I could summarize this in five words: Joss Whedon is a god.
The movie is the epitome of the Super Hero / Team movie.
It has the inner-team conficts. I’m pretty sure that everyone on the team took a swing at each other member at one point in the movie or another. The Hulk/Thor feud is epic and brought about perhaps the funniest sight-gags in a Super Hero film ever.
Joss Whedon can’t write a movie without humor no matter how serious the subject matter. He’s also pretty big on killing people we care about, but I won’t say who dies. But it’s not really a spoiler since, you know, it’s Joss Whedon writing/directing and we all know he kills his characters.
I could talk about the acting, the effects, etc…but there aren’t any flaws to mention – the characters are all spot-on. The cgi-effects are seamless with the live-action.
The only downside to this movie is that it probably helps to have seen the half a dozen prequels.
The movie got a 94% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. This makes me wonder what kind of abuse those other six percent of reviewers must have suffered to make them so hateful that they would be able to be unentertained by Marvel’s The Avengers.
Okay, so if you don’t like Super Hero films, don’t feel you have to see it just for the witty dialogue.
I kinda have to mention that the plot is disturbingly similar to the plot of the novel I released last month but I wrote that book 20 years ago and Joss wrote this script 3 years ago and I’m pretty sure neither us of knew what the other was writing. My book (The Nightstone) is about a group of fantasy heroes banding together to stop an army of demons from entering the world through a mystical portal near a large city. Replace the word ‘fantasy’ with ‘super’ in the previous sentence and you have the plot of The Avengers. But, as every writer knows, there are a finite number of plots out there and that one is actually in the top 10 most common plots in fantasy literature.
The Avengers earns five out of four stars.