This movie "pays off" at all the big moments. Where many movies kinda fizzle at the big moments, this one never does. For exampel, it is awesome when Loki arrives on earth...when the Helicarrier rises from the ocean, when the Avengers assemble in New York, when the Hulk saves Iron Man, etc. etc. This movie pays off at all the big moments.
This is a large ensemble movie that doesn't give short shriff to anyone. Know what I mean? Everybody has their moments in the movie, all the way from Maria Hill and Dr. Selvig(sp?) up to Iron Man and Loki. It doesn't feel like anyone is left out.
ALL of the initial introductions are cool. Iron Man connecting the arc reactor underwater. Thor landing on the quinjet preceded by lightning and Loki's fear. Captain America in the gym. Black Widow interrogating the russian arms dealer while tied to a chair. etc. etc. They are all cool
The ENTIRE final fight in New York versus Loki and the Cheetari(sp?). This is maybe my favorite fight in all the movies reviewed so far. Just awesome. Totally perfect.
Loki....They make him appropriately evil. when the Avengers finally defeat him, there is a sense of real satisfaction because the writers do a great job of making you hate him. The scene in Germany and the opening scene of him belittling Fury really do a great job of this.
Colson's death. His death really added a gravity that the movie may not have had without it.
The scene where all the Avengers are arguing while under Loki's influence is a good scene. it was refreshing that this group of individuals didn't just immediately get along and form a group. Of course they wouldn't. Why would they? This scene kind of exposed their individuality, while at the same time, their shared desire to do good.
The acting....Don't get me wrong, there ain't no oscars coming for this movie...but the acting is good. There is no over the top crap or understated actors getting lost in the shuffle. EVERYBODY plays their parts well. Particular faves are Downey Jr., Sam Jackson, Hiddleson and Ruffalo.
The Thanos tease is awesome.
I loved the interplay between Stark and Pepper Potts and Stark and Banner.
the scene where Banner tells Captain American that he's always angry, turns and changes to Hulk then smashes that huge monster is one of my all time favorite movie scenes.
There is a lot of appropriate humor. Some action movies go overboard, but this one really doesn't (except once). When Hulk destroys Loki and punches Thor after they take down the monster.....Actual laugh out loud or cheer out loud moments.
When Cap calls out the orders after they assemble in New York, really cool.
There ain't much.This movie, so far as i'm concerned, was a masterpiece, but here's a few quibbles.
I didnt understand, at the end, why it took Cap, Hawkeye and Widow so much longer to get to New york than Iron man. They went together.
They make Cap out to be a tad stupid at times. When i think they were going for "man out of time naivete", they got "stupid" instead. For instance, I would have liked it if he had gotten one over on Stark at some point, rather than being kind of a continuous butt of his jokes.
It isn't really explained why the big bad guys needed Loki. Why didn't hey just appear on Earth the same way he did at the beginning all by themselves?
A+ One of my all time favorite movies. Period. A rare movie that i can watch again, and again, and again.