I’ve been home with a cold for a couple of days and not really able to focus on anything, so I decided to watch a bunch of silly action movies, starting with:
Kong: Skull Island
Shit characters, some pretty dodgy acting, a really lazy story, but so schlockily invested in its giant monster fights that it was kinda fun anyway. I was a bit puzzled by the Chinese lady who had about two words of dialogue and filled no discernable purpose in the plot. I wonder if she was just there as a name to put on posters or maybe it’s one of those cases where they actually re-cut and change things for Chinese releases?
And then I ended up watching nearly all I had missed of the Marvel movies in the last 11 years, so:
Thor 1, 2, 3
I’ve never read a Thor comic, but it puzzles me that it took them three movies to figure out that the best thing to do was to go completely insane with it. I’d seen the first years ago but couldn’t remember anything about it, which isn’t so strange because rewatching it there’s nothing memorable about it. I did like the silly design of Asgård though. The second had more fun and life to it and the third was surprisingly enjoyable. I wish we could have spent more time just hanging out with Thor and Hulk on the crazy scrapheap planet, but it all added up to a really fun science-fantasy adventure movie.
Liked it more than the first, but I don’t know if that’s because it was actually better or if I was just more in the mood for it. Might have to re-watch the first now…
The Incredible Hulk
Bit rubbish. I like the concept of Bruce Banner as a character and the Hulk is one of the few Marvel characters I have any childhood nostalgia for, but they didn’t do anything interesting with the premise. I was hoping they were going for something clever with the anti-Hulk serum for the ending, but nope, just two ugly slabs of CGI meat slapping together for 15 minutes. Also, why does Liv Tyler keep being in movies?
Iron Man 1, 2, 3
As with Thor, I’ve never read any of the comics and I’d seen and forgotten the first movie years ago. All three movies were okay, but while Tony Stark was entertaining he never strayed into likeable territory and all the villains were pretty boring so I struggled to ever feel invested. I was also starting to feel serious fatigue with the over-the-top CGI explosionfest finales by this point and was zoning out pretty hard by the ending of the third movie.
Spider Man: Homecoming
I liked this a lot, I think mostly because along with Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy it’s among the few Marvel movies where I’ve managed to care about the main characters, and after all the doomsday plots it was nice to see a smaller story where the stakes were more personal and less about the fate of the earth/universe/realm.
Avengers 1, 2, 3
I was expecting an absolute fustercluck and non-stop dumb action, and I kinda got that, but… it sort of works? Perhaps watching all these movies got me a little more invested in the characters through sheer exposure. The first two are certainly not great and there were loads of things I can complain about, but on the whole I enjoyed them. Infinity War was pretty great; It went much more weird, kept throwing fun ideas and set-pieces into the blender, it was fun to be back with the Guardians of the Galaxy and it had a villain that was actually pretty good and interesting.
So that’s… 13 big dumb action movies in 3 days, and I mostly enjoyed them. I may have given myself brain damage.