So I finally made it out to see "The Avengers" last week. I waited long enough that it was at one of the cheap seats movie theaters and - even better - it was one of the cheap seats places where you can get real food at your seat.
And, with all that in mind. I thought it was pretty much what I expected it to be. It was funny, and actiony, and explosive, and even witty (which might have been a surprise for some people, I admit).
Let's see... plot... umm... Bad guy from another world shows up, turns some people evil, begins mayhem. Good guys from around the globe assemble and bicker because they've got wackily different personalities. Bad guy escalates. Good guys come together for a massive battle scene that lasts for about the final 20 minutes or so of the movie.
Lots of fairly muscle-y guys (Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth) in tight costumes . Scarlett Johansson kicking butt alongside them. Special effects. NYC getting mostly destroyed. Basic superhero movie stuff.
And, since I was expecting a basic superhero movie, I had a great time. I ate my dinner and listened to the kids ooo-ing and ahh-ing around me, and just let all the noise and color and all that wash over me.
Oh, I should mention that - as a bonus - the movie was directed by Joss Whedon, so the witty factor was very high. Lots of throw-away one-liners, and such.
But... well... Because I was enjoying the wit, when we got around to the huge battle in the final 20 minutes, I started to get really bored. I felt bad about that, actually, since I was pretty sure that was the part of the movie that they paid the most money to make.
So... rating: Solid A-. It would have been an A if they had carried the humor all the way to the end.