As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier whom unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure. Written by
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All set up boss.
Actually he's the boss.
[points to Captain America]
I just pay for everything and design everything, make everyone look cooler.
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And it's surprisingly bad. Whedon said that his time on this movie was a nightmare, and that by the time he finished he was exhausted to death, and I think it translated to screen. It's just tiring, tedious, well, not mess, because in typical Marvel production fashion - nothing goes really awry and all gears are in place, it's just tiring, tedious SOMETHING.
It's as generic as its soundtrack, the stakes are high, but there is no tension, none. It's strikingly similar to Man of Steel - lots of exhausting action and destruction, but the content, the drama is missing. If anyone dies, you hardly care, because so many died and have returned before in this universe. It's action without consequence.
Too many characters (and arcs of those we know are contrived or repetitive), too many action scenes going on at once, and action itself is hard to follow. Minutely choreographed, yes, but so goddamn fast that it becomes confusing. I've enjoyed many of Daredevil fights more than I've enjoyed this entire movie.
It has no rhythm and you know those wonderful action crescendos when the scene climaxes in something awe-inspiring? Like the "I'm always angry" moment from the first one? None of that here. Dull, non-stop, never-ending fighting. Its brownish and gold palette is ugly, and your eye gets tired pretty fast.
Some really (and I mean, really) iconic moments from the comicbooks are wasted here by slack editing and direction. What bothers me more than anything is that it's supposed to be an event movie - because we see them all team up so rarely, something that will really shake things up, but feels like "villain of the week" type of thing. You really could just skip this one and go straight to Civil or Infinity War and still you wouldn't miss much.
It's fitting that the last movie Whedon directed was called "Much Ado About Nothing". Should have been a subtitle of this one.
P.S. Also it's weirdly sexist. Does Black Widow really need to show off her cleavage during the fight for the faith of humanity? Why does Black Widow flirt with every member of the Avengers depending on the movie? Doesn't Whedon claim to be a feminist? I guess it's easy to root for Felicia Day and Anita Sarkeesian in Twitter, but when the time comes, you just HAVE to show some Russian sideboob. Otherwise, why include Black Widow in the movie at all? P.P.S. Every "vision"/"flashback" was unintentionally funny. It was just ludicrous.
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