The latest in the line of superhero movies hits the mark
More Superheroes Equals More Fun
It's been a long time coming, and we've all been waiting anxiously since the first post-credit teaser,
but The Avengers have arrived, and they don't disappoint. While I'm usually pretty skeptical about errant sequels, this film was actually really enjoyable. I've always been a big fan of the Marvel origin stories, and just always feared that beyond that the films would turn to cheap tricks and short-lived action. Iron Man 2
didn't do much to quell my worries, but was balanced by Downey's awesome performance. Call me cynical, but my expectations for The Avengers
were pretty low, but the film exceeded them and delivers a well-rounded overall great flick.
Plenty O' Action
As a big-time action fan, I walked away from The Avengers
truly satisfied. While the other superhero titles tend to somewhat revolve around one major action scene to allow time to introduce you to the character, this one was packed with a meaty serving of action so you can get your fill. The 2:20 runtime helps, but the action is of such high-quality that the time flies.
No stranger to the superhero movies, CGI plays a major role. Overall the CGI is what we've come to expect, with all the usual oooohs and aaahs. The one place where I was impressed though, was with Dr. Banner's alter-ego. The Hulk's appearance in The Avengers
puts previous attempts
to shame. The Hulk's action scenes ended up being some of my favorite out of the whole movie.
Now That's Funny
breaks up the awesome action and great character development with a barrage of one-liners, most of them just okay
. The first few were welcome, then after I few more I found myself thinking, "Wow, they're really making a push here to add some comic relief." At a certain point I just felt like Whedon must have a had a quota he had to fill and just inserted the "knee-slappers" wherever it was convenient. Don't get me wrong, some of the jokes are great, and will definitely appeal to the fanboys with plenty of cross-genre references that would be a hit at Comic-Con, but at a certain point it just felt forced.
Spreading The Wealth
Far and away the best trait of The Avengers
is its ability to tell a multi-sided story. For the most part, each character gets a fair share of airtime and we see each develop in their own way. Multiple times the story reached a point where I thought it would start to focus on a specific character, turning the of the crew into a supporting cast but no, the film keeps pace and moves on.
Well Balanced, Perfectly Paced
All in all, The Avengers
is a great flick and is for sure worth seeing now in theaters. Between the fast-paced action and skillful storytelling, the two hours will just fly by and leave you wanting more.