‘Awesome!’ is the word I keep hearing from people who have seen “Marvel’s the Avengers,” the first of the summer blockbusters featuring the superheroes that have had their stand-alone hit movies in the past few years.
Now that the film is breaking box office records almost everywhere and is approaching Avatar-esque gross, just how good is The Avengers?
In spite of all of the fantastic visual effects, action sequences, coherent storyline, and engaging acting, the most brilliant feature of the film was director Joss Whedon’s ability to keep it from becoming scattershot. Often times, big budget movies with megastars can fail miserably if the direction fails to hold everything together; “Troy” fell into the wrong hands and became sluggish and campy; “Transformers 2” is one of the worst action movies of all time, although of course that did not stop Michael Bay from making a sequel, and perhaps a sequel after that.
Whedon’s ability to inject humanity into the characters amidst all of the special effects and battles in a film that clocks in at two hours is uncanny. The characters are not delivering dull, corny lines like in the “Transformers” films. They were, through their dialogue and various other non-verbal interactions, bonding. Moreover, the actors were not just stoically reading from their scripts, they made the most in developing their characters and did so in a charismatic way.
That’s about all I have to say about this film. Praising the action or special effects or acting was would take away from how awesome the film is as a whole. When you see the film again (if you haven’t, do it!), just take notice of how well it holds together from start to finish, that everything hits the right note. And above all, this film is what going to the movies is all about, having fun!