Saw the Avengers last weekend. Or was it the weekend before? I forget.
Which kind of tells you something.
I was all prepared to be hugely excited about this movie. What with being a giant Joss Whedon nerd and all. But I found it a little “meh.” It was fine, it was reasonably enjoyable; but I kind of felt bludgeoned by action sequences, and not particularly carried away by the story. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen the other superhero movies that led up to this one, and I don’t read these comics… so the story may have been tapping into deep, complex depths of backstory that I just wasn’t getting. But in fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw a feature film that really excited me. “The Ledge,” I guess.
On the other hand, I can easily remember a recent-ish documentary that really excited me. “Black Power Mix Tape.” And another: “We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco.” And in fact, over the last several years, almost all the films that I can easily call to memory are documentaries. “Super Size Me.” “Good Hair.” “Sicko.” “Stonewall Uprising.” “Freedom Riders.” “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
I can’t decide if we’re in a golden age of documentaries, or if feature films have gotten less interesting… or if I just have a fetish for reality.
I prefer non-fiction books to novels, too. So maybe it’s the latter. Then again, I kind of think that writing is going through a golden age of non-fiction,. So maybe there’s a “golden age of reality” thing in our culture. Thoughts?
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