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Old 04-24-12, 03:41 PM   #1
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The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

Since reviews are pouring in...

Please continue pre-release discussion here.

Movie:
"The Avengers" (Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston)

Release Date:
5/4/2012

Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, a mild drug reference, some mild sexual innuendo, but nothing horrible, unfair comparisons to the clearly superior 1998 The Avenger’s throughout)

Running Time:
142min. (2h. 22m.)

Budget:
$220 million (estimated)

IMDb Synopsis:
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Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.


IMDb Info and Rating:
8.8 (146,280 votes as of 5/12/12)

Rotten Tomatoes:
Fresh:239 Rotten:18 (93% as of 5/12/12)

Metacritic:
69 metascore ('Generally favorable reviews' as of 5/12/12)

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Old 04-25-12, 06:15 AM   #2
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Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

The Avengers is one of the most fun movies. That previous sentence was not missing a clause or specification.

I really can't do a proper review justice, so I'll just hit a bunch of bullet points:

  • At first, I was dismayed that I had purchased 3D/IMAX tickets for a movie not shot in that format, but this may be the perfect example of an excellent post-conversion. It's crystal clear, and whoever worked on this (whether it's Whedon or someone else) "understands" 3D much better. It doesn't feel like a cheap addition, just something that got as much thought put into it as, say, the sound mixing. There's also a few 3D fan service scenes with the female characters.
  • If you were like me, you spent a considerable amount of your early comic book–reading years locked in discussions along the lines of "Who would win in a fight between x and y?" Prepare to add more fodder to these discussions. The best fight scenes are between the existing characters, and are used throughout the film, keeping the pace quick through the finale.
  • As you would expect from a Whedon script, the one-liners are hilarious and a lot of times unexpected.
  • Good gravy, Cobie Smulders is one of the most attractive women on the planet. Guess I had to see her 30 feet tall.
  • Each character gets plenty of screen time, so it doesn't feel like anyone gets stiffed. Except maybe
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    Hawkeye who gets taken over by Loki and is a villain for more than half the film.

  • I saw it with two others people, who had little knowledge of comic books (but had seen the other films) and both loved it. If anyone liked any of the past movies, they'll like this one.
  • You don't need to stay to the very, very end of the credits, just halfway through, when they introduce the next villain:
    Spoiler:
    Thanos



I'm absolutely seeing this again.
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Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

Sounds like Whedon really did this franchise right! So many reviews are so glowing.
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Old 04-25-12, 08:14 AM   #4
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Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

Not seen it yet but the only other summer film I can remember reviews like this for recently was the Star Trek reboot.

Crazy strong.
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Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

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  • You don't need to stay to the very, very end of the credits, just halfway through, when they introduce the next villain:
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  • could you go into detail of that one?
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    Old 04-25-12, 09:20 AM   #6
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    could you go into detail of that one?
    It's already on youtube.

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    Old 04-25-12, 09:31 AM   #7
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    already down.

    edit: I found it. Marvel is quick on taking them down though.

    Spoiler:
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    Damn, that was fast. Did you get a chance to see it?
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    Old 04-25-12, 09:34 AM   #9
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    yeah. Posted it in my spoiler up there. Dunno how long it'll last.
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    Old 04-25-12, 10:13 AM   #10
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    Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

    Son of a fuck, why did I read those spoilers?

    I have no self-restraint. I gotta stay out of this thread.
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    Old 04-25-12, 10:24 AM   #11
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    yeah. Posted it in my spoiler up there. Dunno how long it'll last.
    Not long. Its down already too.
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    Old 04-25-12, 11:05 AM   #12
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    Missed it twice.
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    Missed it twice.
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    You really didn't miss much as it was really bad cam quality and hard to see anything. Basically it is Thanos saying that they underestimated the Avengers, Loki bows down before him, and the camera then focuses on Thanos' arm which I suppose was the Infinity Gauntlet but hard to tell in the poor cam quality. Then Thanos says something like "to challenge them is to court death" (a double meaning for comic book readers since Thanos is in love with the personification of Death in the comics). Thanos then turns around and we get a quick half a second look at his face. And that's it.
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    Old 04-25-12, 11:21 AM   #14
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    You really didn't miss much as it was really bad cam quality and hard to see anything. Basically it is Thanos saying that they underestimated the Avengers, Loki bows down before him, and the camera then focuses on Thanos' arm which I suppose was the Infinity Gauntlet but hard to tell in the poor cam quality. Then Thanos says something like "to challenge them is to court death" (a double meaning for comic book readers since Thanos is in love with the personification of Death in the comics). Thanos then turns around and we get a quick half a second look at his face. And that's it.
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    and he has a slight smile at the end.
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    Thanos is not the way to go in the sequel.

    They need an Avengers vs A Legion of Doom type group.
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    Old 04-25-12, 11:50 AM   #16
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    Thanos is not the way to go in the sequel.

    They need an Avengers vs A Legion of Doom type group.

    I'd be game for that...
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    Re: The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) — The Reviews Thread

    reviews are sublime...

    IMDb Info and Rating:
    8.9 (12,984 votes as of 4/28/12)

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    My three word review:

    It's fraking awesome.

    Hulk was probably my favorite part of the movie. Comedy without being cheesy.
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    You really didn't miss much as it was really bad cam quality and hard to see anything. Basically it is Thanos saying that they underestimated the Avengers, Loki bows down before him, and the camera then focuses on Thanos' arm which I suppose was the Infinity Gauntlet but hard to tell in the poor cam quality. Then Thanos says something like "to challenge them is to court death" (a double meaning for comic book readers since Thanos is in love with the personification of Death in the comics). Thanos then turns around and we get a quick half a second look at his face. And that's it.
    Spoiler:
    Basically correct; it wasn't Loki but a Chitauri bowing and saying that to challenge Earth is to court death. Then a close up to the other guy, with him smiling in response.


    I got to agree that Hulk was my favorite, too. He was awesome in the fights, but he also had the audience laughing.
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    Great stuff, took my 8 year old and we had a blast. Ruffalo was a awesome Banner and best use yet of Hulk. Loki great choice as villain too, best of the foes in the past movies and Hiddleston is excellent. More when I soak it in but other than a slightly slow start it's a great flick.
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    I don't understand why this is getting rave reviews while the movie is average at best with today's special effects.
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    I don't understand why this is getting rave reviews while the movie is average at best with today's special effects.
    There's more to a movie than special effects. You can have the greatest effects around but if the story and cast blow then so does the movie. Have so-so effects and a great cast and story and the movie is still good. I think folks are too harsh on special effects these days. Just my opinion though.
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    I don't understand why this is getting rave reviews while the movie is average at best with today's special effects.
    What in particular did you think was lacking?
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    Puny God!

    Best line ever.

    End of review.
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    I was wondering what he said. The theater was too loud laughing to hear it .
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