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The Avengers – Best movie I think I’ve seen in a while (a few quotes from the film)

The Avengers was an amazing action packed film, and the only film I have ever watched over 2 hours where I did not think any scene had “dragged out.”  I have seen all of the movies that led up to The Avengers, but I don’t think you need to do that, so go!  It would be helpful if you knew a little of the back ground of some characters.

The chemistry of the cast is incredible.  They played off each other very well, and the cameos were well placed.  This movie had perfectly timed comedic moments within the intensely packed action plot.  Almost every moment after the set-up seemed like it could turn into the climax of the movie.  Well directed, great graphics, and great acting.

One of the topics that I enjoyed the most was the theme of Good vs evil.  Throughout the entire movie we saw that theme develop into something deeper than the tradition thought on it.  Verbally and in action we see the “good” that is needed is a sacrificial good.  It is a good in which one *MUST* be willing to lay down everything in order to protect, in this case, our world.  The philosophical quips, especially by Captain America (Chris Evans), harken back to a time when America was not only a world power, but a moral exemplar.  It is done without mocking that time, other than by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr).  It was a beautiful message and was not sanctimonious.

Another theme of the movie is that of the enemy Loki (Tom Hiddleston): “The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”  While I agree that in the end we will kneel, it is the freedom to kneel that is the most alluring.  We will one day choose to kneel to the true God, and that is the real meaning of freedom.  We think of freedom normally as license to do whatever we want, but true freedom involves the self act of giving up that license.  We have freedom to love the woman we marry because we choose to give up license to “love” all women.  Loki’s version of kneeling is to be controlled through no self-will.  Where there is no self-will, we can not love or exist.  Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) comment on ruling rings more true, but since I can’t find it anywhere, you have to go see the movie!

The above quote of Loki’s is followed by an older German man standing up and saying saying in response to men always kneeling in the end: “Not to men like you.”  Loki responds, “There are no men like me,” and finally as Loki is about to kill the man, he stands with courage and says, “There are always men like you.”

That was one of the most powerful scenes in the movie, because it takes courage to stand up and fight the system.  It takes courage to take on your oppressors and speak the truth.  There had been a thousand Pontius Pilates; hundreds of tyrannical Caesars, kings, czars, dictators, and more sweetly named men.  The Lord allows them to rise up for the glory of His people and His Holy Name, even though it is hard to see sometimes.  Loki manages to fill in a spot of a power man, with direct non-subtle comparison to Hitler, and still there are men who stand up against him.

This movie is a great movie, there are a few instances of foul language, but not too much.  The movie is rated PG-13 and the USCCB website has it listed as A-III (Adults), which I think is a fair rating, although I think that mature teenagers would have no problem seeing this.  If your kids can handle a little language, let them see it.



May 7, 2012 - Posted by | Movie Review Monday |

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