The Avengers came out this weekend and is the highest grossing film on opening weekend to date in movie history with $640 million worldwide: and it is completely deserved. I will not say that it is the greatest comic book movie ever made, but I will say it is up there. There are many reasons it is a blockbuster: the special effects, star studded cast, and the high budget marketing. However, what made it an incredible movie were the screen writing, the acting, and the dynamic between the two.
The writer and director of the film, Joss Whedon, knows comics and more importantly he knows their fans. The writing on the film was one of the highlights with each character: Thor, Iron Man, Capitan America, The Hulk, and even Black Widow and Hawk Eye, were given lines that completely complemented and embodied the essences of the characters. With lines for each character that allowed them to make the audience laugh and feel connected to them the movie was able to bring the entire group of Marvel heroes together as one entity in the audiences eyes. The actors themselves did their part executing the lines and acting to perfection.
Robert Downey Jr. and his indescribable “swag” led the group of all-star actors but not by much. Chris Evans (Capitan America) played his slightly naive but always down to business role to perfection. Mark Ruffalo executes his lines perfectly in a shy but up-front manner, especially the line in which he gives away his secret for controlling the “other guy” (phrase used to describe the “giant green rage monster” he turns into as The Hulk). Chris Hemsworth was able to get away from his one-dimensional preachy tone which he previously struck in his star role as Thor in the first film and was a playful yet reserved character in this movie. In addition, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, was just as creepy as ever with a slight air of a misunderstood middle child. Finally Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner all played their supporting cast roles perfectly with not too much dialog but enough quick witted lines that got the audience to smile at someone other than the big four (Iron Man, Capitan America, The Hulk, and Thor) every once in a while.
The true beauty of the film though is evident in the chemistry between the characters. Before the movie came out people thought it would be a movie about Iron Man and a bunch of other super heroes. However, the movie succeeded in diverting attention away from each of the characters individually, and focusing on them as a collective unit. This was evident in the script and in the action. For example, during a major fight scene, Capitan America acts as the general directing people what jobs to do and where to go. However before all the super heroes break up to save the world individually, there are plenty of shots of them huddled in a circle protecting each other.
This entity, known as The Avengers, is exactly what the audience came to see and the film exceeded the expectations.