Movie Capsule Review: The Avengers
Ah summer blockbuster season… There’s no time of the year (not counting Christmastime) that fills me with such joy. So much spectacle is hurled at us week after week by Hollywoodland and, oh my goodness, is it ever grand.
And we are off to one heck of a start with Marvel’s “The Avengers”.
This will probably wind up being the most clever of the big flicks being released this season. Pretty much every plot point from all the solo adventures of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor interweaves with one another here, resulting in lots of conflict and lots of hilarity. I can’t speak for The Hulk though, because honestly, I haven’t seen either Ang Lee’s “Hulk” or Louis Letterier’s “The Incredible Hulk”. In fact, I’m still not entirely clear on whether either of those movies (or both) are supposed to lead up to “Avengers”, or if “The Incredible Hulk” is in fact a sequel to “Hulk” or a straight-up reboot. Maybe I haven’t watched them yet cause the whole thing is so darn confusing. Somebody feel free to clarify for me. That’s what the comments section is for.
But I digress. There’s a whole lot of satisfaction to be had from seeing the arcs we’ve been following since Iron Man’s release converge. An extra payoff for watching some already great movies.
Did I mention this movie was hilarious? A quick backtrack reveals I did. But let me extrapolate on that for you. There’s Looney Tunes-esque action. People are put through the ringer like they were The Coyote toying with Acme products and it’s just a delight.
And then there’s the last half hour of the movie which is simply sheer eye candy; with aliens emerging through a wormhole and proceeding to blast CGI Manhattan to smithereens while our heroes do their darndest (given each’s respective powers) to down the invaders.
Treat your eyeballs. See it in IMAX 3D. I did and it was awesome. Even though some supernerds got up and literally hugged the screen during the end credits and cast their annoying little shadows on the bottom of the post-credits scene (also hilarious).
I swear I will never make a pun like that again. Seriously though, you should go see this movie.