The Avengers (2012)

Posted in Reviews by - May 26, 2012
The Avengers (2012)

This movie sees Marvel Entertainment’s new masters the Walt Disney Company and writer/director Joss Whedon create a $220 million visually stunning box office smash, which has been eagerly anticipated since Nick Fury tipped Tony Stark off as to his “Avengers Initiative” at the end of Iron Man (2008).

The characters were all fun to watch, with Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) charismatic personality and humour lifting the whole superhero outfit, just as the Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) mesmerizing kicks ass beauty illuminated the screen. All the while, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) were all portrayed commendably, just as the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was, well, incredible. Seeing how the whole super team-up thing would pan out was  great viewing .

In The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) steals a powerful energy source called the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. in return for alien race the Chitauri helping him subjugate the Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) then reactivates the Avengers Initiative to foil the fiendish scheme.

The battle in a localized area of midtown Manhattan was all out super action. Thor, Hulk and Iron Man were great as was Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow as they took on the advanced alien invasion force. The Avengers was slick and entertaining, but humorous, too,with some of the biggest laughs provided by the Hulk, who lands a sucker punch on Thor’s jaw, before later having a memorable encounter with his brother Loki, the god of mischief. VERDICT Good but not quite Marvelous

VERDICT

Quite Marvelous

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Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"

9 Comments

  • Thornton

    Firstly, I’d just like to say that I’m a huge comic book fan but also found The Avengers just OK. I think a lot of the film’s audience were overawed simply because someone decided to pay a quarter of a billion dollars or whatever it was on a bunch of CGI.

  • Jehoon

    There are several other women Avengers who would have made ideal additions. Scarlet Witch probably chief among them though her ‘powers’ might be too much for non-comic book fans. She-hulk has been another major Avenger but again people would look at her and then at Hulk and wonder why we needed 2 of them; despite them being so different in the source material. Tigra would have been my bet. Who doesn’t go in for a catgirl? You’d have the male fans lining up to see her in action, and the women having fun with such a vibrant in-the-trenches scrapper.- And she’s had enough of her own comics over the years that she’d have been easy to pull together a solo movie for. But if you didn’t grow up reading them you’d have probably never heard of her. And there’s the rub While everyone knows Wonder Woman and Supergirl; DC’s female lead super heroes. The only women known by the general public from Marvel tend to be ‘The Invisible Woman’ of Fantastic Four and ‘sometimes’ Jean Grey of X-Men or Storm. 2 of those have usually been semi-enemies of the Avengers for being ‘underground’ anti-system heroes.- And none of the 3 are ‘brand names’ in the way DC’s women leads can be. Sadly DC’s record of superhero moves has been more mixed of late, while Marvel has only had a few flops (most of them starring a green guy ), but has had successes able to overcome its flops.

    • Harit

      Still leery of group Superhero movies after X-Men:First Class but Joss Whedon nailed this one, its hard not to get excited.

  • stan lee

    I loved this movie. Far better than The Dark Knight, imho

  • Jaral

    I do understand the points you made in your review but all told this was still an outstanding movie and a whole lot of fun to see on the big screen

  • Quos

    Movies like The Avengers is the reason I go to the cinema. Top Draw!

  • Krantz

    I honestly can’t remember having enjoyed watching a film so much. I’ve seen all the recent Marvel movies that built up to it, and this one was far the most entertaining.

  • almos

    Absolutely brilliant with not a single dull moment. An all round great ensemble to form this highly enjoyable movie.

    • Ktty

      Spidey would have been cool, but Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man, and this is a Marvel Studios prodiction, so no luck there. I agree with you though, I think this was great, and I’m happy Joss did this. Thanks for the comments!

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