I know I said I wasn't going to do any more midnight showings because I'm an old lady and I get tired but I also said I was probably going to make an exception for The Avengers because I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for that movie for ages, and now that I'm a seasoned veteran of the midnight movie experience (yes, one time does make me an expert, thank you for asking), I decided it totally needed to happen. Fortunately the BF was equally as nerdily excited for this movie as I was, so it was Game On.
I won't get into too much detail (I'm still sleepy - I didn't get home until 3am, after all, and my apartment decided to trap all of the humidity available within our city limits and that made it somewhat difficult to sleep comfortably), but if I had to describe it in one word: AWESOME. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Joss Whedon's involvement (and witty dialogue) was heavily apparent - and as we all know, Joss Whedon is the epitome of all things that are awesome. The casting was great - to be fair, most of the main cast had already done their respective movies already, so none of it was particularly new, with the exception of Mark Ruffalo stepping in to the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, but it was fantastic. Robert Downey Jr is still hilarious and awesome as Tony Stark. I think, probably, he's my favorite. But they're all pretty kick-ass.
As far as the plot and story - I was impressed. I was really curious as to how they were going to tie all the characters' stories together into a cohesive plot that wasn't totally contrived - and they nailed it. Everything intertwined in a way that felt like each individual story was always leading to this story all along (and maybe they were?). There was some pretty solid character development, and the effects were good. The dialogue was my favorite, though. Like I said, Joss Whedon's humor was sprinkled throughout, and there are actually bits of dialogue I missed because I couldn't hear it over the theater's raucous laughter. So I'll probably have to see it again. Heh.
Lastly: the sequel has totally already been set up, if you watch, like, thirty seconds into the credits. However, if you stay all the way through all of the credits, there's a hilarious little bonus clip at the very end. Trust me.
Most amazing of all, I was able to easily stay awake AND I even made it to work on time today, though I came armed with a can of Diet Dew and I suspect there will need to be a caffeine IV running through my veins by noon. But I DID IT and it was awesome. Awesome awesome awesome.
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's a food day here in the office and I need to go binge. Don't tell Jillian.