Last week I saw The Avengers. I had been waiting to see this movie since I saw Captain America, and it didn’t disappoint.
Here are my impressions.
6. Joss Whedon pulled it off
Like I said, the movie didn’t disappoint when it very well could have. Crossover films are notoriously difficult to manage, which is why many of them end up in disaster.
I’m looking at you Aliens Vs. Predator.
Even with all the moving parts involved (including a pretty preposterous demigod, space demon earth takeover), Avengers was entertaining throughout.
5. It’s funny
Whedon and the producers were smart enough not to go the dark, gritty route. Avengers isn’t The Dark Knight, and it never could be.
Batman is a sociopath who saw his parents murdered in cold blood as a child. He just happens to also be a millionaire martial arts enthusiast. The Avengers are for all intents and purposes a superhero boy band (plus Black Widow).
So in a way, Avengers is the superhero movie antithesis to TDK. It’s lighthearted, it’s bright, it’s funny.
In what will be no surprise to anyone who has seen Iron Man or Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark really steals the show. But Samuel L. Jackson playing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was also good, and some peripheral characters get great one-liners.
The Hulk is also used as effective comic relief in several scenes. It’s like someone finally realized a scientist (who apparently invented recipe for infinitely stretchable pants) who turns into a giant green rage monster when his feelings are hurt is inherently ridiculous.
Speaking of the Hulk…