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I purposely delayed the “Best Movie” column until I could see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now that that’s out of the way, I can safely say that The Avengers was my favorite movie of the year. While I understand that some people prefer The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s last Batman movie deviates too much from the comic books that several aspects of it bothered me. The Avengers doesn’t have the ambition of The Dark Knight Rises; it doesn’t try to be a comic-book movie that’s also trying to be a great film. It’s big, loud fun that’s true to the comics.
The fight scenes and special effects were fantastic. Robert Downey, Jr. had some great scene-stealing lines throughout the movie. Scarlett Johansson is always nice to stare at, especially when she’s wearing skintight leather. There were even some mark-out moments, like seeing Hulk transform for the first time or watching the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier take to the skies. The Avengers rocked as a summer blockbuster and totally satisfied my inner comic-book fanboy.
How about you? What was your favorite movie of the year?