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RTF 317 Screening Journal 3

by: Cassidy Schap

RTF 317 Screening Journal 3 RTF 317

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Cassidy Schap
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Narrative Strategies in Film and Television
Michael Rennett

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Narrative Strategies in Film and Television
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Date Created: 09/30/15
In his opening statement Boggs asserts that American film has been shaped by a complex interplay of traditional modern and postmodern motifs 75 This trend can certainly be seen in Marvel s The Avengers where modernist conventions like formulaic plot heroic deeds and neat resolution meet critiques of historical progress industrial values and social hierarchy Boggs 85 that are typical of postmodern film The mix of these two styles is exemplified in the characters themselves the motley crew that is the Avengers All of these characters possess typically heroic qualities Steve s superhuman body loyalty and bravery Bruce s super strength and size Tony s intelligence and advanced weaponry the Iron Man suit Thor s inhuman strength and unique weapon Natasha s cleverness and physical prowess and Clint s exceptional skill with his weapon However for all of these very modernist heroic qualities they still make up a characteristically postmodern bizarre assortment of doomed heroes Bog gs 86 Each has qualities that make them abnormal or socially unacceptable Bruce turns into a giant rage fueled monster Tony is cynical and incredibly selfish Steve is a man out of time with ideals rooted in the past Natasha is a former KGB operative with a dirty secretive past Clint becomes a detriment to his own teammates when he is brainwashed by Loki Interestingly Thor is the only one who lacks any notable personal shortcoming but his character is sullied by his connection with Loki Additionally The Avengers re ects the postmodernist jaded view of the military and law enforcement Boggs 86 Tony criticizes SHIELD s motives and secrecy An intelligence agency that fears intelligence Historically not awesome and Bruce resents SHIELD s interference in his life I was good until you dragged me back into this freak show and put everyone here at risk When the World Security Council decides that the best course of attack on the alien threat is to fire a nuke at Manhattan director Fury responds with anger and derision I recognize the council has made a decision but given that it s a stupid ass decision I ve elected to ignore it This is a direct critique of the US s track record of responding to threats with extreme violence regardless of the innocent lives it may cost The Avengers are very postmodern characters in that they seem perpetually and furtively in search of elusive personal integration and identity Boggs 87 in a society that has no place for them It is the fact that the heroes are so exceptional that makes it unclear where they fit into society Even as they are lauded for their heroics Captain America saved my life Wherever he is and wherever any of them are I would just I would want to say thank you others regard them with suspicion I don39t think you understand what you ve started letting the Avengers loose on this world They re dangerous characteristic of a populace that fears the unknown in general and specifically fears what the demonstrated power of the Avengers means for humanity as a whole In the end though the characteristically modern convention of the neatly resolved ending Boggs 85 wraps up the action with the triumph of the heroes over the alien threat that jeopardized humanity The alien scourge is dead the portal is closed and all of the heroes walk away relatively unscathed after having stared death in the face That humanity will not be allowed the satisfaction of enacting their revenge on Loki is a point of contention You let him take the Tesseract as well as the war criminal Loki who should be answering for his crimes but justice is assumed to be served on Asgard Oh I think he will be Thus The Avengers is a traditional Hollywood blockbuster with modern heroism and justice that contains postmodern critique of government war and the idea of misfits as saviors


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