Demonhunter15's The Avengers Review (SPOILERS!!)
Hey Guys here is my Review for Marvel's The Avengers, This is my first review so go easy on me.
Come see what I thought of Marvels latest movie, The Avengers. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Wow. Even though it’s been around 10 hours since I left the theatre after seeing Marvel’s The Avengers, I’m still reeling from the fact that the movie exists and is actually GREAT!
Right from the get so we are thrown into the action. After the studio logos and everything are immediately shown Loki, God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston), standing on a barren planetoid somewhere within the Nine Realms. He is given a staff by what is I think the Alien Army’s Emissary. During this scene we learn that Loki has made a deal with a higher power; In return for Loki retrieving the Tesseract from Earth, this Higher Power has granted him the use of its army, a MCU variant of The Chitauri, to use to take over earth.
On earth, S.H.I.E.L.D has been busy; developing a way to use the Tesseract, but something is going wrong. When we first see S.H.I.E.L.D, they are evacuating the Triskelion, as the Tesseract is “Misbehaving” in a could blow up at any minute way. Soon the Tesseract activates and opens a portal, which brings Loki to earth. After promptly killing a few S.H.I.E.L.D soldiers, Loki uses his staff to take over the mind of Dr Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and S.H.I.E.L.D assassin Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nicolas Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) Tries to talk Loki down and buy some time for Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to evacuate the facility, since opening to portal has caused a reaction that is going to level the facility from within. After the small confrontation, Hawkeye shoots fury and takes the Tesseract. Barton, Loki, Selvig, and a small handful of mind controlled soldiers escape through a series of catacombs under the Triskelion, only to be pursued by Maria Hill, But they manage to escape. Fury says they need to assemble a team to deal with the coming war.
After this actioned-packed opening we cut to Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), on mission in Russia I believe, looking for weapons of mass destruction when she gets a call from Coulson telling her that Barton has been compromised. She promptly beats the crap out of everyone in the room and leaves; she is then told she will be going after the ‘Big’ guy.
Next we see Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (Chris Evans), alone, training an empty gym. As he is furiously punching the punching bag, we are shown flashbacks of his time in World War 2, and also his thawing out of ice. Nick Fury approaches him with a mission; Stop Loki and divert war.
Meanwhile in Calcutta, India; Dr Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has been lead to a small house on the outskirts of town by a little girl, saying her father has a sickness, but really Black Widow is waiting for him. She tells him about the Tesseract and that he is needed to track it for S.H.I.E.L.D, since its giving off Gamma Radiation and Banner is the only person capable of tracking it. After a tense few minutes Banner agrees to help.
We are then shown Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) cutting through an underwater power cable to attach a power diverter of some kind. Upon returning to the newly constructed and powered up Stark Tower Tony is told that Agent Coulson wishes to speak to him. After a quick, slightly romantic scene with Virginia “Pepper” Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and some comedic banter with Coulson, Stark is given files that detail each Avenger, as well as the Tesseract. He agrees to take a look at the info.
Ok now that I have spoiled roughly 30-40 minutes of the film for you I’ll get down to why this film is amazing. Now I’ve been waiting for this movie since I first picked up an avengers comic when I was 10 years old. Now I can rest easy, Joss Whedon and Co has done it!
This movie has everything a major blockbuster movie has plus more! We’ve waited 5 years to see this movie come out, and in no major way does it disappoint, The Avengers constantly delivers the goods, with well-planned, appropriately larger than life moments.
When I first heard that Joss Whedon was directing The Avengers, I was extremely happy, Joss has had many, many experiences with large teams of actor’s, he is amazingly skilled at showing the different attitudes and dynamics of the team. Joss nails Steve’s straight to the point, no nonsense attitude, and Tony Stark’s humorous egotism. One scene in the Hellicarrier’s Laboratory shows just how all these different personalities collide.
I only have a few minor gripes about this movie, one being where is Rhodey? Did he just disappear? There is no mention of him whatsoever, while we might get a deleted scene with a passing mention of what old War Machine is up to, a mention in the movie would have been nice. Another was probably not a lot of screen time for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who spent half the movie as a pawn under Loki’s control. While Thor was in this film in a big way, I think that he need a bit more screen-time, his fight with Hulk was very well done, which had Hulk trying to lift Mjolnir. These are pretty much the only gripes with the film I have.
Now Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, WOW. Loki in this film is all out evil, if you thought he was evil in Thor, wait to you see this. Hiddleston offers up another very compelling performance as the God of Mischief, who at times I felt very sympathetic for, he thinks he is doing what right and is willing to go to great lengths to get it, such as butchering a man for his eye in open public. His scene with Black Widow on the Hellicarrier just shows you what an evil bastard he really is.
Newest addition to the MCU, Mark Ruffalo takes over as Bruce Banner/Hulk, a role that previously belonged to Edward Norton. Ruffalo owns this role. Not only did he do Banners acting, but also motion capture for The Hulk. Because of this, you can tell its Ruffalo as The Hulk by his movement, which is like a hybrid, or Ruffalo’s movement and that of a giant monkey. Ruffalo brings a certain charm to the role, something I don’t think the Norton would have been able to achieve, no offense to Edward, but I can’t help but not see how he would have fitted into the movie correctly like how Ruffalo has done.
While this cast in primarily male Joss Whedon’s strengths come out in full force when dealing with scenes that include Johansson’s Black Widow, this time round making a much, much more stronger performance (both physically and mentally) than her character in Iron Man 2.
The S.H.I.E.L.D parts of the story as very cool, with Fury getting more screen-time then his cameos in the other MCU Movies. Cobie Smulders is very well cast as Agent Maria Hill, when I heard she had been cast I was worried, having only seen Smulders in How I met Your Mother, I thought that someone who primarily does comedy wouldn’t of been able to handle a more serious , action-oriented role. Boy was I wrong, Cobie shines as Maria. Clark Gregg Returns as the fan favourite Agent Phil Coulson, who gets some decent screen time, but I would’ve liked to see him kick some ass, like in the Marvel One-Shot ‘A funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer’. Coulson’s fanboy-like attitude towards Captain America actually plays an important part in bringing the team together.
Most of the movie screen time is given to Captain America and Iron Man, the latter appearing in almost every scene based on the Hellicarrier or New York.
While it took almost 40 years to make, the wait was well worth the wait.
I give it 9.5/10
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