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Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It: The Avengers Edition

May 8, 2012

The movie The Avengers came out this weekend to rave reviews and grossed over 200 million dollars, which set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend ever.  So, here is what I liked, loved, and had to have from the movie that has set the box office bar for the year.

Like It: Joss Whedon’s impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Joss Whedon is one of the more creative writers and directors in Hollywood today.  He was responsible for cult classic television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, in addition to writing the screenplay for Toy Story, and giving us Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Some doubted his ability to bring these superheroes together in a cohesive story without it feeling overstuffed, but thanks to his style of dialogue, and the fact he is such a comic book fan, this film stayed very true to the representation of the Avengers in the comic books and in the various shows and films they have been a part of before.  Hopefully, when The Avengers 2 roles around (and you know it will), Whedon is put behind the wheel again, because he certainly helped make this movie as great as it was.

Love It: Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk

While there is much to be said for the various heroes that come together in The Avengers such as Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, the two that stand out are Iron Man (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) and the Incredible Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo while in Bruce Banner form, voiced by Lou Ferrigno when the Hulk).  Iron Man gets the lion’s share of the best dialogue in the film, hitting Loki, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Hulk, and essentially every character with witty comebacks and sarcasm.  He benefits from Downey, Jr.’s natural charm and Whedon’s dialogue, but he reminds everyone why people loved the original Iron Man so much.  On the other hand, the Hulk just dominates the action sequences.  You can’t look away for fear you may miss an awesome smash from the Hulk, and he does not disappoint.  While he only transforms into the Hulk twice, they are both just so awesome for extended periods of time that you have to enjoy it.  It is the best portrayal of the Hulk in recent years, and if you have seen the movie, you know exactly why.

Gotta Have It: The action sequences

The action sequences in this movie, to put it simply, KICK ASS!  In addition to seeing super heroes fighting each other (Iron Man vs. Thor, Thor vs. Hulk), there is a great battle on the Helicarrier, followed by an even better battle in New York City.  Following the battle on the Helicarrier, I turned to my friend and said “That was awesome, and that wasn’t even the big one!”  You could not ask for better battle scenes in a movie than what this one provided.  The final battles comprise most of the second half of the film, and they are both awesome.  My words won’t do them justice, so if you haven’t seen it, just know that the second half is going to be pretty kick-ass.

All in all, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, and I was extremely pleased with how they dealt with putting all these heroes into one film.  It did not disappoint, and it set the bar very high for summer films.  I personally only see one movie as being able to possibly top it (The Dark Knight Rises), and even Batman is going to have a tough time topping this team for best movie (and highest grossing) of the summer.

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.

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