The Avengers

The AvengersWhen a powerful villain from another planet steps through a portal that wasn’t supposed to open yet, the world is thrown into chaos.  Loki, banished Asgardian prince, is out to capture the source of ultimate power, and after that — the world.

S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury knows that there’s only one force that can combat this power — the Avengers.  A eclectic group of unusual people with remarkable abilities, the Avengers are reluctantly dragged together to locate and stop Loki.

A genius billionaire playboy.  A doctor who transforms into a green rage monster.  A hero from the past.  A Norse god.  And two trained assassins.  Can these unlikely forces look past themselves and team up to defeat, not only Loki, but the ruthless power commanding him?

The Heroic

The film is pleasantly clean, with a few small exceptions I’ll mention later.  There is no sexual content, no graphic violence, very little language, and no crude humor.

The themes are complex, many and fascinating.  One of the most prominent is the importance of putting aside ourselves and our differences and learning to work together for the good of others.  Initially the unlikely group of heroes is a great big explosion waiting to happen, and it takes a sobering near-defeat and the death of a loyal supporter to shock them out of themselves and their own problems, and point them to the world that needs them.

Iron Man especially learns this.  At the beginning, he’s a snarky jerk who only cares about about himself and his own reputation and affairs.  Later… he’s still snarky, but has proven himself by his willingness to sacrifice himself for others.

Captain America learns to fulfill the responsibilities that come with his power. Bruce Banner (the Hulk) learns to accept his circumstances and use them for good.  Good is defended and evil vanquished, freedom championed, and selfless courage wins the victory.

The characters of Captain America and Thor display particularly good character, each in his own way.  Captain America’s chivalry and justice and Thor’s strong and almost naive nobility stand out amidst the chaos of the mad struggle for our planet.

The Villainous

The movie is basically composed of two elements: fighting, and philosophical talking.  With so much philosophy there’s bound to be some bad mixed in with the good.   And there is a lot of good, but the problems must be watched out for.

One such bad element is Black Widow’s determination to “wipe the red out of her ledger” by good deeds–saving lives.  While Loki correctly states that there is no possible way for her to atone for her deeds, his words have little weight, since he’s the bad guy.

Another negative is that Tony Stark (Iron Man) lives with his girlfriend, and there is some mildly suggestive dialogue between the two of them early in the film.  At one point Black Widow is seen in a mildly immodest outfit while being interrogated, and a very mildly suggestive comment is made by her captor.  She wears a skin-tight uniform for much of the film.

There is a smattering of mild language, perhaps half a dozen mildly offensive words.  There is also a great deal of violence, of course (it’s a superhero movie!), but it’s not gory, and the only especially disturbing part is when Loki uses a device to remove a man’s eye.  The action isn’t shown, but what’s happening is clear.  Other than that, it’s just a lot of smashing and bashing and explosions.

The Super

The film is beautifully done.  The cinematography is absolutely stunning, and Alan Silvestri’s score accentuates the action and emotion very well.  The acting is superb, the writing riveting and fast-paced.  It’s not a tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of story, but it is engaging, exciting, rousing, and in many places thought-provoking.

All in all it’s a very enjoyable story, and I look forward to seeing more of what Marvel has to offer.

  1. I was eagerly awaiting your review on this! You confirmed my suspicions – I definitely want to see this.

      • Grace Pennington
      • July 7th, 2012

      I hope if you see it you enjoy it — and be sure to let me know what you think! 😀

  2. The bit about wiping the red out of her ledger is somewhat inaccurate. Since we later find out that Black Widow is playing a part to get Loki to reveal his intentions we don’t know how much of that was completely inaccurate. Also, Loki is one of those bad guys who has the uncanny ability to tell you the truth about yourself. So I wouldn’t leap to conclusions on that score. There’s rumor of a Black Widow/Hawkeye film so we’ll see…

    I’m nitpicking, as usual. Nice, glowing review. I love this film!

      • Grace Pennington
      • July 7th, 2012

      Yes, I thought about that, but she later said the same thing to Hawkeye, so it seemed likely she really felt that way… anyhow, it was ambiguous enough to mention. 😀

      Hey, nitpicking is good! 😉 Glad you liked the review!

    • BushMaid
    • July 8th, 2012

    Great review, Gracie! You hit on all the issues worth mentioning very well. I quite like this movie. 😀

      • Grace Pennington
      • July 8th, 2012

      Thank you, Bush! I like it a lot, too. 😀

  3. *loves this movie *

      • Grace Pennington
      • July 8th, 2012

      *does too* 😀

  4. * needs to watch this movie *

      • Grace Pennington
      • July 18th, 2012

      Yes, you do. 😉

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