Marvel’s The Avengers – Movie Review

3 05 2012

When the title came on the theater screen, a tear almost came out of my eye. The day is finally here! Marvel’s The Avengers brings together the different superheroes from Marvel Studio’s franchise of movies, and the result is an explosion of solid blockbuster action, intense emotional drama and captivating comic book wonder.

Throw all skepticism out the window because this movie knows what the fans want. Director Joss Whedon must be given a medal for yet another contribution to fanboy culture. A comic book writer himself, this guy has the right sensibilities needed to direct what might very well be the biggest superhero movie of all time. He knows that each character has its own fanbase, so no character is left in the background or is underused. He also presents all the characters clearly so even those who haven’t seen the previous movies can arrive comfortably into this crossover event.

The Avengers has a story which feels organic, definitely not something phoned-in or awkward. The moments where our favourite superheroes meet one another for the first time are built up nicely, and the story of how they eventually decide to work together and fight the bad guys is a painful and compelling one. One thing that I find intriguing about the assembling of the mighty Avengers is not how powerful they are when they work together, but rather how much they CANNOT work together. The scenes where the Avengers get mad at each other had me at the edge of my seat!

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury are all great in their roles, but let us not forget the lonely villain of this flick – Loki. Played by Tom Hiddleston, this evil schemer is one of the more interesting comic book villains because of his jealousy and hatred filled relationship with his god-brother (get it?) Thor. Cobie Smulders appears in the small role of Maria Hill, and I’m glad that they are using actual characters from the comic books.

This movie has spectacular action scenes that are big, exciting, and most importantly, driven by the characters’ decisions. The movie trailer already gave us a glimpse of the gigantic climatic fight between the Avengers and the aliens which takes place in Manhattan, and I was afraid that the movie’s best moments were already spoiled by the trailer. I think my eyes have never been bigger when I saw what this movie had for me. The “wow” moments never stopped coming, including some of the most exhilarating Hulk smashing you have ever seen. CGI and special effects are flawless, and the music by Alan Silvestri adds to the grandeur of the battle.

If I had to dig out something negative about The Avengers, I would say that I very much wished Edward Norton of The Incredible Hulk could have been Bruce Banner in this movie. Although Mark Ruffalo does a brilliant job in the role of the troubled gamma scientist, I think keeping the same actor throughout the franchise is beneficial to the enjoyment of the story, and of course, the popularity of the character. Imagine someone getting curious about the Hulk after watching The Avengers and proceeds to check out The Incredible Hulk… Weird!

Marvel’s The Avengers lives up to all its hype, and is a dream come true for millions of fans. If you love your Marvel Comics, then prepare to be blown away some more by the huge reveal in the credits!

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25 responses

3 05 2012
Grande Falcone

Nice review! Glad it didn’t disappoint you. I’ve been skeptical myself.

5 05 2012
Ipodman

You won’t be disappointed!

4 05 2012
The Hook

You’ve relieved my anxiety; thanks, buddy!
I can’t wait!

5 05 2012
Ipodman

No problem, buddy!

4 05 2012
cineramaetcetera

I agree. I would have liked for Edward Norton to reprise his role as The Hulk. He was awesome in his solo flick but Mark Ruffalo did not disappoint. I must admit I had reservations but it all panned out in the end. Loved your review, spoken like a true fanboy 🙂

5 05 2012
Ipodman

Glad my fandom can be felt by others 🙂

6 05 2012
Anonymous

liked the review. Have to agree about the movie, loved how Whedon melded everything together nicely.

8 05 2012
Ipodman

Yeah, Whedon did an excellent job.

6 05 2012
jcoates

Spot on review of the movie. Loved the action and the scenes where they didnt get along. Loved the ending, too where they didnt stay as a team but could come together when needed. Nice touch by Mr. Whedon

8 05 2012
Ipodman

Yeah, I also love that they have to go do their own separate stuff but are ready to assemble again if needed.

6 05 2012
Heretic

I loved the movie, however I wasn’t able to give it as high of a rating that you did. Which is fine, I simply can’t get behind camp and cheese as much as the next guy. This was, no doubt, an action film at its best, which means it lacked something that moved beyond explosions and funny banter. Not a whole lot of brain power is needed to watch it…which isn’t a negative criticism, just a comment on its overall film qualities. I still gave it an 8 out of 10, which is still an “A” in my book.

8 05 2012
Ipodman

Good thing you still loved the movie even though it didn’t drain your brain power… I did feel my brain and the rest of my body being greatly satisfied tho…

7 05 2012
Kim

The film was outstanding and I was so happy that it was that good. I expected you to love the movie as well :>

8 05 2012
Ipodman

You know me too well :>

7 05 2012
CMrok93

Liked this one a lot and I can’t wait to see what they are able to do with the sequel. Or should I say, I can’t wait to see what Joss Whedon can do with this sequel. Good review. Perfect way to kick off the Summer!

8 05 2012
Ipodman

Hmm… it isn’t confirmed if he will return for a sequel, but I do hope so!

8 05 2012
The Focused Filmographer

I’m glad you liked this one! Bravo! I very much enjoyed it myself.

I have to say that I am in the camp that I am glad Norton wasn’t Banner. I get the whole continuity thing, but at the risk of losing out on the character himself? Ruffalo portrayed the parts of Banner and The Hulk that Norton just didn’t really do. Banner’s character in the comics really was more appropriately shown through Ruffalo’s appearance and I’m not certain that Norton could’ve switched that on after not really doing so in The Incredible Hulk.

don’t get me wrong, I like Norton…but Ruffalo is a far better Dr. Banner.

8 05 2012
Ipodman

ORLY?

What did Ruffalo do that Norton didn’t???

8 05 2012
ruth

Nice review! I like your enthusiasm 🙂

As for Norton vs. Ruffalo as Banner, I think both are good but I agree that Ruffalo comes across very sympathetic but not frazzled, but I don’t think it’s the fault of the actor as it’s how it’s written. Norton’s Banner is more of a tortured soul which works for the individual film I think. I initially had issues about the Hulk being able to switch off from being uncontrollable to suddenly able to take orders, but we sort of ‘resolve’ that in the comments on my post 🙂

10 05 2012
Ipodman

Intelligent Hulk is good! 🙂

12 05 2012
Daniel

“Hulk” turned out to be better than anyone could have imagined. He was my biggest concern going into the film. He ended up being one of its biggest assets!

12 05 2012
Ipodman

Yeah, the Hulk is the only thing from the movie that everyone around me is talking about!

14 05 2012
Snow Addy

Glad you liked it too! I really enjoyed this! I saw it in 3-D

14 05 2012
Ipodman

I saw it in IMAX 3D O.O

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