‘The Avengers’ shatters box office records

I want to say to the comic book fans: I don’t know all the back stories. I didn’t read issue No. 2 from the 18th edition of year four of “Hulk meets Thor’s cousin” — so please, bare with me. I actually admire the dedication of comic book fans, and all of them would know my opening sentence was a compliment.

I’m very excited to review this film because my friend’s name made the final credits. Considering “The Avengers” has been years (upon years) in the making under tightly guarded secrecy, this film sets a new standard for the summer blockbuster.

Not to spoil too much of the film, the plot revolves around Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and more (have to save something for the audience). When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

On the surface it has the making of a standard action movie with explosions and fight scenes — everything we all expect as movie goers. However, given the film was made in Albuquerque, N.M. and Cleveland, it is amazing this movie is so exciting (no offense, I have been to both places). The fact the effects team took footage from two towns that have nothing to offer the visual eye and made this film so stunning is incendiary.

My friend, who is one of the pre-visualization artists, said: “We are 3D animators who adapt the hand-drawn storyboards for a sequence into more detailed and semi-realistic looking shots that serve as a blueprint for what will ultimately be filmed by a real life camera crew.” This answers how Cleveland looked so cool.

There are great “fight scenes with (The) Hulk, Thor (and) Iron Man being chased by a flying alien, and a battle in (New York City) — shots that have been running in the trailers.”

My friend didn’t want to spoil the movie with his answers for me, but given “The Avengers” made more than $200 million in three days, I think everyone has seen it by now.

I love the “Iron Man” movies (in fact, I started watching this film series because of “Iron Man”) and love the “The Hulk” movies.

My friend closes with a special message (he loves Kaua‘i) for all readers: “Don’t give up on a dream if it’s really what you want to do, and do the best job you can at whatever you’re doing, even if it’s not your perfect scenario.”


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