The Avengers

Tony Stark: "Yeah, takes us a while to get any traction, I'll give you that one. But let's do a head count here: your brother the demigod...a super-soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend..a man with breathtaking anger management issues...a couple of master assassins...and you've managed to piss off every single one of them."
Loki: "That was the plan."
Tony Stark: "Not a great plan."

release year: 2012
genre: superhero action
viewing setting: home Bluray 12/9/17 and 5/30/16 and 10/3/15 and 5/5/14 and 10/22/13 and 2/24/13 and theater, 5/7/12

synopsis: In the face of a worldwise threat, several individual superheroes must come together and learn to work as a team in order to save the world.

impressions: Simply put, this movie kicks total ass. It's better than the sum of its parts and has everything: a fast-moving plot, plentiful characters, tons of fighting, humor, and special effects. Every one of the heroes has at least one moment to shine, and I also liked the way they all had to overcome their differences and individual quirks for a greater purpose. Also, there was an element of secrecy with Nick Fury and his plans, but when it all came to light, the explanation made sense. And lastly...the big final battle is almost an hour long and wreaks much havoc on Manhattan.

something this movie has that no other movie has: There are many, but how about an aircraft carrier that flies too?

things to watch for: beginning at 1:42, a tremendous battle in New York City

acting: I can't even begin to praise the cast enough. Most are recurring characters from other superhero movies, though Mark Ruffalo is new as Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, and does a great job. They all do great jobs - the main six, plus Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury. Clark Gregg is good as one of Fury's capable lieutenants. Veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton has a brief cameo, and comic book creator and legend Stan Lee has an even briefer one.

final word: Outstanding - a must-see.

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