Battleship deals with people as opposed to superheroes. The Avengers script seemed like it focused more on making certain that each character’s unique abilities were showcased rather than providing us with a lot of linear, action driven storyline as we see in Battleship. Of course I will admit that I am probably somewhat biased because I didn’t grow up with comic books. Add to that the fact that I’ve always been a fan of the WWII naval movies which feature battles at sea and plot lines focusing on the personal demons and shortcomings which plague the ship’s captain. But in the end, the captain usually figures out a way to win the day, if not the battle and these are the central themes in Battleship.
In my opinion, The Avengers was just Iron Man and some other people. The Hulk was interesting and I actually liked Thor even though I wasn’t familiar with him from his earlier movie until I watched it after the fact. Black Widow and Hawkeye were pretty much superfluous but then again, I’ll certainly never complain about being given the opportunity to see Scarlett Johansson on the big screen. But when you think about it, it seems that Tony Stark was featured more prominently than the other characters. I guess that’s because he had two prequel movies compared to the other characters each having only one. Oh yeah, none of the major characters die in battle, not even Loki.
In Battleship we have all of the elements which we know and love from traditional war movies, but then we thrown in some modern technology and amazing action and destruction scenes. What better combination could you ask for? We have the hero who is thrust into leadership when he least expects, yet somehow finds a way to save the day, the old sea dogs who still have a couple of tricks up their sleeves and there’s even a love story that focuses on the girl he left in port. Because of these elements I enjoyed it more than I did The Avengers.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked The Avengers a great deal, I just liked Battleship a little bit more. I mean after all, I did see The Avengers twice in the 3D IMAX, but I also saw Battleship twice as well. I really wish that Battleship had been given the IMAX nod because the action and explosions were more seat rumbling than those in The Avengers. The long and the short of it is, that no matter what the critics say about Battleship it is well worth your time and money. I know that this will be one of the Blurays I purchase on its release date which I hope is sometime soon.