CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"The Avengers," ending one era, starting another...

The hype for **Marvel's The Avengers** began quietly four years ago in an empty theater when the crowd departed "Iron Man.** Sergeant Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) surprised Tony Stark, alias Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and asked him to join "the Avenger's Initiative." As **The Hulk,** **Thor** and **Captain America** were presented, the "Avenger's Initiative" began to take form, a plan to unite the after-mentioned superheroes and their sidekicks in defense of planet earth.

Sgt.Fury's precaution proved to be justified, as Thor's brother and demi god, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to enslave planet earth. For the first time in four movies, Sgt. Fury appears worried. Picking up where the previous movies left off, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Dr. Bruce Banner, alias Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are assembled.

With great superpowers, comes great egos. Upon their first meeting, Thor and Iron Man gets into a fistfight. War World II veteran Captain America can't understand his team mate's narcissistic tendencies, while Dr. Bruce Banner tries to keep his temper in check. Until the Avengers learn how to play well with each other, Loki's road to world domination seems assured.

From this point **Marvel's The Avengers** crosses the fourth wall from fantasy to reality, especially given the high expectations of this superhero team up and box office potential. The astronomical box office records for a non holiday weekend are now a given, but the plot, characters and spectacle remain variables. Until you see the movie...

Director and Co-writer Joss Whedon managed to give every Avenger and their sidekicks a moment to shine with great visuals and brilliant dialog about teamwork, sacrifice and individual heroism. This film is so insightful and relevant, Coach Erik Spoelstra should take the Miami Heat to go see this movie to sweep the NBA crown.

Beyond the clarity of vision, **Marvel's The Avengers** presents simple moments of subtle depth. When Loki makes his first cruel appearance in Germany and demands that people kneel before him, it is the courage of one elderly individual who refuses, based on memory of the Nazi tactics. This little moment teaches a major history lesson about living a life in freedom.

Are heroes an old fashioned notion? **Marvel's The Avengers** debates this question with good old fashion popcorn eating fun. Yep, **Marvel's the Avengers** will be on my top ten list for 2012.

In the past five years, **the Avengers** has easily become the most hyped comic book movie since the end credits of **Iron Man.** At the **2008 Palm Beach International Film Festival(PBiFF),** **Iron Man's** costar Sayed Badreya walked the red carpet promoting his short subject **Prisoners.**

This weekend Badreya will be seen as an orderly in **The Three Stooges.** Standing by my side on the red carpet was a Deerfield Beach High School student and photographer, Jeremy Emmerman. Look for Jeremy's name at the end credits of **The Avengers,** for he was one of the photographers.

Jeremy's story is just one example of how **PBiFF** impacts our community on a local level. Two years ago, **PBiFF** was rumored to be extinct, but last year's **PBiFF** revealed it's resiliency and outlasted two competing festivals. This year, the staff, board and volunteers took additional steps to be more inclusive with the community.
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