SMASH! BANG! ZOWY! POW! The Avengers Movie finally leaps onto the big screen after some cool lead in movies, like Iron Man, Thor, CaptainAmericaand the Incredible Hulk. Wow, I thought they would never pull it off, but boy did Marvel do it. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have made it to the big screen and the film doesn’t disappoint. There are plenty of heroic action and laughs in this superhero adventure that will have you scrambling for popcorn as you watch all of these cool characters come together to save the world. The story is very simple.America’s top secret spy organization called SHIELD assembles, CaptainAmerica, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow to battle an invasion led by Thor’s brother Loki. In a nice bit of continuity and creative writing, the writers of the movie weaved in elements from the original movies of the four superheroes to create a nice team building film. The heroes originally have some conflict, but in the end work together to fight the good fight. The interaction and relationship between all of the characters in the film, including the villain with the heroes was awesome. There were some flaws in the film, but nothing to really detract from it. I had some issues with the Hulk and his motivation for his final transformation, but it was not a deal breaker.
Of course one of the question marks in the film was the actor Mark Ruffalo who was the only actor not to have starred in one of the original hero movies. Many people were upset that Edward Norton was removed as the actor of the Hulk, which interfered with the continuity and suspension of disbelief factor when the Avengers came out. Although Ed Norton was missed, we all came to see the big green guy, not Dr. Bruce Banner. Sorry Mr. Norton no offense.
Now is the Avengers the greatest superhero movie of all time? Does it live up to the hype? Yes and no. It has all of the elements of a great superhero movie and it hits all of the right notes, but it didn’t grasp me emotionally like X-Men First class, Spiderman 2, Batman: The Dark Knight or the Incredible Hulk. Sometimes I think writing these movie reviews actually lessens my experience because I start to pay too close attention to the details. I enjoyed the film and I even spent the extra money to see it at night! LOL! This is a good film to see, and I will definitely add it to my collection at home.