The Avengers

Heh heh heh. WOW! Whoooooo hooo!!

Summer blockbuster entertainment at its absolute finest. A roller coaster ride of action, comedy and great characters. A total blast.

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, The Avengers is the story of Marvel’s movie superheroes banding together to fight a threat to the planet.

Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor, are all brought together by Nick Fury when the Tesseract (the Cosmic Cube) from “Captain America” is stolen by Loki, who intends to use it to open a portal for an alien invasion. With Black Widow and Hawkeye already members of SHIELD, the parts of The Avengers are all in place… the only problem being that these consummate solo artists aren’t interested in being a part of a team. Between having their own agendas, never having worked with others, not trusting Nick Fury, and having Loki, the God of Mischief around, there are plenty of opportunities for the Avengers to in-fight. Hawkeye is outright turned against the team early on, as he’s put under Loki’s spell. Captain America, Thor and Iron Man all mark their first meeting with a throw down. And of course, having the incredible, irascible Hulk on your team is practically a guarantee that people will get smashed. It’s a comic book fan’s dream to watch these teammates square off against each other on the big screen, and “The Avengers” certainly does not let the opportunity pass.

When they’re not fighting outright, there’s still plenty of bickering amongst the blending. But this is one of the areas where the Avengers truly separates itself from other superhero movies. By having so many characters, each of equal stature, there’s ample opportunities for scenes of import, no matter who you have interacting with each other. Tony Stark forms a bit of a genius admiration society with Bruce Banner, but comes into conflict with the military-minded Steve Rogers. Thor and Loki have operatic worthy conversations about brotherhood and envy. Black Widow and Hawkeye commiserate about being normal people called into a superpowered situation. And a weary, yet determined Nick Fury presides above it all.

Part of the reason that the character interplay works so well is the incredible cast they’ve assembled. Actors and actresses that would otherwise be headlining their own films willingly meld into an ensemble cast where everyone plays a role. There’s no drop-off between star and supporting cast, because there is no star, they’re all the stars. Jeremy Renner is a two-time Oscar nominee and is about to headline his own franchise (The Bourne reboot) in three months… and he’s batting seventh in this lineup! Each member of the cast is excellent in their roles and they all play off of each other so well.

In addition, a huge amount of respect and credit must be paid to Joss Whedon, who cements his place on the Mount Rushmore of geek fandom with this film. The dialogue is crisp and snappy in comedic situations, and epic and full of grandeur at others. Characters seem just as easily equipped to give a sympathetic moment as they are to fire off a witty one liner. Each of them are well written and clearly individuated. They feel like well-rounded people, not simply movie parts. But most of all, and this is a credit to Whedon as director as well, “The Avengers” is brilliantly orchestrated. Plot and characters are given adequate time to develop fully, and then lengthy, extraordinary, epic, exciting action sequences ensue. Liberally mixed in throughout are highly effective comedy beats – outright hysterical, yet perfectly balanced in the mix. They never threaten to turn the movie into a comedy, but they also never let the audience forget that they’re supposed to be having fun while they’re at the movies. Along the way, enough weight is placed on talk of courage, sacrifice, and teamwork that the movie doesn’t feel shallow.

The action sequences are masterpieces of movie making. Powered by the best special effects technology possible, fantastical situations are brought to life before your eyes. The battles are full of different combat styles via each of the characters doing what they do best. Each of the heroes are given ample opportunity to shine. Captain America gives orders, Iron Man provides air support, Thor electrifies enemies, and Hulk smashes. OHH does Hulk Smash. It’s hard to imagine a reasonable fan of any of these characters disapproving of the way they were handled. And Loki is a wonderful enemy, he easily elicits audience animosity. He doesn’t just wish to conquer the world, he wishes to subjugate humanity, and he does it in such a petulant way that it’s nearly impossible not to loathe him.

It’s hard to envision a movie that better exemplifies the term “Summer Blockbuster” than this one. It’s funny and fun, it’s filled with roller coaster ride action sequences and epic battles. It has state of the art, completely believable special effects. It stars an enormous number of colorful characters, each marvelously brought to life by charismatic performers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your first A++ of the year, let’s hope there’s plenty more.

119 thoughts on “The Avengers

  1. Saw this great line on my Twitter feed: “As an avid Joss Whedon fan, I spent most of the Avengers waiting for it to be abruptly cancelled.”

      • It is a pretty funny line, but I have to admit I still don’t get the idea of the “Whedon curse”. It really only applies to Firefly (and, arguably, the original Parenthood series, but nobody remembers that anyway). Buffy lasted seven seasons, Angel lasted five (which is impressive for a spin-off of a genre show). Dollhouse lasted two seasons despite abysmal ratings all the way through; it lasted 1.75 seasons longer than I would have expected. Half of his productions have been huge successes, a quarter lasted longer than the ratings would merit (on FOX, a network not known for reprieves), and none got taken off the air before the first season was up. Most TV series producers would kill to be “cursed” like that.

  2. Dan, I think this time, you’re write up doesn’t do the movie justice but your rating did. The movie was phenomenal. Everything, can’t put it down in words. You had no concept of the time passing and boom, 2 and half hours later you’re walking out of the theater. Glad I stuck around after the credits though. I think the movie brought even more depth to the characters, even egotistical Tony Stark and Captain America’s change as he realizes he needs to be part of this new world.

    Awesome, Awesome movie. One hell of a way to start the summer movies. I think I am going to be blowing lots of bucks this summer.

    • Yeah, if this summer lives up to the kick off that this movie gave it, we all are.

      I agree, this one was a hard one to do justice to. It was such a thrill ride, its hard to put it into words. :) Totally is one of those “Over before you know it” movies, and it’s over 2 hours long! It was a blast, just a total tape measure home run. Glad you had a chance to see it, and glad you enjoyed it as much as I did Bruce!

  3. If anything The Avengers has set out a pretty large yardstick for other 2012 summer blockbusters to measure up to. I hope the competition is confident because they’ve got a lot of work to do if they want to beat this thing in the box office and in the review pages.

    But apart from being a great race horse in the most boring and uninteresting side of the movie business, The Avengers just flat-out scores as great blockbuster entertainment. Outside of the first twenty minutes or so– which aren’t strictly bad, just clunky at times– there’s not a moment of this film that will leave you cold or bored; this thing crashes, smashes, crushes, combusts, booms, and zaps all over the place, and if it’s not enthralling you with its two amazing action set pieces then it’s making you laugh out loud with its banter and one-liners.

    Any self-respecting comic book fan needs to see this. Even people with just a cursory interest in comics– which still probably means that they’ve seen most of the other Marvel films– has to hit the theaters to check this out. It’s great stuff; if I wasn’t a Whedon fan before, I am now (though I WAS a Whedon fan before, just not a dyed-in-the-wool Whedonite who worshiped at his altar*).

    I think, though, that beyond just being great entertainment, The Avengers is a massive reminder of why superheroes matter and why we love them so much. If only in overt ways, The Avengers highlights the thrill of seeing “good” confront “evil” head-on, but it also touches on the belief in the necessity of heroes in quieter, though still direct, ways. (Fury’s speech wasn’t just for the Cap and Tony Stark, I think.)

    Just outstanding. Can’t wait to see it again.

    *Is it coincidence that the two films I will have seen twice in theaters this year (so far) both have Whedon’s hand in them?

    • Probably no, on the coincidence thing. LOL. Let’s you and I not bring Cabin up at this happy party though, shall we? :D

      Great comment, glad you love it. Cant wait to read your review now… been slacking a little getting around to everyone’s. LOL. Was podcasting hard today. Kai Parker of Man I Love Films and I just did battle with Brian on the Dearfilm podcast over this. Oh my god Andy, you’ve gotta listen to that one. It was a brawl.

      Brian picked the wrong two dudes to invite on if he planned on saying the movie was “Ok”. :D

      • I will indeed listen to it, but responding via comments won’t be the same. Wish I’d not been a slacker and signed up for it; at this point most of the good podcasts are filled up (Prometheus, Moonrise Kingdom) but I can’t blame anyone for that but myself. Besides, I think we’ll have fun ripping up Battleship, since I generally expect everyone to hate the shit out of that movie. Suffice to say, I’ve already made my counterpoints on Brian’s Man, I Love Films review, but I’ve got even more to say and no platform from which to say it (because I think it would be gauche to rant on his reviews in multiple comments boasting 4+ paragraphs apiece). God knows I think Brian’s a stellar dude, but I think I disagree with him more on this than I did on Hunger Games.

      • I feel you about being “Left out” of the conversation when you listen now. LOL. I get that, totally, especially when its people I’ve done shows with or whatever, you wish you had a chance to pipe in as they say stuff! LOL… I’ve been there.

        Dont worry though, Kai and I represent. We pointed out the error of his ways. :D

      • Actually, I did enjoy The Dark Knight a great deal but I think it has some flaws. The Avengers movie is a better realization of its characters than TDK is of Batman, in my opinion.

      • Roger that. I’d probably disagree specifically there, but whatever, it’d be nitpicking.

        Those two movies are going to draw ENORMOUS numbers of comparisons though. This one is gunning for TDK’s throne!

  4. Absolutely great movie fun! The actors, effects, directing, music everything worked like a “T”.

    Things I loved: Ruffalo’s Banner was great. I’d love to see a solo Hulk movie with him.

    Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was, if anything, even better in this movie than he was in the Thor movie.

    The post credit scenes! Shwarma! Thanos! (in that order. lol)

    A couple of very minor nits:

    No one yelled “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!”. There were a couple of perfect opportunities. and… nothing. WAH! (Yes, I want some cheese with that whine.)

    Cap’s uniform with the weird arm bars. Just a bit off.

    There was one weird little edit in the big final fight scene when Black widow fired a staff weapon before she got it. It was minor, but it took me out of the moment.

    Other than that is was a close to a perfect summer comic book movie as one can come. Major kudos to Joss Whedon and to Marvel! Grade: A with as many plusses as you care to add,

    • Lol. I chose to add 2, myself. :)

      Well, you’ll get your wish about Ruffalo. He signed a 6 picture deal with Marvel. So Avengers 2, 3, Hulk 1,2,3 LOL and one more somewhere. Guys not gonna have time for anything else!

      Hiddleston WAS perfect. An action movie is only as great as its villain and Loki was fantastic.

      I’m with you about the “Avengers Assemble”! Thing. We got a great “Hulk smash” though.

      Maybe next time. Cause there’s gonna be more. Ohhhh yesss. Bring it on!

      • My personal bet is that Ruffalo will show up as Banner in Iron Man 3.

        And if we’re picking awesome fanboy moments that need to be captured in the Avengers sequels, here’s one I would have loved to have seen — Cap picking up Mjolnir. Because really, if anybody’s worthy, it ought to be him. I was really hoping for him to have a reason to grab it and clonk Loki with it, just once.

      • Knowing Whedon, it’ll be after a fight. Mjolnir is lying on the ground. Cap walks up to it, causally picks it up and tosses it to a stunned Thor. And… cut!

    • I was personally awaiting an “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!” moment myself. Ah well. At least we got Tony Stark referring to them as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”, which got a fist-pump out of me. :)

  5. I watched the movie … twice as it turns out. (Had to go with two groups of friends and family, everyone excited to see it.) It was great. You’re absolutely right about how amazing it is that all of the roles were given almost equal time. There was a parody video done not a while ago where the actors snark that “This is basically Iron Man 3, isn’t it?” And it’s actually a MIRACLE that it isn’t. I mean, the X-Men movies are basically Wolverine movies, right? And somehow this one lets everyone shine? AMAZING!

    I’m not that huge of a Joss Whedon fan… it think his dialogue can be too custesy sometimes… but man, he hit it out of the park here. The dialogue was more economic, getting the personalities and character clashes in a short 2 and 1/2 hours. Outstanding.

    I seriously love this movie. It’s just heroes being heroic, and as old fashioned a notion as that may be in a world that prefers heroes to be gritty or ironic, it’s the perfect tone for this movie.

    • The X-Men movies are MUCH more Wolverine movies than the Avengers was an Iron Man movie, that’s a solid point, right there, absolutely.

      I’m gonna side with you to an extent on the Joss Whedon thing. I think maybe its because I never watched “Buffy”, but I always felt as though the love he got was a little out of balance with his resume. I guess that would lump me in with the “Not that big a fan” camp.

      THIS though, was a total game changer. Another one like this and I’ll be singing an entirely different tune, LOL!

      I’m with you too, El Santo. This is a great flick, I’m already a huge, huge fan. I cant say enough about it. Happy to see I’m not alone!

      • Same here, I never followed Whedon’s stuff before. I saw Serenity and didn’t think that much of it (although I’ve been repeatedly assured that Firefly is a lot better). When Buffy was still happening, my girlfriend at the time was into it but I was not. I was a little older and it was a harder sell to my age group at the time (I was 22, whereas she was 19 and she watched it with all her friends of the same age) but, having enjoyed The Avengers as much as I did, and having read a great deal of praise online for Whedon’s work in recent years, I’m honestly beginning to suspect that I might have missed something there and should perhaps go back and revisit his earlier output.

  6. There is only one word that I can say about this movie, epic. This has to be the best superhero movie of all time and one of my favorites of all time. Your assesment of this flick is right on the money. It has been a long time since I wanted to go back the movies and rewatch a flick, but this is one that I will. I am going to wait a couple of weeks though to get the mad crowds down so that I can kick up my feet and just enjoy the flick without feeling crowded.

    • Epic is totally right. It did feel Epic.

      And big superhero movies like this SHOULD feel epic. This movie needed to deliver that, and it did.

      Dude, I dont know how long you’ll have to wait for “The Crowds to die down”… this one’s going to have MAJOR legs. It opened to $200 mil, +. And word of mouth is off the charts.

      I agree though, I was tempted to go back and check it out again myself this weekend. I almost did, but I decided to enjoy not being at the theatre instead. LOL

  7. One thing I forgot to mention on my past post, the best thing that I liked about this flick was the fact that it is a continuation of the other Marvel movies, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk. They built up the characters in those movies with their back grounds and abilities so that they could focus on the action in this one. In my opinion that is what made this movie so great.

    • That’s one of the things it had going for it, sure. All of the origins stuff was out of the way, now they just had to introduce everyone to each other. They could get right into the interplay between characters, the fights and the action! :)

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    • LOLLOLL

      Oh god. I had NOT seen it. I will be over. LOL… I saw your Hurt Locker post, that was the last one I read.

      I certainly will hit this, but not from work… LOL. :D

  9. I confess. I’m a total Whedon dork that owns all of his television series work. He’s the master of working with an ensemble cast and delivering snappy dialogue, but now that the Avengers is here and it’s awesome….what’s next for him? I pray to the Asgardians that Marvel will let him come back to steer the sequel! Of course he has a nice luxury of being able to do whatever the hell he wants now!

    • Well, since its confession time, I’ll confess I’ve never entirely drank the Whedon kool-aid. I love Firefly and Serenity and Astonishing XMen, but I never watched Buffy or Dollhouse, and his big screen resume was kind of limited, so I always put a reality check on my admiration for him.

      This movie is the type of movie that will cause a reassessment of my position. LOL. I’m feeling that my support of him has been inadequate up til now. :D

      I hope he stays too. He has to. Disney’s not dumb. They should back a %#$&ing dumptruck of money to his front door. Let him bring back whatever TV series he wants… LOL

  10. I am going to take the wife and misses to see this, so put me down for seeing it twice in one week on the big screen and that never happens. Who knew I would walk out of there being a Hulk fan?

      • Hah! I can see your wife misreading that, definitely.

        Yeah, I had a pretty strong urge to go see it again, but it was in conflict with my urge to enjoy my lightened workload (only one movie this weekend! :D ) Guess which won? LOL

  11. I wholly approve of your A++! Hugely deserved!

    You know what was so great? The fact that Joss pointed out the fact that there are all these huge characters and went head on and tackled that issue. Without making it cheap or tacky.

    I will never get tired of this film. EVER.

    Yes, we in Europe got it before you guys over there. But I am a little peeved that y’all got that awesomely funny post credits schwarma scene! Side note.. I love a good scharma at lunch.

    • So wait.

      There were TWO Post credit sequences? Thanos and then another one, too?

      %$#&!! We walked out!! DAMMITT. LOL

      It wasnt just Europe, basically everyone I know (in the blogging world) caught some kind of screening or midnight showing, even though you did lead the charge. Plus you got those red carpet pics. But I got to see the New York Comic-Con Panel…

      (I’m just having fun quibbling over who’s the coolest now, cant you tell?)

  12. Hooray! The first A++ of the year! Right on man! the cast, the story, the directing…so much worked so well in this movie. the comedy, the action. MAN! yes, but Whedon up on geekdom’s Mount Rushmore!

    Well said!

    • LOL. I forgot we have a star of the Avengers on hand! I should have name dropped you in the review! LOL :D

      Yeah man, Whedon just crushed this ball. I mean, how could he have made a better movie than this? I cant really imagine it.

      Thanks, as always for the kind words!!

      • Ahah, thank you for reminding us about the stupid ‘notify me’ feature Fogs, very thoughtful of you!

        Y’know I kept looking for Terrence every time the scenes in the helicarrier ‘throne room’ came on, ahah. I think I did spotted him a couple of times :D

        Great review Fogs, nice job and high five. Glad you enjoyed this as much as I did.

      • Return High Five… :D

        I looked for him too. How could you not? I wish he was the guy playing Galaga. :D

        *sigh* The comment feature thing is killing me. Angers me very much. Fogs smash. LOL

  13. I admire this movie for being so unapologetically comic bookish. I was enjoying the movie well enough, but they really had me at the Helli-carrier reveal. I turned to my kid, and his mouth was literally agape. I don’t know if we’ve ever had a comic book movie REALLY go “all-in” like this one; maybe Superman: The Movie, but it didn’t have seven main characters to juggle.

    Kudos to the entire cast for being so willing to play off each other so well. And kudos to Whedon for getting it done. The man has a gift for getting the best from ensemble casts. Like a lot of his scripts, 4/5ths of the lines are brilliant (and 1/5th gut-groaningly bad, but at least he doesn’t play it safe), and I really don’t want anyone else helming this franchise.

    Finally, kudos to Disney, for standing back and letting this group finish the drill.

    My only real complaint… to Warner Brothers, for dropping Whedon from Wonder Woman. You bunch of fraking idiots.

    • Yeah, that’s a bummer. It would be nice to see DC/Warner get their act together like Marvel has.

      You’re right, this isnt like, toes in the water superhero movie, this is all out deep end of the pool cannonball. And thats had mixed results at times. So credit must be paid – mostly to Whedon, he did an increible job. With the script and with the directing.

      I dont want anyone else helming this either now. He better stay at the helm….

    • While I’ve no doubt Whedon would have done amazing work with Wonder Woman, I’m glad he didn’t do it. Not only was there a heck of a lot of negativity and general “meh-ness” towards that project, I’m sure it would have meant he wouldn’t have done Avengers!

      • The “meh-ness” wasn’t coming from me. I think it would have been sensational. There was negativity around Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Batman Begins as well and I’m glad all those movies got made.

        It’s going to take a special screenwriter and director to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen, and unfortunately none of the decisions from Warner Bros. these days makes me think they’ll get those people. The Christopher Nolan hiring seems more and more like a happy fluke than anything, at a time when movies like “The Avengers” shows that the public will invest in great, non-cynical superhero stories.

      • Gotta hope that the MINT of money “The Avengers” makes inspires WB to get off of their ass and start doing things right.

        I’m telling you, eventually one of the poisitive effects of “The Avengers” is going to be us getting a Justice League movie. If anything, Hollywood is a copycat world… there’s no way WB will be able to resist taking a shot at untold billions…

  14. For all the other Whedonites in the crowd, Joss sent out this missive:

    “Dear Friends,

    Well, it’s been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can’t wait! But before I become blinded by this “emotion” experience, there’s a few things I’d like to say. Well, type.

    People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of “the Avengers” gross, I can afford to buy… [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] …a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

    What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with “peeps” — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!

    RDA: So good to see you, young Joss! is it possible you’ve gotten more attractive since we last spoke, and less fungal in odor?

    JW: Thanks for noticing. Let’s talk.

    RDA: “the Scavengers” is a huge success! Does this mean you have changed the very fabric of existence?

    JW: Dude, it’s just a movie. Also, yes.

    RTA: I’ve seen a lot of a talk about “the Availers” vs “the Dark Knight Rises”. How will you feel if you’re eclipsed by Nolan?

    JW: I’m glad I made you ask that. I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye-candy (they’re eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.

    RTA: What does this mean for your upcoming slate of tiny independent films/Internet shenanigans? Will they fall by the wayside?

    JW: There may be new ideas realized — I always leave myself open to that — but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove.

    RTA: And TV?

    JW: TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy… Nothing quite like it. I imagine it’s not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: “Here’s what I got, here’s where I’m going… How to trick everybody into thinking I know what I’m doing?” [Full disclosure : Joss hates poker. He is probably talking about bridge. But it should apply nonetheless.].

    RTA: What message would you give fans of “the Lavenders” who are not so familiar with your previous work?

    JW: “Cabin In the Woods”: still in (some) theaters!

    RTA: Is ‘the Ravengers” a perfect movie? It did get an A+ cinemascore…

    JW: There are very few perfect movies. “The Court Jester”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Godfather” I & II… The list does not go on and on. “The Avengers” is notably IMperfect, which makes its success mean so much more to me — because it’s striking a chord that matters MORE than its obvious flaws. Like the team, it appears to be more than the sun of its parts. Boo-yah!

    RTA: What do you feel is the greatest achievement of “the Avoiders”?

    JW: Getting “mewling quim” out there to the masses. Also, Hulk.

    RTA: Anyone in particular you’d like to thank?

    JW: [Reads from notecard]. I couldn’t have done this myself. Part of this Saturn Award belongs to Jeremy Latcham, Kevin Feige, and the fine Marvel folk… But the secret ingredient is my closest peeps: J-Mo, who did uncredited punch-up work (carrier battle, yo!), Z-bro, Drew “I am Loki only taller and foppier” Goddard, and Kai, all of whom worked the story with me. Without them (and Jeremy), I’d still be figuring out how the Wasp fits in to this, and where to put Red Hulk.

    RTA: What’s next for Joss “finally got it right for a change” Whedon?

    JW: Can we not call me that?

    RTA: Just deal. Whut up?

    JW: I really think we should discuss that nickname, but I’m finishing “Much Ado About Nothing” this month. If you liked “the Avengers”, you’ll love… I can’t. It’s Shakespeare. And not in the park. I hope it gets watched.

    RTA: Any message to your precious “Whedonesk?”

    JW: Whedonettes?

    RTA: Weeble-eque?

    JW: I’m not aware of that group.

    RTA: Didn’t they know you when?

    JW: I’m not sure who you mean. I’m discarding my old fans so I can concentrate on fame, Euro-trash guy-jewelry and my precious “Air Bud” reboot. But, dude, don’t print that!

    RTA: You have my word.

    So, that’s our post! Hope you enjoyed it. Hope you’ll continue to carry the banner even though other people may have joined the parade. (Kind of a gay pride/Newsies vibe: sentence accomplished!) Hope you understand how I feel. Cliff notes: grateful.

    “Here’s to us. Who’s like us? Damn few”
    – Stephen Sondheim, “Merrily We Roll Along”.

    “It took a dog playing Jai Alai to teach us humanity!”
    –Me, in that awesome film I’m gonna make. “

  15. Ok, so better late than never, LOL :) YES!! This is THE best movie I’ve seen in ages! It is definitely now in my top ten favorite movies of all time & has now moved to the spot of #1 in terms of my fave super hero/comic book movie. This movie also marks a momentous occasion for me, as I actually saw it in 3D! Yep, ME! I hadn’t seen 3D since I was a kid!

    I was excited for The Avengers, but went in not expecting the perfectly timed humor, stunning special effects, & sharp, intelligent acting. I’m not a fan of comic books, but I am a fan of super heroes (thank you Saturday morning cartoons) but I kept thinking to myself that between the cinematography, crisp special effects & 3D, this movie looked like a comic book!

    Another surprise for me is that I LOVED Mark Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk. It was one of the things I worried most about. I am a big Ed Norton fan and wasn’t sure if Ruffalo could pull it off,but he was amazing! In the theatre I saw it in, everyone was clapping & cheering when Hulk & Loki met in Stark’s penthouse.

    I have been raving about this movie since I saw it…I came out of the theatre with a smile on my face & every time I see any commercial having to do with The Avengers (the trailer, Target, Farmer’s Insurance) I smile! :) Like you, Dan, I found almost nothing wrong with this movie. I so want to see it again, great review!

    • Yeaaaaah Kim! Yes, better late than never, but especially since you posted on my wall in the middle of the night as if you were dying to talk about it! LOL

      I agree with your comment in its entirety.

      Ruffalo was AWESOME as Banner. So great. So happy he signed his huge deal with Marvel (6 more movies with him as Banner!) Hulk vs Loki is the greatest, funniest superhero scene ever. So awesome.

      This movie did look like a comic book in terms of putting the heroes into action in the way we all think of when we think of them, Hulk smashing, Cap flinging his shield, etc etc, but it looked every bit the multi million dollar extravaganza in terms of special effects. Those action sequences were almost pure CGI… the aliens, the heroes, the setting… everything. And I never thought about it for a second. That = incredible effects work.

      I think the main thing isnt that I didnt find anything wrong with the movie. There were a couple of things here and there, plus I’m sure over time, the holes will become more apparent. Multiple viewings have a way of bringing out those “Heyyy wait a minute…”s. The trick is that I was having such a great time I didnt want to. I wasn’t looking for them. I’m not one of those people who’ll ask the magician if he has to clean rabbit poop out of his hat each night, you know? LOL. I’d rather enjoy the show.

      And the entertainment value here was off the charts. I’ve been raving about it since I saw it too… desrvedly so. :D

      Glad you swung back by Kim!!!!

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  17. i do agree with this review that this team of Avengers is not as impressive compare to single superhero movies… hulk, iron man and Captain America, all did a superb job in their own movies… i’m big fan of Robert Downey Jr., he gave me some laugh ride in Avengers. he was also good as Sherlock Holmes… too cool man… Avengers could be better than this… in my opinion there must be a stronger villain instead of Loky… someone as powerful as Hulk is… it was just an ok movie for me… well Avenger lovers don’t mind my words… it’s just my opinion only… :)

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