Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers (2012) Review

Over the last few years, we as the collective moviegoer have been bombarded with superhero movies.  From the great (The Dark Knight, Iron Man) to the not so great (Thor, Green Lantern), it has become a go-to moneymaker for Hollywood.  Some of the films have simply been made to build up to one big collective film that would be a "who's who" of superheroes.  No matter how great the introductory films were (actually Thor was the only one that disappointed), you knew they were necessary to make this colossal upcoming film a reality.  Well, this film it was all building up to was The Avengers, and it finally hit theatres this weekend.  So much hype had been built up around this film that you thought there was no way it could live up to it.  You also add in the fact that the star-studded films very rarely turn out to be outstanding films.  The premise is used so much to sell the film simply to hide the fact that the story is rather lacking.  With all this in mind, I was excited yet skeptical of The Avengers.  After watching it, there was no reason to be skeptical.  It lived up to all the hype.

To understand The Avengers you have to understand each of the films that introduces the main characters.  Iron Man and Iron Man 2 introduce us to Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), a genius weapons engineer that really has an anti-hero personality.  He is brash, egotistical, selfish, and conceited.  It works for him though as he uses his special suit that runs on his heart "battery" for lack of a better term that allows him to fly and fire weapons at his enemies.