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Old 05-07-2012, 12:00 AM   #68
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Default Re: What people DIDN'T like from The Avenger ........Spoilers - Part 1

Originally Posted by Matt View Post
My criticisms:

I didn't care for Black Widow's role. I didn't really buy ScarJo as a cold warrior or the world's greatest spy. I think an older actress would've been more appropriate. Beyond that....I just felt like Wheon was trying too hard to do his cliche, tough Buffy-esque girl that he puts in every one of his projects. She didn't really fit in with the rest of the Avengers and alongside Hawkeye (whom I can forgive because he was under Loki's control for most of the movie) wasn't really part of the team dynamic that the other four had going for them (which gave so much heart to the movie).
Truthfully speaking, I had wanted Emily Blunt as BW at first, when she was cast but ultimately had to turn down the role due to her commitment to a forgettable Jack Black comedy. However, I think ScarJo definitely earns my respect in this movie, from her scene with Banner during the recruitment, the interrogation with Loki, and that fear she displayed when Banner was Hulking out. Plus, her scene with Renner before the final battle was a good showcase of her acting skill, as well. ScarJo also brings it in her action scenes, and she ended up convincing me that they made the right choice by choosing her as BW.

One other criticism, I wish they included Natalie Portman and figured out a better way to bring Thor back to Earth. The ending of Thor made such a big deal about the gate being destroyed and Jane working to reopen it...the way Odin just created a new gate a few months later (and that it is only even addressed with a quick throw away line) cheapens the ending of Thor. Thor's sacrifice is what made the ending powerful. He gave up what he wanted (to return to Jane), to protect a race that hated him. He had evolved from a vain child to a true king who put others' needs ahead of his own. It should've been harder to overcome that sacrifice and Jane should've played a role in it, IMO.
I think it's a minor gripe. First of all, Portman was very pregnant when TA was shooting so there's no way that she could've reprised her role as Jane. Second of all, I think by sticking a scene where Odin was trying to figure out how to get Thor to Midgard without Bifrost would've killed the pace, when the movie was already a bit slow during the second act. I agree with Whedon on his decision to skip the mumbo-jumbo and cut straight into the Thor-Loki scene.

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