Joss Whedon is a genius. It’s never an easy task to take an ensemble of well-loved folk from the amazing Marvel universe and manufacture a story with a believably strong plot that brings them all together. His is a refreshing take on the army of superheroes joining forces to ‘save the world’ (let’s admit it, it’s not exactly a ‘fresh’ concept) from a villainous entity, giving us a masterpiece of film that is modern and set apart from others of similar genre/plot. (Hello, X-men!)
Whedon recently turned me into a sci-fi fan with his work on Firefly, and again he made me an instant Marvel Comics fan because of Avengers. I would just love to sit down with the man to dissect his thoughts and listen and see just how brilliant he is. He’s one who understands his subject - his sci-fi/fantasy, his superhero comic books, and most especially his target audience - so well and gets to relay his vision to us - the common moviegoer - turning all into geeks and nerds and fans the world over.
Commendable of the movie aside from its strong, almost foolproof plot, special effects and wonderful musical score are the actors that bring life to our favorite Marvel characters. Tom Hiddleston was a standout; he turned me a fan with his impeccable acting as Loki from Thor, a role he reprised so laudably in Avengers. Chris E. was also remarkable; so were Chris H. (a big improvement from his portrayal in Thor) and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. I was not so impressed with Downey’s take on Iron Man - maybe he just irked me so much with his character’s obnoxiousness. Also, I personally would’ve preferred Edward Norton to reprise his role as Bruce Banner - Norton I believe is very talented and versatile - nevertheless, Ruffalo did not disappoint.
Also worth mention is the well-written script; particularly the witty one-liners and quotable retorts from various characters where I just found myself laughing loudly (and embarrassingly, since I watched it in the cinema alone).
It was by far one of the best blockbuster movies I’ve seen in a long time. It certainly lived up to its hype and never did it disappoint.