The Avengers (2012)
We know it is officially summertime when the major blockbuster movies start coming out. Needless to say, The Avengers is one of the first summer popcorn flicks this year.
Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wants to take the Earth over with an alien army. Fortunately, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of SHIELD has assembled Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in time to stop such a catastrophe. Bringing extra muscle to the Avengers is Thor (Chris Emsworth).
So basically, there was no plot. But that didn’t stop The Avengers from basically being two hours of awesome. This is a really shallow thing to say, but I feel like there is no way a movie where you get to see Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor kicking butt onscreen all at the same time cannot be awesome. Admittedly, I haven’t seen all of the prequels leading up to the Avengers, namely Captain America and Thor and thus I felt I missed out on a little bit of the background. Nonetheless, that did little to stop me from having the fun I did seeing The Avengers.
One thing The Avengers had going for it was some really sweet special effects. The scene that comes to mind was when Iron Man was repairing an engine of SHIELD’s ship as it was under attack from Loki’s force. Of course the climactic battle in New York can’t go without mention.
Of course I have to say The Avengers is not exactly what I define to be a deep movie. As a friend of mine whom I went to see the movie with pointed out, a problematic scene was when our heroes were actually at each others’ throats regarding their purpose in the team. The issue lay in that it seemed like it was too easy for them to get over each others’ differences and fight as a united team. I felt even constituent movies like Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk tackled more philosophical issues than The Avengers did. I have also read reviews where people wrote that they were turned off by how dependent the film was on Tony Stark firing out one-liners.
The Avengers is pretty much exactly the wrong movie to watch if you really want an exercise for your brain. Overall, I thought it was good fun largely because of Joss Whedon’s stylish direction and the cast doing their fair share. Basically, it was the perfect movie to get Twilight out of my system and has replaced The Hunger Games as the best movie of 2012 I have seen so far.