Marvel's The Avengers Reviews
WHAT I DON'T LIKE: It's grounded, but there is way too much time spent fixing the shield carrier in the middle which gets boring - you coul have easily cut 10 minutes from the movie. A small gripe is also the fact that Loki doesn't make much sense if you haven't seen Thor, plus Captain America's costume doesn't bare thinking about...
VERDICT: Spectacular. This film brings Marvel's Universe onto a whole new level and will have you grinning throughout. Well done Whedon.
Just seeing all these characters that we know and love on the big screen in phenomenal. All of them are great actors and Joss Whedon manages to deliver a witty and comical script. Considering most of these characters have had their stand alone movies, we are already attached to them and we have a pretty good sense of their background.
Phase One of the Marvel movies definitely had some rough patches (The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man 2), but it came with some pretty solid films overall. Robert Downey Jr. is definitely the most quick-witted character while having a lovable, smart-ass attitude. Chris Evans does a great job as Captain America, and he might be my favorite character. His strong personality and his leadership are admirable, and he always wants to do the right thing. Chris Hemsworth as Thor is also great, and although I really didn't like the first Thor movie, I still admire his character. Mark Ruffalo is amazing as The Hulk, and even though Edward Norton was good, Ruffalo is the new face of The Hulk. I also thought that even though these were more minor characters, Black Widow and Hawkeye were outstanding here.
As for Loki, I thought he was a great villain, but he honestly wasn't that memorable. Yes he was menacing and evil, but when you really watch the movie, The Avengers never actually fight him. They have a quick 2 minute scuffle with him near the beginning, but they never actually fight him in the end. They fight an army, but he ultimately gets taken out in a few minutes. I thought that that was pretty lame and a waste of a villain. I felt like his intentions were more menacing than what he personally did. Although it's nice that he was the brains and commander of this whole operation, it would've been cooler to see him in the front lines.
The story overall is absurd, but still highly entertaining. You do feel like there's a lot at stake and these guys have a lot to fight for. When I'm digging deeper into every scene, there were definitely things that didn't make sense or were just too unrealistic. (Example) Realistically, no air-craft carrier of that size would be able to entirely cloak. That is saying that they are taking the environment around them and mask everyone there in order to blend with their surroundings. Honestly, multiple planes would probably crash into them. Also, when Bruce Banner suddenly turns into The Hulk near the end, that was the most convenient plot point I have ever seen in my life. There's no explanation as to how he can suddenly control his anger when he had no such ability 2 hours ago. There's a lot of small things in the movie that were so off, that it detracted from the film a bit.
Even for a 2 hour and 20 minute movie, it felt really short. I feel like this movie was compressed (Ultron felt that way too) and that they probably could've extended it by about 20 or so minutes. The CGI at times also looks a bit spotty. For such a high budget movie, sometimes the backgrounds and aliens looked pretty bad and it just didn't look real at times. But that's not saying all the CGI was bad. Probably about 80% was doing great, but the other 20% lacked compared to the rest.
This movie also does a great job with building tension between characters. I liked how all of these powers couldn't stand each other until the very end because by building that tension, it felt like it paid off by the time the finale hit. This movie is a pretty light tone and nothing really dark happens. When emotional moments occur, they always have to throw in some comedic line or some comedic relief. I wish they didn't do that as much, but for the most part, the movie had a great sense of comedy to it.
In the end, the action was pretty entertaining and it was just great seeing all these beloved characters all on the big screen at the same time. It's not my favorite Marvel film ever and it never will be, but it is still a fantastic film. The comedy and action are riveting, but there are too many little mistakes and plot conveniences that prevent me from giving it 5 stars. I don't love this movie, but if it did a few things differently, I probably would. In the end, it's still an awesome Marvel movie and a great ending to Phase 1.
Robert Downey Jr's performance is the heart and soul of the movie (and perhaps the entire Marvel franchise), and you can understand this movie without having seen any of the other superhero movies, though they provide a richer context.
Being a mega comic fan I loved having all the Earth's Mightiest Heroes come together for an action-packed and hilarious movie.
The cast was also couldn't be better for every Avenger.
Every Avenger cast member hits the bullseye in the acting department. Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr probably are the best as the Hulk and Iron Man. Tom Hiddleston will endear himself to the world with his portrayal as Loki.
The action is plentiful, but thankfully director Joss Whedon doesn't saturate the film with it too badly; we still get some merciful respites as the directing crew really nail the pacing factor. Don't try to seriously compare the Avengers with Marvel's other movies. Its less serious and more obligatory, and it give fans a heck of a ride.