Friday, 27 April 2012

The Avengers (film)

My second film review in a row and second piece by Joss Whedon is Super-Superhero flick The Avengers, or Avengers Assembled (depending on your terrority to avoid confusion with the Spy fiction series-turned lacklustre movie of the same name). The film sees previous Marvel Studios headliners Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) joined by Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who appear in Iron Man 2 and Thor respectively, to take on mad man and Thor antagonist, Loki (Tom Hiddlesworth) from, you guessed it- taking over the world.

The Avengers, which has been in the pipeline for Marvel for some years now, since the first Iron Man film in 2008, lived up to my expectations as a stellar two hour story/action piece, as every wonderfully over the top fight scene is met with a gut-wrenching drama or plan of action scene. At first meeting the group wastes no time butting heads with one another, letting their egos get the better of them in a “my power and abilities are better than yours” cockfight-esque manner, but ultimately find themselves united as New York finds itself on the brink of complete and utter destruction.

It should be said, probably most importantly that even though Downey Jr., Renner, Hemsworth and Johansson and therefore Stark, Barton, Thor and Romanov give great performances action as well as dialogue-wise, the ultimate pleasant surprise is in the hands of Captain America, who remained mostly unutilised in his own mediocre movie Captain America: The First Avenger. However, it must be noted that the smashing Hulk himself manages to yank the limelight off of his teammates and place it solely on himself as an incredible character, which has been overshadowed by two lukewarmly received films and a messy communicational breakdown between Edward Norton and Marvel Studios.

Ultimately, The Avengers is the incredible Superhero epic we’ve all been waiting for.

Oh, and of course, stay for the bonus scene during the credits.


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