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Josh Says: 5 Reasons Why 'The Avengers' Lives Up To The Hype

Fri, May 4, 2012 1:19pm EDT by 3 Comments
The Avengers Review

Prepare to have your minds blown when you see Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ in theaters this weekend!

I’m hardly the biggest comic book fan, but you can bet I was foaming at the mouth for The Avengers, which hits theaters May 4. Though anticipation for the superhero extravaganza has been building for years — in fact, more than 42% of fans polled on the Marvel’s The Avengers Facebook page said they planned on seeing the movie “more than twice” — I have to admit, I was a little skeptical it could be pulled off. Yet, I knew if anyone could prove me wrong, it was screenwriter/director Joss Whedon. And boy, did he deliver!

Here are my top five reasons why The Avengers was everything I was hoping it would be (and more!):

#1) It has a script that actually makes sense: All too often, producers think audiences will ignore gaping plot holes if they throw enough special effects in our faces. Can anyone say, Iron Man 2?  But The Avengers is different. The movie has a well thought-out plot that’s easy to follow, a great villain in Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and a satisfying resolution. I really have to hand it to Joss for not sacrificing substance for style.

#2) It gives everyone in the ensemble their due: Like you, I can’t get enough of Robert Downey Jr. as “billionaire playboy philanthropist” — and smart-ass — Robert Stark/Iron Man. (Not surprisingly, 37% of fans chose Iron Man as the superhero they would most like to be.) Nevertheless, I was going in to see an ensemble film, not Iron Man 3. Thankfully, every character in The Avengers has a clear purpose and gets plenty of screen time. Even more importantly, the six leads — Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. — have amazing chemistry.

#3) It’s action-packed: The Avengers boasts some of the best action sequences I’ve seen in years. The epic final battle between the Avengers and Loki’s army of alien invaders that takes place smack in the middle of New York City will literally have you on the edge of your seats!

#4) It has heart: The Avengers might not be as gritty or as philosophical as Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight, but its message is one that will resonate strongly with audiences of all ages. Watching a ragtag team of superheroes put aside their differences and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds reminds you what we can accomplish if we work together — not to mention what’s worth fighting for.

#5) It’s funny: Sure, Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious, but he’s hardly the only member of the cast who had me cracking up. In fact, several times throughout the movie, the whole audience burst out into laughter.

Bottom line: You have GOT to see Marvel’s The Avengers opening weekend. Run — don’t walk — to your local theater. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Now that you’ve read my list, HollywoodLifers, I want to hear your first impressions of the The Avengers. Leave a comment below letting me know what YOU think of the film!

— Josh Rosenblatt