I went to see The Avengers last night. Everything I'd read told me it would be "pure fun." Also I'm a diehard Buffy fan (see: my SMG scrapbook), and I really love Joss Whedon.
But I forgot that Whedon takes a really reeeeaally long time to get going on a story. He's so painstaking with his character interactions and he wants you to know enough about them to appreciate the nuances of their interactions. Great. Awesome. He respects his characters and his audience!
Unfortunately, a slow burn isn't so effective in a movie.
I was so bored at The Avengers. Really really bored. I was painfully aware of the time, aware of the people around me, aware of the innane excuses for some fanboy fights between superheros that made no sense ("WHY are you fighting in the woods right now!? Loki could get away!!").
I actually started fantasizing about leaving about halfway through. That never happens to me! Never.
It did pick up in the final third and suggested that Whedon had finally hit his stride and that a (I mean, let's face it, it'll happen) sequel would be much better from the get-go. I thought the fights were really well-choreographed, especially at the end when they made sense.
I'm also pretty sure there were a lot of film shots specifically meant to be loving, tongue-in-cheek send-ups of other movies (LoTR, Independence Day...I'm probably not a high enough level fan to pick out many of them).
In my opinion, the movie really only glittered and felt like "pure fun" when Robert Downey, Jr./ Tony Stark was on screen. He's really on a roll and Stark is such a great character. It had more heart, too, when Scarlett Johansson was giving us insight into Black Widow's backstory. But when both of them were gone, I felt my interest lagging.
Are Curt and I the only ones who found this movie super(hero) boring??