It’s something I find myself saying a lot: I’ve waited more than 33 years for an Avengers movie and this one was worth the wait. No, really.It’s true. Why I find myself repeating that all the time is another question entirely.
In all seriousness, the Avengers movie from Marvel Entertainment and the House of Pain (Sorry. I meant, Disney) came out about two weeks ago and blew past $1B in box office like it wasn’t even trying.
I’m not sure if this movie will have the staying power to surpass Avatar, which brought in about $2.78B in box office, but it’s certainly looking to be the highest-grossing movie in the superhero genre.
But, dudes? I really couldn’t care how much money this movie makes. It was magnificent! It was brilliant! It was explodey! It was funny! It was, in short, everything I ever wanted an Avengers movie to be. Mostly because it was real and not one of those movies that continue to exist in my imagination.
Building on the backs of the previous Marvel Universe movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America), this movie brought together these disparate characters, along with Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye and the omnipresent Nick Fury, mashed them all together with Loki, an invading army of aliens and a surprise villain, and produced a two-hour shot of pure awesome.
You know how, when a movie’s really, really, really good, people will clap when it ends? Yeah, the entire audience in my showing was hooting and hollering and clapping and cheering during the movie. In fact, there were two scenes (both involving the breakout star of the movie — that 7-foot green rage monster known as the Hulk) that were possibly the funniest scenes I’d seen in years at a movie. And that included several alleged comedies.
This one had it all. Great dialogue. Actual characters. Amazing spectacle. Humor. Danger. Action and thrills. And even a tiny bit of pathos.
And, like any good entertainment based on the eternal now of comic-book storytelling, it left us with goosebumps with the small mid-credits cameo scene of the bad dude behind it all. You might not know who it was if you weren’t a big Avengers fan prior to the movie, but, trust me, this is a big deal.
If you don’t recognize that character, just run your select over the following white text: Thanos, the mad god of Titan. He’s so bad, his girlfriend is Death. Literally.
So, yeah. It’s a big deal.
Even with all the explodey bits, I think it remains a great family film provided your little dudes are older than, say, 5 and can handle the loud noises.
Go see this now. In the theaters. When it’s as big a spectacle as it should be.
As big a spectacle as it needed to be, after I had to wait most of my life for it.
You’ll be glad you did.
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