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The Avengers

Sometimes a blockbuster movie can be so built up in marketing tie-ins, commercials, promotions and just plain hype that when we actually see the movie it hardly comes close to living up to the hype. But so far, in my humble opinion, the Marvel movies have done an incredible job of not only living up to but also surpassing the expectations. The Avengers is no exception.

I may have some bias when it comes to the Avengers, after all how often do we et the chance to be as excited (if not more) about a movie coming than our kids? Well my nine-year-old boy and even year daughter ventured out to the movie to catch the Avengers opening weekend.

(For the Record: I know the movie is PG-13, but so far the Marvel movies have been perfectly family friendly, with only the occasional word or innuendo to make me cringe. For some the Marvel movies may be a bit much, but for us they are just fine).

Coming in at just 143 minute running time I wasn’t sure how my kids would hold out. Scratch that, I wasn’t sure how my seven year old would hold out. My nine-year-old Marvel obsessed son would have no problem sitting through 143 minutes of Avenger time. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the movie hardly felt like 143 minutes at all. It moved at a very quick pace with just enough action, humor and drama to keep us all on the edge of our seats.

If you’ve been following the previous Marvel movies up until this point (Iron Man I & II, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor) you will understand the group dynamic better than if you haven’t. So I recommend catching up on those movies before seeing the Avengers, though you don’t really have to.

There are two things I loved most about the Avengers and sharing this movie with my kids.

First of all, comic books and comic book movies are not always kind to girls and women. A serious lack of gender diversity in the world of comic books (writers, creators illustrators, AND characters) have often made for unhealthy scantily clad sex kitten type of female characters. Happily the Avengers broke the mold with this movie.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is the one lone female Avenger. Though this is never brought up one-way or the other. The other Avengers never hit on her or make any snide remarks about her gender. Yes, her jump suit is a bit on the tight side, but it doesn’t come across as out of place (umm, like Wonder Woman saving the planet in her bathing suite and thigh high boots). Best of all Black Widow is constantly in the thick of the action every time never missing a beat. It’s a great thing to be able to take my daughter to see a superhero movie that has at least one respectable female superhero in it that I would totally allow her to be for Halloween.

The other thing I loved about this movie was that the Avengers are GREAT superheroes. As far as Superheroes go, they are the closet thing to relatable as you can get. They are far from perfect beings like Superman or Wonder Woman.

The Avengers bring a special message to our kids. You do not have to be perfect to be a Superhero and that we all bring something special into the world with us. We are all different, yet each and every one of us is as important to the cause as the next.

In this movie we see each of the characters weak and saved by one another and each one strong and rescuing the others. Though my kids may not realize this subtle lesson now, I know the seed is buried in there. Some times in life we rise to the occasion, other times we need a little help from our friends and that’s ok. It’s just the way life is.

Besides they are just plain. I look forward to seeing the next Avengers movie and look forward to seeing more female superheroes brought to the big screen along with more character driven superheroes. The kind only marvel can manage.

Did you see Avengers with your kids yet?

27 Responses to “The Avengers”

  1. Peter Schott

    Still have yet to see the movie so not quite sure whether or not it's appropriate for our little one. Someday, probably when it's broadcast on TV…. 🙁 (Do want to see it, but lots of other things going on…)

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  2. Betty Baez

    We did! We saw it opening night at the drive-ins which is the only we we can enjoy a movie bringing an almost two year old with us and it actually goes really well as long as we're prepared with snacks. We loved it!

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  3. Abby B.

    Thanks for this review. My husband wants to go see this movie over the holiday weekend, but I've been a little hesitant. I too have Loved all the Marvel movies though, and now I am looking forward to seeing The Avengers!

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  4. Holly

    I've heard such good things about this movie and am looking forward to taking my youngest (14 year old twins) to see it ! thanks for the review!

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  5. Shari Lynn Alligood

    I loved this movie, yes the Avengers are Great superheroes!! (Everyone has a favorite & mine is the Hulk LOL)

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  6. Kyhesha Blackwell

    THE ADVENGERS! Was soooo good, i enjoyed it along with my nieces and nephew. (: fun for the WHOLE family! It's a MUST SEE before the end of the year/month..

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  7. Katie R.

    I haven't seen this movie yet but have heard great things about it. I expect like all other Marvel movies it will live up to my high expectations

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  8. dpapsis2

    I haven't seen the Avengers yet. I'm sure I'll get to see it when it comes out on dvd. We haven't brought our daughter to the movies for a few months because she just can't sit still long enough yet.

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  9. Kathlean Owens

    It was AWESOME!!! Action, comedy, made you think a little. Great movie!

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  10. rebeka deleon

    I can't wait to see this movie. probably have to wait til' it comes out on redbox or on demand. on surround sound of course. i am sure my 3 1/2 year old son would like watching it with us also. 🙂

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  11. David Hollingsworth

    I haven't seen it yet, but I would like to, and I have heard rave reviews about it. Hopefully, it will be better than most superhero movies.

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  12. Kim

    I can't wait to see the Avengers, but I wouldn't take any kids younger than 13

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  13. abbey

    I loved The Avengers! And I agree, it's great that the Marvel movies don't have a bunch of product tie-ins. I hate watching the James Bond movies these days – I feel like I am paying $8 for a movie ticket to end up watching a bunch of commericals!

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  14. niaya patterson

    That movie was awesome!! I didn’t want to go see it but my boyfriend wanted to see it and I must say I’m glad I went!!

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  15. kenia

    I loved all the movies but haven't seen The Avengers yet! Hoping to go this weekend =]

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  16. Angie

    My husband took our son to see it and they both loved it! It was a great movie for them to bond to…lots of action and excitement! Can't wait to see it myself!

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  17. Tim

    This was a fantastic film! Definitely one to see with the kids over and over again. That is what I love about the marvel movies: extremely family friendly. Although not deep and profound like Nolans bat-trilogy, the marvel movies are extremely fun and not just fun for adults but fun for the whole family.

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  18. kymi

    thank you for a great review! We can't wait to see it sounds action packed.

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  19. Tina Parks Scully

    My kids are gown but my husband and I went to see this movie and while I think 9 and 11 are old enough to see it without problems, some people were taking much younger children into this movie and let me tell you. They were very disruptive to the rest of us crying and yelling half way through the movie. It was clear the parents just wanted to see it and couldn't find a babysitter because these kids were preschool age and not one bit interested.

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  20. @skipthelaundry2

    We did go to the see the Avengers and I loved it, I usually like all the superhero movies. My 16 old is becoming a kid again because of this movie. He started buying Avenger toys!

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  21. Melanie Montgomery

    No, not yet, but I wanna take my husband for his birthday!

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  22. Anthony

    Looks like it should be a decent movie! I can not wait to see it… 🙂

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  23. miriama

    But of course! We were watching all the trailers and getting excited for months. We own the Iron Man DVDs, the Hulk DVDs…yes, even the "bad" one, and well, we are a "comic book family". We love Marvel. ____Our daughter is 17 so we don't have to worry too much about what she sees…we do try to keep her from the gruesome and gore. She saw this on opening weekend with friends and then on Mother's Day weekend with us. You are right about Black Widow. I appreciate the strong women roles without being too sexy.____And yes, they are like us…just super powerful.

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