So I finally got around to see The Avengers. (NOT in 3D because I didn't want to spend hours on the verge of vomiting.)
To be honest I had mixed feelings about seeing it. On the one hand, I tend to not like movies that come with a boatload of hype (or box office billions) on the other hand I'm a huge of Joss Whedon BUT I'm not a fan of comic books turned into movies (except for Hellboy...I really loved Hellboy).
Long Suffering wanted to see it, so we did. (How could I refuse when he's been such a good sport about reading my manuscript as I hurdle toward my deadline?)
I know I'm in the minority, but I didn't love it. I didn't even like it very much. I thought it was uber-predictable, lacked character development (because they had too many!) and that the fight scenes were mind-numbingly endless.
On the other hand, Long Suffering loved the movie. (This is how we usually fall. I detested Avatar and cringe every single time Long Suffering, who loved it, tunes into it on TV. Have you noticed it's on almost as much as Law and Order repeats???)
Since I didn't hate The Avengers I've been trying to figure out why Long Suffering and countless others are such fans of this movie.
Long Suffering is a wise and clever man.I was befuddled by his answers and then slowly, because I am neither wise nor clever, I got it.
He doesn't know how to construct a good story. He knows how to enjoy one.
I, on the other hand, really have a hard time getting lost in a story, because I know that every action or line of dialogue may have a payoff later in the story and I'm always guessing ahead, trying to figure out where the storyteller is taking the tale, rather than enjoying the moment.
I'd be willing to bet that The Avengers is pretty close to a perfectly constructed screenplay. I'd be surprised if Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler aren't already dissecting it. (If you haven't read The Hero's Two Journeys you might want to.)
I know I'll be doing so.
But right now I'm jealous of Long Suffering and the millions of fans who were able to enjoy it.
Tell me Killer Friends: Did you see The Avengers? Did you enjoy it? Can you suspend disbelief when viewing or reading? Or do you constantly get stuck figuring out the work behind the magic?