Suspension of Disbelief: The Avengers
Last summer Thor came out and we got our first peak at the Avengers movie. Superb marketing kept our interests up all year long. Finally, last Friday, it came out. I was excited and nervous. This is Whedon’s first really big mainstream movie that he could screw up really fast and be blamed for ruining what should have been one of the best superhero movies of all time. You’ll be glad to hear – he didn’t do that. In fact, he nailed it.
Title: The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, ScarJo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner
The overall plot line of the movie is fairly straightforward. Loki declares war on Earth and Nick Fury invokes the Avengers Initiative to save the world. It gets slightly more complicated than that, and obviously it’s the complication that make it interesting (but I won’t get into it too much). Many of the heroes don’t get along, and that makes it even more entertaining.
I think this movie would have been really awesome regardless of who was directing. The cast is epic, the build up was intense, superhero movies rarely go wrong and …well there was Thor. In my opinion Joss is what pushed this movie beyond what was expected and made it fantastic…
I’m a Joss fan girl. Firefly is my favorite show of all time. Serenity is in my top 5 movies. I loved Dollhouse and plan on watching all of Buffy this summer. The more I think about Cabin in the Woods the higher it climbs on my fav movie list. I just love his style and his creativity. It was nice to be in this secret (but large…) Joss fan club during Avengers because there were so many tell-tail signs of Joss in the movie. For example, there is a fight scene that is semi-intense happening while classical music plays as the theme (very reminiscent of a scene from Firefly where Mal, Jayne and Book are in a gun fight with cheery Irish dance music playing), close ups on Scar Jo and Jeremy Renner’s faces when they are in a sort of emotional moment to show this subtle softness and emotion (again – reminiscent of the same technique used in Firefly with Mal and Anara) and the serious focus on character development – very Joss. Also, in pure Joss style…someone the group likes dies to push the group forward … (must like the situations with Willow and her girlfriend and Mal with Book)
I laughed… a lot. And again – even the humor hinted toward how Joss does things. Like a guy playing video games on the bridge and the Hulk spontaneously punching Thor. We also were amused with the expected Tony fast-talking/insulting humor. And there was a lot of subtle humor around referencing (ie: Captain America is from a different time and Thor is from a different world – so there is humor around what they get/don’t get).
Focus on Characters
The plot of the movie wasn’t one where you just chase the bad guy. The movie was designed to have an overarching story, but for us to learn more about each character as the show went on. We saw people grow, learned how they cope and saw them change. Sure it made it longer – but it was worth it. I think there were very few dull moments.
There were lots of explosions, kick ass fight scenes (especially those between the heroes themselves) and just really great special effects. Joss surprised his doubters by pulling out some really amazing action choreography. Seriously – that fight you keep seeing in previews between Iron Man and Thor is just as awesome as it looks.
What was wrong with it?
After the movie my fiance and I were walking home and we kept trying to think of things that were wrong with the movie. The best I could come up with is “I guess it could have been more kid friendly…” but I hardly even meant it. Other things that came up:
Why was Thor here?
How did Thor get back to Earth? My hubby liked that they sort of just said “Oden did it” and left it at that without getting too complicated and sort of just ignoring it. I agree, but I can see why other people may not like it. I didn’t like that he didn’t even go say hi to Jane! That seemed a bit rude, you’d think he’d make a little time at the end there since he can fly and shit.
WTF is Black Widows use????
Out of all the heroes she’s my least favorite… it’s fun how she can get people to tell her what she wants to know but she seems a bit useless otherwise. Scar Jo is super gorgeous, though… right?!
Loki left a lot up for chance!
My first criticism was that Loki’s plan left a lot up to chance – but then I remembered… he’s the god of trickery! So he probably knew how it would all shake down.
Basically – the geeks and comic book lovers in the crowd had a special treat and will be filled with happiness for a while. Others, not so into comic books or geek culture, will love it too – because it was fun, fighty and sexy (and see if you catch the Stan Lee cameo!). Sure, the science wasn’t “accurate” and it’s a bit of a stretch to think Hawkeye’s arrows are that effective against aliens – but this is Marvel. It’s a spectacular universe filled with these amazing creatures that kick the shit out of alien invaders… it was perfect. Go make a weekend out of Avengers and Cabin in the Woods. They both kicked off the summer movie season with a bang.
5/5 Shawarma Restaurants (all of which were likely overrun all weekend)