Take a Drink: every time someone makes a BAD pun/quip.
Take a Drink: every time someone gets shocked.
Take Two Shots: every time someone says, “Hulk smash!”
By: Kyle Daley (Three Beers) –
Some of you have probably been wondering where I’ve been. I’d like to tell you that it was because I was traveling this great world of ours, having many adventures over seas with pirates and ninjas. On a quest looking for enlightenment while gallivanting with gorgeous women and sipping on fine wine. Instead my reason is… I was watching too many GOOD shows and movies. I know, your eyes are rolling. I can hear them. You guys/gals don’t understand: I can’t be funny when I like something! There’s nothing to make fun of!
So, what am I going to review as my return (because writing a review of this movie is not epic enough to warrant the word “comeback”)? Well… Marvel still has some sub par, straight to home release movies…
This is Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United.
It’s about the two titular super heroes as they stop the Red Skull and Task Master from taking over the world.
Oh, and something to do with Captain America and Iron Man arguing over who has better methods of fighting to teach the kids the importance of teamwork or something. We’ll get to that later. Honestly [SPOILERS] the obvious moral is tacked on at the end to an otherwise decent piece of animation.
This is the first home release for Marvel I’ve seen in a while that was actually entertaining. As far as plot, fight scenes, and voice acting go it’s actually pretty solid. The writing isn’t amazing, as some of the quips are very reminiscent to that of a 3rd grade writer; however, there are about as many of them that land and cause a chuckle. Even the animation is pretty good, but it’s not quite a highlight…
The sets might not be the most inspired, but they look decent enough and serve their purpose of letting you know where things are happening. The character designs (especially that of Iron Man) really stand out except for one distracting factor: the faces are not the most pleasing to the eye. Something about the way the mouths and eyes move reminds me of Gumby damnit! A slightly minor complaint, maybe, but when the Red Skull is the only character without a mask for about 2/3 of the movie’s run time the fact sticks out.
Beer Three [SPOILER… kinda]
Hulk gives the lesson that gets Cap and Stark to settle their differences… yeah… no. It’s not just the fact that the Hulk gives the “moral of the story.” He does it right after a sparring scene between our three heroes that didn’t need to be included as it was right after the final battle against the forces of Hydra. Something about their fighting each other then learning to just “do that thing you do” seems forced.
Despite a few fight scenes that seem unnecessary, an obvious lesson that is tacked on, and minimal character development, this movie isn’t bad. Though the plot might not be the most complex, it moves along and allows for decently animated fight sequences backed up by some top notch voice acting. Combine those with just the right amount of chuckles for a 71 minute run time and the good ends up outweighing the bad just enough to make the film enjoyable. Seriously, though, when is Marvel going to make an animated movie that doesn’t involve Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk? They need to expand and maybe add someone else who is super awesome into their mix. Maybe someone who has been sorely missing from all these direct to Netflix films….