This is a quick and dirty (spoiler free) review of The Avengers from Joss Whedon.
As a Marvel comic franchise fan, (aside from my review spoiler in the title), find out what I had to say about The Avengers. Did Whedon stick to canon or go off in his own directorial ideas? Were my expectations fulfilled, or were there any short-comings?
First up, my Friday, 1o:30 AM 3D screening of The Avengers was maybe half full, and that was an impressive head-count for that time of day/week. I loaded up on popcorn and rootbeer and snagged my seat. (I did not have enough for the entire movie.) The 3D previews I saw included Brave, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus. Both were incredible in 3D though a few Spidey scenes seemed to quick for the 3D affect.
On Post-Processed 3D
I chose 3D because I heard that it didn’t take away from it and added to the action scenes at the end. I have to say that basing my call off of a few articles about if I should see the movie in 2D or 3D was a good call and Disney did not disappoint. Nor was I distracted by the post-processed effect. BUT… not going to see it in 3D won’t take away from anything because the banter, character development and action are rather riveting.
But also seeing the first screening of a movie at most theaters is usually the discounted screening, so I didn’t drop a ton of $$ on the movie.
On the Characters
When I look at the promo image above, I had been quietly wondering how a guy with a shield, a bow and arrow and a girl in a tight black suit can help match up against Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his aliens? Or a bunch of mere humans working for S.H.I.E.L.D.. Joss Whedon, as he’s always done in the past, did right by every single character and they step up just as well as Hulk, Thor and Iron Man.
It was impressive, did not feel contrived and kept the story alive! But this is what Whedon does with characters and why his fans have always said he’s so good with group ensembles and fans have always especially have made note on his ability to empower women in fascinating roles.
(About and who is in the movie)
On the Story
The movie is almost 2.5 hours long and that time-frame was perfectly fitted to the story that was told.
I split a gut a few times in the movie (It’s rare if I ever even laugh out-loud, period.) In fact, at times, the entire audience was belting out some good laughs at the right times. But that’s Whedon’s magic touch where you can be caught up in a scene and then the most perfect humor comes barreling out in one and two-word lines. He has an eye for that kind of magic.
The story was perfect for what it was. As a Marvel fan, I think each and every character shined. In fact, I was “meh” about Captain America and Thor movies, but in this venue, as Whedon presented them, they were perfectly portrayed and made me these characters a boat-load more than I did in their own movies.
But How Do I Really Feel About The Movie?
I came into the movie hoping it would be fun. I came out saying that The Avengers was the best movie experience I’ve ever had and Whedon probably ruined it for any other movie this summer, if not year. Seriously Joss? Thanks! Or maybe I can now save big bucks if I’m not seeing any other movie. LOL.
Everyone was, as always, perfect in their roles. The new guys to the Marvel movie roster, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner filled out their roles wonderfully, though I think Ruffalo really pulled it off as Dr. Bruce Banner more so. Finally, Tony Stark had someone he can talk with! Though I think it was a bummer that what’s his name was dropped from the role, I think between Ruffalo taking over and Whedon at the helm, The Hulk is going to get an entirely new and appreciative fan base. I was totally surprised how they used this character in the film.
As a guy just watching a movie, there were a few things that I might have made nit about, but hey, not this time. And ladies, yes, I think it will be a very visually rewarding action film for you as well!
Psst: DO NOT LEAVE after the closing scene. There is a mid-credits scene and there is one more after the credits roll. I can’t believe how many folks bolted as soon as the scene ended…
Part of my reviews always include whether I didn’t mind spending the bucks to see a movie… folks, I didn’t spend enough and I WILL BE GOING BACK, without hesitation… (Well, maybe a little hesitation, since the in-laws are arriving soon and I have to wrap this article up pretty quick to get to my “honey-do” clean up list before they get here!) And I cannot WAIT for the fully loaded Blu-ray when it hits stores!
My Popcorn Movie Review Score: 20 out 10! (Yea, I’m not perfect with the math thingy.)
The Avengers Movie Trailer:
If you’re on the bubble, git off it and go see it. (How often do I say that about a movie?)