Thursday, May 31, 2012

Movie Review: The Avengers


Hey everyone, welcome to another movie review courtesy of Old School Lane. Today we're going to cover one of the most critically acclaimed summer blockbusters of this year: The Avengers. 


After 4 years of hard work and preparation, this movie has finally been released in theaters around May 4th. Ever since its release, many people and critics have praised this movie so well saying that it was not only the #1 movie of the summer, but maybe one of the greatest superhero movies ever! Is that true? Well, let's see. Is this movie an instant masterpiece of amazing teamwork or is it an overrated collaborated mess? Let's soar to the skies withThe Avengers. 


The movie starts with Loki, the evil brother of Thor. He's discussing to the Other, the leader of an alien race called the Chitauri, about the Tessaract, a powerful energy source that could be used for unlimited power. In exchange for retreving the Tessaract, the Other will allow Loki to lead his alien army to they can take over the Earth. 


Meanwhile, Nick Fury, the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. have the Tessaract in testing to find out its real capabilities. However, they opened up a portal that allowed Loki to enter into Earth. He steals the Tessaract and uses his scepter to control a few of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents and scientists. He even controls Hawkeye, one of the superheroes who was with Nick discussing about the Tessaract. Seeing the seriousness of the situation, Nick decides to call the most capable superheroes and call the group The Avengers. 


The first one is Natasha Romanov, otherwise known as Black Widow. After getting herself free from an interegation, she's told to find Dr. Bruce Banner, whose residing in India, and bring him to join The Avengers. Bruce refuses at first because he doesn't want to lose his temper and become the Incredible Hulk. However when Natasha convinces him that his assignment will be stress-free, he accepts. 


The second one is Tony Stark, otherwise known as Iron Man. Phil Coulson, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., went to Stark Industries to convince him to join. As first, he refuses. But then, after much convincing, he accepts. 


Next is Steve Rogers, otherwise known as Captain America. After being frozen for almost 70 years, he's slowly trying to catch up on everything. Nick locates Steve and gave him his assignment about Loki and the Tessaract. Despite Steve feeling out of place due to him being in a different time period, he accepts.


With a few members together, they decide to locate where Loki would be next. They find that he is currently in Germany. Loki decides to test out his power with the Tessaract and uses his sceptor to make duplicates of himself in front of a large crowd and demands that they bow down to him. He claims that freedom is a terrible thing for humans; being ruled is the way to go.


But the day is saved when the Avengers come and take down Loki. They arrest him and place him on their jet back to S.H.I.E.L.D. But then Thor comes and sets him free. Iron Man and Captain America goes after them to retreive Loki again. Thor confronts Loki saying to come home with him in Asgard, but Loki refuses. Iron Man confronts Thor and they have a hilariously epic fight, but it's been interrupted by Captain America. They had decided to work together, despite Thor and Iron Man not liking each other very much. They take in Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D. to interrogate him on where the Tessaract is. 


Meanwhile, while Loki was still imprisoned, Hawkeye attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. main base and blows up one of the main engines. Loki escapes, Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk and attacks Black Widow, Phil Coulson dies, Hawkeys is free from Loki's control, everything goes to major chaos when Loki retrieves the Tessaract and his sceptor again, and the Avengers lose their confidence. After Nick uses Phil's death as a confidence booster saying that he still believed in them, they suit up again and go after Loki.


At New York, Loki uses the Tessaract to create a portal to unlease the alien army and they started on desecrating Manhattan. Slowly, the other teammates find one another, and together, they take down Loki, destroy the portal, and take down the alien army. There are so many epic fights in this, so I won't list them. You just have to see it to believe it! It's just amazing! 


They defeat Loki, destroy the portal, and the alien army. Thor takes Loki and the Tessaract with him to Asgard where they belong. Meanwhile, at S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick tells the ambassadors that whenever the world gets into a similar chaos, the Avengers will always be there. 

But wait, if you sit down for a few moments after the credits, you'll see an alternate ending showing that there will be a sequel. It looks like that the fight has just begun.

Overall, this movie soared my expectations through the roof! It has a great story, fantastic characters that have been developed very well, and epic battles and explosions. This was a movie done by geeks for geeks. Joss Whedon did an incredible job with this movie and he should be applauded for his hard work leading it in the right direction. Those 4 years of waiting were well worth it. For any future superhero movies, they better take notes on how to make a good superhero movie because everything that was accomplished in The Avengers, they did it right! Do you agree or disagree? Post it in the comments and let us know. 




As for the upcoming superhero movies Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman,well, they have a stiff competition to try to top The Avengers. We'll see how it goes when they're released. 


That's all for today. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Thanks for reading.

-Patricia

P.S. The Nickelodeon summer tribute will begin in less than 2 weeks. I'm excited. Kevin's excited. Are you? 

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