Recaps & Reviews

The Avengers – Movie Review

The Avengers first appears in comic books in 1963 as a way for Marvel to bring their mightiest superheroes together in one book. It was a huge success, but it wasn’t until 2008 that a movie based on the comic books would start to see the light of day. It was that year that Iron Man was released, and in a scene shown after the credits it was hinted that The Avengers would eventually see their way onto the big screen. Flash forward 4 years and 5 individual superhero movies, and it has finally arrived.

After the Asgardian god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) attacks S.H.I.E.L.D. and steals a powerful energy source known as the Tesseract Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls a team of superheroes into action to reclaim it. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are gathered together, but their diverse personalities prevent them from working well together event though their first mission is seemingly a success. They squabble with one another and even throw a few punches before putting aside their differences to attempt to save the world from Loki and the invading aliens known as the Chitauri.

If you are a fan of popcorn blockbuster action movies you will enjoy this one. If you are a comic book geek you will enjoy this one. If you are a fan of superhero movies you will enjoy this one. From start to finish director and writer Joss Whedon does an amazing job drawing the viewer into the story. He stays true to the original source material as well, with each character acting the way they would in the comic book. Geeks will enjoy the reference to the comic books, the classic match-ups and the references to the comic books, while people who’ve never picked up an issue of the comic will enjoy the movie for what it is. The only problem with the movie is the story is a little transparent. For instance it seems to take the heroes forever to understand what Loki is up to, while anyone with half a brain will figure it out in seconds. Even the final battle could have been concluded much sooner than it was if the heroes would have been paying attention. The way the movie could have avoided it would have been to simply cut out the hints they gave the audience so the audience could figure it out when the heroes do. Regardless, it’s a movie you enjoy for what it is, and there is no need to pick it apart. Make sure to stay as the credits role because there is not just one, but two extra scenes. One for comedic effect, and the other as a lead in to a sequel. Granted, only comic book fans will know the character shown in one of the clips is Thanos, a major villain with an obsession with death.

There is no doubt that The Avengers will be a huge hit, and it’s worth every penny to watch it on the big screen.

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