Marvel’s ultimate superhero movie, The Avengers, is finally in theaters and from all appearance, the film is going to give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 a run for the biggest opening weekend of all-time. Fan favorite Joss Whedon brought together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and the Hulk for an epic smorgasbord of comic book superhero action.
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with the overall critical community giving The Avengers a strong 93% Rotten Tomatoes score and 69 Metascore. Our own Jordan Winter states that the movie is “nothing short of a two-hour canonical ride across the Marvel Universe which provides everything to satisfy fans, nerds and casual cinema-goers alike.”
But how did the movie fare for you? Did you love it? Hate it? Did it meet your expectations? What were your favorite moments? If you have seen the movie, feel free to discuss below!
Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen the movie, this is a warning that there will be plenty of spoilers below and in the comments. Do not proceed!
I’m only going to add to the hype but I loved The Avengers and plan to see it again soon. It has everything that I have wanted to see in a Marvel comic book movie for years: witty humor, sweeping action set-pieces that still manage to be comprehensible and well edited, enough character moments that we can feel the motivations behind all the parties involved and most of all, strong and sure-handed direction which Whedon brightly provided.
I think the most surprising aspect of the movie for me was how funny the movie was despite the fact that it could have been thoroughly dramatic and overly serious (ala The Dark Knight Rises). The Avengers is downright hilarious at times, more so than many straight comedies out there. And the different tones, narrative elements and numerous characters are perfectly balanced, a feat which cannot be understated.
As with all movies, there is always a few issues here and there. While killing off Agent Coulson, a fan favorite, was an emotional blow, it’s slightly disappointing to me that none of the Avengers ever really feel in mortal danger in the epic battle at the end. Another example is how Hulk suddenly is able to control himself and join the final big fight when throughout the movie, we are told and shown that he is completely uncontrollable. In any case, I greatly enjoyed the movie and hope to see it again in the coming weeks.
Overall, I would give it a B+.
Below, you can discuss the movie in depth and talk about anything and everything you want, including spoilers. How much did you like the movie? Was it better or not as good as you expected? Here are other potential topics of discussion:
- Particular plot points and themes
- Most memorable moments of the film
- If you haven’t seen it yet, are you planning to?
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