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Avengers vs Lazhar (movie review)

Seen two movies this week. One a multi-million dollar blockbuster, the other a sub-titled French Canadian “art-house” offering. Here they are, with links.

Avengers Assemble (2012): http://www.imdb.com/title/

and

Monsieur Lazhar (2011): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2011971/

I can find no fault with Avengers Assemble. It was technically excellent. The casting, the performances, the plot (even) were all good as they should be. Except, it just didn’t work. Well for me anyway. They’re comic book characters, FFS. They never translated from their natural environment (genre) of the comic book to the screen. Other efforts have been more successful; Superman, Batman, Spiderman et al, but surely it was the “humanising” of these characters that made the stories work. Well, it was for me. Even “Iron Man” worked for me with an excellent portrayal by Downey Jnr. Unfortunately that is not repeated in this production. I was bored almost all the way through. I couldn’t really explain why until I saw Monsieur Lazhar and prepped this blog.
Monsieur Lazhar was real, maybe too real. It’s set in a primary school (full of extremely talented and natural child actors) with a vulnerable “damaged” adult hero with whom we’re encouraged to champion. Tragic events tie them together. What’s not to like? Too easy, I hear you say. OK, that’s true, but when you add a lightness of touch from everyone concerned on both sides of the camera you get a gem of a movie whose impact is magnified simply because it doesn’t sink to over sentimentality. It is one of my movies of the year and I’m still thinking about it, whereas Avengers leaves me going “meh”.

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