The Avengers

Cert: 12 A Runtime: 142 mins Director: Joss Whedon  Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddelstone, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could… 

When a group of some of the greatest superheroes are put in one movie what do you get? The Avengers. After many years of movies and end clips, we finally have Joss Whedon’s creation on the big screen. When I heard the initial plans for The Avengers, I was very sceptical of what could happen with The Avengers. But after a very successful run with the Iron Man’s, Thor and Captain America I was very excited for the possibility of the movie. Then the deal that sealed it for me was Joss Whedon coming on board, this man could make a turd look good. Also Mark Ruffalo being cast as Hulk was a good move, I have been saying for over 8 years this man is Bruce Banner. Right then so what is The Avengers about?The Earth is under attack like never before. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of international peacekeeping agency SHIELD, knows that he has only one option. An unprecedented recruitment drive must be launched to bring together the greatest superheroes the planet has ever known. That means Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). But can these very different superheroes form an effective team to save the world from the deadly onslaught launched by Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston)?

The Avengers movie must be a dream come true to everyone. Seeing these superheroes uniting together to save the world in the big screen. While the heroes’ stand alone films doesn’t have that enough action, this movie executes their super abilities. It’s really fun and exciting. A lot of people will cheer to their favorite superheroes. This is what all fans and moviegoers want in Avengers. More fighting, more explosions, more smashing, and more fun. In the end, you will crave for more because of its awesomeness. The Avengers is simply marvellous.Our modern blockbusters are just full of explosions that makes no sense, bland characters, and too long runtime. The runtime here is long but it’s reasonable. The storytelling is quite simple as it gets. We already knew who these characters are. The best part is when they develop their relationship to each other. This happened most in the second act. These scenes are funny and entertaining. It’s more entertaining when there’s Robert Downey Jr. One might miss its compelling emotion though there are still emotions here but it all focuses to the action and explosions. The film also cares about the characters which makes it reasonable for us to care about them and cheer to them. It’s a rare kind of blockbuster these days. It has clever humor, awesome action, and really fun characters. It makes the Fanboys and Moviegoers happy and amazed.

The plot is relatively tight and clever, but the screenplay is the real hero; brilliantly written with some cracking dialog. Joss Whedon’s directorial style translates perfectly into the blockbuster mold. The perfectly cast actors are all 100% comfortable in their roles and have great fun both bouncing off each other and uniting to fight as a team. The action sequences are breathtaking and the whole movie is terrific fun without being dumb. In terms of where it stands in the pantheon of great comic book movies is strictly down to personal preference. But in my opinion this is the second best comic book movie ever (The Dark Knight wins out due to it’s better story and villain) but is still one of the best action movies ever made.Another fantastic thing and is one of the defining points of this film, is the comedic input. Almost every comic film is known as being all action and drama, you feel like you have to be serious the whole time (ofcourse minor funny moments but nothing good), Joss Whedon has taken account the audience and the 21st century and made some key scenes in the film so much better and less awkward, it had the entire cinema erupt in laughter. Though with saying that, and you reading it might make you stand off-ish, the way it’s worked into the scene it would be just as impressive even if it was just kept to a dramatic scene.

The cast does a great job of bringing these iconic characters to life, beginning with Robert Downey Jr. Unlike Iron Man 2, in which Downey seemed to skate through scene after scene, Downey plays Stark almost effortlessly, delivering his lines with relative ease allowing his charisma, charm and smugness to shine through; Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark! Chris Evans’ solidifies himself in the role of Captain America. He was very good in his solo film, but truly owns the role standing alongside Iron Man and Thor. Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian god Thor has some incredible battle scenes and indirectly provides one of the film’s most funny moments. After being seriously underutilized in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is provided a back-story, which helps in developing the character and provides an opportunity to prove she is much more than just a pretty face; she’s as dangerous psychologically as she is physically. I could envision myself enjoying a beat-down at the hands (and feet) of Black Widow. The character I was most concerned about being given little story and the least amount of screen time was Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye; happily, he’s not left by the wayside and does a more than admirable job of developing the character.

Mark Ruffalo, the most recent choice to play Hulk, is far better suited to the role than Eric Bana (The Hulk) and Ed Norton Jr (The Incredible Hulk). Ruffalo looks more the part of the nerdy scientist Banner and plays the part without looking angry in every scene. In The Avengers, the Hulk is at his most impressive, both in his on-screen transformation and the violence he displays when the opportunity calls for him to “hulk out”. If any character appeared to stand out a little bit more than the others, for me it was the Hulk.Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is finally more than just the guy making surprise appearances. Fury is finally able to stretch his legs some, and Jackson slides quite easily into the role. Clark Gregg’s Agent Caulson returns, and Cobie Smulders makes her Marvel films debut as Agent Maria Hill, and she is a welcome addition. The film’s main villain is Thor’s adopted-brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. You would think the part would be a difficult one to play being opposite such powerful personalities and strong characters, but Hiddleston does a fantastic job; the performance should not go unnoticed, because it’s one of the strong points of the film. Loki is not a villain without purpose and Hiddleston comes across as a devious mastermind but he was very camp in my eyes. Basically just go and watch this movie……





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