The Avengers. A culmination of years and years of planning and other movies setting it up. You might have seen little 5 minute prologues to movies before, just something small usually released on the Internet to hype things up a little and set the scene. A lot of these are done in the form of a single issue comic. It's not necessary, but as I said, it sets the scene.
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor are fiive movies that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, but seem so ridiculously small in comparison to The Avengers.
I re-watched all of the lead up movies this week, and seriously had doubts about The Avengers. How can you make a more action packed superhero film than Iron Man 2? How can they top that? I still don't know, I really don't. The movie was huge, it was epic. The action set pieces were just incredible, and now that I think about it there was really only two or three, but the scale was just enormous. It's all choreographed and shot just beautifully. Any comparisons to Transformers from the small snippets we were given in the trailers are all completely null. This movie makes Transformers look small.
Now onto Whedon. By some miracle, Marvel hired Joss Whedon to write and direct this movie. That's the only way this could have worked. He is such a character focused person, and that's what The Avengers are, a group of really great characters. In other action movies, the only real characters of the film are the action set pieces and you never really feel anything for anything happening. The characters all interacting with each other is what makes this movie great. Joss Whedon nailed it with the script, the banter between all of them is hilarious. Every actor really brought it as well. There was not a performance that I didn't like. They all completely owned their characters. Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner were the standouts though.
You may have been hearing rumblings that the Hulk is the best thing about this movie. Well, he is. The reason Hulk worked so well in this, and not the other Hulk films, is because here he is damn scary. He is dangerous, and not just to normal civilians we don't care about. He's a huge risk to everyone. To Iron man, to Thor, to Captain America. He's also got some of the best physical comedy in the film. There's one moment where he does something, and it was easily the biggest laugh in the cinema. You'll know it when you see it.
The entire film is absolutely hilarious throughout, and incredibly action packed. I pegged 21 Jump Street as the funniest film of the year. I was so wrong. The Avengers packs just as many laughs as punches, and when it's being called the biggest action film ever, that means a lot. People are going to be calling this the best superhero film ever and the best action film ever. Best action film I can definitely agree with, but best superhero film, I'm not so sure. What I can say though is that it's probably the most enjoyable film I've ever seen. It's just so much fun, from start to finish. If you haven't already, go to the movies, buy a huge tub of popcorn, and sit down and just enjoy this thing. It's so much bigger than anyone was expecting.
By Brodie Marchant
Director Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo
Length 142 minutes
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