I read a lot of comic books growing up. I watched an obscene amount of television while learning of Marvel. Animated cartoons like “Spiderman and His Amazing Friends”, renowned TV series like “The Incredible Hulk” with the late Bill Bixby (moment of silence please) still resonate in my memory. But nothing, from past knowledge to wishful thinking, could have prepared me for THE AVENGERS.
Marvel has perfectly claimed their finest hour. The comic book heroes of old have come, not only to the big screen, but together in one historic event for world cinema. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, The Black Widow and Hawkeye have been assembled together to save the world from destruction. Loki, the god of mischief, has assembled an army and earth’s mightiest heroes must find their way to stop him.
This film was a balanced viewing of screen time, computer graphics, acting, and humor. Some films fall short by favoring one character over the other but truly this was not the case. Each of the heroes was systematically placed throughout the film with supreme precision, giving THE AVENGERS the perfect proportion of action, witty collaboration, and character fulfillment. I think what amazed me the most were the old clichés that were put in the film that came across as fresh tactics: the veteran leader in such of hope, the forgotten soldier seeking a new mission, the legendary god finding his way to humility. I love that! To me that is great directing entwined with great acting, when you can take an old adage and generate a novel emotional response.
To say the least I was brought to my theatrical knees. The Avengers made me nostalgic of buying comics as a child and from start to finish renewed that boyhood excitement. Here is a film that is doing something we haven’t seen done effectively for some time…crossovers; the strategic ability to take characters from other films and put them together to work as a cohesive unit. So, now what do I get? The arrogance of Tony Stark/Iron Man, the inner turmoil of Bruce Banner/Hulk, the humanity of Natasha Romanov/Black Widow and much more that shouldn’t be experienced through words but witnessed on the big screen.
When you watch a film with multiple protagonists you already know that the team will win. Watching a movie of this genre is not about the ending but more about the journey. This journey was a ride you will never soon forget. But what is more impressive is everything that this movie represents. We now have the amazing opportunity to bring many Marvel characters under the umbrella of one title. This opportunity is two-fold; it illuminates us with a great show and gives rise to more business as additional characters from the Marvel universe are involved. And a great show + great business = Show Business. Yeah…Marvel at that.
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