My son, a friend of ours, and I went to see the Avengers movie (3-d) last night at the midnight showing.
I’m not a Marvel guy (not to be confused with marvelous guy, because well, I am); however, I’ve been following the various superhero movies regardless of studio. Unlike the masterminds at DC and WB, Marvel did it right. They did it slowly, developed the characters, and moved forward to a goal – The Avengers.
There is not much Joss Whedon (mythology, cf Dollhouse, Firefly, Cabin in the Woods) in the movie, although the excellent directing which he is famous for comes through. There are a few scenes of gods v gods, but they are mostly for humor-sake. One line, delivered by the boy scout Captain America about Thor the Norse thunder god, was particularly insightful. Someone told him that Thor was essentially a god, to which the Cap responds, “There is only one God, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” Regarding Whedon’s eschatology, almost sort of a reverse eschatology, when an agent and the Cap were discussing the changes to the uniform, the Cap quips that maybe it was time to get rid of the stars and stripes (remember, this was a major issue from Fox News regarding Brandon Routh’s Superman Returns), the agent responds that maybe during all of the expected mess and “what’s about to be revealed,” people would need something a little old-fashioned. Beyond that, not a lot of Whedon. I mean, the story lines are pretty much written, and as we learned from Green Lantern, fanboys get pretty upset if you mess with their stuff.
As far as a kid’s movie? Not really that bad. The violence was space action, of course. Lots of one liners, but they fit. The characters actually acted like heroes. I mean, you would think with an already proven cast, that you’d have ego issues. The camera had no real favorites, a directorial feat, I believe.
Overall… 13 out of 5 stars.