This is not a post looking at who would win in a smack down between these two forces, although that’s a damn good idea. I could quite easily see the Hulk tearing six shades of metal out of any of the transformers, but that’s not what this post is about, it’s about the movies that have graced cinema screens over the last few years. Now if you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know my opinion of the Transformers movies and The Avengers too, but this blog post comes from a simple thought that I had the other day ‘Is The Avengers the movie that the Transformers movies should have been?’
Before I get into this I just want to say that I am a fan of Michael Bay, he makes good movies, they may not be what the critics want but the movie goer keeps coming back for more. Now, I wont say he’s movies are perfect. The second Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, in particular has issues.
The thing that, for me, let the Transformer movies down was the lack of a continuing storyline between the three films, and how annoying Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his storylines were. The visuals were stunning and the battle sequences, especially in the third movie, Dark Of The Moon, were spectacular, but the movies were too adult. They had that edge to them that steered them more towards the adult market in my opinion. Mainly due to adult language and the way that sex is at the front of the movies. I guess you can blame Bay for this as he as director shot the scenes, but we did not need to follow the character of Carly (Rosie Huntingly-Whitely) up the stairs as she is wearing just a shirt and some underwear. Theres a fair bit of over acting in the movies as well which I found more annoying than amusing. I’d have liked to have seen more of Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and the military side of the movies myself. The humour in the films isn’t bad, but it doesnt seem to sit well at times, almost like it was forced into the script.
Now The Avengers is a totally different kettle of fish. For me Marvel Studios have made a much better job of putting their movies together. The Avengers has been built up after five other movies, each one was pretty much a stand alone film but all of them are tied together, and watching all of them makes a richer experience. No these movies are not perfect but they have had a hell of a lot of attention put into them and unlike the Transformers movies there is no huge continuity issues. I think this is the correct order of the film sin this universe; Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America : The First Avenger and then The Avengers. Yes there is the odd adult joke, but it’s very subtle. I can’t recall any instances of bad language. The rest of the humour is pretty much perfect in my opinion. I think part of that is Director Joss Whedon. From Buffy The Vampire Slayer, to Angel and then Firefly/Serenity he has always had some very good humour in what he has worked on. Whedon’s skill with working with big ensemble casts has to be up there because he gets the best out of all the actors in this film and in his other works that I mentioned. At a time when cinema goers seem to like the movies with ensemble casts like this I think that’s a great talent to have.
I think the big difference between the two franchises is in the spirit that they have been put together. The Transformers films have this big blockbuster feel to them and look amazing, but the depth of the movies just are not there. Dont get me wrong, seeing giant robots smashing each other to pieces is wicked, but as someone who is becoming a hard-core movie fan I’m looking for that little bit more in my movies. The Avengers has that. It has the intelligence within a movie that I crave, but that intelligence does not take away the blockbuster spectacle that I love in this type of movie too. This film has no pointless characters, it doesnt force plot points or jokes through. The Avengers has the right spirit in it, it has that special quality that few movies have that truly makes it a great film. It’s got sincerity, honesty and heart.
In my humble opinion I consider The Avengers to be the best film that I have ever seen.