“The Avengers” recently premiered in theaters across the nation (and world) and while it’s not necessarily my first choice for theater entertainment (I usually go more for the mushy rom-com stuff), I have to say that I reveled in the film just as much as my male friends.
Most of my male friends are comic book fans and could tell you the backstory of each of the Avengers and the villains. As a non-comic book reader, I worried that the movie plot would lose me. But, I slowly figured out the film and its band of characters, as the story developed.
Based on past movie experiences, superhero movies tend to place action sequences above character development and plot. The Avengers definitely had plenty of action, but it didn’t add action scenes for the sake of blowing up stuff (Rambo, I’m looking at you). The plot integrated action, character development, and humor into a great comic book adaptation.
Actually, the humor was really what sold me most on the film. Robert Downey, Jr’s Iron Man character is always a riot and he didn’t disappoint on this one. There was a lot of clever sarcasm and colorful banter between the characters that kept the movie light, even during low points in the plot.
Overall, I think they did a really good job of highlighting each of the characters, while still focusing on the team aspect of the Avengers. There were a lot of underlying themes throughout: old vs. new, strength vs. intelligence and even religion vs. science… but, there were still plenty of explosions and comic book goodness (Quasi Spoiler Alert: with an appearance by Stan Lee, of course), if that’s all that you came for.
Though not usually my thing, I’m definitely planning on seeing the sequel(s)!
Until Next Time….