"Watch a studio lose control of a potential franchise! It's fun!"
Hey, it could be worse!Maybe it's my predilection for playing Devil's Advocate that causes me to utter the following words, but, it's the truth, and it's what I think---
It ain't that bad.
Not that good either, but God knows I've sat through worse flicks and found decent things to say about them.
Let me explain my biases first and foremost. I like flicks where weird, bizarre, surreal shit happens, everyone KNOWS it's weird, bizarre and surreal, yet it's taken by everyone involved in the movie as, if not pedestrian, then at least nothing really worth a second glance. Explains why I like David Lynch, I guess. I also enjoy flicks where it's obvious that the studio (Warner Brothers, in this case) obviously lost control of the process along the line somewhere, got something they couldn't figure out how to market, and then attempted to cut their losses.
So I like weird, bizarre, and surreal, and there's enough of that in The Avengers to keep my attention. My big complaint is that they just didn't go far ENOUGH. The plot is simple and threadbare as most big budget actioners are, so if you're not going to gussy up the script, at least throw enough weird junk in there to keep the audience baffled. Let Sean Connery (who's right wasted in this one) go even MORE over the top. Let Uma and the Uma clone have a REAL leather-clad catfight instead of just trading a couple of wimpy punches and front kicks. I liked the giant teddy bears and the huge-ass gun-toting insects that came out of nowhere---I want MORE. And if you can't give me more, then you're only going to get a mid-level rating.
And by the way, the editing sucks. Just had to thhrow that in.Pony up a buck at the discount theater. If you disagree and think it sucks, at least you have a 30-foot tall Uma in leather.