(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 35
3.5 out of 5 🐙
This movie is a good time. It’s one of the first direct to video Marvel animated comic book movies I saw. The best I’ve seen so far is Planet Hulk (check that out) but that had a completely different vibe. I haven’t seen a sequel to the Next Avengers universe yet, and this movie was released in 2008, so that’s not a great sign. That’s a shame because the animation is unique and buoyant and stylized in a way that would hold up over time. It reminded me of the stylized animation in the animated DCEU Batman movies, which are the class of animated comic book movies. And they manage to put a fresh twist on the venerable expositional voiceover. They really are trying to do something new. And I think they succeeded.
This movie is set in an alternate world (I LOVE alternate worlds) where Ultron defeated the Avengers. To protect their children, who obviously exist in this alternate world, the Avengers send them away to a hidden fortress, and they are chaperoned by the detached head of Vision. Wild, right? Fun setup, right? Right?
They are a group of middle school aged kids who are pissed and scared about their new normal. Their personalities and powers aren’t what you expect, and they are hardly carbon copies of their parents. You could say most are actively rebelling, which makes them that much more authentic.
As with every kid movie, the young folks inevitably end up taking on an adult problem. They handle their own against a problem that is their polar opposite. Whereas Teen Titans Go are crazy 3rd graders that aren’t really acting like kids (no shade, I love that movie and tv show), the Next Avengers feel like plausible middle schoolers. The whole thing has a Goonies feel to it. It’s not going to answer life’s great questions for you, but it is a fun time. The kids are all right. (Sorry, I had to.)
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)