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Review: The Avengers (2012)

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Marvel’s hype machine has been working overtime for a year in anticipation of the biggest mashup of superheroes the world has ever seen. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America and more all join in for one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012.

Loki, Thor’s adopted brother is out to rule the earth with the help of an alien army and some stolen Tesseract. The only thing in the way are the newly formed Avengers. Playboy, genius, philanthropist, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), living legend Captain America/Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans), the combustible Hulk/ Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), god of thunder Thor (Chris Hemsworth), secret agent Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), sharpshooter Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) lead off this star-studded epic that is raking in money as we speak. The only thing stopping the Avengers from stopping Loki is, well, the Avengers. The clash of egos is the main topic in the first half, and kicking some major butt is the topic in the finale. And boy do they.

I’m in no way a comic book nerd, but I made an exception and went to check out The Avengers at midnight on opening day. I think I made the right choice. There are two main ways a comic book based movie can go: The dark/realistic side, which Christopher Nolan seems to have perfected, and the bright cheesy comedic side (Fantastic Four comes to mind). While most of the Marvel movies have done a great job of finding a happy medium, none have done it like The Avengers. While it is rooted in reality, that doesn’t mean it can’t wink at the audience every now and then. It is simultaneously thrilling and hilarious at the same time. It could very well be considered a comedy, because I heard more laughs in the theater than any recent Adam Sandler movie. Joss Whedon deserves to direct the sequel if not for this perfection of the genre, then for the way he deals with these larger than life personalities. If superheroes were real they would have some big heads. They would clash in real life. Hence we get: Captain America vs. Hulk, Iron Man vs. Thor, etc. Each one has its own downfalls, strengths, and back story, and each one gets plenty of time to explore these things. How Whedon fit all this in 142 minutes is beyond me. So even if you don’t know these guys from Superman, you need to get out and see this. Preferably before the inevitable sequel.

My Rating: A+

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