(Just a FYI, there are no spoilers in this review. I don’t like having movies spoiled so my goal in all my reviews is to not reveal anything of any importance so I don’t ruin it for you.)
I’m in the middle of an opening night, midnight showing hangover. No, not the kind caused by too much alcohol consumption. The kind caused by not getting home until around 3 am, and then only sleeping about a total of 3 hours before getting up and taking Laura and the kids to school. I’ve since had a nap and I don’t know about you all, but naps never make up for that lost sleep for me. I won’t feel normal until tomorrow. I feel like I’m on a large dose of Benadryl or something. So please bear with me if any of this review is confusing or convoluted.
Our goal was to meet at the theater at 11 pm, one hour before start time. I’m usually a night owl and typically am up past 11 pm on most evenings. For some weird reason, I started getting sleepy at 10:15 pm. Uh oh. I just hoped that getting up and going to meet the guys would help give me some energy. I did not want to drink any coffee or energy drinks because I was afraid I would not be able to sleep after the movie.
I got to the cinema on time and we all went in after a few minutes of chit-chat. A lot of us loaded up on popcorn, candy, and a drink. This was meal 4 of the day. We got in our seats around 11:15 pm. After about 15 minutes, the manager and some theater workers came in asking for $1 donations for something (sorry, I can’t remember) and you’d get a poster for that dollar and be entered in a drawing that night for 2 free tickets to the movie we’re all now about to watch. At least that’s what I think he said, maybe it was to any movie in that theater.
One of the guys with us wanted 2 posters for his boys and I agreed to go down front, give the money, and get the posters. A couple of other guys wanted the same so I took their money down as well. First of all, they didn’t have anywhere near enough posters and there was only one left when I got down there. Secondly, they were giving posters away that were to all the other movies they’ve played for the last few months, not “The Avengers.” What? Why would these guys’ kids’ want a poster to these dramas and so forth? Fail. But, one of the guys I went down front for actually won the drawing for the 2 free tickets. Winner! So, that made up for the poster debacle in my mind.
After this, we still had 15 minutes before midnight. All that served to do was to let what little adrenaline I had flowing, subside and allow the sleepiness to come back with a vengeance. Then the clock struck 12 and here comes the movie. But wait! There were about 10 movie previews it seemed. I was literally struggling to keep my eyes open through all of those. I could not believe that I was going to sleep through the movie. Terrible.
Then the movie started and my sleepiness never came back into the picture until I got home. Awesome. That should tell you something about the movie right there. For some reason, my expectations were not really high for this flick. I’ve seen all the movies for each superhero leading up to this one. I liked most of them but sometimes in a series like this, the further you go along, the movies just go down hill. So maybe I had this thought in mind.
I was completely surprised at how entertaining this movie was. The build up, the special effects, the acting, details, etc. really contributed to all of this. But to me the best thing about it were the instances of humor thrown in here and there throughout the movie. There were multiple times where the crowd actually broke into applause during a couple of these moments. Now I know that most of this crowd was biased, die-hard comic book movie fans (myself not being one) and that they will obviously like this movie more than most. I know to take that into consideration when the audience reacts. I just ultimately think that this will be a huge blockbuster that will span across fans of many genres.
The plot seemed to be evenly spread among all the main players, not focusing too much on any single one. Maybe there was a little more spotlight on the Iron Man but it was still well done, with purpose. Comedy is expected from the Smart Alec characters such as Tony Stark but I could not believe there was even great humor provided by the Hulk. Hilarious.
If there was anything in the movie that I thought was average, it was actually around the climax time frame that had some similarities to the latest “Transformers” movie. At least that’s what it reminded me of. But if that’s all I can think of right now, I cannot consider this a very big sticking point at all. Now when I go see this movie again with the family in a few weeks, I may think differently if I’m not influenced by my lack of sleep.
I want to say that the character of the villain Loki is probably my favorite in this movie. Loki is played by Tom Hiddleston. He does an amazing job. I look forward to seeing more movies that he is in. I know he had a small role in “War Horse” but I think his career will take off because of his work in “Thor” and “The Avengers.”
There’s probably a 3D version but we watched it in 2D. That is my preference. Until they can come up with a 3D technology that doesn’t need glasses and is as clear as regular movies, 2D will continue to be my preference. Plus it’s cheaper.
Finally, if you’re on the fence about seeing this movie, you probably don’t like these kind of movies any way. But, if you even slightly enjoyed any of the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, or Thor movies, go see this one. It is well worth your time.
Just don’t go see it at midnight. I think I’m retired from that now. I enjoyed the time with the guys and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I’m not enjoying the “lack of sleep hangover.”