As you can tell by the name of our blog, we’re geeks. We LOVE superheroes and have seen all the recent superhero movies. This year is particularly exciting for us because there are three huge superhero movies coming out – The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises (Batman). The first movie, The Avengers, came out today and we went to see the 9am showing. We were going to see the midnight showing but we knew it would be 1-really busy, 2-more expensive, and 3-too late coming home. Even though we can stay up until 2am, we decided against it because we were bringing our nephews and we didn’t like the idea of them being up at 2am.
So we got up early (yes, 8am is early for us second shifters) and piled in the car. We ate breakfast on the way and we settled into our seats about 5 minutes before the movie started. The first few previews were great – Disney’s Brave, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. Then, we saw some previews for movies that looked mildly funny/exciting but still not great – The Expendibles 2 and The Dictator. Finally, we saw some previews for movies that looked too dark for my tastes – Prometheus and Battleship. Most of the previews seemed to fit the theme of the movie we were about to watch and seeing the other 2 superhero movie previews made us that much more excited for the movie to start.
Geekgasmic or Lametastic?
So what did we think of The Avengers? I can safely say it is the BEST movie that I’ve seen in a long time. There was lots of action and a lot of great comedy. I was expecting the movie to be really dark since Joss Whedon wrote the script (he’s famous for darker shows like Dollhouse and Buffy) but it really wasn’t. We took our nephews (10 and 15 years old) and I felt like it was completely appropriate, even for a 10-year-old.
You do NOT need to have watched the other movies (Iron Man 1 and 2, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and Thor) to enjoy The Avengers but it certainly helps. I skipped watching Thor because Phillip said it wasn’t that great of a movie. I was a bit confused at times because a villain from Thor is a huge part of The Avengers but it wasn’t bad. I didn’t feel completely lost, just momentarily confused. The story line was very easy to follow and there were no gaping holes in the story.
The character development was excellent. The main characters were really dynamic and unique which was surprising considering how many “main” characters appeared in The Avengers. Personally, we felt like the characters were more developed in The Avengers than they were in their own stand-alone movies. We were really surprised by how well Mark Ruffalo fit the role of the Hulk. We felt like he played a better Hulk than previous actors. I could say more but I’ll let the movie speak for itself. I don’t want to spoil anything.
The bottom line is this – If you like superhero movies, you’ll LOVE The Avengers. If you like action, you’ll probably LOVE The Avengers. If you’re more of an artsy moviegoer or crave “deep meanings”, you probably won’t like The Avengers. Don’t just take our word for it, check out the ratings on IMDB, The Avengers currently has an 8.8 out of 10!