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Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Avengers Assemble Movie Review

It's took a long time, but we can all sleep soundly -- The Avengers is awesome, possibly the best Super Hero/Comic movie ever. It's big words, but I'll be damned if it's not true.

You should all know the plot by now, Thor's brother the evil Asgardian Loki, (Tom Hiddleston) has arrived on Earth, intent on conquering humanity, with an alien army to back him up. Facing an unprecedented threat, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) puts the Avengers Initiative into action, gathering together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to defend the planet, as well as including S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

It's right there that The Avengers could be a poor film or an utterly marvellous one. With so much content to throw around; four characters who have previously been the leads in their own films, a team of superheroes, a major supervillain and a some super spies, it's no wonder that we were all on baited breath when it was announced.

Writer/director Joss Whedon has done a tremendous job of not letting The Avengers fall apart, and the glue that holds it all together is the character interaction. From Steve Rogers' no-nonsense approach, to Tony Stark's humorous narcissism, to Thor's straight-laced, otherworldly focus, all sparring off against each other, whilst The Hulk, well, smashes things. All the characters have their comic-book counterparts down to a tee, and they all play off each other so well.

Even though the action scenes are terrific, it's the way the characters don't quite gel to begin with that outshines. Seeing Captain America square off to Tony Stark (minus his Iron Man armor; "Big man, in a suit of armour... take that away, what are you? " to which we get the kind of reply we've come to know of Stark "Uh... genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist... "

The characters seem to just be completely natural in their roles, especially Hiddleston as the evil Loki, a villain who you love to hate.

The main problem with The Avengers, is the inevitable one. If the film isn't over 4-hours long, then someone is going to get undercut with screen time. In this case, it's Hawkeye. Sure, he gets enough time that you don't forget about him, but it's fan favourites Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk that get the stage, but it doesn't really suffer from it.

Then there's the story; Loki is going to destroy earth, Avengers Assemble, stop him and, well, that's it. But the no-nonsense, bare bones approach works really well. Whedon had enough to do just getting the characters right, had he made a more complicated story and it could have got too messy.

Scarlett Johansson, makes a much stronger and better impression as Black Widow here than how the character was handled in Iron Man 2, doing a fine job in bringing the character to life.

And, as you'll all know, the Hulk is in this, but not the Hulk from the past films. Mark Ruffalo is the Bruce Banner we all craved for, and, most importantly, the best movie Hulk we've ever seen. His scenes are spectacular, especially when he saves a falling Iron Man, and, my particular favourite scene with Loki, where he screams at the Hulk "I am a God! I am not going to be bullied by a -" to which Hulk interrupts by grabbing Loki by the legs and throwing him around. It's genuinely funny stuff.


Whilst it may not last with The Dark Night Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man around the corner, The Avengers is the best superhero film, ever, and whilst it took nearly a half-century to make it happen onscreen, it was worth the wait, with the perfect cast and perfect writer/director.

Awesome stuff.

  • Release Date:
  • UK: April 26, 2012
  • US (wide): May 4, 2012
  • Genre: Super-Hero
  • Other Genres: Adventure, Action
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Company: Marvel Studios

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