May 4, 2012 -- Marvel has been leading us to this one film for over four years now with five different films that are all apparently going to tie into "The Avengers", So I think it is pretty safe to say that if this film sucked Marvel would be on life support. Not to mention they would lose a lot of respect and profit.
"The Avengers" is an epic powerhouse of everything that a fan could possibly ask for in a comic book film and more. I am indeed a fan of Marvel and I have to say, I had incredibly high expectations going into this. At the same time, I was very cautious because how could one film simply achieve such greatness, mix in so many heroes into one story without it feeling messy or forced. Well, Joss Whedon certainly achieve that, he has crafted a pure cinematic thrill ride and dare I say, a masterpiece.
The plot involves Loki, Brother of Thor and God of Mischief who comes down to Earth to start war and take over everything. He is using the tesseract and his army of aliens to do so. Nick Fury is the first to witness this plan so he goes ahead and activates The Avengers Initiative. What is that? Well, It's what this film is all about. Fury calls in Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor all to fight for the survival of mankind, and it is epic.
The first half of the film does a really good job at developing the relationships between each and every character, what the opinions are of each character to Loki, What they think of each other, do they want to be apart of The Avengers, which is what brings the realism to the film of making actual conflicts for a team, and these conflicts have consequences and it is so well done and interesting to see the outcome of the choices that these characters make.
Let's go to the performances. Robert Downey Jr. is here for the third time in the role as Iron Man and he's just as good here, with the same sense of humor that made him so lovable in the Iron Man movies. Mark Ruffalo is taking over from Edward Norton as The Hulk and he is easily my new favorite Avenger. He has a great sense of humor, he just takes control and totally owns the role of The Hulk and Bruce Banner. As Banner, he is really chill and in control, but when he does the motion capture for The Hulk he does an amazing job.
Chris Hemsworth is here again as Thor and you can see he has learned his lesson from his troubles in Thor, he seems to be a better man and he cares about Earth. That is why he is risking hurting his own brother to protect it. Chris Evans is great here as Captain America. He really nails the leader role and it's really cool to see him being introduced to the new world and his reactions to past events and the new technology. Samuel L. Jackson was great as Nick Fury, he had some great one liners, as expected.
Scarlet Johanson was good as Black Widow, We get to see more back story for her this time around. As well was Hawkeye played by Jeremy Reener. He has some good lines, gives a solid performances, and does excellent in all of the action scenes. But, Of course, Loki. Tom Hidleston plays this role so brilliantly, he is easily the best villain since Heath Ledger's The Joker. I like his character because he does his research on the team so he really knows everything about them and how to annoy and scare them, all of their strengths and weaknesses.
All of the action scenes are done really well, because there is no shaky cam what so ever, they are all very clear and you can tell what is going on. People you don't expect to fight or team up with one another do just that and it only makes you appreciate this film even more. We also have to give credit to Mark Ruffalo for doing the motion capture for The Hulk and that is something else to admire, In the past Hulk films none of the actors resembled the design of The Hulk. This time around, The Hulk looks like a giant green Mark Ruffalo.
The final half of this film is a fan's dream. There is a giant battle in New York and everyone fights everyone, everyone teams up with everyone. It's destructive and I don't even know how many times I clapped. Because this is what all of the fans wanted and I bow down to Whedon for giving fans a two and a half hour, quickly paced, swift action with amazing dialogue and every character fans loved in the past films interacting with one another masterpiece.
I could go on and on about how much I loved this film but that could be until the sequel, So here we go, this is easily the best film I have seen this year so far, and I have to give it my highest rating. Final grade for The Avengers movie: out of 5 stars.
The Avengers opens on Friday May 4, 2012 at movie theaters everywhere. This movie is rated: PG-13.
Cast of The Avengers Movie:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
Stellan Skarsgård as Selvig
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Paul Bettany as Jarvis (voice)
Alexis Denisof as The Other
Tina Benko as NASA Scientist
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Movie review by Adam Sirdoreus/FloridaEntertainmentScene.com - Copyright © 2012 Florida Entertainment Scene - All Rights Reserved.