This summer I, along with my college-aged niece and nephew made our way to the theaters to check out Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for the film. While the previews all looked great, I had this underlying fear it was going to fall flat and disappoint.
After all, we’ve already stomached how many comic book movies? And one with THIS many big names? Sounded destined to fail in my opinion, but I tagged along because if nothing else I would earn the right to say “I told you so.”
But, as the film played out before me, I quickly realized I would be eating my words. This movie was nothing like I expected. I was enthralled throughout its entirety. I think the main reason I liked it so much was due to one quality it had—balance. Allow me to elaborate.
First off, as I mentioned before, the film was jam-packed with big-name stars—Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson—just to name a few. Typically, when a comparable stellar line-up fills the credits of other movies, I feel as if the story itself takes a backseat to their respective fame. It becomes more about them and their specific performance and less about the collective effort or plot overall.
However, that did not happen with this movie. Everyone seemed to complement each other, and there existed a harmonious BALANCE among the stars. Egos were managed, stardom was shared, and the audience was able to enjoy the story as a whole.
Another way the movie exhibited balance, was through its use of humor to lighten the gloom and doom that inevitably comes with a “save mankind” storyline. This, however, came as less of a surprise as the director and writer, Joss Whedon, has exhibited this talent in his past works such as the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He knows just where to incorporate a light-hearted pun or joke to keep the movie from feeling too weighty.
Finally, I feel that the film possessed a great balance when it came to the fight and destruction scenes. Explosions and catastrophes were not overdone, as is seen in some action flicks. Instead, they were used as a complement to the overall theme and message—as they should be. I didn’t leave feeling like I just left a war zone. Sure there were explosions and booms, but it was definitely NOT overdone.
Honestly, I feel it was a very well-done movie, and that means a lot coming from someone who is less than keen on the whole superhero motif we keep seeing. Sure, my niece, nephew and hoards of other college students loved the film simply because it featured characters they came of age with—the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, etc., but I am far from the ideal demographic for it.
Interestingly, an alternate opening to the movie was just released and will be included on DVD and Blu-Ray packages. I watched the clip and honestly think it would have taken away from the movie as a whole. The director definitely made the right choice going the direction he did.
So, if you have some free-time, definitely check out The Avengers, you won’t be sorry!
Lauren Bailey is a freelance blogger for bestcollegesonline.com. She loves writing about education, writing, and health. As an education writer, she works to provide helpful information on the best online colleges and courses. She welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99 @gmail.com.
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