hr 29min, Director: Anthony and Joe Russo, Cast on IMDb
So what did you think of the 3rd Avengers film?
Well, I didn't really have much for expectations since the film has so many characters to keep track of and you know they are going to have minimal dialogue for each character. That being said they did quite a few mini plots well: Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Vision (who I think is new in the film series) and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. For Thor, we have the drama between him and his brother stirred up to a dark outcome. Thor is partially redeemed in the end getting his Hammer of Thunder back again. We get reintroduced to Black Panther near the end of the film and then a crushing defeat for Wakanda. Guardians has the drama of losing Gamora and her childhood introduction to Thanos. We get to see Groot aging into a toddler type tree thing with a sad end. Rocket and Starlord have a bitter loss. Dr Strange is reintroduced and then brutally attacked.
Was there any surprises here?
The best surprise (SPOILERS) is that the story really isn't about the Avengers, but the quest of Thanos, the super villain of all super villains. In the first Guardians film, we get introduced to Thanos as the overlord of Ronan, who then challenges Thanos to his end. As we all know (I assume), Ronan ultimately fails as he is deceived by the Guardians of the Galaxy in the final shot. With all that history, you suspect that this Avengers may have a similar ending with the struggles to defeat Thanos over and over again portrayed in the film. Thanos is on a mission to get all the Infinity stones as we found out in the first Guardians with Ronan going for one Infinity Stone. Thanos has a superior glove designed by Eitri and large dwarves, who also help out Thor rebuild his hammer. The Avengers come up with several schemes how to defeat Thanos and delay his finding all the stones in the galaxy. So when you see in the final scenes that the whole movie was actually around Thanos, it syncs in place very disturbingly for the audience. Especially, since it ends not in victory for the Avengers but for Thanos.
How did the movie handle death?
They bring the gauntlet in this film. All the audience wanted a fun, kick back ride and got slaughtered by the director's brutal vision. Of course the vision of Thanos makes sense for a super villain, but the audience is just unprepared how serious the stakes and the losses we all felt watching several scenes of key members get taken out. One of the most brutal is Spiderman and then Gamora. Of course, losing Black Panther after creating such a great splash on the screen was kind of terrible. Here they build up black kids to love Black Panther and he gets wiped out in the second film he's in. How horrible is that? Of course, they will likely do a Black Panther 2, but it will now be out of sync with this film, so will likely underplay. The real tragedy is of course that we see so few tragedies in the cinema at all. Of course, people like to live a little harmless fun at the movies, but a real gut wrenching this film did was really awesome. The last film that kicks you this hard in the teeth was Hunger Games series.
Would you make changes to the film?
I think that some notes of characters' contracts kind of give a spoiler to this and the next film, which will lessen the pain. If you do a tragedy, you have to think the characters are really gone. Of course, based on the reactions of the crowds: denial, anger, sadness, I think they really nailed it.
The outright change I would make were the jokes against Rocket, constantly called him a rabbit. One time was funny, but change it up a bit. The writers were really lazy there and you have to think how much dialogue was there to work with anyway? That would be my one change to make the movie better.
Another really annoying add, was describing the planets in FONT 220 or some shit. I realize it looks good on a phone, but the audience is smart and can rewatch it to make more sense. So the studios is simply pissing away money to add unneeded subtitles. Those things were horrible in a CGI film. We had the same flaw in Star Wars: Rogue One as well. Whichever Disney executive is making this requirement should be fired on the spot.
Did you do any art related to this movie?
Jeepers Creepers - 44 x 66 inches
I did do a Hunger Games painting, but I think the above painting kind of captures the brilliant speed and CGI of the film, the clash of wills and possibly the tragedy as well. It has the action of zipping around with the tears dripping in the background summarizing the pain. The primary red and blue capture the Captain America character well, even though they did him in black this time.
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