Normally I like to spotlight lesser known films, but the new Avengers movie seems to have smashed opening weekend box office records. And it totally deserves the success. The film is a completely engaging action flick while remaining a good drama looking at human qualities and character. Bringing together characters who have had their own successful (and some not-so-successful) movies, it qualifies as a super-movie the same way that a collection of top musicians is a super-group.
All the way through the movie I kept commenting to myself that the story line and writing in general was just amazing. At the end of the movie I discovered to my sincere surprise that it had been written and directed by Joss Whedon. Really, I had no idea. Hail Joss Whedon! It had his characteristic witty banter and sophisticated story line. Having him both write and direct was brilliantly successful. After his limited contribution to “Cabin In The Woods”, seeing him show his unbridled genius in this film answers the question, “What have you been doing lately, Joss?” Hopefully this will be the dawn of a long and fruitful second surge in his career. Can a Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie be far off? Probably.
A friend on Facebook summed up the enthusiasm for this film when he said that he was considering having himself frozen until the sequel comes out. Well … maybe going to far.
I would give this film an A. (I reserve the A+ for movies that have some sort of intellectual dimension, and in spite of it’s success on just about every other level, I can’t really say that it is a thought provoking film. Not that that really matters. We need entertaining, kick-ass, well told stories too.)