Movie Review: “The Avengers”

Well, it’s finally here. The moment we’ve all been waiting for ever since “Iron Man” back in 2008. The stage has been set, and everyone has been assembled. “The Avengers” has arrived! We’ve had four years to get hyped up for this movie, but as we all know anticipation can either make or break a movie. If it lives up to its own fanfare, then it’s great and everyone goes home happy. If it doesn’t… Well, that’s when things can get kind of ugly. So let’s ask the question. Does “The Avengers” meet all our expectations?

As always, beware of spoilers.

We start off with Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting very anxious about an item his people are researching called the Tesseract. It’s an object that can produce potentially limitless energy, and it looks like it might be about to explode. Not the best way to start your evening. It get’s even worse when the Tesseract brings forth Loki, Thor’s estranged brother, who then proceeds to kill several people and brainwash the remainder. After giving his spiel about the great evils of free will, he steal the Tesseract and then vanishes off the grid. Fury, more than a little annoyed from getting shot and then getting robbed, decides it’s time to do something drastic. He starts gathering a team…

I’m going to answer my question from the beginning now. This movie is worth watching even if you aren’t a fan of the comics. If you are a fan, what are you doing reading this? You should be watching this movie. It completely lives up to all the hype. Joss Whedon does a masterful job of writing and directing these varied characters in such a way that they remain true to themselves and also tell an entertaining story. This can be a harder balance to achieve than most realize, since it’s so very easy to focus so much on characters that the story itself suffers. This is not the case with this movie. The characters become the story, and while this sounds simple it can be very difficult to pull off.

It’s because everyone gets their time to shine in this movie, and its done in such a way that it’s completely organic. Nothing seems forced even when you have the typical superhero misunderstanding brawl. Now, this isn’t entirely because of Whedon of course. Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Samuel Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner all do magnificent jobs with their roles. To be fair, Robert Downy did steal the spotlight a bit in his scenes, but not to the point where its to the detriment of everyone else. And I have to give special praise to Tom Hiddleston for his role as Loki. He plays such a suave, smug bastard that you really just want to keep an eye on him because you’re waiting to see what he does next.

Really, the most amazing thing to me about this movie is how everyone gets a chance to be awesome, and quite often in tandem with each other in such a way that every one complements the others own awesomness . With so many main characters that’s an almost herculean feat. But this movie does it. This movie is going to be the standard that we hold superhero movies to for the foreseeable future, I guarantee you. So if you haven’t already, go see this movie.

Also, stick around after the credits. There are interesting times ahead for this franchise. Let’s hope it can keep up its momentum and give us another great flick in the years to come.

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