I have already seen this twice. That should tell you already. However, I will begin by saying (once again) Joss Whedon is a genius.
He (literally) combined several different Director’s styles, framing each re-introduction of the Avengers in these styles. An example? With the Hulk, there were the cool purples and greens from the last film with Ed Norton. Another? The sepia tinted wide angles of Captain America introduce us to Cap again. When our heroes finally do assemble, they come together in a single seamless and creative Whedonverse vision. The direction, for me, was the most integral part of the movie, and as Whedon also carried half the burden of the script- well, KUDOS.
Whedon is having a good year.
One other note before I do the good; Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner was the hail Mary pass that saved the movie. We had all accepted Ed Norton as the classic Banner, intellectual and just a little off. However, Mark Ruffalo not only brings the casual genius of Bruce and his nerdiness, but shines as a Banner with anger always simmering deceptively beneath the surface. He is a Banner that has already been living with the Hulk, and the Hulk and him are slowly becoming one. It is beautiful and seamless. Thank you, Ruffalo, for stepping up and hitting the Grand Slam. He is possibly one of the best things in an amazing movie.
So? THE GOOD:
- I will never not be amazed that Chris Hemsworth can act.
-Can RDJ drop the act and tell us he is Tony Stark?
-Ditto to Fury
-Hulk and Thor’s relationship
-ScarJo’s body. Really, that alone deserves an Oscar.
Ok…I could say bad things, mostly that the plot was a bit rushed, etc etc, whatever…
On a scale of stream with caution and go see it right twice; I have already seen it twice, obviously, go see it. Now.
What are you doing? GO!
See it in 3D though, I have seen it in both and normally I wouldn’t choose 3D, but it really does wonders.