Friday, May 4, 2012

The Avengers - Movie Review


The great theatrical experiment that Marvel Studios has been building towards over the last four years has finally come to fruition on the big screen. Today marks the official U.S. release of Marvel’s The Avengers, which pits Earth’s mightiest heroes against Loki and his army of alien invaders. After nearly tearing each other apart, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, and The Black Widow finally learn to work as a team and save the planet from enslavement.

This movie is just plain fun. It’s the kind of movie that defines what a summer blockbuster should be. Joss Whedon’s direction and writing lends itself to the giant ensemble cast in a way that makes it feel like everyone’s movie. Not a single character gets overlooked or underplayed, and by the end you find yourself just wanting more and more of them as a team.

I think one of the best aspects of this film is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk. The Hulk has been kind of downplayed in the Marvel Studios films, but this movie pushed him to the forefront of cool. He’s got some of the best jokes, greatest moments, and most incredible fight scenes. There was a part that was so hilarious with the big green monster that I nearly cried. That being said, he was still able to scare the crap out of me when he would scream. And although all of the characters shined brightly and were delightful in his movie it was really The Hulk who amped up his presence this time around on the big screen.

In classic Whedon fashion we get a look at all of the characters from all angles. We can feel Cap’s displacement from the rest of the group, Thor’s struggle with trying to bring his brother Loki back home, and Iron Man’s ego getting chipped away by the rest of the team. The agents of shield aren’t to be forgotten, as Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, and Maria Hill all have vital roles in the film. There’s a great middle finger moment to every movie that’s every sent a plane with a nuke to destroy the heroes, and even though one does launch it’s a satisfying new take. A big warning though – it’s a Joss Whedon film, so some great characters are going to die.

I was going to write a really long review about all the aspects of the film, but I’m going to keep it short. The two teasing extra scenes after the film were worth sitting through the credits for, and even though it’s not a perfect movie it’s a very successful attempt at creating bigger and shared movie universe. Marvel Studios is the example of how publishers should create their comic book movie or television adaptations. This movie gets a mighty 4.5/5. And you can be sure that I’ll be seeing it in the theater again this weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Kenny. This is a very entertaining film that continues Marvel's excellent track record in filmmaking. Whedon seems to have done the impossible of capturing all of these superheros and giving them all a chance to shine, and it doesn't even seem like it was much of an obstacle for him as writer and director. Great way to start off the Summer!