The Avengers

The hype has been building for over five years, but now the wait is over. The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon, is finally here. The film is based on The Avengers, a Marvel comic book series, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which debuted in September of 1963. It’s been almost fifty years since The Avengers assembled in the comic world, and now they make their live action debut on the big screen. The Avengers stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tom Hiddleston.

The Avengers

In order to stop a possible global catastrophe caused by Thor’s brother Loki, Nick Fury, the creator of S.H.E.I.L.D., must band together the world’s strongest superheroes. The group contains, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, with Hawkeye and Agent Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow). However, more people are hurt and the world begins to suffer while The Avengers struggle to work as a team. Though Iron Man is stubborn and Hulk can’t quite control himself, can the group finally unite and avenge the human race?

 

After one of the biggest buildups in film history, The Avengers, despite what I predicted, doesn’t disappoint. The movie gives audiences everything it promised, a massive, action packed, comic book movie. The fight scenes were stylish and used a technique set to each character. The action was breathtaking, and some of the smallest fights, offer great emotion. For instance, between Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, the fight was small, but showed the strengths and power of each hero. At the same time, The Avengers gave strong moments of comedic relief, which connected and worked well for the audience. At one point in the film as Loki and Thor argue, it seems like a theater play, when Downey doesn’t miss a beat saying, “It’s like Shakespeare in the park.” It seemed that the film, didn’t want to take itself to serious to avoid being campy. The glue of The Avengers was the chemistry shared between the cast, everyone seemed to work well off each other, making them all look good. The uniting of the “Earth’s Mightiest Heros” would have never worked so well without the chemistry, for instance, during the film’s climax, The Avengers are in a circle as the camera does a 360 around them, making the audience roar, and in all honesty giving me goosebumps. Robert Downey, Jr., shows strong charisma, and entertains though out the picture, which is usual. Downey easily carries scenes in the movie, that would have been a complete bore without his presence. However the surprising performance of the film was from the angry Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo was intriguing and kept my attention the entire picture. Playing The Hulk, Ruffalo easily portrayed the monstrous battle between man and beast, making it more real then ever before, also making him one of my favorites in the entire picture. The Hulk or Bruce Banner, was a very in-depth character, like he should have always been, with one of the greatest inner conflicts to destroy the beast within. Surprisingly, one would argue Ruffalo has been the best one to portray the enraged green beast. Tom Hiddleston portrays a vicious villain, Loki, he also becomes one of the most believable characters in the entire film. The other surprise performance, was the train wreck that was Samuel L. Jackson. His performance seemed annoying, and viewers had no real desire to even see him on screen. The Avengers gives us amazing special effects, and gave viewers more than just the battles over Earth. The picture, which many comic book films lack or lack to do well, really express the inner battles of the heroes. Like mentioned earlier, Mark Ruffalo does as the Hulk, rather seeing him just smash stuff, the battle of a man hating the beast inside becomes very apparent. As well as Thor has to physically battle his brother Loki, while struggling the fact he may have to destroy his own blood. Stark may realize, behind the suit of iron, he might be nothing but a man and not at all a hero. These internal conflicts really drive the movie, and make it more likable then most comic book films. At the end of it all, the real superhero is filmmaker Joss Whedon. Whedon brings one of the most anticipated films to life and at the same time, succeeds in where so many others fail, satisfying the comic book fan.  The movie was high strung on energy and gave the viewers and fans exactly what they wanted. It seemed that the film just wanted to be really fun, and it was.

 

The Avengers wasn’t as strong as The Hulk, nor was it as godlike as Thor. However the film was as cunning and witty as Iron Man, and as good and noble as Captain America.

 

3 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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6 Responses to The Avengers

  1. […] 2012, one of the most anticipated films off all-time shook theaters nationwide. The Avengers broke multiple records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America. It is also the […]

  2. Prudence says:

    This movie was the first movie since Inception where when it finished, I wanted to go back and watch it again multiple times in the theater, regardless of the outlandish costs. I was hesitant about Ruffalo’s performance as Banner, because I absolutely adored Edward Norton in the role. However, I was completely blown out of the water, and now I can’t stop watching all of the Ruffalo films I can lay my hands on. As for Samuel L. Jackson… I don’t know what happened. I completely agree, each time he came on camera, I seriously couldn’t help but slump in my seat and go, “Really, can we please get to the characters of actual importance?” I love me some Samuel L. Jackson, but his role in this was just forgettable. There was nothing really to him, save for a slight bad-ass factor, and that disappointed me a bit. However, that was the only issue I had, and it wasn’t even much of an issue. I just loved the hell out of this film.

  3. Shun says:

    Seriously, though. The Avengers gave me hope for the summer blockbuster again. These past years, waiting in anticipation for this film, it does not disappoint. It effortlessly molded all these individual superheroes into one entity despite their differences. Yes, I have to say, the beginning was a little slow for me, but as it progressed, it just got better and better. Perhaps I was confused a bit. I just like how, like you said, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s fun, but not too much to the point we feel like it’s a comedy. It’s dramatic, but not too much to the point we feel like it’s another Dark Knight. The Avengers is a superhero movie of its own stature and I applaud Joss Whedon for the perfect balance of emotions in this picture. Plus, it introduced me to what a shawarma is, and I’m hoping to try that out soon. Anyways, the film isn’t perfect, but for what it is, in my opinion, it’s pretty darn close, and for that, I give it a 5 out of 5.

  4. Shun says:

    asdfghjkl Dude, best movie of the year so far. I give it 5 out of 4 stars. lol I sound like a 12 year old, but I don’t care.

  5. It was really interesting that they really didn’t get detailed with Hawkeye or Black Widow’s origin story, however until you had mentioned it, I didn’t even notice. However, our disagreement comes to Mark Ruffalo’s performance as the Hulk/Banner, I truly enjoyed him, he just stood out on screen to me. Regardless, I’m glad you liked the movie besides Jackon’s performance, and I totally agree with you.

  6. qrstuvr says:

    The Avengers was a great fun film and an excellent way to kick off the summer movies.. Mark Ruffalo, while a great actor, wasn’t quite the proper fit as Bruce Banner.. I didn’t care for the fact that they didn’t give any back story for the Black Widow or Hawkeye. I agree with you 100% about Samuel L. Jackson.. The movie may have even been BETTER without his character Nick Fury.. Ugh!! .. Overall I agree with your review. A SOLID 3 outta 4 stars!!

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