Have there been movie moments in your life in which you can remember the exact theater, who you saw it with, how old you were, and the movie itself has become legendary. Maybe it was Star Wars, or Raiders of the Lost Arc, Titanic or perhaps The Dark Knight? Well, I’ve just experienced this myself. This was a movie, that immediately after it was over, I knew that I had to see it again ASAP! In fact, I even took the next day off work so that I could see it again. That movie was “The Avengers”.
Anyone who’s read my reviews on our website has probably noticed that I have a soft spot for DC Comics. I’ve been reading them and collecting them since 1989. Now, I would read some Marvel Comics from time to time. I even collected a few, but most of those were the X-Men. I really wasn’t very familiar with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye or Black Widow. They didn’t even have any cartoons that are worthy of mention. But here it is, 2012, and I really wish I had been an Avenger fan from the very beginning.
I love what Marvel has been doing with their superheroes. They know how to get the best creative talent, and make sure that each script is up to their standards and vision of their properties. They also realize that if each of their characters can do well in their own individual films, teaming them up in one film would be something special. The more I think about this movie, the more I want to see it again and again. And not just to see the actions of just one character, but to revisit a number of scenes featuring each member of the team.
Ultimately, this film is a testament to teamwork. Not only because of the story they are trying to tell, but also because of the efforts of every member of this film crew. The cast of the Avenger team made it seem as if they had been working together for years. The chemistry was electric and you could tell that they were all having fun. I believe that this can be attributed to the fact that every member has already portrayed their characters in a previous film. They’ve been in this Marvel Universe, took notes, and truly occupied the mindset of these amazing heroes. The only exception to this was Mark Ruffalo, who took over the role of Bruce Banner/aka the Hulk from Edward Norton who did The Incredible Hulk. He held his own among these greater than life characters and performances. The Hulk himself also stole the show in a number of hysterical scenes with Thor and Loki. However, the real star of this film is the film maker Joss Whedon.
It is so refreshing to have a geek film made by another geek. Someone who knows the history of comics, and realizes just how amazing a super hero film can be when done right. His script was brilliant and truly gave each and every character a time in the spotlight. His direction of the action scenes was masterful and kept me on the edge of my seat for the first time in a very long time. Each movie that has come out before this one has been a step towards an ultimate goal. This is the payoff we’ve been waiting for and boy was it worth the wait.
J.Chandler – A
The sequel becomes the first topic of conversation after a movie, especially a super hero film, has great reviews and even greater box office. Such was the case for the first Iron Man movie. Most people weren’t expecting such a perfect origin story, incredible acting, outstanding special effects and (most shocking of all) that Robert Downey Jr. became Tony Stark. After such a spectacular beginning, talk started immediately about the second film and when it would appear in the grand scheme of Marvel’s plans for an Avenger film. Would it come before all of the other Marvel film or after the Thor and Captain America films were released? Well, that question has been answered after Iron Man 2 was released this past weekend and sets us up perfectly for Iron Man’s participation in the Avenger initiative.
At the end of the first Iron Man film, we witnessed Tony Stark telling the world that he was in fact Iron Man. This sort of thing is unheard of. No super hero reveals his secret identity to the world for fear that their enemies will come after their loved ones and family. So, now that Tony Stark and Iron Man are proven to be the same person, what will that do to Tony’s life and the people in it? This is the main question faced in this movie and it is a brilliant question indeed. How will this affect his business? Will he attract more enemies purely because he is Iron Man? Will he be able to keep his friends safe? Can he do it alone? Each of these complex issues is brought up in this second Iron Man film.
At the beginning of the film we are introduced to Ivan Vanko as he sits with his father Anton on his deathbed. The father Anton worked with Tony’s father Howard to produce the Arc reactor that was introduced in the first film and is the technology in Tony’s chest. Ivan’s father was never given due credit for helping to create this technology and it left the Vanko family poor and wanting revenge for this betrayal. After Anton dies, Ivan sees that Tony is Iron Man and he decides to use his dad’s technology to create a suit for himself to take his revenge on the Stark family. Once he builds his suit, that has whips made out of electricity, he is known as Whiplash.
Meanwhile, Tony is dealing with his own issues. The government, after finding out that he is Iron Man, has stated that he needs to release his suit to them for government purposes. Stark industries won government contracts for defense weapons and they feel that the suit is now property of the government. Stark is not letting go of his suit stating that he and Iron Man are one and the same and it is his technology no matter his ties to the government contracts. All of this builds up to battles against both the government and their need for his technology and Whiplash who is strictly seeking revenge.
All in all, this is a terrific sequel that takes the best parts of the first film and expands on them. I wouldn’t say that this film is any better than the first, but it is certainly equal to it in my opinion. This has also helped to raise my hopes for the upcoming movies by leaps and bounds. You can really see that they are trying to create continuity between all of their films. Also, be sure to stay in the theater through the end of the credit and you’ll be treated to a nice surprise!