It's been a long time since I've been excited over a movie. Yesterday I watched one that I had been looking forward to for months: "The Avengers". I must admit that the first thing which drew me to this movie was the "Hunk" factor! Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Capt America, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man...what more could a girl want (although Hugh Jackman as Wolverine would have been the icing on the cake!)
It was action-packed almost from beginning till end. Joss Whedon, who also directed the Buffy series (one of my all time favorites) directed the movie, and a great job he did too.
A new addition (kind of new, I guess) to the Marvel movie world was Mark Ruffalo who played Dr Banner/The Hulk and he was the one who was surprisingly engaging. His Dr Banner has a wry sense of humor that Edward Norton's didn't have, and his angst of being burdened with this monster within himself was very convincingly portrayed. In one scene, and I don't know how he did it, there was even an apparent involuntary facial tic that one sees occasionally in someone going through extreme emotional upheaval.
Chris Evan's Captain America was rather underwhelming here, compared to the Captain America movie. I somehow did not get the vibe that he was the leader of the group, and he rather paled in comparison to RDJ's Tony Stark personality or even Thor.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie was a very Buffy-like Girl vs Bad Guys fight with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) managing to defeat 3 (or was it 4?) villains while still tied to a chair in the middle of an interrogation! Joss Whedon's touch could definitely be seen here...
I want to watch the movie again, because with so much happening on screen, I am sure there are bits & pieces here & there which I missed while trying to absorb everything at once.
I hope a sequel is in the making!