Review – The Avengers – 9/10

My Avengers Movie Review – 9/10

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Last night, we had the opportunity to see the Avengers in 3D as part of a prescreening, thanks to Cinemit.com. Here are my thoughts – and I’ll try not to give away any spoilers.

If you enjoy summer blockbusters, you need to see this movie.  Summer blockbuster movies often tend to focus too much on unwatchable action sequences, and little to no plot, acting or humor.  (I’m looking at you, Transformers 3).  Thankfully, this movie addresses all of those problems.

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Action sequences need to be watchable and easily followed.  If I have no idea what’s going on during the action sequences, then the movie isn’t entertaining.  The Avengers has been done in such a way that you can root for our heroes and enjoy the scenes at the same.  The heroes have mostly equal screen time during the action sequences, which goes a long way to keeping you engaged.

Until I saw The Avengers, I didn’t realize how important humor is in any action movie.  At one point, I missed a joke Robert Downey Jr. made – he makes them frequently, and often under his breath, which can be hard to hear.  The entire theater cracked up, but I realized how important it is to keep the audience laughing throughout.  The Avengers certainly does, which leaves you feeling happier when you leave the theater than when you arrived.

The plot is extremely easy to follow, although it does have complex and unimportant nuances. These are easily dismissed, but do allow us to see our heroes interact and disagree with one another.

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In movies, characters need to be engaging and have some depth. In The Avengers, it was wonderful to see Captain America’s optimistic personality throughout the film, particularly after seeing his back story last summer.  However, The Black Widow’s back story is often alluded to in the movie, but no details were provided. As a result, I spent much of the time wracking my brain to see if I’d somehow missed a Black Widow movie. (A quick Google search indicates a movie is set for a 2013 release, and the Black Widow was in 2010’s Iron Man 2 briefly.)

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I’m generally not a fan of 3D, often finding it to be a useless  gimmick that I refuse to pay an extra $4 – $5 for.  However, The Avengers’ action sequences in 3D were done well, and I even found myself gasping during one particular scene.  I definitely recommend paying the extra money for 3D, in this case.  However,  during several scenes of dialogue,  I  tired of wearing the 3D glasses, and removed them.  The actors were clear enough, but I put the glasses back on before the action started up again.  Strangely, in our pre-screening, the 3D subtitles were extremely low on the screen, and some of the letters were cut off at the bottom. The subtitles were only for a couple of minutes, though.

This review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Cobie Smulders,  AKA Robin Schberbatsky, AKA Robin Sparkles. Seeing her in action was wonderful, and I didn’t realize how tired I was of watching her interact with Ted Mosby week after week.  Well done, Cobie – even if you are some kind of weird ethnicity.

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The Downsides of the Avengers Movie Review

The movie wasn’t perfect.  The heroes communicate with each other throughout the movie as if they’re wearing some kind of earpieces – however, Captain America and Thor don’t seem to be wearing earpieces and can communicate with the rest of the team perfectly. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders are both wearing huge bluetooth headsets that look like they should never be worn in public. I’m a huge fan of Plantronics, but this was bad product placement.

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If you read nothing else, read this. Go and see the movie, and stay until the end. As in, past the credits.  You’ll be glad you did.

Overall – 9/10.

Thanks for reading my Avengers movie review.