The Avengers (2012)

Starring

Rober Downey Jr – Iron Man/ Tony Stark
Chris Evans – Steve Rogers/ Captain America
Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner/ The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow
Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton/ Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston – Loki

Summary

Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengersbrilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

– From Amazon.com by Ted Fry

Review

I was excited for this movie was soon as it was announced as I had just finished the movie Thor and I was ready to find out what happened next. So I was so pumped for this movie (also because I love Chris Hemsworth) and could not wait for it to come out. So I decided to go on opening weekend. I was lucky to get the movie showing which I wanted to go to as the movie theatre was beyond full. There was almost standing room only.

But the lights dimmed, the final trailers ended, and the beginning of the movie started. I was beyond excited.

Then the movie started. From the beginning until the end there was nothing but action. But not blood or anything like that – it was all comic violence. But it was extremely exciting.

The Marvel character’s in this movie were Hawkeye, Black Widow, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Loki. I have to say, the actors which they got to play each character were incredibly believable to be able to be these super heroes.  The movie overall did an amazing job portraying these Super Hero’s and them saving the world from evil 🙂

I was also extremely impressed with the graphics in this. As you can tell from all of the trailers, there was a lot of city destruction and it was all computer graphics (obviously.) Also an interesting fact was the fly over of the military planes which you see were actually computer generated as the government would not do a military fly over as they did not support the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D and its role in the movie. The government has done flyovers in many movies like Transformers, and upcoming Battleship (which I am also excited for), but they said no to this one (phooey 🙂 ). But don’t worry, with the amazing technology which we have now, it did not affect the movie one bit.

The story line was definitely entertaining. It would definitely help though if the viewer has previously seen Thor as it explains what is happening, and Captain America. I had only seen Thor but it was still understandable. It was just that they made some references to the other movies so it would have been good to see the other ones too.

You walk into this movie thinking that all it was, was going to be action. But actually there was a lot of humor in it. I was laughing so much watching this movie as it did have some funny parts, well actually hilarious parts.

So overall this was a very impressive movie, acting and graphics wise. It tied all of the Marvel characters together and I believe that this is going to be one of the biggest movies of all time – if it is not already. On the rate it is going, it probably will or has already passed Titanic (sorry James.)

So I really hope that you all enjoy this movie. Tell me what you thought of it and what you disliked. I personally could not find anything bad about this movie, and it may be my all time favorite movie right now.

Hope that you love it as much as I did.

For some reason none of the trailers will actually work with this post. But I am sure that you can google it and find some good ones.