Excerpt: Well, here it is, folks: a review that may well be the most pointless exercise of my short-lived journalistic career. Sure, there are films you don’t feel particularly compelled to totally recount in your reviews (my recent “ET” review was just such an instance), but in the case of “The Avengers”, the question “what’s the point?” simply can’t help but be raised.
Excerpt: Avengers is everything, everything the summer blockbuster should be. It’s genesis spans decades, not just in the sense of Marvel comics, but in Hollywood itself. Star Wars created the idea, Avengers brings it into the modern cinematic fold. It’s not stupid, almost in the sense that it’s a two and a half hour middle finger directly pointing towards Michael Bay.
Conclusion: [NOTE: though the Bonus Disc is listed above, the Special Features rating, and therefore overall rating, do NOT reflect the Target Exclusive Editions, which I would consider an overall 4.5-4.75 star release.] Joss Whedon made a fantastic adventure film, that expertly blends action and character and tone to assembling one of the best super hero films in the history of the genre ('The Avengers' is also a rocking good movie, regardless of the "superhero" label).
Summary: To paraphrase a quote by the redoubtable Mark Twain, reports of the death of the superhero film franchise are greatly exaggerated. Every time a superhero film arrives that doesn't instantaneously leap tall buildings in a single bound ( Green Lantern , anyone?), the press goes into hyperdrive proclaiming the end of a genre that has been a staple of film at least since the early days of Superman and Batman serials in the mid-twentieth century.
Summary: When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safey and security, Nick Fury finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Excerpt: So, over the past four years, Marvel has been forming its battle plan with movies, starting with The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man in 2008, and eventually leading into Thor and Captain America in 2011. Now, at long last, we have the end product — well, for the time being, until the inevitable sequel. We have a compilation piece that brings all these heroes into a smorgasbord of summertime entertainment.
Excerpt: At my screening of Marvel’s The Avengers , the audience couldn’t wait until the end of the film before erupting in applause. In the midst of a massive action sequence in the third act of the story, the entire Avengers team, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, assembled on screen and seeing them together was too amazing to ignore.
Excerpt: People never know when they’re living in a golden age, goes a commonplace bit of wisdom, but that can’t be true for fans of superhero movies. Since 2000, when Bryan Singer debuted an X-Men film that stayed true to the themes and characters of the best X-Men comics while satisfying all the requirements of a big summer blockbuster, good-to-great superhero adaptations—and, yes, some truly lamentable ones—have arrived at a regular clip.