I Saw A Film Today… The Avengers

Hype. It kills many films faster than Andy Dick does the atmosphere at a comedy club (roll on snare drum). This is why I approached The Avengers with hesitance and honestly expecting mediocrity. It just seemed like there was a reason a film of this magnitude had not been attempted: because it wouldn’t work. But against all the odds, or at least the ones I manifested in my mind, I was wrong.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are performing experiments on a strange cube of power called the Tesseract when suddenly the exiled Asgardian god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appears and takes possession of it.

Now Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) are tasked with bringing together some of the world’s greatest heroes to form The Avengers. This dynamic group includes playboy millionaire Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey jr.), Dr. Bruce “Hulk” Banner (Mark Ruffalo), super  assassins Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff (Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johannson, super-soldier Steve “Captain America” Rodgers (Chris Evans), and Loki’s brother and fellow Asgardian god Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

The group of heroes at first find it less than easy to get along. But when an army of aliens led by Loki begin attacking Manhattan (always seems to be New York or Chicago for some reason lately), the six heroes assemble to take on their new foe.

The Avengers is easily one of the best comic book films ever. It has everything that you would expect from a Marvel film. It has loud, exciting action sequences, some of the most exciting and coherent I’ve seen from the company. Is there plenty of cheesy dialogue and slightly goofy humor? Of course there is! It just wouldn’t be Marvel without it.

The greatest achievement of The Avengers is the fact that it is actually about the Avengers. It’s not Thor 2 or  The Tony Stark Variety Extravaganza. Where Joss Whedon could have taken the easy route and made the focus on one or two of the heroes, instead each character is integral to the story. It is something unexpected and in a way, unprecedented. Even the lesser known heroes Hawkeye and Black Widow (yeah, I said heroes; not sidekicks) get their fair share of screen time, even though I thought Clint Barton’s back-story could have been elaborated on more. Even the Shield agent Maria Hill, portrayed by Cobie Smulders of How You’ll Never Learn How A Random Guy Met His Wife fame, has a strong presence in the film. As a nerd I found this the most satisfying aspect of the film.

The performances were pretty good stuff. It’s what you expect from the cast of talented actors. Downey Jr., a master of multiple emotions at once, provides the jokes. Evans provides the uber-heroism. Everyone else provides the in-between. The character I was most worried about it Bruce Banner. I became fond of Edward Norton’s portrayal of the Hulk. I’m honestly surprised at how well Ruffalo took on the role. I may still like Norton slightly more but I wont decisively say so until Ruffalo gets his own Hulk film.

The Avengers was more than I expected. It’s open enough to allow fans who are unfamiliar with the Marvel universe to enjoy but has enough little bits here and there for the die-hard fans.

Verdict: SEE IT!

* Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

** Poster by Matt Ferguson.

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2 Responses to “I Saw A Film Today… The Avengers”

  1. You know what, I had the exact same feelings and thoughts about the movie.
    Everything from the hype, Maria Hill, and Ruffalo as Hulk.
    It was such a good movie. I’m going to see it a second time tomorrow.

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