The Avengers Movie Review

9.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Visuals & Sound: 10/10
Nerding Out: 10/10

Masterful job of balancing characters.

Bad guys were of little threat to Heroes.

So I won’t give away every little detail to every scene, I want you to have some fun after all, but I will give away much of the overall plot.  So this is your last chance turn away, or the movie will be spoiled.

So the movie starts with its own version of “A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away”  but the problem I had was I couldn’t hear it.  The volume during the scene was just too soft, and the crowd was just a little too loud.  So I honestly completely missed the opening dialogue which gave the backstory of the tesseract, you know the blue square thing in Captain America: The First Avenger. Basically the tesseract is a super energy source which could be created into a super weapon if the bad guys get it.

Loki having been upstaged by his way cooler bro Thor is all pissed off.  Loki enters an agreement with an Alien race to use their Army to take over the Earth and rule it as God, in exchange for the tesseract.  In enters S.H.I.E.L.D. who saved the tesseract when they saved Captain America from his little frozen ice trip at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.  Loki shows up at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and uses his wand/spear thing to turn people into his mind controlled slave, one of which is Hawkeye.  Using Hawkeye, Loki escapes with the tesseract and Nick Furry decides that the Avengers initiative which was scrapped, is back on.

Nick Furry than dispatches his people to bring in all the super heroes, and one by one each finds their way into S.H.I.E.L.D.  This is the first time we get to see Mark Ruffalo take over as Bruce Banner/Hulk as Black Widow convinces him to join the group.  I have to say I liked Mark immediately even though I didn’t know what I was going to think going into this movie. This isn’t to dis Edward Norton, because I liked his take on the Big Guy, but I’ll go as far as saying I liked Mark even better than Edward.  Mark for some reason just seemed more believable as a scientist and as a man on the verge of Hulk-ing out at any moment.

Once the team gets together the plot of an Alien invasion army kind of fades into the background, instead the movie focuses on the Avengers team building.  At first the group tries to work together, but there are some major personality clashes.  This leads to cool fight scenes between the heroes and lots of funny banter.

But three quarters of the movie is all about the heroes turning into a team, and the Alien invasion is almost all but forgotten.  The only way the writers could make this happen is if Loki gets caught early in the film, and that’s exactly what happens.  The writers try playing it off as if getting caught and imprisoned was always Loki’s plan, but it really felt pushed.  Apparently Loki wanted to stop preparing his alien invasion army so he could get caught and piss off the Hulk, who would than make a mess in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying air craft carrier.  I just found myself saying….ok what was the point of all of this from Loki’s perspective?

Anyways, during the Hulk’s smashing fest of the flying air craft carrier, someone close to the Avengers dies.  I know you want to know who it is but I think I’ll keep it a secret, so you can be pissed off like I was….hehehe.  But this death is exactly what the Avengers team needs to prioritize why they’re apart of this group, lay aside ego, and work together as a cohesive team.

Well it just so happens that the alien army is ready, and opens a large portal over New York City.  The city is invaded with alien super soldiers, flying 3 man…errr…alien attack plane/things, and these uber huge armored space worms.  This is where the Avengers shine as a team.

Captain America takes lead giving out orders like an Army Captain, “Iron Man make sure no alien leaves our 3 mile perimeter. Thor work on closing the portal with your lightening. Hawkeye give us cover from that spire. Black Widow you stay with me as we assault the main tower, and Hulk…..smash!”

As you’ve probably guessed our heroes save the day.  Nick Furry tells the S.H.I.E.L.D. board of directors that the Avengers initiative should stick around because the universe now knows that Earth has a team capable of protecting it.  The film ends with Stark tower all beat up and the only letter remaining being the “A” in the shape of the Avengers “A.”

When the credits started rolling I felt satisfied despite the plot short comings.  I like all Super Nerds wanted to have an awesome movie filled with awesome Super Heroes, and that’s what I got.  Joss Whedon did a terrific job juggling so many things in this movie.  The characters where terrifically balanced, not one of the main characters felt like a side kick. Each character has something very memorable for a fan to take home with them.  But what I didn’t expect was how appropriately funny this movie would be.  At times the entire crowd would start laughing, clapping or yelling with excitement.  Sometimes all three would happen, especially when Loki meets Hulk….hehehe.  Despite the thin plot, the Avengers WAS AWESOME!

Ooo….I almost forgot.  There is a stinger (scene at the end of the movie)….and no it’s not Spider-Man.

Your Neighborhood Friendly Movie Nerd-


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Published on April 26, 2012

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