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• MUSINGS - WHEN THE HUMOR (NOT COMEDY) WORKS WELL IN THE MARVEL MOVIES -
I think that, in the cinematic battle being waged between DC and Marvel, there is a confusing skirmish being fought on the tonal front. Where Marvel has poked good fun at itself, DC is reportedly opting to remain more grim and gritty. Personally, I believe that it's best to strike a balance rather than wholly adopt either tactic simply in an effort to stand out. I think whatever tone must always serve the story best, and the characters. It mustn't be a style with which to drape entire film franchises just to adhere to a company line.
Anyway, in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (just as in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), I felt that the deliberate reach for laughs veered towards overdoing it. But instead of delineating what I believe did not work, I'll point out an instance where I think that it DID.
***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***
Yes, the gag where The Vision courteously retrieves mjolnir, restoring it to Thor was well done. But I thought so because it wasn't just another cute throwaway bit. First, it paid off the gag from the earlier party scene where Thor was acting consistent to his character, showing off to his friends by challenging all comers to lift the hammer from the table. It was more than a matter of mere strength. It's about worthiness, and that's why all the rocket-powered might of Stark and Rhodey failed to budge it, whereas Steve Rogers succeeded (unbeknownst to all but Thor) in nudging the Asgardian artifact. Rogers is not only powerful by normal human standards, he is guileless. Thus, this playful demonstration served to underscore character. It wasn't just the filmmaker's exercise in coaxing a cheap laugh from the audience. This MEANT something.Flash forward to the pay-off scene with The Vision. Yes, the audience gets another laugh, recalling (hopefully) the earlier scene and how everyone else struggled to do what the android does with shocking ease. Hilarious! But again, there is significance here. It's not just a cheap stunt. The fact is that The Vision is WORTHY of lifting the hammer, and this inspires an immediate and unconditional TRUST in this newly-created being. So, with minimal dialogue, and an economy of shots, the filmmaker has established The Vision's CHARACTER on a fundamental level, as well as the Avengers' complete faith in him, as chiefly vouched for by Thor himself. THAT is good storytelling, and shrewd filmmaking.
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