The Avengers (Review)

Published on May 4th, 2012

Grade: A+

The movie event of the year has finally hit theaters. Marvel’s The Avengers blasted its way into theaters today. It’s been a project that’s been buzzed about since Iron Man. The fans then soon found out that they were bringing in Joss Whedon and that was all we had to hear. Expectations for the film at that point were going to be high. Whedon has brought us great things like Firefly, Toy Story, and of course Buffy.

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So The Avengers pretty much picks us up where Thor and Captain America left us. I say both films because Captain was pretty much an origin flashback story, but it familiarized us with the weapon that would be used in this film. Where Thor comes in, Loki is the one causing all the problems on earth.

I truthfully don’t want to give too much of the film away. But the gist of the matter is, Loki comes to earth with evil plans. He’s backed by a race from another realm and they plan to take over earth. The only way to stop him is for the Avengers Initiative to assemble and take him on.

My biggest concern knowing that Whedon was at the wheel, was not quality of content, but having such a large ensemble cast full of big names. Making sure no character was thrown to the wayside. Sad to say, it has happened in films like this before. But my concerns were quickly stamped out.

I had an absolute blast watching the film. It was everything I was hoping and expecting it to be. Every hero gets their moment to shine. Joss Whedon knows how to do it right. The film is non stop, never a dull moment, everything it should it be. The cast is top notch, most of them already leading their own films. I’m a big fan of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and who doesn’t love Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. To my surprise Scarlett Johansson gets to take the lead much more than I was expecting. Mark Ruffalo makes a nice replacement as Hulk and Renner is always a joy to watch on screen. I unfortunately don’t see the Hawkeye charcter having his own movie, but he’s good with the group. I’m not saying he couldn’t, I just don’t know where it would go? I however would love to see an Avengers 2. I’m sure it’s a huge undertaking, but I don’t think I’m alone in this.

If you were thinking about going to see it, don’t waste time thinking, just go. You’ll have fun and you’ll love it. If you haven’t seen the lead up films, you may want to pick them up as sort of an orientation. Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing wrong with a good fun action film every once in a while, and The Avengers delivers.

Now the painstaking wait for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Sigh.

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