Ok, I'm prob one of the last person on earth to see this great marvel ensemble The Avengers my fav comic book in the late 70s and 3rd highest grossing film of all time. Let's start with the positives so I don't get all the rabid fan boys riled up. 1st: The last 45 min was exhilarating, breathtaking, fun, and very entertaining. The action sequences in that last hour was very well done and executed on such massive scale ok so bravo for that. 2nd: RDJ, Loki, Hulk, and Coulsen were the MVP's and without them this movie would have been mediocre or very bad.
Ok now for blaring negatives that nearly sunk this vessel:
1) black widow, CA, Thor, Hawkeye all were very cheesy and just blah. They're all fine actors but in this film they were fed with some of the hokiest, scripted and wooden lines that made me cringe. I guess playing a superhero is not as easy as it looks or perhaps the director did do a good job of getting the best performance out of them. I can't imagine Verbinski, Wachowski Scott, Sonnefeld, Liman, or Woo not able to extract the best from actors.
2) The 1st hour was unoriginal, bland, useless, and worn out, but the characters are, too. Take Hawkeye and Black Widow for example. What they did they do exactly? CA and Thor were so wooden and stiff it was like their 1st rodeo.
3) Lastly, the movie esp the 1st hour or indoor scenes it looked and felt just like a cable TV movie, just as i thought from the trailers. Didn't have that big budget "film" feel you get from a big action movie. And.1.85:1. Can't emphasize enough on this, every action film should be shot 2.35:1. This also added the tv movie look.
The only characters that were somewhat bearable and worth watching were Iron Man, Loki, andThe Hulk. The rest were obsolete. But overall it's still a very entertaining movie because it finished strong and def worth a view for anyone but this could have been a real golden epic film that is worthy of it's 3rd highest grossing of all time. IMO this was Whedon 1st big action production and he was a bit over his head and could not executed on every level but it's ok. I'm sure he'll learn and the sequel should be more polished.