The Avengers from a Writer’s Perspective

When writers read books or watch movies, we may be enjoying the words/images as a casual reader/viewer, but in the back of our heads, we are constantly analyzing them. Well, at least I am, at any rate.

I saw Marvel’s The Avengers on Saturday and it exceeded my expectations. Of course, the special effects were excellent and all the explosions kept me entertained and made the movie feel much shorter than it was (over two hours).

What really made The Avengers special for me was the character development. Instead of being focused on just one superhero, it was focused on several, and the screenwriters managed to keep each character “in character” quite well. I especially liked how they played the characters off each other (with some rather amusing results). I got an understanding of each character’s flaws and strengths, and even though I hadn’t seen Captain America or Thor, I got the basic gist of what had happened in those movies.

The plot was nice; there were some quieter, more contemplative scenes mixed in with all the explosions. I found myself rooting for the characters, rolling my eyes at every sarcastic comment that came out of Tony Stark’s mouth, and thinking that there was no way they could have made the movie any better. Even from a writer’s perspective, it was quite well done. Thus, I highly recommend it. 🙂

11 thoughts on “The Avengers from a Writer’s Perspective

  1. Ahhh Maggie. You don’t have to convince me that this is a good movie. I will be seeing it this weekend. 🙂 I know you highly value story telling, but if you like explosions go see next week the film Battleship. Now I think this will really be good. Check out the trailers on Youtube.

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  2. Saw it on Sunday and was quite taken by the script. It was fairly true to the comic world, and entirely consistent internally. Fun movie. I trust there will be two more (as is normal)… assuming Thanos (the next villain) doesn’t eat the world.

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    1. I’m sure there will be sequels… even though I don’t see where sequels would be necessary, but of course, Hollywood has to milk its successful franchises.

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  3. I’m glad to get your perspective. I’m on the fence about this one. On one hand, I’m a comic book geek (hey, the Avengers were on the cover of the first comic book I ever bought). On the other hand, I was not very impressed with the four films which lead up to this one (and the best was the first, also not a good sign). On the other hand, Robert Downey Jr. 🙂 And Roger Ebert (no big fan of explosion movies) said it reminded him of Rio Bravo, which is high praise indeed for a movie where great conversations are wrapped around a few necessary action scenes.

    Well, geekism must bow to greater geekism (meaning I have to see Dark Shadows first). 🙂

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  4. So I was kind of wanting to see this (I haven’t been to the cinemas in years) and then I saw Downey Jr. attended the fundraiser for President Obama. Now I am kind of uninterested. *sigh

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