Apparently the early reviews are in for Marvel’s The Avengers, to be released this May. The critics who have already screened the movie are giving rather odd reviews. In short, they’re saying the film is incredible, but they’re not impressed by Joss Whedon, saying the directing is a bit sub-par. Maybe now would be a good time to remind these critics that if they’re going to criticize Whedon’s directing, they should make clear their intend in doing so, since Whedon was also the writer of this movie they’re heralding so much.
One critic said this:
“Marvel considers The Avengers to be their best outing yet. I’ve talked to some cynics in the group who weren’t sure it was going to come together and they’re all doing their mea culpas [my bad] now. They say it has the heart, the action, the humor and the suspense a movie like The Avengers should have. The only criticisms I’ve heard is that Whedon’s eye isn’t as cinematic as it should be, but that the rest of the movie is so good that you accept it.”
Okay, so the directing isn’t so great but the story is fantastic? I’m not quite getting the gist, I guess. Either way, you can’t flatly criticize Whedon, since while you’re criticizing one thing he’s done for this movie, you’re heralding another.
Let us not forget as well that this isn’t Whedon’s first trek into movies. All of his critics only seem to remember him from Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity. Whedon has written some incredible movies outside of the common conscious memory including Titan A.E., and he’s also been writing for Marvel for quite some time. I bring this up because the source of this story had a tad of editorialism to it, asking why Whedon was chosen to direct this movie with no prior experience with this type of movie. Whedon write the treatment for X-Men, directed the post video for Thor, co-wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, and has also wrote and directed The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted.
I guess I’m only going off the wall on defending Whedon because I knew I was going to have to eventually. I just didn’t think the day would come so soon – long before the movie’s release to a very, very critical audience with far too inflated expectations.
Whedon will make us proud. But if you’re going to criticize Whedon for the directing, even though you enjoyed the story, at least have the tact to give him credit for writing the screenplay. Funny how we only mention names when we’re criticizing, isn’t it?
[Source: Nerd Reactor]