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Sunday, May 6, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: THE AVENGERS

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MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS 3D



Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Taking center stage this time is Nick Fury (played once again by the note-perfect Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury, along with former Russian spy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), recruits a super team to combat Thor's ever-deceptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who can track down the artifact's gamma signals when he's not hulking out into a giant green monster. Show runner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) adapted and helmed the script by Zak Penn. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson.

Release Date: May 04, 2012

Rated PG-13 Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence and A Mild Drug Reference

Runtime: 2 hr. 23 min.Genres: Action/Adventure

Review:

Marvel’s huge gambit started with Iron Man’s post credit scene and went on from there. It was a terribly risky and ambitious. Once all the stand alone films were done Joss Whedon was tasked with the incredibly difficult task of putting it all together and giving each character its due while creating a story that would justify these characters coming together. Whedon, to his massive credit, delivered a spectacle which will be remembered by children for years to come. Whedon’s love of the characters and genre is readily apparent in the ever single frame of the film. Whedon knows his audience and delivers the kind of film that fans want. Massive action set pieces that give each character a time to shine as the film goes along, leading up to a an insane climatic battle that gives us more destruction than Transformers Dark of the Moon. It would have been easy for Whedon to just deliver an endless battle royale but he gives his film time and allows each character to have simpler quieter moments that let you into their head and motivations. The cast is on target throughout and while it would have been easy for Robert Downey Jr. to have run the show, he’s kept in check and gives the other actors room to breathe and shine. Mark Ruffalo’s take of Bruce Banner is impressive, so much so that I’d say we finally have a definitive film version of the character. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner do as much as they can with less screen time than the other stalwarts. Tom Hiddleston provides a great villain for the super group to fight, sadly he only lacked a long twirly mustache. 2 post credit scenes provide more fun to ease you off your high. The first sets up a sequel and latter is a wonderful moment showcasing Whedon and the cast. A perfectly fitting end to a film that’s blockbuster filmmaking at it’s finest.

A

14 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this enough to give the film an A!!

    My smugness over getting the film before you is short lived as we only got one post credit sequence ;-)

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    1. It was the best kind of fan service, reminded me of playing with my toys when I was a kid, greatness!

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  2. Excellent review! I loved it so much myself! Geeks rule the world! :)

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    1. Such greatness man! Now I want my Justice League movie!!

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  3. I'm probably one of the veeery few people who are not interested in The Avengers, simply because I'm no Marvel fan - nevertheless, all these mega-reviews surprisingly make me wanna check it out. Maybe I'll give it a shot...

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    1. I've never been a Marvel fan either but I've really enjoyed these movies and this one is a just a hellva of a topper.

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  4. i think renner commands the big screen, but needed more face time here (but with what little he had, like you said, he worked). i didn't think scarlett was as compelling but she held her own. i loved loki. he has been such a fascinating character for me to watch, ever since Thor, and his brother Thor.

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    1. Loki is such an interesting character, multi layered, would love to see him on screen again.

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  5. Sounds like a good movie to watch. I might see it this weekend.

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    1. I think you'll have a lot of fun!

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    1. How much more is really needed? :-)

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  7. Honestly I still cannot believe that The Avengers actually worked, with just about any other filmmaker it probably would have turned out terribly. As a fan of the comic books with ridiculously high expectations, I can safely say that it was so much more than I ever expected.

    -James

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    1. I know excatly what you mean James, it could have been a big mess but somehow Whedon brought it all together.

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