After much encouragement, I went to see The Avengers yesterday. And I liked it.
I’m not a comic book geek per se, but I am familiar with the Marvel universe, so I know the mythology behind the characters. The movie I saw was good -- albeit probably a bit long at 2.5 hours -- and entertaining. I wouldn’t say it was so good that I need to see it four or five times (like the girl at the concession stand told me some people have) nor is it the best superhero flick ever, but it was good.1. I really liked Robert Downey Jr as the snarky, arrogant Tony Stark -- I laughed out loud more than once, especially at the "performance" quip. Otherwise, the special effects were top-notch, the action sequences loud and fierce, and the theater was packed.
In other words, The Avengers is your quintessential slam-bang summer blockbuster. Go see it.
As an aside, seeing this movie has caused me to question even more The Hulk’s superhero status. His scenes in the movie are fine -- particularly towards the end when he throws Loki around like a rag doll -- but I just don’t like him. I don’t see the appeal in a guy who gets big, green, and mean when he gets angry. He just doesn’t seem that superhero-y, though you could arguably say the same for Captain America and his shield, as well as Iron Man and his suit. I realize my complaints about The Hulk are nitpicky and non-sensical; all I’m saying is he’s not amongst my pantheon of superheroes.2 He’s down there with Dr. Strange and Silver Surfer.
But going back to the movie itself, Joss Whedon did a good job. It’s well worth the matinee price I paid.