Posted on 5/12/12 10:00 PM
Four years of anticipation and build up have come to an end. The Avengers have finally assembled. It feels like yesterday that I went to see Iron Man and witnessed the now legendary post-credits scene. It was definitely worth the wait. Every time I think about the film's awesomeness, I start to get chills. This was just an epic rollercoaster ride of a movie. This Summer movie season is now off to a terrific start!
The film's plot is almost like a continuation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot in Thor. If haven't seen Thor, then this may come off as SPOILERS to some of you. The villainous Norse God, Loki, has come to Earth and has gained possession of the all-powerful Tesseract. He is also backed up by an alien army. S.H.I.E.L.D. is becomes hopelessly and hilariously outgunned. Nick Fury then reinstates the Avengers Initiative and the team is rounded up. This heroic band of heroes consists of the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and skilled master assassins, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Together, they must defend the Earth from Loki and his army.
I am not familiar with the works of Joss Whedon. From what I've heard, he knows how to take characters with very different personalities and team them up together nicely. I guess the Whedon fans are right. He certainly knew how to bring the Avengers together. Each of the heroes are different from each other and in some parts of the film, they can't get along. However, they work over their differences and that results in a spectacular climax. It is amazing to see all these characters all together in one movie. It was a good idea that each character got solo movies except for Black Widow and Hawkeye. They had some screen time in Iron Man 2 and Thor. If they tried to develop them all in this movie, it would be a mess. When each character appears, you feel like you know them very well. When they're all teamed up, it's like the most awesome thing. I've looked up Joss Whedon and I learned that he was comic writer. From his script, I can tell that he knew the characters very well. And indeed, he knew how to bring them together and work out their differences. The script is smart, epic, and funny. They combined the swag and arrogance of Tony Stark, the gentlemen and tough attitude of Thor, the brains and fierce of The Hulk, the retro patriotism of Captain America, into one film. Whedon also gives new life the old "guy wants to take over the world" plot.
The acting in this film is also very good. Robert Downey Jr. is doing his Tony Stark thing again and it hasn't grown weaker. I hope it never does. I like how Chris Evans plays Captain America. He's All-American and good-natured. His heroic side is also pretty cool. There is a very funny scene involving him giving instructions to some cops. I'm not familiar with Mark Ruffalo but he was excellent as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. This film's action-packed style would have not worked for Edward Norton. Ruffalo stole the show. The scenes with The Hulk will go down in superhero movie history. Scarlett Johansson did pretty well as Black Widow. It's a shame she got rid of her long, curly redhead look from Iron Man 2. She's still fine looking in this. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was the same as it was in the other movies and I liked Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. I'm glad they didn't use the purple costume. To me, it seemed that Renner had the same expression on his face. His character was still awesome. Whatever type of bow and arrows he uses, I want it! I wasn't a big fan of Cobie Smulder's performance as Maria Hill. She was okay at best. I loved Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He was intimidating and power-hungry. You can see the evil in his face. When he appeared on screen, you know something is going to go down. I can't see anyone else play the villain.
The Avengers has special effects that will blow you away. The motion capture technology used on The Hulk is some of the best I've ever seen. The alien invaders looked very cool. There is one thing Tony Stark does with his Iron Man suit that is just awesome. The film makes a good use of the IMAX screen except for an annoying black bar I spotted at the bottom. I was sitting five or six rows away from the screen so everything was in my face. The 3D in the film is surprisingly good. The climactic battle made the best use of the format. I felt that some of the alien ships were going to fall on me! If you don't get to see it in 3D, that's okay. You're not missing out on anything. I did think that the IMAX 3D glasses were uncomfortable at some points. I got to catch the midnight show and comic book nerdom just filled the air. The audience was having a blast. When the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises came on, the audience grew silent and all attention was fixed at the screen. It looks incredible and I can't wait until July.
The Avengers is simply an awesome superhero film. I still think Iron Man is still the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this one comes pretty close. For Marvel movies in general, I think this and X-Men: First Class are tied for first. For superhero movies in general, I still think The Dark Knight is better. This is still is a smart, high-octane flick. By the time it's over, you'll want to see it again. I plan to see it again in the theater when I get the chance. You'll enjoy this film whether you're a comic book fan or not. This movie seems to have something for every moviegoer. The only thing I didn't like was the middle of the second act. It seems to drag. Plus, I don't think it's good enough have the #30 spot on IMDB's Top 250. The Avengers leaves you with a smile on your face and a pounding in your heart. This movie didn't disappoint and I'm excited to see what in store for future installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stay after the credits. If you don't, you'll regret it. Prepare to be wowed by The Avengers.
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