The Avengers (2012)
For those of you living under a rock for approximately the last 5 years, there is a movie that has been advertised nonstop named The Avengers. Preceded by the movies Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, the Avengers bring all of the big names from those movies to form 1 super massive team. At the beginning of the film, we see Loki (Tom Hiddleson) transport to Earth using a massive energy cube that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been researching for years called the Tesseract. Professor Salvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are brainwashed into joining forces with Loki while Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) try and stop him by destroying the facility. They fail and must reach out to the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to help recruit the others. Once Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are on board, they set out to catch Loki, only to find his capture is too easy. Loki, on board the airship with everyone else, is able to cause some inter-team tension and fighting when view points aren’t exactly the same. However, when Loki is able to open a portal to the outer world, and let in a whole army of aliens, the team unites and the true fun begins.
In my opinion, the Avengers can be looked at in many different ways. It has plenty of pros to keep even the hardcore fans thrilled, but the cons make you scratch your head. If you look at it as a sequel to the other 5 movies that lead up to it, then you will be disappointed. In fact, I think it was a slight letdown after 5 years of hype. However if you look at it as the start to many Avengers movies to come, this was a good start. What I mean by this is if you looked at the first X-Men and Spiderman movies, they were good and decent, but the second movies in those franchises were bigger and better. So if you are looking for the Avengers to be bigger and better than some of the individual movies before it, than it might not satisfy (at least til the end), BUT if you look at it as a first installement with bigger and better sequels to follow, then I think you will have plenty to look forward to.
Some of the Pros that I saw from watching the Avengers include the action, comedy and special effects. It has plenty of action that is different from what you are use to seeing, and it tries to keep the thrills from fading (but at times fails). Each character has their own moments of charm and humor to allow the audience like everyone the same, rather than just giving all the jokes to Tony Stark. It does a WONDERFUL job at including all the characters with plenty of screen time and no one is left out nor seems to be overshadowed by another hero. The movie even has some of the side characters make appearances like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Agent Coulston (Clark Gregg). The 2.5 hrs goes by fast so you won’t be bored very much. Having said that, things I found to be cons kinda made the movie drag a bit in the middle. Loki is basically your only villain. That means you have 5 superheros (because Hawkeye is not a good guy for half the movie) trying to fight one guy. What does that lead to since some of the movie see Loki locked up? It leads to our heroes fighting against each other… and for what reason? I really didn’t see one. I get the Iron Man – Thor fight because Thor came out of nowhere to grab Loki, but the whole time on the airship seemed to be one big bitch-fest which makes the story thin and almost nonexistent. My other big beef, and I know they weren’t original members but eventually are in the group, is that Wolverine and Spiderman, the 2 big names who had movies before any of these others, are not in the movie. To add insult to disappointment, they never will because apparently Marvel, when bankrupt, sold the rights to X-Men and Spiderman to other film companies so seeing those 2 Marvel gems in the sequel is slim to none!
All in all, The Avengers might have it’s flaws, but it was damn good enough to break its way into my personal top 100 list after the 2nd viewing. The most important Pro the movie has is the last 45 minutes which definitely blew me away! The end is what you went to the movie to see and is fun, fast and enjoyable.
P.S. Stay during the credits for 2 more scenes!
9/10 Stars – Too many little things to give it the full 10, but holy crap was the ending fun!
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