Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Avengers was an Awesome Movie Spectacle!

May 5, 2012 – It was a rainy Saturday as I went to a local mall to watch one of my most anticipated movie event for this year. It was around 9:47 AM and I had to wait in line where hundreds of people flocked the mall entrance probably to catch a glimpse of Marvel’s big budget movie blockbuster. I went about the mall goofing around the recreational area, ate lunch at a well known fast-food store, then by 12:30 PM I got in line again and this time to the cinema entrance. I paid 150 pesos for the ticket which is equivalent to $3.25 and by 1 PM the movie started rolling. The story of the Avengers movie starts with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) preparing an army of Chitauri aliens at the behest of a “hidden master” who was probably another alien controlling the Chitauris; however, this sinister character is shrouded in mystery. Loki’s plan is to acquire the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) which was a mystical power source once belonged in the weapons vault of Odin (Anthony Hopkins in the movie ‘Thor’). He will give it up to the “hidden master” in exchange for his conquest of Earth and rule it for the foreseeable future.

The Tesseract itself brought Loki to Earth and with the help of Dr. Eric Selvig (Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd) or more precisely being under the spell of Loki, he was able to open a worm hole that allowed for the forces of the Chitauri aliens to pass through and invade Earth. Under the guidance of Nicholas Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division) which is an international organization specifically chartered to deter any alien threat, 7 heroes unite to form a team called “The Avengers” to stop this impending threat. In the movie Loki who is bent on revenge against his hated half brother who is called Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is not only a master of magic, but an extremely cunning battle strategist too! He deliberately allowed SHIELD to capture him in order to manipulate the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to attack the Avengers while they were inside the helicarrier (an advanced aircraft carrier with the ability to hover and be invisible both in radar as well as visual range). With SHIELD’s helicarrier nearly destroyed by the combined attacks of the Hulk and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Loki went on to hatch his plan on the newly erected Stark Tower right in the heart of New York City.

At the movie’s climax Fury was able to instill courage on the team with the death of SHIELD agent Phil Coulson (Clark Greg), Captain America (Chris Evans) the uncompromising and serious super-soldier gathered the team to take the fight right into Loki’s face. Finally they were on the streets of New York and it seemed like September 11 again, except this time the heroes have come to stop the relentless attacks of a much more powerful force than terrorists. It gave me goosebumps to see the Hulk, Captain America, The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor standing there, it reminded me of the days when I used to read Marvel comic books and watching cartoons about them – only this is way too cool compared to what I’ve seen in my life. In the end the Avengers were successful in thwarting the Chitauri army including their 200 feet long heavily armored floating monsters that tear through buildings like they weren’t even there. Loki was captured and will soon face judgement back in Asgard and the world witnessed the first appearance of the Avengers.

Also in the post credits of the movie the death-worshiping Thanos appeared suggesting either that he will be the next villain in the sequel or Marvel is cooking up an Infinity Gauntlet film, which is also very cool! I will definitely dig up spoilers about this Thanos cameo, because whatever it is that Marvel is brewing in secrecy it’s absolutely big and is going to be another movie hit.

I absolutely loved how director Joss Whedon handled the cast and crew of this movie and be able to bring to life a comic book masterpiece. I enjoyed the humor of the movie, the adventure when we see the heroes jump, fly, fight and do all those mind-blowing things on the screen. Even though it was intended as an action/adventure movie it’s undeniable that there was a very good story behind the film, one that which brings the characters together and fight as one. The Avengers is now running on its third opening week and has already grossed more than $1 billion and is expected to bring in more money this weekend. Predictions are now floating on the web that it might surpass Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight and even James Cameron’s Avatar. I guess we’ll have to see this coming weekend. In case you haven’t seen it yet, you should, I definitely recommend this movie – it’s really really awesome!

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