‘The Avengers’ Movie Review – One Massive Superhero Extravaganza
At this point you’ve probably already made your mind up about seeing The Avengers and all I can say is that it’s definitely worth the trip.
The Avengers is not only one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, it’s also the biggest superhero movie ever made given the fact that it features so many of them. I should preface this review by saying that I have never read any of the comics featuring those characters (except for Civil War), so my knowledge of them is primarily from the previous movies (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk), and while I don’t think you need to have read any of the comics to enjoy yourself watching this, having seen the previous superhero movies is almost a must to really understand everything happening.
The Avengers brings a “new” villain which was already foreshadowed at the end of the Thor movie, Thor’s brother Loki who wants to conquer Earth (what else?!). Seeing first hand what a big threat he is, Nick Fury decides to get help from all the superheroes he knows, in addition to Hawkeye and Black Widow, who are already on his team. That means the likes of Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Bruce Banner (aka Hulk), Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) and Thor.
I’ll leave the story at that since I don’t want to give too much away as to how it all evolves. I do want to talk about Joss Whedon. Like a lot of people, I’m a big fan of his previous work, but I also knew what a big challenge this would be. That’s why I am so happy at how good it all turned out. With The Avengers, Whedon has proven once more how good his writing abilities are and the fact that he can direct a massive action/superhero blockbuster and make it good, really good. Even more, better than most of the previously released superhero movies.
What I enjoyed about the story is that in addition to adding his famous whedonism and comedic moments, Whedon was also able to keep each of the superheroes’ tone. You won’t feel like you’re watching a different Iron Man or Thor, no, these are the same characters that we met in previous movies, which is pretty incredible given how many different established characters he had to work with.
As for the directing, some of these sequences had people literally jumping up and down in the theater. There is one particular 360 shot that features most of the superheroes towards the end of the movie, which is pretty epic. Whedon really made The Avengers into a real live superhero action movie.
Finally, in terms of cast and superheroes, I found that the ones for which I enjoyed the individual movies the most pretty much retained that same ranking in The Avengers, which I guess is another evidence of Whedon keeping close to the tone of these films. So for instance, since I didn’t particularly enjoy Captain America, he also ended up being my least favorite character in the movie. On the other hand, I am happy to say that one of my favorites, Robert Downey Jr. returns with some great new lines.
In terms of my favorite characters in the film, it would have to be Loki and Hulk. Loki because I already liked him in Thor, and Hulk, well because Mark Ruffalo is simply brilliant, in fact my favorite line of the film is uttered by Ruffalo towards the end. He is also the first actor to portray the two versions of Hulk. Pretty cool, right?!
However, the only thing that I was disappointed in was that Hawkeye ended up having so little to do. I really wish we had seen more of Jeremy Renner. Hopefully we’ll see more of him in The Avengers sequel.
So if you are ready to get into Summer mood with a big action superhero blockbuster, Joss Whedon has concocted one massive superhero extravaganza with The Avengers that you must not miss.
Oh and don’t forget to stay after the credits for one extra scene which had the theater crowd screaming. This is where knowledge of the comic books would have come in handy because I had to ask someone what the heck it all meant. Now that I know…well I really don’t want to say… just stay and enjoy!
The Avengers comes out to theaters tomorrow, May 4th.
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