We went to see a screening of The Avengers on Monday, May 30, 2012. Fans of the individual characters’ movies will definitely want to see this, as we did. However, even for those who simply want a fun evening with an action packed movie, this is a sure bet. Because of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, we had high expectations going in. The Avengers did not disappoint, surpassing even our expectations. The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence but it is fantastic and nothing that will traumatize children. We would let any of our children see the movie but your mileage may vary. The Avengers was, not surprisingly, filled with action sequences but it was tempered with humor and did not take itself too seriously. A good plot, special effects, action and an amazing cast of characters make The Avengers a must-see movie this summer.
The Avengers joins together some familiar faces and the movie holds true to the characters they established in their movies leading to this one with the exception of The Hulk which was far superior in The Avengers than any of the portrayals in the previous Hulk movies. The cast and the interplay between each of them is really what makes this movie a winner. Ultimately, the action takes a back seat to the people who form The Avengers.
Iron Man, played by Robert Downey, Jr. is crowd pleaser with his over the top confidence and quick wit. While it would seem easy for him to steal the show, he had some rivalry from the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, in that regard. But, even though those were the two favorite characters, there were memorable scenes from all and it was truly an ensemble performance. We get to delve deeper into these super heroes’ personalities and get to know them a bit better.
Chris Evans returns to play Captain America, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston reprise their roles as Thor and Loki. We were briefly introduced to Hawkeye as played by Jeremy Renner in the Thor movie but in The Avengers we get to see much more of him. Scarlett Johansson from Iron Man 2 also joins The Avengers as Black Widow. Of course, none of the Avengers would be together if not for Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who we have seen brief glimpses of in many of the movies leading up to The Avengers. There are also some supporting characters worth noting: Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper, Iron Man’s love interest, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgard as Selvig.
The plot is what one would expect from The Avengers. Bad guys are trying to do bad things. Good guys are trying to stop them. But in between you get to see these big personalities interact. There is rivalry and conflict between all the members of The Avengers which you get to see work itself out so they finally come together as a team. The rivalries make for some serious laugh out loud moments which help lessen the intensity of the movie in a good way. But you also get to see some soul searching and bonding to ultimately make several individual, powerful super heroes into an unstoppable force, combining their skills and working as a team. In typical Marvel style, there is hint of a sequel.
There are some lessons to be learned in The Avengers. There are some adult situations and the action sequences are violent, though in a sci-fi manner. Trying to pick it apart to determine what is and is not OK for kids seems a bit silly for this movie. It is what it is with no apologies made. If you have doubts, check it out yourself before letting the kids watch. But don’t over think it. It is really just good, (semi) clean fun and an entertaining movie. Go see for yourself!