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Monday, April 30, 2012

For the sake of not having to write the same intro a million different ways throughout the rest of time, just know that this column avoids the overly long and sometimes dull process of full film reviews and instead opts to break things down based on what I thought going in, what happened while I was there and what I learned at the end of it all.  Hope that's OK.

Read on!

The Breakdown - The Avengers

The Impression:

After five pretty good setup movies, Marvel finally assembles The Avengers.  Expectations can only be described as astronomically high.

The Reality:

If I had to give you a permanent answer right now, I'd be willing to call The Avengers a great flick.  I can't say how well it's actually going to hold up over repeat viewings (the first act is slow, and there are a sizeable variety of plot holes that have the potential to agitate), but I do know that it plays out like something that was made by a bunch of people trying really hard to make the right decisions.  This results in a movie that constantly feels inspired, like a labor of love, and when I wasn't rooting for the characters on the screen, I was pulling for Joss Whedon and his crew to roll out another scene worth cheering out loud for.  If you can't find something/anything to champion in The Avengers, then you should stop going to the theater.

PS - There's no reason to see this in 3D.  It doesn't look bad or anything, but you get nothing in exchange for the extra cash you have to pay to get in.

The Lesson:

Where there's a will, there's a way.

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