Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
Writer: Joss Wedon
Director: Joss Wedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson
Runtime: 143 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Meduim Popcorn with Butter
Here at Popcorn Movie Review I definitely wouldn’t want to be considered a movie snob and I certainly don’t consider myself one. A couple of examples can be found with my favorable reviews in movie such as “X Men: First Class” and “Unthinkable“ I have proved that I can enjoy the stories, dialogue and performances in the occasional summer blockbuster, popcorn action adventure flick. I can continue to say this after I finally joined the masses of the world last night and saw “The Avengers”, although I cannot say that the comic book epic is the pinnacle of all films ever made, which is the opinion I have heard many adopt.
Going into “The Avengers” I had seen the majority of the superhero’s solo films. I really enjoyed “Iron Man”, although I thought “Iron Man 2” was an eventless, sellout money maker for Paramount. I thought “Thor” was a little slow moving but “Captain America: The First Avenger” was very engaging with its time spanning story line.
The $220,000,000 blockbuster delivered as expected. Intense action, Hollywood stars, predictable story lines and performances on cruise control. Breaking each of those down in a little more depth; I would say the action was the best I’ve seen in a movie of its kind. The stars are in abundance; Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L Jackson! There is enough star power in this movie to legitimize spending the amount of money at the beginning of this paragraph. The story line is nothing new. The comic-con nerds are not going to admit it because they are too busy watching the action and explosions while their hands are keeping busy pleasuring themselves but it is not straying from the mold of superhero movies at all.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sends out a call to the Avengers to team up and challenge the threat of Thor’s evil adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who controls a pulsing cube of energy that opens a gateway to the universe. The team is formed, they have their difference, the audience is lead to believe this all-star team made up of so many different strong personalities is never going to come together to accomplish the task. (Even though we know they will the whole time) and then the last 90 minutes is a CGI fight and action sequence that proves everyone can work as a team as long as it is for the good of America, in this case, Manhatten Island.
I kept thinking to myself as my mind would wander during this film that I am impressed by the amazing production value and visual technology that I am watching, but also that I could leave anytime after the half way mark and get what I was expecting.
I typically like a very real story, I was blown away by “The Descendants“, and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” was so powerful. I was allowing the shallowness of a movie like this to skew my overall attitude about it until I remembered what I came to watch. I was trying to hard to get lost the story and for it make me feel something, to get engaged. I wasn’t allowing myself to get lost in the classic, simple, story of world domination and more importantly, cool unrealistic superhero powers and action sequences. Once I remembered what I was watching and what it should be compared to, I realized that what I was watching was one of the best of its kind. There were some few moments that brought a realness to the story as well with dialogue between Stark (Iron Man), Rogers (Captain America) and Banner (The Hulk). But most importantly the over the top action was some of the best I have ever seen.
Once I remembered I had to compare “The Avengers” to its own kind of movie, I realized that it is one of the best of its kind. This is a movie that is going to give the audience everything they are wishing for, as long as they are wishing for the right things.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.