Here’s the review that many have been looking forward to!
There is so much on the line with the making and release of Marvel’s The Avengers movie. Not only was Joss Wheden combining some of the most well-established characters in comic history into one blockbuster film, but he also had a star-studded cast to match in fame. After having a bit of a marathon of the previous films (Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America) I wondered if they could live up to the hype and anticipation that has been building.
Well, this movie was AWESOME!
The basic plot (don’t worry, I won’t include spoilers) is that Loki, the step-brother of Thor, is bent on revenge and world-domination. He’ll have to go through the secret initiative of S.H.I.E.L.D., aka The Avengers, first though. That is, of course, if they don’t self-destruct first. The storyline was simple but solid. Half-way through the movie I had to crack my neck and stretch since I found myself on the edge of my seat and tense from anticipation from start to finish. I don’t remember the last time I had such a reaction to a film!
Despite the large cast, each character was developed quite well and transitions between scenes were smooth. The story is quick-moving but still easy to follow. There were a few lines that I couldn’t hear over the laughter or clapping of the audience. That just goes to show how deeply each and every viewer in attendance was immersed in the movie.
As for objectionable parts, the only thing that might steer people away from the movie is the violence. While it is not gruesome or horribly graphic, there is some blood and one scene (with the eye) was kind of gross to me even though not directly shown. In terms of ‘action’ films, it is very mild. Let’s just say that if you watched ANY of the Marvel movies before this, this one is very tame.
Do not think that this movie is just for guys or die-hard fans. Everyone walking out of the screening had a huge grin on their face. Our group of moms could not stop chatting about the well-choreographed action, laugh-out-loud (LOL) humor, and subtle idiosyncrasies that made the movie a whole lot of fun. Oh, and be prepared to shed a tear or two as well. While there are a few parts that may be a bit too intense for younger viewers, I felt they did a really good job in making this a film one the family can enjoy together. In fact, I can’t wait to go again with my husband and daughter to see it on May 4th in 3D!
I watched a pre-screening as part of a full expense paid trip courtesy of Marvel/Disney. All thoughts expressed are 100% my honest opinion.