In a world where every action movie is a show of mass destruction, how can a movie like The Avengers stand out? How do you avoid just making another Transformers-esque flick? Simple. Hire Joss Whedon to write and direct it.
For those of you who don’t know Joss Whedon, he is the man who made the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series back in 2002, before that he was the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whedon’s style is recognizable by people who enjoy his work. Whedon’s use of dialogue is a cut above the norm, often times it is punctuated by humour that ranges from a subtle gesture to extremely blatant. For example, in Whedon’s movie Serenity, there is a point where the captain is confronted by a member of his crew and roars, “Do you want to be in charge of this ship?!” to which the crew-member replies, “Yeah!” the captain looks taken aback and says, “Well… you can’t!”
These moments, though they sound like they would be out of place and would ruin the atmosphere, actually act as an interesting form of character development. Especially on the part of the main characters, it makes them each more likeable and more human. The best part is that it doesn’t take much time to do. Just a quick moment can have you laughing and thinking to yourself, I really like that character more now than I did a minute ago. I have to admit that in Avengers I had those moments again and again.
The real challenge of Avengers wasn’t going to be making money, it was something more than that. The challenge was to make an explosive over the top superhero movie that wasn’t going to be overwhelming. Through utilizing precise and specific dialogue, Whedon was able to push the envelope when it came to action sequences, but avoided going overboard, but instead reeled the audience back in with quick moments that prevent us from looking at the movie as one big CGI effect.
I would recommend Avengers to anyone, and I would recommend Joss Whedon to all of Hollywood.