After all the hype the Avengers has received and the crossovers in the “Prequels” (Nick Fury and Agent Colson of S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared in Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America and the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 as well) the movie had best be good.
And it was.
The special effects were amazing, the music score was riveting and the acting was top-notch. The script was so- so. It was basically one long fight scene… with very little plot, other than Nick Fury bringing together the Avengers to wage war against Loki, Thor’s brother — but it was more than the sum of it’s parts.
I ended up watching Thor and Iron Man 2 before seeing The Avengers just to refresh my memory.
The origin story of the Avengers followed the comic book pretty closely, although, there were some changes. (Anyone who reads The Avengers [the comic] knows Nick Fury is a white male but in the movies is black).
The Avengers are Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Although, with Hawkeye, you don’t see him named — you had to guess. He was only identified by his real name through most of the movie until he started slinging arrows and then there was an off-hand comment.
The movie was a typical action-adventure flick with more than a dash of Director Joss Whedon’s signature humor.
I loved seeing the translation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s technology onto the big screen, the helicarrier (it’s BIG), and the familiar New York skyline getting chewed up by the baddies.
3D works well for this movie and it’s not just a “gee whiz” gimmick any more. It’s used to good effect and enhances the experience well.
Be sure you stay until the end of the credits, as there’s more to the movie at the end — as has become the norm for movies these days.