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THE AVENGERS Assembles Proof It CAN Be Done

Joss Whedon delivers. Not only does it prove that he can take on a major movie franchise and deliver a solid script that works on just about every level, but it also elevates his status as a director, bringing him up from the niche of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly – which have a smaller following than, say… Twilight or Harry Potter. Whedon is now a director who can pretty much write his own ticket.

The script balances character and action, humor and pathos, with a nice dip and weave that serves the story and the audience at the same time. It’s a fast two and a half hours, with no lag time, no chance to wonder why we are where we are in the film. Everything holds together. Even the things you might not like (at first) serve the movie as a whole, and upon reflection, feel necessary to the forward momentum.

The action sequence during the last 45 minutes or so seamlessly moves from one hero to the other in a carefully choreographed camera sequence that really made me think of dance. It was that fluid, that carefully constructed, and yet it seemed completely spontaneous.

All that, added to this:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/yuZrJWdwBEs]

 

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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