Like everyone else in the known world with ten bucks in their pocket, I went down to the theater last weekend to see Joss Whedon’s Avengers. While I chose not to see it in 3D (I have a personal distaste for this format) nor did I drop the twenty dollars to see it in IMAX, the regular two-dimensional version worked out just fine for me.
There was a lot of hype around this film, with a great many people making a great many claims about its utter greatness. I thought that I would end up disappointed at least a little bit, though with Joss Whedon on the bill I was more optimistic than I might otherwise have been. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie lived up to most of expectations that people were raving wildly about.
Joss Whedon has truly crafted what is the best super hero film to date. Despite the large number of characters, he does not falter in bringing each of them to life. Admittedly, he did have several ‘prologue’ films to build off of, but even if I’d walked in never having heard of any of these characters, I would not have felt left in the dark.
Those looking for the action and adventure will not be let down either. I don’t know if it was Whedon’s skills or those of his crew, but every action scene was truly epic and managed to stay interesting no matter what their length. I wouldn’t say I was ‘on the edge of my seat,’ but I was definitely impressed.
By the end of the film, I was grinning ear-to-ear. Finally someone had made a film that lives up to the fun of the first Iron Man while maintaining an epic feel. If all the super hero films this year are going to be this well put together, I can just imagine how cool the new Spider-Man and the third Dark Knight movies will be.
Congratulations, Joss Whedon! You have made a film that will be watched by young and old for many years to come.