Friday, May 4, 2012

The Avengers (PG-13/142 Min.)


Thor, I’m sorry. I love you and still want to marry you and have little Thorlings with you but in one way and one way only have you been removed from my favor. The Avengers is officially the best Marvel movie. I know it hurts but hey! At least you still have me. And that’s a good thing. Right? Right? Is this thing on?

To say I like The Avengers is the understatement of the year. I went to the Marvel marathon yesterday at Quail Springs AMC. No, it didn’t involve running, thank goodness, but it did involve Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and, finally, da da-da duuuuuum…The Avengers! There were between 60 and 70 people in this particular theater and it was super nice not having to worry about the crowds. And these were my people. My co-nerdlets, if you will. We all received lanyards, special 3D glasses (mine were Captain America but only because all the Thors were gone by the time I got there) and a comic book. “They’re not comics…they’re anime!” Name that TV show. We were feeling all kinds of special. To make things even better, we were asked Marvel trivia questions in between each movie and the first person to give the correct answer got a prize. I didn’t win anything. I’m going to blame it on the fact that I couldn’t hear the questions as I was sitting in the very top row. That and my phone wasn’t as fast as everyone else’s who were Googling the answers. Cheaters!

For those of you who need a synopsis for this, here goes:
Loki, brother of Thor, teams up with a super nasty (The Other) to take over the world. Mwahahahahaha!!! Oh. Sorry. His evil machinations bring about the formation of The Avengers, comprised of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye/Clint Barton and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff.

If you don’t know who those last two are do NOT go see the Avengers without watching Thor and Iron Man 2. Although, thinking back, the Thor movie doesn’t really tell us much about Hawkeye. You just have to already know who he is, I guess. But we see a lot of Natasha, not like that!!!, in Iron Man 2.

I know I usually discuss the actors right about now but I’m pretty sure you already know who most of them are. All I have to say is, the casting director person team whatever should have been well-paid for choosing this group of actors. If they’ve been with the Marvel film franchise from the beginning. If this was their first Marvel film, then never mind. The only person they had to come up with was Mark Ruffalo for The Hulk. Okay, and maybe a few more but as far as the main characters go… I can’t imagine anyone else in any of these roles. I loved them all. Iron Man stole the show but we sort of expected that. He’s just got that kind of personality. I liked Mark better as The Hulk than I did Edward Norton. Sorry, Ed. You were good. You were just too skinny. Not who I picture as Bruce Banner. But, then again, what do I know?

Aside from a couple of slow spots – and these don’t last long – this film was constantly going going going. There was lots of action, of course, quite a bit of funny – the Hulk and Loki scene was my favorite – and even a little sad. What? Sad? How can this be sad? This is war people and war has casualties! You didn’t really think all the good guys in the movie survive, did you? And now you’re wondering who it is, huh? Sorry. Having told you what I did was probably edging over the line of telling too much. I will say that I appreciate that they pay proper respect to the fallen hero and don’t instantly make us forget him..or her. Did I cry? Maybe a little. Then it got all action-y again and I got pulled in to that.

The one and only character I didn’t care that much for was the super nasty. I felt about him as I did about the villain in The Green Lantern. He was kind of hokey. I’m so glad we didn’t see very much of him. And, as mentioned in The Green Lantern, despite the villain being hokey I still wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley…or in the light of day…or pretty much anywhere. It’s easy to say he’s silly from the safety of my computer chair. Yes, I do realize he’s not real. I’m just sayin’.

Let’s shake it to the break-down:

Sex/Nudity – There just wasn’t time.

Drugs/Drinking – No drugs. A bit of drinking. Tony Stark is one of the characters. There would have to be alcohol!

Cussing – Samuel L. Jackson is in this film. Enough said. Okay, in all fairness, he didn’t cuss at all (I don’t think) in the Star Wars movies so I guess I should cut him a little slack. I didn’t hear any of the big words and just a few little ones.

Violence – Seriously? And there is blood but no gore.

Intense scenes – the worst scene for me was when Loki appeared to be removing a man’s eye. Fortunately, you don’t actually see it happen as Loki is blocking the view but you get a pretty good idea. Yuck! The evil army guys are kind of creepy and the bigger evil army guys made me think of the last Transformers movie when that coily critter was tearing up buildings. These guys are more wormy than coily but still icky.

If you are a Marvel fan I would definitely recommend The Avengers. If you aren’t a Marvel fan, become one and goes see The Avengers. PT is old enough to see movies like this and her PaPa will be taking her this weekend but because of her age now and knowing what she is able to process I have no idea whether or not this would be okay for younger children. I think the youngest person in our theater was either a tween or a little older. If your kids have seen all the other Marvel films then they probably would be okay with this one. Especially if they’ve seen The Hulk or Captain America. Those bad guys were equally yuck. I really hope this does well at the theater. According to reports they made over $18 million at the midnight showing. Yea!

P.S. I’m afraid I have to admit to judging someone by past works. I was happily surprised by a couple of religious quotes in the movie. Having seen some of Joss Whedon’s other projects – Buffy, the Vampire Slayer among others – I wouldn’t have guessed those would have been left in. Shame on me.
P.P.S. To all the people my age with children I would really like to know if your kiddos would actually catch some of the references from our generation. Included in these were “Point Break”, “Galaga”, “Acme Dynamite” and Tony Stark wore a Black Sabbath T-shirt during quite a few of his non-Iron Man scenes. Are they even still a band? Forgive me. I never was a fan.
P.P.P.S. One of the gentlemen in the theater had been toting a replica of Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer for those of you who escaped the nerd wagon) and apparently set it down somewhere outside of our theater. Before The Avengers started one of the AMC employees came in bearing the hammer and raised it up asking, “Does anyone know who this belongs to?” The overwhelming response? “THOR!” Well…duh.

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