Holy crap, “The Avengers” is a good movie!
“The Avengers” finally hit theaters this weekend and it is sooooooo worth the wait. Since “Iron Man” in 2008 and movie goers were first introduced to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the “Avenger Initiative” we’ve all been patiently chomping at the bit for the spectacle that we all knew was coming.
And it delivered!
Over the past four years Marvel has put out superhero hit after superhero hit, including “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America.” “The Avengers,” as the coming together of all these previous heroes to form one super team, is another triumph.
Expectations were high with this film but Mike Leader, of DenofGeek.com, sums it up best, “‘Avengers’ was far better than it needed to be.” It’s well written, with each character getting their own story and ample screen time, well acted, and lots of action.
Good reviews seem so hard to write because there’s only so many ways to say, “It’s awesome!”
I love movies with ensemble casts. It’s more interesting to see how all the stars act off each other and work together. With a cast that includes: Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Robert Downey Jr. it’s incredible that you can say they’re all equal stars. Each one gets a chance to shine and each carries a bulk of the film.
Of course each does have a few standout moments. Hawkeye (Renner) has previously only been given about 30 seconds of screen time in “Thor.” Most fans, before the film, were left wondering, “What the hell is he doing there?” But, Hawkeye kicks major ass and I’m hoping he gets a stand alone movie after this. Or maybe a Hawkeye/ Black Widow movie?
Ruffalo is the third Bruce Banner/ Hulk to grace the screen in the past decade and he’s phenomenal! I know Ruffalo has signed on to play Hulk in several other films and I’m excited to see how he grows in the role. Hulk easily steals the action sequences, including my personal favorite where he throws Loki (Tom Hiddleston, and primo bad guy) around like a rag doll.
And I can NOT say enough positive things about Robert Downey Jr. The role of Tony Stark/ Iron Man could have been written specifically for him. He’s got the snark, and charm, and swagger needed to fill the iron boots. I can’t decide if he’s given the funniest lines, or his delivery is so impeccable he just makes them better.
Other supporting characters from the previous films also come back. I was happy to see Gwyenth Paltrow, Stellen Skarsgard, and Clark Gregg return and their roles extended.
You can tell Joss Whedon is a fan of these heroes. His script and direction pays tribute to each character. And a funny script packed with action and drama keeps audiences glued to their seats.
Seeing these heroes, and actors, come together is a dream come true. The sequels that are sure to follow have a lot to live up to but I’m sure they will surpass expectations again.
Oh, and yes, there’s not one, but two extra scenes after the credits.
- Movie Review: 10 Reasons to See Marvel’s “The Avengers” (allhiphop.com)
- Before They Were ‘Avengers’ (entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com)
- The Avengers! (shedavenue.wordpress.com)
- The Avengers fulfills on its promise of AWESOME-NESS! (nediunedited.com)