When filming The Avengers was first announced I was a bit nervous. How could a movie with so many characters do justice to the comic book? I mean, would we just see the team fighting the villians on screen and bits of dialog thrown in. Surely, character developerment - though never a priority in most movies - couldn't happen in a super hero movie of this scale? But wait, Joss Whedon is at the helm. Can he pull it off?
The story was simple enough to follow:
- Big bad guy steals magic cube that equals ultimate power.
- Heroes - who normally operate alone - must band together to stop the big bad guy.
- Heroes don't get along at first, but unite to fight the big bad guy and the aliens who are his allies.
- Heroes prevail for now.
The story movies along at a good pace, only slowing down just enough to catch your breath, digest the scene you've just watch, and then pick up steam to the next action sequence. The dialog is snappy, with humorous bits here and there to keep the mood light.
The part I disliked, and not by much, is the CGI-based ending battle sequences. They weren't as confusing as a Transformers' film, but they were annoying enough. I'm not a fan of these huge computer generated battles. But if anyone could pull it off, it would be in a Josh Whedon film.
The Avengers may just be a movie I would pay again to see on the big screen.
Rating: Full Admission