On a whim, I went to see Joss Whedon’s latest film Marvel’s The Avengers! Yes, “Marvel’s” is in the title, ugh!
The Avengers is the story of superheroes joining forces to defeat the evil Loki. The heroes are Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and The Hulk.
The previous films were mediocre to bad films starring these superheroes, then ends of each film had Samuel L. Jackson as Director Fury trying to cobble together the Avengers.
The end is near, so the heroes must come together and kick some ass.
For those unfamiliar with Joss Whedon’s work, he really likes writing about heroines; from Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Echo from Dollhouse to Dana from The Cabin In The Woods. To see such a sausage-fest in one of Whedon’s films is very different. However he did start off the film with both Black Widow1 and Cobie Smulders’2 character kicking some serious ass.
One thing I found interesting about the film, was how unWhedonesque it was. There were a few moments of comedic gold which will remind you who wrote the film, and a few interesting shots to remind you who directed the film, but overall, it feels like a generic action film… a good generic action film, but not the brilliance I was hoping for.
Overall, the film was good, and much better than any of the individual Marvel superhero films that were the precursor… except maybe Iron Man. However, unlike The Cabin In The Woods, I have no desire to rewatch this film.