Marvel's The Avengers
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Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the Super Hero team of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) assemble together for the first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss Whedon creates an unprecedented masterpiece that has become a global phenomenon. Packed with spectacular special effects and great bonus features, MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS will thrill your family over and over!
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Despite having seven lead characters (counting all Avengers plus Loki), everyone got at least a few moments of screen time devoted to their development. With seven leads, that's pretty amazing. We have the quiet moments, the little gestures and phrases that have been picked apart time and again by the fans that have granted a depth to the film that wouldn't have been possible if this were the first time we met any of these characters, and that's the real beauty of Avengers. It's a team-up flick, but it's a team-up of characters we've all been introduced to before. (Even if you hadn't seen any of the previous films, there was a sort of pop culture awareness around most of them by the time it was released that you'd be hard pressed to go in blind about anyone except the characters who didn't have their own film yet and were, however regrettably, less important because of it.)
Combine that with a well-loved director who isn't afraid to sucker punch his audience, and you've got a perfect mix for a film that doesn't just thrill audiences with fight scenes that are larger-than-life, but gets people to invest emotionally in a fictional world. Avengers was released more than two years ago, but the film is still being picked apart and very much alive in the hearts and minds of the fans because of Marvel's expert world-building. In every show, every film, you see threads that lead back (or forward) to other events in the Universe, and it's this sort of continuity that the fans love. They pick up on every little reference, read into every word of dialogue, every prop placement, every choice that the creative team makes, and this is what has made Avengers so successful. It stands up to that test, and even with ten films under Marvel's belt, there's still very few inconsistencies. (Especially when you compare it to the next largest Marvel franchise, X-Men, which has some major timeline problems around Wolverine.)
All in all, this is a film that should be in every collection because it's not just great, it's revolutionary.
Yeah, there is some suspension of disbelief, and it's never clear whether the bad guys are robots or organic or some mixture of the two, but who cares. It's a visual feast.
For me, the high point was... wait, first some back story. Whenever I watch movies with my kids, I am always "getting" some inside joke that they have no frame of reference for, and I have to explain to them, "see, when I was a kid, there was this TV show, and there was some character who always said...". Recently I bought a Looney Tunes collection for them to watch, and among the collection are a lot of road runner cartoons. And when Tony Stark says, "What Loki's got is an Acme Dynamite Kit, and it's going to blow up in his face", my kids were all, "Dad! We got that reference!" Which I find especially ironic because in this very same movie, there's a reference to the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz, and Cap America gets very excited and says, "I got that! I understand that reference!". Life imitates art. You gotta love it.
If not, the Joy has gone out of Mudville, because no one realized what Tim H and Evan Peters bring to this franchise : sex, wit,sex, intelligence, great sense of timing,and a great sense of humor and humanity. Yes, yes, Chris Hemsworth is the Best Chris, But I don’t deserve to have to sit thru long scenes with the big, bald good guy, do I? Just because it’s not a Hemsworth scene. (BTW: Chris Pine is second best Chris.) we all know how fun and / or heartbreaking or plotmoving Loki And Quicksilver can be.
And please don’t tell me about Disney and Marvel And Peter Miximoff and blah blah.
The scene where Peters breaks thru to rescue Thor will be taught in film schools for the next 20 year.