Avengers: Age of Ultron Expectation vs Reality
The Avengers is likely to open to packed houses all across the nation starting this Thursday. With little doubt in order that this will be the largest film of 2015 (Star Wars fans calm down), in the back of my mind there is this worry of expectation vs reality. Is this movie going to be all that I truly want or even need it to be? Is it possible to meet the public’s lofty expectations? These are interesting questions that, leading up to the release, I have running around my head.
I’m one of those people that has slowly warmed up to comic book films. When Iron Man first came out I enjoyed it, but prior to that I had always been more of an Indie movie fan. The reason I say this is simply to lay my cards out on the table when I discuss my current expectations. When Avengers released I went and watched, but was not necessarily overly excited, more or less just interested. I actually walked out of theater amused but not overwhelmed. I was a much bigger fan of The Dark Knight, a much more grounded realistic take on the superhero genre. However slowly over the last 5 years or so I have become a much larger fan of all things comic book related. I even started reading comic books and researching comic book lore to better understand the characters so I would be more invested in the films. I am certainly not the biggest comic book fan, but I am a huge movie fan, and now I would say that I am a big comic book MOVIE fan.
So now to discuss the idea of managing expectations for movies. This is a monumentally difficult task. Currently there are several big movies releasing this summer that I have massively high expectations for. Among them are of course Avengers, Mad Max, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Minions, and several Indie films. This poses a problem I have faced with other large scale films before, my expectations were so high that the movie couldn’t possibly live up to what I had created in my head. Case in point, The Dark Knight Rises. It was certainly a serviceable film and many people loved it, I however walked out of the theater almost angry. It came no where near my large expectations. Following Heath Ledger and The Dark Knight is no simple task, but for me the final in the trilogy was phoned in and full of plot devices. It was a sloppily made film full of holes and issues that made for a movie that relentlessly dragged on. That being said, I do feel as though if my expectations were not as high then I would not have disliked the movie as much as I initially did. I have even watched it several times since and actually have enjoyed it a bit.
All of these issues I had, came well before I started approaching film more analytically. I have learned to treat each new experience as it’s own stand alone experience, checking my expectations at the door. This has grown my appreciation for film, allowing me to enjoy viewing experiences much much more than I did before. So now as this years summer slate begins, starting with an excellent Furious 7, I find myself creating expectations again. Can Age of Ultron top, not just Avengers, but Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Both of those films have been my favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. The general public I’m sure carries with them their own set of expectations for them film as well. So it is to this point that I heed my message of management. Manage your expectations, and treat the new installment in the Avengers franchise as it’s own movie.
We need to forget all about past experiences for now and walk into the theater with a clean slate. Understanding that this is a difficult task, as it is human nature to bring expectations for all things with you, but if you can check them I believe you will have a much more enjoyable experience. I say this but I, myself, am going to into Avengers expecting it to be a 5/5.
So what do you guys out in Bro Nation think? do you have expectations or preconceived notions regarding Avengers or any other films? Drop a comment and let’s start a discussion!