Marvel’s The Avengers
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout
and a mild drug reference.
Genre: Adaptation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Running Time: 2 hours 22 minutes
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow all answer the call to action when Nick Fury – the Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D – initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the team of Super Heroes to work with – not against each other – when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
The Long Awaited For Avenger Movie
Those involved in the Marvel Comic Book Super Hero series have been building up to this point for a long time. Bit by bit Iron Man, Captain America and even The Incredible Hulk made big screen debuts with individual movies. Now they are all together – working together – to save the world. Of course on the heels of a huge opening weekend Disney and Marvel quickly announced there will be a sequel. There’s no timeline for the sequel yet, but you can count on it – the All-Star Superhero line up will be back.
When it comes to box office dollars The Avengers became the highest-grossing debut weekend movie in domestic box office history pulling in slightly more than $200 million. When it comes to other notable milestones for this band of comic book heroes there are a few;
- The Avengers reached the $200 million mark faster than any other movie in U.S. box office history.
- On Friday, May 2, 2012 – the day it opened – The Avengers enjoyed the second-highest single day gross of all time with $80.5 million. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made $91.1 million on its first day of release.
- The Avengers established a new record for Saturday with $69.7 million dollars.
- As of Monday, May 7, 2012 The Avengers earned an estimated $641.8 million dollars worldwide since it opened overseas two weeks ago.
But, is the movie worth it?
While The Avengers is a strong movie, it’s not as strong as the first Iron Man or Captain America movies. Clocking in at two hours and 22 minutes it is a little long and gets off to a somewhat slow start. The slow start has nothing to do with a lack of action. As a matter of fact action abounds throughout this movie. But it’s a slow start because the movie-makers chose to do a rather lengthy build-up to the formation of the Super Hero Team. The background information content is understandable. After all, those involved in the making of The Avengers had to make sure anyone who may have missed the first movies, knew who the players were. As a result, they had to lay in a lot of background material so anyone new in the audience would have at least a surface understanding of who all the players were.
However, while this is a strength for the movie makers, it is also a downfall for those of us who have been tracking the making of this movie since the start. It is true, you will not be lost if you haven’t seen the first movies. But at the same time, if you are familiar with the first movies, you too will probably find the opening scenes somewhat drawn out.
As for The Hulk – I must admit seeing this character in the movie somewhat surprised me. It’s been so long since The Hulk movies I totally forgot he was one of The Avengers! I’m sure the pure Marvel super hero comic book lovers knew what was coming, but for some of us, we totally missed the fact that the big green guy would appear again. Mark Ruffalo who plays Bruce Banner – aka The Hulk – does a wonderful job in this role.
When it comes to the other super hero players, Downey Junior and Chris Evans are wonderful. Scarlett Johansson seems in over her head at times with such a high caliber of stars and Jeremy Renner is pretty much forgettable just like his Clint Barton aka Hawkeye character. I will say this much, I hated the Thor movie and believe it’s pretty much a throw away movie as those involved in this series simply needed someway to introduce the character. But in The Avengers movie Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor seems much more comfortable with the role.
When it comes to story line, The Avengers holds up well under a microscope. For those familiar with the first movies there are enough subtle connectors sprinkled throughout to keep your mind active. For those not familiar with the first movies, the connectors do not go over your head. They simply make up the story line. While this entire movie is based on a comic book series, it does not have that comic book feel. However, the humor tossed in along the way pulls us back to our comic book days and also serves as a great way to lighten the mood and bring a smile to your face from time to time too.
Overall we did enjoy The Avengers and it does fall into the category as a movie I would like to see again. I’m sure when it comes out on DVD we will add it to our library. As for rating, keep in mind this is a PG-13 movie. This is not for small kids. Even then we are still saying The Avengers is cautionary family-friendly. There’s simply too much violence going on here to put it into the family-friendly category.
Enjoy the show!