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film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

Why Does It Seem So Hard to Give “Avengers” Its Due Respect?

Posted by Max Lalanne on June 23, 2012

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Most people – fanboys and critics alike – loved “Avengers.” Or at least they wrote glowing reviews and tweeted enthusiastic thoughts back in May. But I have that weird feeling that some aren’t ready to accept “The Avengers” as the awesome, brilliant blockbuster it was – simply because it was adapted from a silly comic book. Is it just me, or if you ask a more elitist, esteemed critic they’ll say, “Yes, it was a really fun movie,” and then promptly pass it up as just that and nothing more? Is it just me, or does everyone feel like “Avengers” isn’t regarded in the same awards-worthy, respected category as the rest of the year’s movies are judged in? That’s why it’s unbelievably comforting to read this fantastic article from Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone, titled “The Summer Movie – Why the Avengers is One of the Year’s Best.” And I want to read more like them. (Excerpt included below, but I urge you to read the whole thing.)

The Avengers was damned good. Way better than it had any right to be. So good that it made me want to wax philosophic about the comic book legacy America has delivered to the world, about the world of Stan Lee, and to feel some pride that this creation, this genre IS wholly American. The Avengers is a summer movie in the grand tradition of great summer movies but it is also a tribute to the very worthy art form of Marvel comics.

It’s a shame that most superhero movies automatically have that “It’s a fanboy movie” presumption wrapped around them even if the quality is that of a non-superhero movie. Superhero movies are fanboy movies and most of them do suck, but in the case of one fanboy movie magnificently rising above the common muck, isn’t that the time to simply admit to oneself that just because they are fanboy movies they don’t need to be all bad? It seems only Chris Nolan is exempt from that immediate prosecution, and rightfully so, of course. I’m not saying that “The Avengers” should join the category of “Dark Knight”-level superhero movies. But can it be respected, still?

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2 Responses to “Why Does It Seem So Hard to Give “Avengers” Its Due Respect?”

  1. Scott said

    Reblogged this on celluloidical.

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