First word on The Avengers : very, very good but not ‘cinematic enough’

With the film only a couple of months away, no surprise to hear that most of the brass at Marvel and also distrib Disney have seen “The Avengers”.

The word, according to the oft-reliable ‘Quint’ at Aint it Cool, is that the film delivers. Marvel feel they’ve their best superhero film yet.

The only complaint? Some say it’s not “cinematic” enough.

Now that could mean two things.

Firstly, it could mean that director Joss Whedon’s experience at mostly directing television has crept in, and as such, he’s shot the thing to look and play-out like an episode – albeit a very good one – of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” or “Dollhouse”.

But since Whedon’s already proven he knows what big, flashy and blockbustery looks with his 1995 gem “Serenity”, I can’t see the filmmaker handing in something to the studio that looks like it shares the production values of a “Hardcastle & McCormick” episode.

I think what’s likely more the case is that some at Marvel have noticed that Whedon, as he usually does, has shot a movie that’s got as much if not more emphasis on story and character than it has eye-candy. Personally, I think that’s a good thing, nothing like a solid mix of both, but obviously the money-men are going to want to see where those millions went, and more so, want some ‘cool looking stuff’ to show off in their TV spots.
Whatever the case, sounds like “The Avengers” is gonna be a winner.

Quint said :

Word ’round the campfire is Marvel considers The Avengers to be their best outing yet. I’ve talked to some cynics in the group who weren’t sure it was going to come together and they’re all doing their mea culpas now. They say it has the heart, the action, the humor and the suspense a movie like The Avengers should have. The only criticisms I’ve heard is that Whedon’s eye isn’t as cinematic as it should be, but that the rest of the movie is so good that you accept it.

Whatcha think? Think it’ll deliver?