The Avengers is almost a genre masterpiece

HollywoodNews.com: In a film like The Avengers, which brings together strands of several prior pictures into a mostly cohesive whole, it is arguably inevitable that individual pieces will end up working better than the sum of its parts. That the film works at all is almost a miracle, and it’s so purely entertaining and contains so much that works like gangbusters that it’s tempting to ignore what doesn’t work and merely salute the enterprise.

It is a relentlessly engaging and confident motion picture, boasting a cast that in a more respected genre would make it an Oscar-bait film. But the film comes so close to out-and-out greatness that it’s almost disheartening to point out the core issues at fault, both because it feels petty and because it’s almost a genre masterpiece. Still, there is much to like and quite a bit to love about Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. On a pure popcorn spectacle scale I can’t imagine anyone feeling that they didn’t get their money’s worth. As a piece of art however, it’s a trickier proposition.

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