For a long time I wondered if I should write an individual review for each film, but then I decided against it. Everyone at this point has done that. So instead of me analyzing each film I thought I could make a list and rank them. Please note that this list is based on my opinions only. Feel free to comment if you disagree with me, I would love to hear your opinions. The only film that won’t be ranked is Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2 since I have not seen it yet.
The ones I Don’t Like
Those are the films I just cannot stand for one reason or another.
The Incredible Hulk
This movie is just boring from start to finish. We get the origin story in the first few minutes through opening titles. After that we follow Bruce Banner as he runs from the government. I love Ed Norton, but his performance here is underwhelming. There is no connection to the character for me. When we first see Elizabeth with another man I know I should care, I should be sad, angry and feel sorry for Bruce, but the movie didn’t do anything to make me care about their relationship. Little montage at the beginning of the movie simply won’t do. The Hulk looks ugly, every time he’s on-screen the movie gets somehow more boring and I always get a headache while watching it. I really, really hate this movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I know, this movie is usually at the top of everyone’s list and I know why. The movie is good, the performances are great, it is funny, the visuals are amazing, but I still don’t like it. It is a mystery for me, because it has all the things I love: set in space, Chris Pratt, humor, action, superheroes. I just don’t like it. I’ve seen it twice, each time it was really difficult to get through to the end. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and by the time Groot sacrificed himself at the end I simply didn’t care. Unlike Incredible Hulk this movie is good I just can’t get into it.
Iron Man 3
You know it’s funny that two Iron Man movies are in this category, Iron Man being my favourite MCU superhero. This movie is just pointless. If you watch all of the MCU movies and skip this one, nothing will happen. Tony deals with PTSD, that is the only interesting part of the movie. RDJ’s performance is perfect as always and the highlight of the movie. So Tony decides to quit being a superhero and destroys all of his suits. Except he doesn’t, he’s right back saving lives in the next Avengers. The movie changed nothing. The action without the suit is okay, but doesn’t stand out. Pepper is annoying as fuck and we see her again in Spider – Man: Homecoming, so clearly their relationship wasn’t really damaged. Tony says they are on a break in Civil War, but couple of months later they’re back together again. I am so angry with this movie, because if done right it would be a major break for the character. Instead it fell flat.
Iron Man 2
This one is between the two categories as I genuinely enjoy parts of this movie, but absolutely can’t stand some. This movie is not as bad as some people say. It has some great moments in it like: Tony suiting up at the race track, Fury and Romanoff interference at the diner and Tony watching his father’s tape. This movie helped us to understand Tony’s relationship with his father as well as his desire to help others and be a better man. But then in the same movie Tony invents a new element by using lasers. I’m sorry, no amount of explanation will ever validate this. It is stupid and it takes me right out of the movie every time. Pepper is annoying, again. The villan is laughable, Justin Hammer is just pathetic. although I am a fan of Don Cheadle as Rhodes there’s something annoying about him in this one.
The ones I Like
Thor: The Dark World
I don’t understand the hate for both Thor movies. I mean, they are not perfect, but they’re also not so bad as everyone would have you believe. Yes the villain is bad, the worst in the MCU. If you look past that The Dark World has so much more to offer. We explore Thor’s relationship with his parents and his brother. The scene with Loki dying is one of the best and most emotional scenes of the franchise. Loki is perfect, stealing every scene he is in. Jane is used properly and Hemsworth has never looked better. This movie does not have the ambitions to be great, but it is a lot of fun, sometimes that’s all I need.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Ok, I do not like origin stories, even the great ones like Iron Man or Deadpool. I find them boring. That’s just my opinion. This movie is good, the acting is good, the action is good, the story is interesting enough to not fall asleep while watching it. You see what’s the problem? Good is just not enough to get me invested in a movie. The relationship Cap has with Peggy is good, but pointless in the long run, cause he’s gonna wake up in the future anyway. The relationship with Bucky is however the high point of this movie. In cap’s storyline Bucky is a major player and it is nice to see how it began. This movie is my husband’s favourite and we watched it many times together, maybe that’s what keeps me from ranking it any lower.