So when i actually got a chance to watch it with my dad and sister (the only two other people I knew who had yet to see it), I was getting a little wary about the movie. Would it, could it possibly live up to all the hype that every living person on earth had given the movie? Well, it didn't really matter to me, because all I knew was that if this movie was crappy, there'd be hot men in it to save it for me. Luckily, they didn't have to.
Tasked with meeting the many requirements necessary for any Avengers movie to work, Whedon checks off all the boxes, then sets about creating new expectations for what a big superhero movie ought to be. [The AV Club]When it was first announced at Comic-Con a couple years back that Whedon would be doing an Avengers flick, nerds everywhere spontaneously combust and with reason. Whedon is a geek's geek and he knows how to do franchises. So despite the many fans coming together and the expectations being set so high, I have to give it to Joss Whedon for pulling it off with aplomb.
It's no easy feat to have so many egos together in one film. Tony Stark alone needs his own movie but how to make him interact with Thor and Loki and Captain America (still stuck in the past) and the Hulk and Hawkeye and make it really interesting was something he did really really well. I was looking forward to them interacting all the time.
It also makes me want to work with Whedon in any capacity possible just because his mind works in ways I cannot even fathom and to be in his presence would probably make me explode as well. Sure, they're not the most critically acclaimed films, but they're fun and they're awesome in their genre and that's all that matters, really.
When I see these six together, I can't help thinking of the champions at the Westminster Dog Show. You have breeds that seem completely different from one another (Labradors, poodles, boxers, Dalmatians), and yet they're all champions. [Chicago Sun-Times]Then of course, there's the six Avengers themselves. From Iron Man's cockiness to Captain America's old school vibe; to Thor's other-worldiness to The Hulk's SMAAAAAAAAAASHING self; to Hawkeye's steel blue gaze (when under Loki's spell) to Black Widow's kick-ass (but of course, still sexy) ways, these six folks work so well together, you can't blame the fanboys and girls everywhere for shipping everything.
It was so fun to see Thor and Captain America disgusted by Tony Stark. I loved seeing Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk try to keep it all in but have the anger barely seeping through. It was fantastic to have Black Widow open her scene that way. I literally wanted to be best friends with all these people.
And even the non-secondary secondary characters felt like such a big presence. Okay, so Loki isn't exactly secondary, but he's not an Avenger either and though this crazy devotion to him isn't something I could join, I get it. I get where it comes from and why everyone loves him to pieces.
I wish we'd seen more of Nick Fury and Agent Coulson (I refuse to believe he's dead-o) and even Pepper Potts! I want more Pepper and Tony! I just want more. Even Aunt Robin was fun to watch! Who knew she'd look so good in full-on leather!
You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, The Avengers feels like the moment you've been waiting for. [Boston Globe]And yes, I'm not a self-confessed comic-book fan, but I love the movies and the characters and the popcorn, big blockbuster-ness of it all. And yes, I was entertained. Sure, I was seated in between my dad (who slept through the talking bits) and my sister (who slept through the action sequences), I managed to enjoy the movie sans commentary to my seatmates (which I usually do, I know, terrible movie goer).
Sequel? I sure hope so. I hope Whedon handles it too because clearly, he knows how to do this kind of thing. Until the next time the Avengers assemble. You know I'll watch it much sooner then.
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