When you have a job, and see so many movies throughout the year, it is hard to get many reviews actually put on paper. Well, since I happen to have a bit of a break, and have recently re-watched Joss Whedon's The Avengers, I think it is time for me to actually put my thoughts on the page, especially as my 3rd Annual Awards Psychic Awards are just around the corner, and The Avengers is in play for at least a few nominations.
Joss Whedon's accomplishment is a true feat. To be able to effectively blend all of these varying and difficult storylines into one film is not an easy feat. While the previous directors of the individual films did their part, it was still on his shoulders, as well as his screenwriters, to make it all work. That is not to say that The Avengers is a perfect film. Some of the humor feels forced (unless it comes from Robert Downey Jr.), and there were some long moments in the beginning that could have used a little bit of editing, considering how much screentime has been spent on these characters over the last four years. But these flaws are minor, and in no way diminish the obvious detail, effort, and master filmmaking prowless that is prevalent throughout the film. What I appreciate most about the film is that it never strays away from its entertainment value. Throughout, The Avengers is a high-flying, fast-paced, top-notch action thriller that is always dazzling for the eyes and the ears, and keeps you glued to the screen.
It is my opinion (and many others' as well) that The Avengers will go down as one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, and a true feat for the genre. That being said, there seemed to me to be something missing. I know that films, particularly ones that are only connected by the same genre heading, but I cannot help it. The comic book movie genre is an exclusive club, and comparisons are bound to happen. Particularly when another recent comic book series has ruined you. What Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight Trilogy is nothing short of amazing. He effortlessly blended the comic book origins of the Batman legend, with a dizzying crime thriller that would make Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Mann proud. He created not just great comic book movies, but great movies in general, movies that will stand the test of time as some of the best period, not just the best of a particular genre. So yes, The Avengers is a great film, despite some flaws. But the depth and emotion of Nolan's work is missing here, and the absence is glaring.
Oscar Potential: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects