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Odd mildly watchable effort aside, The Asylum's near-universally maligning is more than well deserved. Despite a vast majority of their films being weak or worse, many are irredeemably terrible, there is something compulsive about their badness and the curiosity as to whether they are capable of churning out a film that rises above okay. To me they have done, but very, very sporadically.
The first 'Avengers Grimm' film was very poor, containing one of the studio's best ever ideas but unfortunately as one can deduce an idea ruined by near-disastrous, but not unwatchable, execution. 'Avengers Grimm: Time Wars' is even worse, the idea for the story no longer feels fresh and further marred by the telling of it being messy. That is in terms of story, elsewhere very little to no effort could be seen, which really annoys me when watching a film and that is when the lowest rating is given out (of which this is one of the more deserving recipients of it recently). It is not to be confused with the infinitely superior 'Avengers: Infinity War', which is actually a good, no great, film and the film that this capitalises upon and probably will be. Anybody who disliked that film, and there are a fair share about, are likely to find themselves appreciating it if they saw this.
Elizabeth Eileen is the one person in the cast to show signs of trying or confidence, though unfortunately her bad dialogue and the way Red is written, with the film doing nothing to make her interesting, works against her so can hardly consider her a redeeming quality. In the previous 'Avengers Grimm', Rumpelstiltskin was the one character that film tried to develop, not so here with the character descending into cheesy villain territory and Eric Feltes spending his entire screen time looking uncomfortable and like he couldn't be bothered. Cannot say anything good about any of the other actors who fare even worse, with as annoying a Snow White and deadweight a Sleeping Beauty as one can get.
All the characters are incredibly dull and the way they act and behave with each other or decision making makes them dumb too. Not an interesting or rootable one in the bunch. It is too kind calling the dialogue toe-curlingly horrid, and even the worst amateur actors would be embarrassed even reading them let alone uttering them. Once again, the concept is wasted, with the worst aspect of the story being that everything with the time wars is incredibly convoluted to the point of incoherence. The sluggish pace, the insulting amount of ridiculousness, the uneventfulness of the non-action scenes and the disastrously done action sequences further make the story a mess.
What made the action disastrous was that they were far from thrilling, confusingly choreographed, performed with no real engagement or ease with it, sloppy editing and a pedestrian pace. Any doubles too were obvious. 'Avengers Grimm: Time Wars' is directed with no competence, has a soundtrack that is too often too loud and too quirky which jars with the 'darker' (in quote marks because the movie is little more than tired cheese throughout) moments and looks cheap. The basic sets are the least bad aspect, faring worse were the drab and going-through-the-motions-like photography, the continuity-error-laden haphazard editing, too dark lighting and very afterthought-looking special effects.
Summarising, awful. 1/10
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