The Avengers

 

This is one of the best action movies of the year, by far. It deserves the box office success it is having. It’s fun, exciting, and entertaining. It’s also pretty clean (although not perfect) and family friendly.

 

And there are some great lines. Captain America has some of the best.

 

Although not all the values expressed by some of the heroes are the best (Notably, the Iron Man character, as in the earlier Iron Man movies, is admittedly narcissistic and loose in his morality at times), still, the interplay of the different characters adds real humor to the movie. It also allows them to come up with solutions to a terrible problem.

 

How this band of super-heroes, with their defects and strengths, work together to save the world from an evil invasion allows us to reflect a bit on ourselves.

 

Our own character limitations can be pretty funny at times. And we can even use our limitations to our advantage, if we work with others who have traits that complement our own (I think that’s called teamwork…).

 

Have fun watching this movie! I sure did!

 

 

DISCUSSION ZONE:

 

1. Who was your favorite character? Why?

 

2. Do you think there is anything believable about the movie? Are there any everyday problems that it deals with?

 

3. What was your favorite scene in the movie? (Mine involves a conversation between Iron Man and the Hulk…)

 

4. The superheroes use their power for good, but there are others who use it for bad. What makes the difference for these people?

 

 

About the Author:

Father Ernest Daly was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He has an MA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, and an MA in Theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr. Ernest has spent the last 30 years of his life working in schools and with young people, and has been publishing Our Faith In Action® since its founding in 2003. He loves skiing, movies, and hanging out with his nieces and nephews (he has a ton!).

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