There hasn’t been a movie that has been built up the same way The Avengers has. It all started in 2008, when Samuel L. Jackson – as Nick Fury – showed up in Iron Man after the credits had rolled to tell Robert Downey Jr. that he was not the only superhero in the world and S.H.I.E.L.D. had a little something called “The Avengers Initiative” in the works. Speculation ran wild on the internet with people wondering which members of the team would be involved and who the villain might be. As the years went on the details started to mete themselves out. Films like The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Iron Man 2 gave us our heroes, villain, and a lead in to what the plot was going to be based around. Finally on May 4, 2012, four years and two days after Iron Man opened in theaters, The Avengers was released to an audience that had been dying to see it.
This is important to mention because it was almost impossible for a fan of superhero movies to not get excited and to not have high expectations. Interestingly, this makes the movie liable to be judged in an extreme way. If the movie was very good, people’s excitement would propel it to be viewed as great. If the movie was a disappointment, people would rightfully be angry about it after placing more money and hours into it than most other franchises. As it happens, Marvel succeeded and The Avengers does in fact tiptoe the line between very good and great. Currently it appears most people think it’s great (already sitting in the global Top 20), but I found it to be closer to the latter. A solid action blockbuster that exceeded the majority of the movies that came before it in the series. As more time goes by and the honeymoon period starts to fade, I think more people will tend to agree with me. Read the rest of this entry »
So, you’ve just seen The Avengers and you’re ready to go Flickcharting. At the top of the page on Flickchart, you’ll find a search field. Type in “The Avengers” and you’ll see two films. Make sure you pick The Avengers of 2012, because the other is the 1998 oddity that has invalidated arguments for the last 14 years. Here’s what you should see when you select the right film:
Obviously, you can select “Add to My Flickchart” to begin ranking The Avengers. This will pit The Avengers against all the films already on your Flickchart. The advantage is that you won’t have to worry about getting movies you haven’t seen. Manually adding movies also helps ensure that they debut in a place that ought to feel comfortable to you. That’s not all you can do from the movie page, however. Read the rest of this entry »
Re-live the #1 movies from February 9th 2003 and 2009, respectively. How do you think they hold up and is anybody else surprised that a movie as forgettable as He’s Just Not That into You has such a respectable standing on Flickchart?