Movie Review: The Avengers
Question: Have you heard all the hype about the ensemble superhero movie The Avengers? If so, has that helped or hindered your decision on whether to see it? I was always planning on seeing it, but I am a movie reviewer, and I have seen a lot of the Marvel movies that led up to this one. Some of them I liked, a lot, and some I thought were just okay. However for some reason I had a good feeling The Avengers was going to be decent but I wasn’t expecting it to be so…much…fun!
As I mentioned earlier, I saw the previous individual Avengers’ movies. Iron Man is my favorite, by far. I own it and have watched it several times. I adore Robert Downey, Jr., and he was perfect for the role as Tony Stark. Also, the filmmakers did a great job on making it very accessible even for a non-comic book reader, such as me. I would give that one 9 out of 10. The sequel fell very short for me, unfortunately. As for the other two, I enjoyed Thor but was a little disappointed in Captain America: The First Avenger. (I am not going even say a thing about the two movie attempts of The Hulk – not a fan, at all. However, I did watch the TV show when I was younger.)
Mentioning the Avengers’ own films makes me think of another question to propose. Do you feel when trying to overcome a problem or even succeed in something that you are better doing it alone? Or do you think being a part of group/team makes you stronger?
Recently, I read that if you want to succeed in a profession that you shouldn’t belong to any groups of other like-minded professionals. I was unclear exactly what the author meant by it, except that she went on to say that others don’t build you up as much as you think they do. When I read it my immediate thought was, “bullshit”. Then I saw The Avengers and my reaction was validated even more.
In fact, I saw The Avengers this past weekend, along with a ton of other people since it opened up last Friday (May 4). The theatre was packed – something that usually makes me uncomfortable because when there is a large audience there are many opportunities for the other attendees to distract me: texting, phone calls, kicking my chair, tearing up candy wrappers and munching down on the loudest food possible to consume near others, popcorn. Normally, I wait to see a matinee during the work week to avoid the crowds but something just drew me to see this as soon as possible. And I even it saw it in 3D – something I also don’t normally gravitate towards. However, for the first time, that I can recall, I didn’t mind the 3D and actually forgot I was wearing glasses.
So, what did I think of The Avengers? Well, to put it simply: I loved it! As I mentioned before, but let me clarify anyway, I am NOT a huge comic book fan. I never read them as a child and this particular genre isn’t my normal go-to; but I am a movie geek and have enjoyed many sci-fi, fantasy, comic book superhero stories in the past. There are several reasons why I enjoyed this movie so much:
- The filmmakers took their time with each superhero character (Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, The Hulk and Hawkeye) to introduce the audience to them with either enough background to catch them up to speed on the individual or plenty of storyline to help understand who they are. And a couple of them have not had movies made about them (at least to my mind) prior to this film so I found this very helpful for us novices.
- The over-all story wasn’t just one superhero fight scene after another. In fact, except for the opening scene there wasn’t another one for quite a bit. That surprised me. I assumed that’s kind what it would be especially when you have six superheroes in one film all asked to fight against the same villain(s).
- It was funny. It reminded me of the Thor and the Iron Man films’ humor. It wasn’t an in-your-face comedy but there were enough surprise jokes, sayings and actions that made me laugh out several times. I mean OUT LOUD! And to let you know that Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man/Tony Stark) and The Hulk stole the (comedic) show. Brilliant!
- The story was intriguing enough where I totally forgot other people were surrounding me. I immersed myself and didn’t come back to reality until the credits. By the way, stay throughout the entire film and credits. Please.
- Lastly, I enjoyed the moral of the movie. As I mentioned before with my question about being stronger as an individual verses in a group. The Avengers took the notion that no matter how strong you are or the extraordinary abilities you process, you are not omnipotent. Everyone has needs (I should say weaknesses, but I am not a fan of that word, however you get my point.) and when you are in a group the others fill in the areas where you may lack. Also, the others in the team help lift up to achieve better and be greater and, in return, you help them excel. Win-win. I know this to be true because of my surrounding group friends who have all helped me and I have supported them, happily. Doing anything on your own is fine and can be done well, but when you balance out your time with people who support you, the outcome can far exceed your expectations and goals. And how can that be a bad thing? It can’t be. Just make sure you choose the right people to surround yourself with and all with be okay.
Now I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed The Avengers: The actors were all great in their roles – every single one; the special effects were some of the best I’ve seen and I am dying to see it again. Honestly, I enjoyed it that much. But that’s it. I am not saying another word about the movie. Just. Go. See. It!
My favorite thing: Again, I have to say how funny it was. Really enjoyable!
My least favorite thing: Can’t really pin-point anything at the moment.
Length: 142 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Review: 9 out of 10
Tags: 3D, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, comic books, Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Strength as a group, Super Heroes, The Hulk, Thor, Tired of Previews