In Theaters: May 4, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-if violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference)
Genres: Adaptation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Run Time: 2 hours 22 minutes
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director: Joss Whedon
JJ Rating: A+
Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Iron Man have all led up to Marvel’s The Avengers. The team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble to defend her honor.
18 Good Things About This Film
- Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man adds dry wit, one-liners and references that will fly over a few people's heads (despite they're pure genius) to a heroic billionaire creation who has toys Batman couldn't even dream of on a full knight's sleep. Downey is flawless showing that his final line in Iron Man proves True with a capital...he is Iron Man.
- Chris Evans as Captain America is as Boy Scout as needed without being overly goody with enough heart and stars to be heroic greatness and relevant among his future-esque teammates. All done because Evans can promote that type of purity, which is in direct contrast to an on fire hero from another team stationed in NYC that film rights are selfishly owned by a stingy little studio.
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner brings the calm, collective and restrained to the forefront with a pinch of indifference. Ruffalo is a third try at getting the Bruce Banner Marvel wants and the saying uses a word that no one would use to describe the Hulk: Charm.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor is godlike, yet again, with a weightlifting body that I could never acquire. Hemsworth has engendered a hybrid of otherworldly royalty and demigod warrior that had Marvel tried to create the Avengers any other decade, they would've sorely miscasted.
- Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow creates a version of the character that the comic book could never, ever bring to light. Johansson's subtly in her manipulation rivals Hiddleston's Loki, but she has ninja grooves and a widow's bite that brings a sexy heroin full bloom for all to marvel at.
- Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye shows that girls aren't the only ones that can use bow and arrows. With every pull of the bow string, Renner displays determination to be Hawkeye and it worka. Renner's confidence bleeds into the role making it bloody awesome. Renner's just cool.
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki impresses me as much as he did last year in person and on the screen. It is as if when Hiddleston dons the costume of Loki a different persona takes over. He wields the persona with such fierce maligning madness that each line slithers out of his mouth prepared to poison the listener.
- Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson is (as I told him last year on Thor's red carpet) my favorite agent. Deadpan, serious, silly, school boy giddiness, all things that describe an agent that is worthy of so much care. Gregg brought to life a character that many fans fell for without even realizing.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is the THE AGENT. Marvel created an Ultimate Nick Fury with the likeness of Jackson for the revamp comics and when it came to the big screen were lucky enough for Jackson so be a part of this spectacular film. Jackson is usually rambunctious and all over the place as the loud character who needs to shout to win, but as Nick fury, Jackson doesn't shout, he stresses his points like a stern, determined and undaunted leader. No one else could be Nick Fury but Jackson.
- Paul Bettany as Jarvis is just a voice, but a voice that everyone wishes they could speak to – to get things done. Something that comic books cannot give, a great voice for a much needed character.
- Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill did the job. It's exciting to see Hill in the film. It makes me hope for a Civil War. Smulders played a strong woman who had a great moment when Loki is sneaking off the base with Hawkeye. For some reason that moment will stick out for me when I think of her. The power of facial expressions without words is shown in that moment.
- The Avengers was stuffed with humor. I didn't know I could laugh that much while watching an action film. So many great moments, especially with the Hulk. The humor the Hulk gives is situational. I could sit here and describe it, but that wouldn't do justice. You have to see it. Then there's the Iron Man snark. The Loki hiss. Black Widow's emotional switch-a-roos. Captain America's naïve theme on pop culture references. Agent Coulson's giddiness. Thor's give and take. A smorgasbord of Comic Book beauty.
- The action scenes were amazing. So much battling going on. Seeing Thor vs Iron man, Thor vs Captain America, Captain America vs Iron Man, Thor vs Hulk, Loki vs Captain America, Iron Man vs Loki, Hulk vs Loki, Thor vs Loki, Hawkeye vs Loki...the Avengers vs the invading army...it's so much fantastic action I can't pick a great, great moment. Maybe one...I really loved what happened when Thor's hammer collides with Captain America's shield. It's seismic.
- Josh Whedon is a NERD GOD. He brought to life one of the most difficult teams Marvel has and aligned them just right to give us a film that is marked for classic status from here on out. He showed that it could be done and DC is peeing in their paints because JLA is DOA every time someone tries. The Avengers has set the bar so high, we may never see a JLA Movie.
- Josh Whedon also did a marvelous job orchestrating everything in The Avengers. There is a lot of things I saw that I didn't anticipate seeing and I was in awe for 99% of the film. The 1% was set aside for me to blink. If he's not nominated of Best Director for all this hard work, SCREW the loser Academy. As if it's difficult to get two people to act out a dramatic scene making people boohoo. Try getting an army of Academy Nominees under one roof and get them to don silly costumes and churn out greatness like this and then tell me he doesn't deserve to be nominated. Not to mention great writing.
- The Transformer comparisons are grossly overdone. Transformers transformed from being a boyhood dream to a manipulated piece of junk. I will not be a bystander to such douchebaggary. That's like saying Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can still be MUTANTS WHEN THEY'RE FROM OUTERSPACE....huh, Michael I-Can-Destroy-Your-Childhood-Just-By-Looking-At-It Bay? The Avengers didn't fight any Transformer lookalikes. They were awesome aliens that could very well be Skrull in body-armor. Speculation...
- The Avengers was going to be as long as 3 hours. There is a lot of deleted scenes. I look forward to watching every single one of them when I buy the DVD. I sat there and wanted more. The time flew by.
- I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE AVENGERS 2 and what space has to offer.
Bad Things About This Film
NONE – Not flawless, but close enough in my book.
Marvel's The Avengers is worth every penny one has to fork over to see it. It is so worth it. I am going to see it again. People always want to know if a film is worth spending the outrageous amount of money it costs to see a film now days. Well, The Avengers is one of those films. The stars have aligned in a figurative and literal sense. Marvel is on a roll. I'm going to sit and enjoy the Superhero Renaissance that Marvel has brought, that Marvel has open the door to, and that Marvel will be remembered for. The Avengers is already on my Top Ten List for 2012 as number one. Who'll knock it down? Bring it on Dark Knight, The Amazing Spider-Man or anyone else that thinks they can muster enough stupendous superness to unseat The Avengers. I'll be watching.