The Avengers 2D Review: Fighting Shakespeare in the Park

The Avengers 2D Review: Fighting Shakespeare in the Park

By MichaelMonday - May 7th, 2012Categories: Iron Man, The AvengersTags:, , , ,

 

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers opened last week, and we here at Comical Absurdity have been waiting to see it ever since the ambitious project was announced.  After watching Serenity, where director and screenplay writer Joss Whedon masterfully tied up the plot lines of an ensemble cast he created, we knew he’d be perfect for handling the smorgasbord of personalities seen in Marvel’s blockbuster.   Having a large cast of characters can be a challenge for even the most critically acclaimed directors, more is not always better when it comes to supersized blockbusters.  And with a run time of over two hours complete with two scenes following the ending credits, the audience’s attention span will be tested.  But Whedon’s balanced pacing of incredible action, entertaining dialogue, unexpected twists, and gratuitous shots of Scarlett Johansson’s curvy posterior, passed with flying colors and captivated our attention throughout the movie.

Admittedly we were suspicious of how fan unfavorites like archer extraordinaire Hawkeye would translate to the big screen, and we were skeptical how major characters like the once again re-casted Bruce Banner and curvy Black Widow would perform alongside scene stealers like Tony Stark.  But Mark Ruffalo’s understated demeanor and Scarlett Johansson’s Saffron-like seduction tactics were huge successes, and Jeremy Lenner made us want our own auto-folding bow.

Like Serenity, from the start the viewer is treated with a scene that makes the beginning of James Bond movies look tame and any viewer hesitations are quickly smashed.  Loki’s bitter quest of revenge against Thor motivated an ensuing rampage to find the tesseract, an artifact to unlocking an otherworldly army to takeover Earth that sparks SHIELD leader Nick Fury to form the superhero squad.  Loki succeeds and even takes over the wills of SHIELD heroes like Hawkeye, putting us on the edge of our seat for the epic sequences that would follow.

Only Joss Whedon can pull off a Galaga joke on a flying aircraft carrier, but the few gripes we have with the movie include having too many one-liners.  The abundance of witty dialogue blended a lot of the personalities even though it does stay true to comic book form.  We were also left wondering what happened to Tony Stark’s War Machine friend and why he wasn’t recruited.  It also felt like a cheap ommision to feature only Natalie Portman’s face rather than her character, although the movie is packed with characters and already has Tony Stark’s love interest in Pepper Potts portrayed by GwynethPaltrow.

In the end, this movie ubdoubtedly ranks as one of the best, if not the overall best comic book released, and will be compared to the genre benchmark, The Dark Knight.  While The Avengers is not as grim-dark or thought provoking as its Gotham counterpart, it still captures your attention span from the beginning and in the end you’re left addicted for more.  Like a superhero version of Serenity, The Avengers is a movie that sets the bar for summer blockbusters.  You won’t find anything that rivals the two hours of nonstop summer blockbuster entertainment until the Batman conclusion, The Dark Knight Rises, releases in July.   Until then, there is now a Marvel film that does challenging franchise crossovers justice, and it’s a movie that truly rivals DC’s The Dark Knight for the title of the best comic book movie.  In any case we are living in a great age for comic book transitions to the big screen and we are excited for the future of the industry.

Arbitrary Review Rating Number: 95%/100