Movie Review: Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Revive Hero Genre | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:19

By Trevin Smith

The Avengers revives the overhyped genre of superhero beat-em-ups and wraps you in a blanket of hope and imagination in a way only superheroes can.

In two hours childhood fantasy gets a shot of adrenaline as Hawkeye, the Black Widow, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man team up in an all you can eat buffet of bullets, mindless violence and explosions. Plus Samuel L. Jackson wears a cool leather eye patch, what else could you need?

Alone, each of The Avenger’s individual movies were good at best (the only two so far not to have films are Hawkeye and the Black Widow). But when combined, each hero offers endless snappy comebacks, one liners and unique powers that keep the movie from dying a boring death.

The older and younger crowds together erupted in cheer in a way I’ve never heard in a Marvel movie before, as the Avengers put their many differences aside to take down the Norse mythology inspired villain Loki who is out to take over the world.

My favorite hero after seeing the film is easily the Hulk. “The Avengers” tended to keep David Banner under wraps for most of the film, only to later reveal him as a car throwing, building scaling machine.

As each hero meets one another, some tension and rock star egos emerge, especially in Tony Stark (Iron Man) which at times can get a tad annoying, but overall it’s fun to watch how The Avengers use each of their individual skills to get the job done.

With solid characters, countless explosions and a hint to a sequel after the credits, “The Avengers” is a great way to open the approaching summer movie season by both giving you someone to root for and making you want to give superhero flicks another chance.


Trevin Smith, who lives in Castro Valley, is currently studying journalism at Las Positas College where he has been the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the school newspaper, The Express. You may read more of his work at and contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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