Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Avengers (2012)

So it's been a movie waiting to be seen ever since it was announced.  My boys were eager to see it, and so a family outing to the movies was planned for Saturday.  From all the hype and all the publicity was the Avengers worth seeing?  The answer is a resounding yes.  Clocking in at 2 hours and 22 minutes the Avengers is a movie with a lot of action packed into it.  After all it's not just one superhero we're dealing with but 6, and there's a lot of story to tell.  The story is simple.  The Earth is in peril by the demi-god Loki (Thor's brother), and an alien race who has decided to help Loki take over the Earth.  With that the Avengers starts and doesn't stop until the final minutes of the movie.  The battle scenes are extrodinary, and the banter between the superheros is funny at times.  Joss Whedon the movies director does a nice balancing act of humor and action. 

My boys were mesmerized by the action and enjoyed the film.  I did find that there were pauses in the action that were to explain the set-up of what was coming, and this seemed to distract from some of the action, but in no way do I think that this interferes with the movie.  When the finale happens no on will be disappointed.

Movies like these are block busters and are meant to be more like amusement rides.  The thrill of seeing our heros come to life is amazing enough, but to see them interact with each other is such fun.

Marvel has been leading to this for a long time, and they have their audience already built in.  The box office amount in it's first week-end is proof enough that the Marvel brand is worth it's weight in gold.  The movie has something for every demographic, and if you think only this type of movies appeals to us boys think again.  Scarlett Johansson does some pretty amazing stuff here, and she is no delicate flower here.  Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth ,and Jeremy Renner  do all an exceptional piece of actting.  I was really glad to see Mark Ruffalo as David Banner.  This is the third actor to play David Banner and I think Ruffalo does a pretty good job here.  Even our villian Loki played by Tom Hiddleston does a great job chewing the scenery.

Is the Avengers worth the wait?  Sure is.  Will people see this again?  I'm sure of it and the studio is probably banking on it.  This type of movie brings out the kid in all of us and watching it with your family is only a treat one has once in a lifetime, so The Avengers will become one of those movies that audiences will talk about for years to come, or until the next Avengers movie comes out, and I'm sure the studio is working on that one as we speak.

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