Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Avengers is Actually Good, Shocked Reviews Say

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Tough act to follow, but they might have pulled it off.
  • Tough act to follow, but they might have pulled it off.

So, we're going to suck in our gut and admit it: we didn't have high expectations for The Avengers, the Marvel comic book action flick that was filmed in our fair land not long ago. Sure, we reasoned, it would have some good booms and bangs, and a rotating cast of Hollywood regulars, and Scarlett Johansson's teflon pout – but would it actually pull off the primary color epic sweep of the original comic books? Probably not, we guessed.

Call us shamed haters, potentially. The initial reviewers are coming in, and they're surprisingly positive. So positive, in fact, that industry observers are taking the time to comment on the generally astonished tone most reviews are oozing over the sure-thing blockbuster. We might actually be looking at the Godfather of superhero movies, the new standard.

From Thompson on Hollywood:

In fact, some enthusiastic reviewers were baffled at having too little to complain about, while others questioned whether "Marvel's The Avengers" might be the best super hero movie of all time, or the purest comic book adaptation ever.  No consensus yet, but as of writing, Rotten Tomatoes shows a 100% Fresh rating.

This is all great news (although, who really believes Rotten Tomatoes anymore – anyone else get the sense that those are inflated rankings? It's probably just a wink-wink deal between the site and the studios to jack up the ranking so you'll be more inclined to fork over your allowance for ticket and popcorn). Obviously, the overall quality of this film was no easy accident or Hollywood hitting a bulls eye.

Obviously, the Avengers is certified legit kick ass because portions of the films were captured on celluloid here in the diamond of Northeast Ohio, the city not just Los Angeles but Paris aspires to be: Cleveland.

You can soak up the movie yourself when it open May 5th.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation