I’ll make this short because I’m pretty certain everyone from professional critics on down to every Tom-Dick-and-Harry (and one Morgan) blogger has tossed up their review of the much-anticipated, much-hyped movie The Avengers at this point, and I’m not gonna break from the party line.
It was awesome.
From the characterization, to the dialogue, to the action, to the way nearly every character – even the non-marquee ones – got their “hero” moment, it was a nearly flawless superhero summer blockbuster. The main concern with the film was how Joss Whedon of Buffy and Firefly fame was going to take all of these people and effectively give them something to so while still making a cohesive movie. It was certainly something I was concerned about. People who have made movies on this scale without a bunch of preceding films and decades of comic book canon to worry about have certainly failed at it. But somehow, almost as amazing as the spectacle on screen, it all came together.
And even more amazing, none of it felt forced. The characters acted as you’d expect them to act, and were brought together for legitimate reasons. Hawkeye – the only guy on the team without major screen time in another movie – was brought into the fold skillfully and shown to be a powerful asset. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk was tremendous, and got the biggest reactions from the crowd in a couple of moments as all hell broke loose. There were also nice geeky references (Joss even managed to throw in a very Firefly-esque line) and some geekgasm moments (Helicarrier, anyone?)
There’s a lot of other goodness to discuss in the movie, but it would be spoilerish and I don’t feel good about throwing out spoilers the day after release. But another great line was: “I don’t even know what it does.”
But yeah, a great film. If DC Comics really wants to do a Justice League movie someday, they have a tough act to follow.