The Avengers was hands down the best action movie of the year. When the film came out late spring, expectations were raised for the upcoming summer blockbusters. However, no film from last summer was even able to hold a candle to The Avengers.
It’s not hard for the film’s plot to make an avid movie fan skeptical. Half a dozen superheros in one film? It could have gone either way, but with Joss Whedon’s brilliant script and directing – the film was a smashing success.
So if you were under a rock this spring, and you didn’t see The Avengers, here’s the plot… Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) come together to fight an unexpected enemy who emerges and threatens global safety. Nick Fury (Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.) assembles the team in order to save the world from total disaster. Through the first part of the film, we get to see the recruitment process of bringing all the superheroes together, and in the second half – we get to see lots of witty comments and ass kicking. At the end of it all, you’ll be agreeing with us that Joss Whedon should direct every superhero movie from here on out.
The combination of superheroes is pretty perfect, but let’s face it – we all really just want to watch Iron Man kick some ass and when he’s not – just fill the time with his witty one-liners. Who cares who Black Widow is and how handsome Thor is (alright, maybe we care a little about that…)? That being said, there was just the right amount of each character without it feeling like too much. Iron Man and Hulk are really the stars here, and the rest of the cast just supplies perfect backup.
The Blu-ray DVD is loaded with just about every special feature you could dream up. There’s the basics – audio commentary with Joss Whedon, deleted scenes, and a gag reel (Marvel’s first ever apparently). There’s also a number of featurettes including Marvel On-Shot: Item 47,
Overall, The Avengers is one of the best films of 2012. It is certainly one of the most entertaining films of the year. The real question the film leaves you with – is how can we ever watch another Marvel movie without the whole team? Hollywood, you spoiled us with this one. You’ve got one hell of a job to do with Iron Man 3!
Review By: Emma Loggins