5/4/2012 The Avengers

My parents were in town for my brother-in-law’s graduation from USD graduate school. So most of my family, plus some of Ben’s family, plus Kate, Erin, and Sherri all drove to the Verne Drive-In for their opening weekend of the summer. Since it was at a drive-in I feel like I missed the first ten minutes because it wasn’t dark enough yet and I couldn’t hear all the time because I opted to watch from the truck bed and not inside a vehicle.

Loki is bad news. He steals the Tesseract from S.H.E.I.L.D. agent Nick Fury and magics Dr. Selvig (from the movie Thor) and Hawkeye to obey him. Fury and Coulson decide to start the Avengers Initiative and go to each superhero individually. Coulson enlists Black Widow (Johansson) to persuade Dr. Banner/Hulk in Calcutta while Coulson talks to Tony Stark/Iron Man and Pepper Potts up in Stark Tower. Fury has to persuade Steve Rogers/Captain America. They all meet, some more reluctantly than others, on an air craft carrier, which converts to a plane or quinjet (which I only know the name because I work at a toy store). With the power of science and technology and the brilliance of Stark and Banner, they find Loki and capture him pretty quick. As they are returning to the quinjet, a storm is brewing. Enter Thor (the god of thunder can have a dramatic entrance). He wants to deal with his brother, Loki. Iron Man and Captain America go after them and try to convince Thor to go along with S.H.E.I.L.D.’s plan. But this plays into Loki’s hand. All of the Avengers together, on a plane can only lead to a fight. All this while, Dr. Selvig had been working on the Tesseract to open up a portal. Loki has an agreement with these aliens and they are about to attack.

The only thing I didn’t like about this movie was that I went to it at a drive-in and didn’t have my Walkman, from back in the day, so I could listen to it with headphones. I feel like a missed a lot of the comic banter which is usually said in lower, sarcastic tones. But as action movies go, this one was amazing. The story, which could have super confusing since there are six Avengers each with their own back story, layered really well so none of the four heroes with their own movies lost any depth and Hawkeye and Black Widow gained some. I want to know more about them and also what they said because I didn’t hear most of their conversation after he came back to the good side. Do not worry. I will be going again so that I can hear everything and stop sounding like an old lady who is ashamed to wear her hearing aids in public. The aliens are very weird, scary, and gross. I would not like them attacking my city. Also, there are a lot of big names in this movie and it’s not crowded.

The Avengers is filled with sci-fi violence (I just re-watched Thor and that was listed as to why Thor is rated PG-13) so I would say 12 (this might also depend on what I didn’t hear, so I might change this), A (mainly because the next movie in this franchise is too far away).

Relevant Magazine had an interesting article about what The Avengers represent.

Spoiler alert: Funk’s House of Geekery counted down the Top Ten Most Awesome Moments in The Avengers. 

What did you think of The Avengers?

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