For some reason, The Avengers is opening in the UK a week before the US… no, I don’t get it. They’re our damn superheroes. Anyway, with the movie opening in the UK next week, we do get a chance to hear some of the early reviews of the movie, a movie that some are calling best superhero movie ever. Or at least one of the best superhero movies ever.
Here’s a collection of snippets of gushing reviews, put together by io9:
Den of Geek just lays it out there. They think this is the best superhero movie yet:
To Whedon’s credit, he pulled it off. He didn’t just make the best superhero action film that has ever been made, he somehow did it while making a Joss Whedon film – smart, funny and dramatic, but with all the trappings of a sci-fi action movie presented fully intact. Imagine if Transformers 3 had a plot, a script, actors you liked and comprehensible special effects: that’s what Avengers feels like. It’s all so very… big.
Crucially, sequences that might have played as laborious buildup are handled in a brisk, straight-ahead manner that quickly focuses attention while methodically elevating the stakes, scene by scene… The battles are excitingly staged, with a sweep and coherence that actually gain something from the 3D conversion, especially when the camera starts to pinball from building to building in a breathless flurry of digital zooms and tracking shots.
Says Screen Daily:
Though overlong and inevitably burdened by the need to juggle so many protagonists – not to mention their different emotional arcs and back stories – this much-anticipated kick-off to summer movie season manages to maintain a playful, crowd-pleasing spirit… The Avengers’ tart comic timing and plethora of funny quip help keep this nearly two-and-a-half-hour movie as breezy as it is.
The Hollywood Reporter gets tangled up in cooking metaphors:
It’s clamorous, the save-the-world story is one everyone’s seen time and again, and the characters have been around for more than half a century in 500 comic book issues. But Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again.
Popcorn Junkie says it’s not the best superhero movie, because it’s not quite as good as The Dark Knight and Superman: The Movie:
The action is spectacular and every set piece is crafted to make jaws drop. It’s so exciting that some people may shake so hard with excitement during the main sequences that they may spontaneously combust or travel back in time… As a long time comic book fan ‘The Avengers’ is a dream come true and I can honestly say that I am so happy to have witnessed it. My future children will have to compete with the film for my love and attention.
Movie Web is also ecstatic:
Avengers Assemble is by far the most spectacular superhero ever made in terms of a visual extravagance, and is truly something that has been worth waiting for and it’s the Marvel equivalence to Nolan’s Batman. In final words prepare for something that is truly indescribable as your theatres roars in applause… Joss Whedon has officially created every fan boy’s dream.
The Telegraph is also pleased:
Joss Whedon’s lavishly enjoyable, chewily-titled film (the branding’s there to warn British cinema-goers that John Steed will not be making an appearance) is an assemblage of everything that’s good about contemporary popcorn cinema; just as importantly, it’s a rejection of everything that isn’t. Avengers might be short on bright ideas of its own, but co-writer and director Whedon has a magpie’s eye for stealing other people’s, and an enviable knack of improving them.
And Australia’s Telegraph is even more thrilled:
Upcoming US summer blockbusters such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man had better be at the peak of their powers to match the absolute blast that is The Avengers. … Overall, The Avengers is a fist-pumping cause for celebration for comic-book hard-liners and action fans alike.
But if you want a dissenting opinion, there’s Box Office Magazine:
The Avengers almost works. It’s funny and it’s physical, but even at two and a half hours, it plays like it’s on fast-forward. Forget character development-there’s not even character explanation. The lesser Avengers are most slighted…. Samuel L. Jackson continues to be the franchise’s weak link as an unconvincing military bureaucrat. Though his co-stars fight in horned helmets or turn green when enraged, he can’t even credibly wear an eye patch.
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