And there came a day, a day unlike any other… when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat… to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand… on that day, The Avengers were born.
The Avengers was not just a film. It was a movie even of a lifetime. People like me waited 5 years for this movie to come out. The thing was that could a movie this big would live up to the expectations. But in the end it shut down everyone’s mouth and it turned out to be a masterpiece. This movie deserves all the praise it’s getting. In the hands of someone else this could have been a total disaster, but Joss Whedon managed to turn out a really good film.
What worked best for me was how each character was given enough of a role that they didn’t feel useless.. Iron Man, for me, had the best arc in the film. I particularly liked how Cap challenged his way of thinking. There is something to be said in that Cap and Iron Man fight for different reasons and ideologies; and you could safely assume that unless Tony as a superhero is a stupid person who wants to change the world as per her terms, he’d have something to learn from the famous super soldier.
The actors themselves all seem to be really on their game, including ScarJo and Jeremy Renner, who get quite fair screen time as Black Widow and Hawkeye, but a couple of special mentions have to be given. One goes to Tom Hiddleston, who really plays the sole baddie of the film, and handles it with ease. This shouldn’t be too surprising as he was the standout character in Thor, however he evolved from a calm demeanor to wickedly intense in a matter of seconds, no matter what character he’s standing against. It’s his villainous turn that carries a lot of the film, and he was more than up for the task. Another wonderful job was done by Mark Ruffalo, who seems to actually get Bruce Banner more than any other actor to step into the purple pants(Sorry Ed Norton, you no longer rule that department). Ruffalo doesn’t play Banner as a depressed doc fighting his inner demon. He is now able to control the monster within, and when he’s finally able to unleash the beast makes one of the best Avengers moments for me.
Yes, the action. Oh, the action. The 2nd half of the film. Wow. There’s just not a lot to say other than it will leave goose bumps on the arms of any fan who has ever dreamt of something of this magnitude. It’s just almost too good to believe. Watching Hulk and Thor back to back fending off alien invaders; seeing Iron Man swoop in to lend a repulsor ray- assist to a shield-swinging Cap…these are visuals literally popping off the page. It seemed that once the full scale of Loki’s plan is unleashed, there were literally dozens of moments back to back where the theatre I was in would let out an audible shout of approval followed by thunderous applause. It’s moments like these that make being a comic fan in this day and age so much fun. We’re able to gather and literally “geek-out” together over childhood heroes being brought to cinematic life.
There’s constant comparison between The Avengers and Chris Nolan’s upcoming ending to his Bat-trilogy, but those comparisons seem so off-base due to the completely different takes on the properties. Yes, Nolan has crafted an extremely intriguing world of hyper-realism and crime drama that peaks at an intellectual level, but Whedon has done something that others before him have failed to do. He literally made a comic book come to life. Not in a way that’s cheesy, but in a way that both honours’ the creators of the characters and stories that have come before, and allows the audience to do something that is often missed when adapting four colour adventures…just have FUN.
Is The Avengers a perfect film? I’m not even sure what a perfect film would look like if I saw it, nor do I think many critics would either. That isn’t really the point though. It’s all about whether or not a gamble like this would pay off. Future films like Justice League(someday….someday) could entirely depend on the success or failure of this, the first true superhero team-up. It’s easy to see that this will more than pay off though. Marvel has a bona fide blockbuster on their hands, and a master craftsman in Joss Whedon. The Avengers works in all the ways it should, and left me grinning like that little kid playing with his toys.
My Rating 4.5 out of 5 times Hulk smashed Loki like a rag-doll