(worth pointing out before I start this review - I know it seems like it's been a while but I am writing reviews more frequently now over at my Letterboxd page, so follow me there if you're on there, or bookmark it - I'll continue to post the longer reviews, lists, awards predictions etc, here, I never intend to let the domain go - but I watch so many movies and it's so much easier to vomit up a few words about most of them over there than it is to post here, where I like to add images, format, etc, lol…)
"I only act like I know everything, Rogers."
♥♥♥♥• My expectations for this were practically flatlined after Thor: The Dark World sort of failed to impress me much (don't get me wrong, it had its fun moments but I think I was still riding high on the surprise of Iron Man 3…). I'd barely even paid much attention to the trailers, if I even saw any, but I had my attention piqued a little when I recently saw Robert Redford was in it - and that should've been the tip-off, I guess.
This is by far the most political of the Marvel movies yet, and that's saying something after the cheeky statements surrounding the Mandarin character in Iron Man 3 slightly rocked my world last year. As with The Hunger Games series, at times it's hard to believe these movies are products of the "machine" - here a company now owned by Disney etc - but it's overwhelmingly encouraging whenever such companies appear to trust their artists so much to sell the product without interfering with their vision. (We can get paranoid about what they may or may not be slipping in under the radar - other than product placement - some other time, lol…)
With apologies to Joss Whedon, this for me was the best written of the Avengers movies so far. There are so many quotable lines I lost track (my fave, from Black Widow, is above) and will make it well worth repeat watchings. And there's obviously plenty of action to offset the multitude of talky scenes (though I actually found the latter more explosive).
It's infinitely more engrossing than Thor: The Dark World, if not as much fun as Iron Man 3 - but really they don't bear comparison… the fact that this series of films can produce 3 movies within a year of each other that are so different is part of the reason I keep going to them.