The internet has been awash with overwhelmingly glowing support and positive reviews since Avengers (or Avengers Assemble) blasted onto movie screens around the world less than 2 weeks (and $700 million) ago. It’s kind of amazing really, seeing how usually a tent-pole comic book movie like this would be picked apart and knocked around by critics, fans and message boards everywhere.
Well, I’ve seen in twice, both in 3D and 2D, and let me be the first to critique the aspects of this film that I felt needed improvement:
… The popcorn was a little dry.
… And that’s about it. Because every other aspect of Avengers, every other aspect of the experience of Avengers is 100% spot-on. It has all the right mixes of action, plot, character development, humor and excitement that made every one of its 140 minutes a joy to watch.
All the characters are treated with equal respect and had genuine use within the story. Avengers is a movie that could have easily become an Iron Man movie just because of the power of Robert Downey Jr’s performance, but it doesn’t. No one character feels shoehorned in or overshadows the others. It’s a true ensemble, and everyone gets their moment to shine within the context of the story.
The humor is genuinely funny, often going for wit as opposed to the usual action movie cliches. The best part is that like I mentioned before, the humor and action are spread amongst all the characters. Everyone gets a chance to shine. Especially in the final, climactic scene which I truly did not want to end. I can hold off triumphing over evil, I just want to watch it a little longer. Which is how I felt leaving the theatre. I didn’t want to leave, I wanted to stay and live in the Avengers world just a little while longer.
I can admit, I was skeptical at first about if an Avengers movie could ever get made, let alone be good. Marvel, Whedon and the cast pulled it off though and set a very high bar for superhero movies to come. It will be very interesting to see who is left holding the title at the end of the summer: Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises.
Either way, it’s gonna be a great summer because with flicks this good on the docket, the true winners are all of us in the theatre. Even with dry popcorn.
Today’s peek inside the mind of a madman comes to us from Bob Renzas:
Bob Renzas is an animator, graphic designer and comic artist from Chicago. He has done work for Ape Entertainment, Boom! Studios, DC and Devil’s Due. His most recent works include Penguins of Madagascar and the cover for Madagascar 3 from Ape.
Have a great New Comics Day, my friends and we will see you back here Friday!