On Tuesday, I attended an advanced screening of the long awaited movie Marvel’s The Avengers. As a reviewer I have the benefit of walking right in to the theater and sitting in one of the reserved press seats. I never really thought about these until I learned that some of the people in the audience had been waiting in line for 6 hours to get a seat! As I waited for the movie to start I wondered if it really was worth a 6 hour wait. To be totally honest, I am not a comic book person. You won’t see me spending a small fortune for Comic Con tickets (but, I would totally go if I was offered some). I grew up watching Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Spiderman. I enjoy a good super hero movie as much as the next person. But, I have to admit after seeing Marvel’s The Avengers I completely understand why people waited in line for that long!
The plot of Marvel’s The Avengers is simple … the dictator hungry demi god Loki is recruited by aliens to take over the Earth which is protected by his big (and better) brother Thor. To help save the Earth, Nick Fury, the director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. pulls together The Avengers team. (Ok, maybe it is not that simple!) Marvel’s mashup of 6 iconic super heroes — Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye — packs a serious punch from the moment is starts to the scene after the end credits (yes, I advise that you stay until the theater lights come up because you don’t want to miss the last bit). The 3D special effects are spectacular … BOOM! The sound effects are awesome … POW! The acting is excellent … WHAM! What made this movie a “must see” for me was the character back stories and the relationships between them. I have been asked quite a few times which of the super heroes is my favorite, but I can’t tell you just one because:
Robert Downey Jr. is all around swoon worthy on and off the screen. There is something about the character Tony Stark’s arrogant attitude, but willingness to to sacrifice himself for the greater good that makes him so compelling.
The original super hero. The old man jokes were great! The chemistry watching his traditional style forced to work with the ultra modern Iron Man was so excellent!
I truly believe Mark Ruffalo did the best portrayal of Dr. Bruce Banner compared to the actors in the other recent Hulk movies (Hulk starring Eric Bana in 2003 and The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton in 2008). You could feel his pain, anger and desire to control his beast within. The Hulk during the intense battle scene was a great comic relief. It made the Hulk endearing and honorable … all the things Dr. Banner is.
The controlled God of Thunder played the perfect counter to the uncontrollable Hulk. Their scenes together some of my favorites. Thor was the good big brother taking mercy on his resentful little brother Loki. He felt like the grounding force throughout the movie.
In the beginning of the movie he is compelled to obey the evil demi god Loki. I loved to hate him. As his story unfolded you learn that he is compassionate and willing to give people a second chance. Something he gets in return.
Hallelujah for the female super hero! I loved her ability to turn on her feminine wiles and in an instant switch to an ass kicking super spy. Her relationship with Hawkeye was complex and left me wanting more. She is clearly feels in debt to him, but there appears to be some underlying connection. Hmmm … super hero romance?!
So, would I wait 6 hours in line to see Marvel’s The Avengers? Um, no, I am too old and too busy for that kind of nonsense. Instead, I would pay $22 to get a reserved leather lounge chair at Cinépolis to see it! Trust me, this movie is worth every penny. You don’t want to miss it.
Now, for the Marvel’s The Avengers prize pack giveaway winner! Thank you to all that entered to win the Marvel’s The Avengers prize pack. I received 33 entries, but there can only be one winner … insert drum roll … Nancy @SpinningMyPlate (or should I say her sweetie is the big winner *wink*)! CONGRATULATIONS!
Special thanks to Walt Disney Studios Publicity and Allied – THA for inviting me to the screening of Marvel’s The Avengers. All statements are my opinion and my opinion only. I did not receive any other form of compensation.