The Avengers Movie Review
If there ever was a popcorn flick that matched its expectations, Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is it. In order to properly enjoy the grand spectacle of THE AVENGERS, it’s important to grab your popcorn, soda and 3D glasses in the IMAX experience. Is the 3D necessary along with all the goodies? Absolutely not. Will it make the whole event that much more fun? Definitely.
Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is an absolute thrill ride, entertaining through and through. Marvel has managed to make six films that bring an old school comic book flair to the mix. The first five (IRON MAN 1 & 2, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA) create characters and stories that all lead up to a giant grab bag of superhero candy in THE AVENGERS. And what sweet sweet candy it is. Did you ever want to see what would happen if Thor’s hammer met Captain America’s shield? We get that answer along with every match up scenario possible between all the coolest superheroes. Captain America vs. Iron Man, Thor vs. Hulk, Hawkeye vs. Black Widow, Iron Man vs. Thor, Hulk vs. Everything. You name it and you get to see it come to life before your very eyes.
The story is fairly straight forward. Thor’s adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has plans to rule the earth. In anticipation of such a global threat, S.H.I.E.L.D agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) have been gathering a team of superheroes for just such an occasion. Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are the world’s only hope. With their “I don’t play well with others” mentality, they must overcome their individual egos, join forces and fight evil as THE AVENGERS.
As a comic book fan himself, director and writer Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, SERENITY) delivers entertainment for fans on all levels. With a steady build developing and introducing the characters to one another, sometimes THE AVENGERS might seem a bit too “talky.” But all the dialogue is written well enough as to not distract from seeing our favorite superheroes gathered together in one room. It helps that the entire cast is incredibly talented and deliver all their cheesy typical loner mentality lines with conviction and believability. Plus with Tony Stark plugging his cocky smart aleck two cents everywhere he can, the standing around talking scenes are kept lively and funny. In fact, without Tony Stark’s ego the film might even fall a little flat. But to be fair all the characters are diverse and developed well enough that the film excels with each of their personalities and team dynamic, utilizing everyone to perfection and giving each their due screen time.
Dispersing small action sequences throughout the film, Whedon properly paces the film before the grand blowout battle of epic proportions that comes hard for the last near hour of THE AVENGERS. With a few inconsistencies and perhaps over filling the screen with explosions and destruction, the payoff is never better when the camera, wrapping around them like a bow on Christmas morning, hones in on our heroes. It’s no secret that the goal of the film is seeing all the superheroes on screen together, and THE AVENGERS manages to induce goosebumps earning every glossy moment of it. The substance may be light but oh man does it taste so good.