Mojave Flick Review: The Avengers

Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!

Miguel Gonzalez


By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) Earth’s mightiest heroes have finally assembled on the silver screen. Any fan of the super hero genre has been waiting a lifetime for this, and now it is here. So how does Marvel Comic’s premiere superhero team perform in the biggest film opening of the summer?

The Avengers takes advantage of the films that came before it, literally. The two Iron Man films, Thor, Captain America; they have all been building up to this point. Directed by Joss Whedon, no stranger to Marvel as he has written some of the most memorable stories in recent memory, the film doesn’t skip a beat in continuity. Back to reprise their roles are Robert Downey Jr. as the armored avenger, Chris Evans as the sentinel of liberty and Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder. The trinity of the Marvel Universe, together in one film, but that isn’t all. Scarlet Johansson is back as the Black Widow, Jeremy Renner takes up the bow as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo is the new Dr. Banner and the jade giant, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson is the man behind it all as Nick Fury. That’s an all-star cast, but does the film deliver to the massive hype around it?

Yes, yes it does. The film focuses on the God of Lies Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is bringing an army to wreck havoc on the world, with only the newly formed super team to stop them. I won’t give away any more of the plot than that, but I will say that film knocks it out of the park on so many levels. First, the Avengers coming together as a team; yes, the film is different than the comic book origin. But the team originally formed in the 1960’s, so the version you see in the film is much more believable in this day and age, and it actually feels like it means something. Next up, the comic book-ness of the film.

The Avengers comic book run has included some knock down, drag out fights, but it was always about more than that. The internal conflicts, the humorous quips, the moments that literally take your breath away; rest easy, as the film hits all the high marks in these factors and more. Downey’s Iron Man easily steals the show when it comes to the comedic moments, and the Hulk brings the action scenes that leap right off of the four-color page. From the opening scene to the titanic conclusion, the film doesn’t let go for its entire span, well over the two-hour mark.

When it comes to comic book films, The Avengers was meant to be the Holy Grail so to speak: it is, easily. I cannot recommend this film enough, as there was not one moment that felt like it didn’t belong. Just make sure you stay until after the credits, as it is one of the best after the credits scenes thus far. The Avengers assembled all right, and it is now the film to beat for the crown.

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