NJFerns reviews THE AVENGERS

The Avengers released on 27 April in India. That was yesterday for me, & I watched the movie first day first show. :D Hit the jump to read my spoiler-free review.

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By njferns - 4/28/2012
Obviously the main reason this movie was so eagerly anticipated is that it's got 6 superheroes packed into one MEGA film! So without further ado, I'll get right to the chase...

You can definitely see Joss Whedon's stamp throughout the film. The witty lines, the quick & crisp pacing, AND most importantly, the ample justice given to EACH character (yes, even the minor ones) to shine in their own respective capacities. The character interactions are immensely entertaining. Right from the ego clashes at the beginning to the camaraderie at the end, the movie is PACKED with "moments"- Black Widow getting completely terrified while dealing with Banner & "the other guy", the constant schoolboy bickering between Stark & Steve Rogers, the powerful dynamic between Thor & Hulk- they're all in here. I'm also glad that Joss has made it a stand-alone film, so it's okay if you haven't seen the individual movies of the respective heroes as he's cleverly woven it all in.

One thing that Whedon has ALWAYS excelled in is character development- ALL the characters have a definite arc. What's great is that for Joss, it's not just all about the explosions & spectacle- he ensures his film has heart & you are moved to feel for the characters & not have an indifferent approach to them just cause they're heroes. The human side of each character shines through.


The action is amazing & will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, rooting for these heroes to win & save the day. Hulk & Thor bashing each other up is one of the most entertaining scenes in the movie! The climactic battle is pretty spectacular too. I especially went- *.* -with this one particular scene where in one sweeping shot Whedon manages to catch amazing moments of each of our heroes being badass against the alien army summoned by Loki.

On the Visual Effects front, you are in for a treat. The Helicarrier? She's a beauty. I love how they actually made it look so practical that even a non-comic book fan wouldn't go, "What the frick is that??" Hulk? This is how Hulk should have been all along- super-realistic, full of emotion, & erm, BADASS! The aliens & their ships? Spectacular- some real good scenes to behold. Again, very believable, not at all distracting. Overall, some pretty flawless work from the VFX team out here.


Now onto the performances. Robert Downey Jr. is THE reason that Iron Man is my fave Avenger! As the tongue in cheek & unabashed rebel of the team, Downey's performace as Stark is top-notch, as always. I've read in some interviews that he's known to do quite a lot of improv & you can definitely see that this guy loves, no, LIVES this character! Chris Evans as Cap is great as the ever-sincere, & sometimes naive, man out of time. Mark Ruffalo is actually the first actor to ever act AS Hulk in a live-action movie through the marvel (pun intended) of motion capture. So it's all Ruffalo's movement & emotion showing through that helps uplift this Hulk in leaps & bounds. Trust me, if you loved Edward Norton's Hulk, you'll forget all about that one after seeing this.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor also excels in his role, who like RDJ, seems to be born for this role. He really uses his gravelly voice & towering physique to translate the grandeur of the God of Thunder. Unlike in Iron Man 2, this time round Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is not just all about looking hot, but she also proves why she deserves to be an Avenger inspite of just being a human with special skills. Johansson does a bang-up job as Widow & it's great to see her take full opportunity of the meaty role she's given here (oh & she IS Russian in the MCU! Thank God!). Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is also good but personally I found his role a wee bit under-developed. At the end of the movie, despite all the tweaks they've done to his archery equipment, I still felt there's only so much a guy with a bow & arrow could do whilst fighting alongside a Super Soldier, a demigod, an engineer extraordinaire with his own power suit. AND a Hulk.


Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? Another great performance. I cannot even imagine anyone else in that role! The ever-amiable & affable Agent Phil Coulson by Clark Gregg is just such fun to watch. There's guaranteed laughs from EVERY scene he's in. Being a How I Met Your Mother fan, the announcement of Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill definitely got me excited, but honestly, I was pretty wary about how our lovable Robin would be able to transform into the tough Agent Hill. Smulders, however, does a commendable job & if Whedon is to be believed, she's done most of her stunts, so she's really shown that she's more than capable to do action roles too. And lastly, the villain himself- Loki by Tom Hiddleston. If you found him menacing in Thor, you ain't seen nothing yet! Hiddleston successfully portrays a villain of many facets & layers, so complex & powerful. Loki's true array of power as the God of Mischief is put on full showcase here & you will thoroughly enjoy it.

So what's my final verdict? An EXTREMELY well-deserved 9/10. With a story that is true to the essence of the Avengers comics, The Avengers almost effortlessly manages to serve the audience with entertaining action & a whole load of laughs. Add to that the terrific character development & the power-packed performances, this is ONE superhero movie you DO NOT wanna miss.

Wait a minute, so why not a full 10 you ask? I've got my few niggling issues with it & y'all can read em by clicking the link at the end of this article.




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njferns - 4/28/2012, 1:53 AM
I'm at Mumbai...What about you? I plan on going again for it but in 2D this time. You'd know that 3D kinda sucked for me in case u read my 2 issues with the movie.
pOoPEE - 4/28/2012, 2:14 AM
I watched it the first time in 3D and I just watched it again in 2D and it was so much better. It was so hard to follow the action in 3D. Lol think I might go watch it again a third time tomorrow :-)
njferns - 4/28/2012, 2:30 AM
Agree with you wholeheartedly on all points! PLUS I found the glasses darkened the screen SO MUCH! sucked the fun out of it!
PartyHard - 4/28/2012, 2:39 AM
@ironman666

Nothing Joss has ever wrote has been that complex.
pepe - 4/28/2012, 2:40 AM
Liked it... Just missed surprices and easter eggs... Wanted more of that.
KALel3412 - 4/28/2012, 2:47 AM
im in the us and just finished watching it. there should have been more hulk. ruffallo is awsome banner. i say 8/10 it was good maybe better than good but i wouldnt say great. its def the best marvel movie.
njferns - 4/28/2012, 2:56 AM
@ironman666 when i said that i agree with u on all points- i meant all points regarding the 3D. I thought this movie was great.
You are into comics so you want it complex, but the rest of the cinema-going crowd would get befuddled & the movie would be panned.

I personally thought this was a HUGE responsibilty on Whedon's shoulders & he has executed it with panache on ALL fronts- story, direction, everything!
njferns - 4/28/2012, 2:58 AM
And if he doesn't return for A2, I'll not only be disappointed but seriously worried. Like I got after Branagh left Thor2. That was a shock!
PartyHard - 4/28/2012, 3:03 AM
@ironman666

River might be complex if you're thirteen and have watched about 20 movies in your entire life.
Coloso - 4/28/2012, 3:10 AM
@KALel3412 why oh why did you watch that sh*tty cam download that got leaked? Go see it in the theatre. And if you think Avengers was maybe better than good and Marvels best movie yet then I can't wait to see it myself. Iron Man was great and people are saying Avengers is better ;)
Coloso - 4/28/2012, 3:15 AM
@PartyHard agreed about River Tam. @ironman666, Joss is all about the group dynamic. Ensemble casts with cracking dialogue are his bread and butter.
LEEE777 - 4/28/2012, 3:44 AM
Nothings a full 10, not even WATCHMEN!

Cool review dude, HULK stole it for me, not the actor (ugh) just HULK hehe!


Note do not watch a pirate copy, this movie has to be seen at the flicks in 3D too!!!

Awesome!!!
LEEE777 - 4/28/2012, 3:44 AM
Oh yeah, thumbs up!
KALel3412 - 4/28/2012, 3:46 AM
@coloso i couldnt wait for the movie, i got a really good copy. i know the shitty one you are talking about, there is another version that popped up a few hours ago that is way better. still not great but still good copy. plus i dont the theaters cost way to damn much these days
njferns - 4/28/2012, 6:09 AM
@KALel3412 Dude,I'd seriously ask you to think about going for at least the 2D in cinemas...this is worth the experience...3D meh, not so much imo.
njferns - 4/28/2012, 6:10 AM
@LEEE777 Thanks! Oh & even "Hulk" had Ruffalo as I said cos of the mo-cap. I thought Mark did great.
MisterNiceGuy - 4/28/2012, 8:04 AM
i feel like i read the same review every time haha. everyone says the same thing, wich is a great thing of course. 5 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!
Alvahnomicron - 4/28/2012, 12:58 PM
IM666,
Dude, I think Partyhard's just trolling. I read your review, and found it insightful. Thanks for sharing.
I understand your points, but wasn't disappointed myself by the movie. Personally, I don't really think the alien army needed much back story. It would've gotten in the way. All we needed to know was they were from outer-space. That set the MCU up for what comes next; if the mid-credits scene holds water. They were just there to be fodder for the Avengers to 'make their bones' on, anyway. I thought it was ok for us to see them when the Avengers do, so the audience knows just as much about them AS the Avengers do. And the convo between Loki and the leader of the alien army clues us in to the fact that there's someone higher who's workin' the strings.
But again, not dissin' your review. I respect your viewpoint. Keep reviewing!!!
Coloso - 4/28/2012, 2:20 PM
@KALel3412 dude, please. They are all sh*tty cams no matter how many different versions pop up. They don't even have line audio so you hear every cough and baby cry from the audience. Do yourself a favor, watch it at the theatre and get the full experience. Your missing so much of the cgi and action due to the pixelation of using a cam. Just my 2 cents.
njferns - 4/29/2012, 12:10 AM
@KALel3412 Coloso's last comment...? Yeah, it pretty much hit the nail on the head...

@ironman666 You can't compare Inception & Avengers. People went into cinemas for Inception knowing fully well it's a fresh, intelligent concept- the thinking man's movie, if you will.
When ppl go for the Avengers, they're looking to see a good story yes, but they mainly wanna see all their heroes in action, all having an equal chance to shine...which this movie succeeded in.
I've yet gotta read ur review, I will n comment out there, I promise.

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