It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope; it’s the 700 million dollar heap of money The Avengers raked in worldwide in its first ten days at the box office. The film, combining the superpowers of Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America and more, opened in the U.S. this Friday. It set a new record for highest grossing film in its opening weekend, passing the previous record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II.
I saw the movie two days ago in 3-D and can’t get it out of my mind. So much awesomeness in just two hours! It includes all the action we would expect from a superhero film; full of action, explosions, creepy aliens and of course hot men in tight clothes (Thor – swoon!). All of these heroes band together under S.H.I.E.L.D. using their respective super-skills to defeat Thor’s evil adopted brother, Loki, who in tradition of evil villains plans to rule the world and free humans from freedom. Crazy, right? Mix in a little humor from Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) to break up the tension, and you’ve got yourself box office gold!
Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlett Johansson are back from their Iron Man roles portraying Agent Nick Fury, Pepper Potts, and Black Widow, respectively. I must say, Scarlett Johansson kicks some ass! It’s nice to see a woman doing the saving rather than the usual ‘damsel in distress’ role for once – there is even talk she will get her own spinoff. Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) also join their super friends.
The best part of this movie, to me, was the combination these characters from their own individual films that I loved and seeing them interact in a humorous yet dynamic way. And, um, did I forget to mention they save the world, one shot alien and destroyed building at a time?
Oh God, now I have to turn on The Notebook to restore my femininity.