So I finally did it. After days of building anticipation and excitement, the opportunity finally presented itself. Yes, on a fateful Tuesday night, I saw The Avengers.
After hearing so much hype about this movie from both within and outside the Kuwaiti blogosphere (a good handful of bloggers here gave it rave reviews), I went into the movie theater, while totally excited, expecting The Avengers to not live up to what sometimes seemed like a slightly overblown, copy-cat sense of adoration and awe.
And, my God was I wrong. So deeply, wonderfully, and completely wrong.
Look, this is a movie that EVERYONE should see. It is, by and large, an amazing feat of cinematic genius. And that is not an overstatement. However, this particular review of The Avengers is for all the girls out there and is exclusive to them (sorry fellas!). That’s because when I asked a few of my close girlfriends to go see The Avengers a couple of days ago, a lot of them responded with something like, “Ew.”
An overwhelming amount of girls seem to think that The Avengers is a movie that a lot of guys love because of the fact that it is clearly a full blown action, comic book fanatic flick. And, for a good number of them, that did not sound appealing.
Listen ladies, I am a woman just like all of you. I’m not all that big on super action-charged, comic book geeky movies either. And so, coming from a fellow sister-girl, I’m telling you this movie will definitely not disappoint.
Joss Whedon has, by all standards, created a movie that has made history and will be long remembered as one of the greats. I mean, he was able to take a movie that is chock full of super heroes who each already have a huge fan base, epic risks, rapidly evil monsters, and was still able to make it about the characters themselves.
Sure the movie’s got high octane explosions and alien invasions, but what made it special to me was the way that the characters were all so deeply fleshed out and did not seem overcrowded. Instead, they had the most fluid, well-built, dynamic connections ever.
So, ladies, here are at least four reasons why The Avengers is more awesome than you think:
- Strong Female Lead: Hello, Scar Jo! Yes, finally a female super hero who does not only deliver the obligatory ass-kicking but is also insanely and outwardly intelligent to boot. Joss Whedon definitely played to Scarlett Johansen’s brilliant acting skills here and did not sideline her character or water it down (a la the previous Iron Man movies). In the moments when you start to think she’s just a sub-character aiding a larger plot line, The Black Widow rises and shows just how strong and vital her presence in this story is. You really can’t help but sit up and pay attention to her overwhelming awesomeness.
- Chris Evans in Spandex and other Male Hotness: Look, I have to say it: Chris Evans knows how to wear a pair of khakis. Chris Hemsworth has the biceps of a Greek god. Mark Ruffalo’s face is as adorably loveable as ever… Really, ladies, as far as eye candy goes we definitely got the bigger share of the pie on this. And, boy is it good!
- Superheroes with a Sense of Humor: One of the things about The Avengers that I noticed right off the bat was how truly well-written and comically strong the dialogue was. And, really, it’s refreshing to see such a big budget, Hollywood action movie with such strong comedic timing as far as writing goes. A lot of the time I was delighting at all the awesome and subtle punchlines that Whedon so skillfully delivers through these super heroes battling in the midst of an alien invasion. I mean, God, they’re brave and they’re funny.
- It Doesn’t Talk Down To Us: By now we all know the classic, overdone, text-book storyline of most super hero movies. Practically every other super hero movie follows the exact same formula. Its almost like these Hollywood directors and their studios are talking down to their audiences by giving them the exact same, tired storyline because they know fans of the comics will eat it up and make them a lot of money. Joss Whedon does not do that. Not a single character is forgotten and nothing about them is watered down for the sake of the super hero formula. Whedon delivers the super and the fantastic, but he also pays a lot of attention to the human and the heartfelt.
So, there you are, ladies. Besides the fact that its an all-around amazing, visually explosive movie that is skillfully and loyally directed, there are at least four reasons why The Avengers will have us proudly smiling, deliciously ogling, hysterically laughing, and grabbing for the tissue box like we were watching the freaking Notebook.
Joss Whedon is truly a first class director delivering a strong, long lasting POW! that hits you in the brain, the eyes, and, yes, in your freaking heart.
Ladies, you don’t want to miss this. Trust me.
All my love!