Shortish post today, because I should be writing a short story before my Day Off ends. Or at least the second scene of the story, because this story's wordcount keeps expanding, and there is no way I will finish the remaining 75% of it today.
But anyway, the Avengers movie. I am not a huge moviegoer, because most of them I can predict what's going to happen, and a lot of times it doesn't happen interestingly enough for me, and/or there is not enough non-plot stuff going to hold my attention (gorgeous scenery, fascinating characters, humor that actually makes me laugh). When I get bored in movies (or hit a romantic part I don't buy), I tend to rewrite them in my head.
(Usually the rewritten versions have much better parts for the female characters. For instance, I have described to mercwriter
at length my version of Hellboy where instead of the stupid park-bench scene Liz is out investigating, and at the end has a Badass Lady Showdown with Rasputin's lover. Also, in Hellboy II, Nuala does not kill herself to destroy her power-hungry brother, but is smart enough to hold that threat over him and thus derail his ambitions for world domination, because it's hard to be Elf Lord of the World when you are dead. So the movie'd end with Nuada defeated and having to retire to rule his elfy kingdom (but no doubt plotting other means of taking over the world, which I would be up for seeing because Nuada = also awesome), and Nuala alive
because we can actually do that with lady-characters, you know! Even elf princesses. It can work. They can save the world WITHOUT dying tragically in their love-interest's arms afterward. Anyway, her alive, and able to make her own choices and explore the world, and in my version joining the protagonist team and having excellent Paranormal Criminal-Minds Style Adventures. She and Liz could be Badass Lady Cops together.
Clearly I've thought about this a lot. I do it from love, Hellboy movies! I do it from love.)
ANYWAY. I went to see The Avengers--which is a long movie
, I realized afterward when I checked the time--and in not one part did I get bored or irritated enough to mentally rewrite! I paid attention the whole way through! People told me it was good, but I was a little skeptical, even when I heard Joss Whedon was involved, because he usually is pretty good at stuff that keeps my attention (I will forgive a lot for witty banter).
So this is not a post critically analyzing The Avengers, or even doing much analysis at all, beyond: characters are critical. Especially in an action movies. These characters were well-written, different, funny people, all of them very smart, and their conflicts were integral to the plot and their interactions with each other. I LOVED how Black Widow was so competent and useful to the team, despite not having a superpower (admittedly one can make a strong case that her superpower is "being stone-cold awesome"). And being a full real person, not sidelined into a dull romance or ending up someone to be rescued (there are so many parts of the Thor movie I mentally rewrote). Also, Hawkeye! How adorable was Hawkeye (I think his superpower is "making good choices" because really, he handled the whole situation so well! His responses were both determined and reasonable, and all actions exceedingly competent. I really appreciate competence).
Also, Loki was great. Not just his own character--evil, crazy, more than a little sympathetic, and always gleefully fun to watch--but the way his interactions with the other characters illuminated their inner workings and influenced the plot. I actually cared about everyone involved! I even cared about the huge final battle!
And that is a rare thing indeed.
So, final conclusion: your friends are not mistaken when they tell you the movie is good! You may wish to go see it.
Also, I apparently fail at writing short posts. Hm.