Commentary

June 1, 2012

In Theaters

Fly Over: ‘The Avengers’

by Denise Willhite

If you’re like me, you have been anticipating the release of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” I can, without a doubt, tell you that I was not disappointed when I finally dragged my husband to the show with popcorn in hand.

The movie starts with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace keeping agency, at a remote location where Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) is working on trying to get the Tesseract to work. The Tesseract, an energy source of unknown potential, has activated and teleports Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who takes control of Erik and Clint Barton, Hawkeye, (Jeremy Renner) and with their help steals the Tesseract.

Now comes the fun part.

In order to get the Tesseract back, Fury re-activates the Avengers Initiative.

Fury calls for help from Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, (Scarlett Johannson) who needs to track down Bruce Banner, the Hulk, (Mark Ruffalo) in India.

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has been asked to approach Tony Stark, Ironman, (Robert Downey Jr.) with a request to review Dr. Selvig’s research. Fury himself approaches Steve Rogers, Captain America, (Chris Evans) with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract and save the world from disaster.

Captain America is obviously tasked with being the leader of the group (his role in the comic book). When the trouble begins, he takes control and leads without the blink of an eye. Let’s not forget his famous suit — the red, white and blue comes through when Captain America is tasked with saving the world again.

Downey does not disappoint as Tony Stark. The sarcasm and comedy that Downey brings to the film will easily get him the most votes as everyone’s favorite character.

I was a little worried about Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of the Hulk but felt his interpretation of Bruce Banner was the best out of the previous two screen versions.

I felt that he brought more depth and life to the character and thoroughly enjoyed watching his inner battle of Banner vs. The Hulk. His encounter with Loki, one of my favorite scenes, had the whole theater rolling with laughter.

The Black Widow is another great character we get to know in this movie.

She’s strong-willed and loyal and has a graceful movement to her even when she is in battle. There was also this unspoken chemistry between her and Hawkeye that unfortunately never gets revealed.

The team also features Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki’s half-brother and the Norse god of thunder. Thor flies in to try to free Loki in attempt to reason with him but ends up in a brief spat with Iron Man and Captain America. He ultimately joins the Avengers in the fight.

The Avengers has a great cast and once the movie starts it doesn’t slow down. Whedon, creator/director of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Doll House” and “Cabin in the Woods” does a great job bringing this film to life, and the computer-generated images were amazing.

With all the action, gunfire, martial artistry and explosions, I guarantee that the viewer will not realize “The Avengers” is a two-and-half hour movie. And make sure to stay through the credits, and I mean all of them.

“The Avengers” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action throughout and a mild drug reference.



About the Author

Denise Willhite
Denise Willhite
Denise Willhite is a lover of books, movies and food. Her favorite authors are Dan Brown, George R. R. Martin and John Sparks. She is currently reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. She enjoys going to the movies and watching action movies and romantic comedies and won't shy away from an occasional thriller. She also loves to try out restaurants in Phoenix. Her current favorite is Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen located off of North Black Canyon Highway.


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with ...
 
 

Planning for your future equals success

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future...
 
 

Tuition assistance — a great benefit

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short...
 

 
Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child ...
 
 

News Briefs April 17, 2015

LOSC The Luke Officers Spouses Club invites spouses of officers to play bingo and have lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Days of Remembrance There will be a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. April 30 in the Luke Air Force Base Chapel...
 
 

Salutes and Awards

Air Force Reserve Command announces major selects The following 944th Fighter Wing captains have been selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Christopher Bisdnack 307th Fighter Squadron Jason Gentry 944th Force Support Squadron Derrick Young 944th Medical Squadron Jeffrey Cohen and Craig Lussier 46 graduate ALS class 15-3 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin