Movie Review: The Avengers (2012)


I usually don’t buy into hype around movies. When “blockbusters” come out, I’m not the first person in line. But this summers’ The Avengers ( has had me drooling for months. I knew when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) showed up at the end of the first Iron Man ( that an Avengers movie was on the horizon. When The Avengers was announced I went a little ape-shit crazy; not only because I’m a Marvel geek, but also because the string of movies that has come out (Iron ManThe Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America) have been really well made. For the last few weeks leading up to the release last Thursday I’ve been gearing up to see it.

The Avengers has so many things to make it amazing: a talented ensemble cast, written and directed by Joss Whedon (, and it’s the freaking Avengers.

With all the hype, and everything it has going for it, I figured it would be a flop; just like most big budget, summer blockbusters. But it wasn’t. I will make the argument that The Avengers is the best comic book movie to come out, to date. My reasons for this go far beyond the fact that I’m more Marvel oriented than DC, they go beyond my distaste for Batman and Christian Bale; my reasons even supersede how much I love Robert Downey Jr. as an actor.

The Avengers brings to the table a true “comic book” movie. It’s not just a movie based around a super hero (or heroes) that attempts to loosely tie in elements from the originating material. It is a movie built to be a comic book. It’s got the humorous quips that comic books are known for. It’s got the action that comic book nerds ogle at. And I bet that if you were to look at the storyboards for The Avengers that it would read like a comic book.

Part of what fans of the book series will really enjoy is that they haven’t dumbed down anything to pander to a mass audience. It holds true to the characters and the story. Now how does all this wit and action come together so well? That’s simple. Joss Whedon. The writer/ creator of Firefly ( is known for having snarky witticism built into his very action filled works. He’s also known for working with great characters in very action packed scenarios. So having him write/direct The Avengers was a can’t miss.

This is the iconic summer blockbuster that’s filled with big stars (Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner (and a whole slew of other huge names)), amazing visual special effects (Sidenote: 16 SFX/VFX took part in the creation of The Avengers), and a huge studio backing (backed by Paramount (Sidenote: Paramount is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year). But The Avengers is also chalked full of geeky nerdisms that make it appeal to mainstream and indy audiences alike.

So, without giving away parts of the movie, here’s my one line review: The Avengers is stunning in both looks and characterization, it’s well acted, and is “fun for the whole family.”

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the trailer:

2 Responses to “Movie Review: The Avengers (2012)”

  1. 1 3bayer

    very nice review, agree on all parts, thought it was a great film.

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