Critic Review - The Atlantic

Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.

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Stephanie Winchester

Stephanie Winchester

but I have no
such qualms about Tom
Hiddleston's Loki, who
elevates lithe,
Eurotrash sneeriness to
an art form. (His
eventual comeuppance
is one of the most
crowd-pleasing
onscreen moments in
years.)
God bless you. One of my favourite reviews ever. You are awesome.

May 4 - 01:42 PM

Mike Roelofs

Mike Roelofs

Nailed it.

Eurotrash comeuppance.

"I will not be bullied..." Probably the funniest moment of an action movie chalk full of funny moments.

May 20 - 02:54 AM

Eric C.

Eric Cantwell

This review just made my day. One of the other less positive reviews here on Rotten Tomatoes inferred that the Atlantic would not be receptive to such a lowbrow creation as this. I love it when assumptions such as that backfire. Beautiful!

May 4 - 02:14 PM

Steven S.

Steven Smith

Unexpected knack for action choreography? Yeah, maybe if it weren't for the 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to which he's best known for.

May 4 - 02:39 PM

Riley Horne

Riley Horne

True, but this was on such a much larger scale, that it's a completely different world of choreography. Buffy's enemies never tore down half of New York :p

May 5 - 02:00 AM

Karyl Agana

Karyl Agana

New York or Sunnydale Whedon is the guy to Direct the end of the world movies or shows. He knows how destroy cities and turn them into craters. Let's all just agree the Whedon is really good at cataclysm plot lines.

May 7 - 09:31 AM

John Arthur Beaman

john b

Whedon does a great job, but this is a Marvel Studio's production at its heart. Had Whedon wanted to go off a tried and true track, he would have met road blocks. What Marvel has consistenly done is find the best talent. Whedon finishes a very long list, completing an ensemble many years in the making.

May 4 - 04:42 PM

whyookeno

wyatt s

I don't entirely agree. Marvel fucked up HUGELY with the original Spidey franchise, Fantastic Four, and the first Hulk. Whedon definitely deserves credit.

May 5 - 09:39 AM

Kip Beatty

Kip Beatty

Exactly. Marvel has proved they can screw up their properties on a grand scale. This was very much a Whedon film. The script, especially the dialogue, was dripping with Joss' trademark wit and cleverness. He deserves the lion's share of the credit for pulling off this minor masterpiece, when there was tremendous room (expectations even?) for failure.

May 5 - 02:22 PM

Ingus Burleson

Ingus Burleson

Those were all Sony or Fox, though, not Marvel Studios.

May 5 - 07:16 PM

Shad White

Shad White

minor? this BY FAR the best super hero EVER made. i was in complete awwe through out the entire film. im still sittin laughing to myself..

May 5 - 08:53 PM

Eric C.

Eric Cantwell

I completely agree. The Spiderman and Fantastic Four movies had absolutely shameful characterization and/or character development especially when it came to the villains. Just at a glance, Doctor Doom, Venom, Green Goblin, and the Galactus cloud thing.. so weak and vision-less. Hopefully every future comic book movie director has taken serious note of the Joker in Dark Knight, as in "oh... a comic book movie isn't just a cartoon with real people". Quite honestly it's taken the movie industry more than sixty years to finally realize that.

May 6 - 09:51 PM

Michael Indo

Michael Indo

All of the trash movies that you've mentioned were products of Sony and Fox, not Marvel Studios. The films leading up to the Avengers are the only films made by Marvel Studios and they've all been consistently good. The Avengers is very much a Marvel Studios production and they deserve just as much credit as Joss Whedon in constructing this movie.

May 12 - 12:07 PM

Zauri Severino Junior

Zauri Severino Junior

Brilliant review for a brilliant movie. Just got back from my 4th screening and it's like I'm seeing it for the first time.

Whedon created the ultimate blockbuster movie experience.

May 4 - 08:57 PM

Dean Martin

Dean Martin

I completely enjoyed how the story is written. Most of the superhero films I've watched in cinemas were focusing on how loud the explosions are. Avengers did otherwise. It showed a balance between the story and the effects.

May 5 - 06:49 AM

Bye bye

Steven Bailey

This might be the first movie to come out in years that's actually worth seeing in theatres. Thanks for the review.

May 5 - 08:29 AM

Robert Love

Robert Love

Great review. The movie was genius. As the credit rolled, I said to my friend great screenplay and dialog--this after 220+ minutes of great special effects and action. But the challenge was in balancing off the characters. Whedon somehow brings all of these characters together with great chemistry, and none of the characters get diminished by the other. In fact, even the 2nd tier characters are elevated by the script and the terrific actors who play them. I've never seen a movie that does this that well. The film flowed incredibly well with great timing and humor. Laughs filled the movie theater throughout. Though there is action throughout--easily some of the best action scenes I can remember--the plot, theme and characterization makes it great story-telling. Just one example would be (spoiler) where Captain America confronts Loki in a face off between freedom and tyranny.

Like so many of the Marvel films, this one hits the target, pleasing the purists (the actual comic book readers) while also appealing to the general movie-viewing audience. Bravo!

May 5 - 09:28 AM

Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence

it seems like the people who don't like this movie went into it knowing they weren't going to like it. Probably all hardcore Christopher Nolan fans who can't handle the fact that there are other great superhero movies out there.

May 5 - 09:44 AM

Brandon Carlson

Brandon Carlson

I'm a hardcore Christopher Nolan fan. I loved The Avengers. just because you like one thing doesn't mean you Can't be a fan of something else at the same time.

May 5 - 11:17 AM

Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence

true that dude. Too bad there's so many people arguing over which film is gonna be better and people judging a movie before they've even seen it. Honestly, I wish Batman was Marvel so he could be in Avengers and replace Hawkeye, now that would be awesome.

May 5 - 11:57 AM

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox

Eh, I'd disagree. Batman has always had a very different feel, one that I don't think would mesh well with The Avengers. Batman is at his best when people treat him seriously with a bit of a darker outlook. The Avengers excels because it's so absurdly lighthearted that one can't help but have fun when watching it.

May 5 - 06:33 PM

irishnucklez

Jacob Nielsen

uuummmm...Nolan has done many films before his take on the dark knight, which is clear to what you are referring to, sooo. TDK will probably be my all time favorite comic take, cause I like dread movies like that, plus the attempt of its realisic point of view crime saga...sure to end dramatically. Though The Avengers was predictable to me, I as well thoroughly enjoyed this movie, being a "Nolan" fan and all.

May 11 - 12:48 AM

J Hunter

J Hunter

Are you stupid? It's clear that Joss Whedon has had a knack for action chorography. Maybe you should make yourself more familiar with his work. Do you make comments about Tim Burton and how he has an unexpected knack for the creepy?

May 5 - 02:22 PM

Ricky Rodriguez

Ricky Rodriguez

chill, dude. In the critic's defence, most of Whedon's known talent is from the small screen. He is not a household name (yet) so, perhaps to this critic the action sequences were generally unexpected because he didn't quite know what to expect.

May 5 - 04:56 PM

Scott Feuless

Scott Feuless

It is,however, true, that anyone who'd seriously looked at Buffy and Angel, which _still_ have some of the best action choreography of anything on the small screen, would not have found it to be an "unexpected" knack.

Also, the Thor character has suffered a bit in his move to the cinema, as they seem to feel obliged to put wimply disclaimers about his godhood in every movie he's in. In the comics Thor fully believes he is a god (small "g"), and he is certainly immortal - there has never been a question about that. Still this movie is so good that it overshadows such things.

May 5 - 06:31 PM

Dennis O'Fletcher

Dennis O'Fletcher

"funny, tender, immaculately constructed script"? What movies are your favorites? "Short Circuit 2" and "Weekend at Bernies I and 2"?

May 5 - 10:44 PM

Cheyne Legris

Cheyne Legris

so was it everything i wanted it to be and more? well yes and no. it was exactly what i expected, and while for some that may be the best thing you can say about a movie, for me, that's not really even close to what i want to say. i wanted this movie to blow my mind. i wanted this movie to transcend the marvel universe, because really, what other film brings together characters from 5 other movies as this one does? i liked a lot of things about this movie, i even loved some things, but it runs into the same old problems that happen in ensemble movies, especially with this many characters, the plot often focusing not even on the immediate superheroes but those around them as well. sometimes, a parallel event that i had almost dismissed as still happening because it's been so long since i've seen it on screen, well, suddenly it turns out that captain america over there is still holding onto that thread over 30000 feet after what feels like 10 minutes. there is also a couple major plot lines that end up going no-where .. important .. at all .. more like misleading plot lines, where we think the psychological deviance of the main antagonist is far more than what is on the surface, when it turn's out, no, Loki really just wants to be worshipped and start a war. there was a moment there, where i thought that Nick Fury and Loki were in on some sort of plan to get all the avenger's together so they would begin tearing each other apart, or at least the Hulk would take a few of them out, totally crippling the avenger's, so Loki could definitely have a chance at taking over the world. because really, why would they want the hulk up in the air with them? so banner and stark do some research of their own, and find out Nick Fury wants to make these weapons he was designing to make with the Tessaract's powers, and it was his idea to go find banner! so there must be something going on with him and Loki right? who would allow himself to be trapped and brought aboard this flying fortress while all the avenger's and most importantly, the Hulk. so what happens? well, something and nothing. we find out Loki did plan on the Hulk messing things up, but there doesn't seem to be much forethought to that, he's just kinda amused at the idea that it might happen. Nick Fury has nothing to do with it. so the Hulk does go on a rampage, almost killing some of if not everyone on board. the entire situation was pretty much to create some peril, because, really, was no-one thinking of the consequences of that situation besides me and Stark and Banner and Loki? also, somewhere between there and the final throwdown, banner has learned to control the hulk, but it's never explained. there's just too much going on for it's own good, and Whedon says the second film will be more personal and a harder hit to the team, like sequels usually are, but it expected more from the supposed flagship of the marvel studio universe, which is really just kinda on par with the other movies, with maybe some better dialogue and thought to scene structure than other origin stories leading up to this. but this is a team origin story, and a great one at that. there was part of me that didn't think they'd be able to pull it off at all, but they did. honestly, it's a great film. there is some great chemistry on screen, it really is amazing to see all these now legendary character's all up there sharing the space, sometimes not always well, which leads to some of the best moments.

May 6 - 12:34 AM

Cheyne Legris

Cheyne Legris

so was it everything i wanted it to be and more? well yes and no. it was exactly what i expected, and while for some that may be the best thing you can say about a movie, for me, that's not really even close to what i want to say. i wanted this movie to blow my mind. i wanted this movie to transcend the marvel universe, because really, what other film brings together characters from 5 other movies as this one does? i liked a lot of things about this movie, i even loved some things, but it runs into the same old problems that happen in ensemble movies, especially with this many characters, the plot often focusing not even on the immediate superheroes but those around them as well. sometimes, a parallel event that i had almost dismissed as still happening because it's been so long since i've seen it on screen, well, suddenly it turns out that captain america over there is still holding onto that thread over 30000 feet after what feels like 10 minutes. there is also a couple major plot lines that end up going no-where .. important .. at all .. more like misleading plot lines, where we think the psychological deviance of the main antagonist is far more than what is on the surface, when it turn's out, no, Loki really just wants to be worshipped and start a war. there was a moment there, where i thought that Nick Fury and Loki were in on some sort of plan to get all the avenger's together so they would begin tearing each other apart, or at least the Hulk would take a few of them out, totally crippling the avenger's, so Loki could definitely have a chance at taking over the world. because really, why would they want the hulk up in the air with them? so banner and stark do some research of their own, and find out Nick Fury wants to make these weapons he was designing to make with the Tessaract's powers, and it was his idea to go find banner! so there must be something going on with him and Loki right? who would allow himself to be trapped and brought aboard this flying fortress while all the avenger's and most importantly, the Hulk. so what happens? well, something and nothing. we find out Loki did plan on the Hulk messing things up, but there doesn't seem to be much forethought to that, he's just kinda amused at the idea that it might happen. Nick Fury has nothing to do with it. so the Hulk does go on a rampage, almost killing some of if not everyone on board. the entire situation was pretty much to create some peril, because, really, was no-one thinking of the consequences of that situation besides me and Stark and Banner and Loki? also, somewhere between there and the final throwdown, banner has learned to control the hulk, but it's never explained. there's just too much going on for it's own good, and Whedon says the second film will be more personal and a harder hit to the team, like sequels usually are, but i expected more from the supposed flagship of the marvel studio universe. 'the avengers' is really just kinda on par with the other movies, with maybe some better dialogue and thought to scene structure than other the origin stories leading up to this. but this is a team origin story, and a great one at that. there was part of me that didn't think they'd be able to pull it off at all, but they did. honestly, it's a great film. there is some great chemistry on screen, it really is amazing to see all these now legendary character's all up there sharing the space, sometimes not always well, which leads to some of the best moments. but the film works mostly because of these character's, played so well by their respective actors. but no-one really shines like they do in their own films, because the film is always so busy shuffling them around, too afraid to focus on a particular character for too long because we wouldn't want to offend anyone who wants to see their favorite character do their thing. so Whedon covers his substantial task list, showing each character at the peak of their mental and physical faculties, especially the previously under-developed hawk-eye and black widow. but i am wondering why those two were really even chosen for the avenger's team update, when Whedon could have easily thrown a curveball with some X-men, or even spiderman. yes, i know they're not original avengers, but ant-man and the wasp were, but those films were never made, even though ant-man was originally slated back in 2005, but spider-man and wolverine were part of the 'new' avenger's, and yes that did exist within the marvel comics universe. so, while Whedon slickly hits all his marks, he also fails to take things to the next level, which i thought would have been a standard for a film of this caliber, because while something can be said for playing to fan's expectations, and doing it greatly, the idea of transcending a single movie to bring together a universe of character's like this, remains the greatest thing about the avengers, not the movie itself.

May 6 - 01:20 AM

James K

James K

FUCK YOU THIS MOVIE WAS FUCKIGN HORRIBLE

May 8 - 12:01 AM

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Lol, troll, no one who's seen it truely believes that, lol!

May 8 - 12:44 AM

scifimark

scifi mark

I actually expect a little more than i got from the movie. The movie is good but not the best super hero movie made. I did think joss did a good job intermixing the characters together though

May 8 - 09:28 AM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

NO, FUCK YOU RETARDED SHITHEAD. BEST FUCKING MOVIE I EVER SAW THIS YEAR SO FAR. HOPE YOU GET CANCER IN EVERY PART OF YOUR FUCKING BODY, DICKHEAD!

May 8 - 02:16 PM

Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts

Fabulous and dead-on review. Thank you.

May 9 - 02:55 PM

Kieran Murphy

Kieran Murphy

very on point

May 10 - 01:49 PM

Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Joss Whedon was just the man for the job. When it comes to Michael Bay, just say NO.

May 11 - 12:01 AM

Joseph Chastain

Joseph Chastain

Why? Wheedon is almost as bad as Bay.

Jun 3 - 02:48 AM

Rodrigo Carneiro

Rodrigo Carneiro

"immaculately constructed script" you must be high on something.

May 15 - 03:35 PM

Amanda Andrews

Amanda Andrews

North Carolina

Jun 26 - 02:08 AM

Connor Cross

Connor Cross

bull shit

Jun 28 - 05:06 PM

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