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19 May 2012

The Avengers (2012)

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon
Genre: Acion, Fantasy, Comedy
USA
Colour, 143 Minutes
Many reviewers and critics have gotten to this film to say what they think, and after a week I think so much shit has been flying across film fans and buffs I need to say something. What did I think? I thought the film was great, and definitely surprising for a comic book blockbuster. This definitely sets a standard for the future comic book movies, and while having plenty of mindless action that so many people love now, it does not get too lost in it all and takes time to show its characters humanity.


First off, the comedy of the film was definitely well rendered and it is good that the film is light hearted. If it did not have plenty of this humour (some of it I found quite annoying), the film would probably be ruined by it trying to immerse the audience and be all overly dramatic. We have plenty of that humour we see in Thor and Captain America and it does it well enough to make the film very fun.



The acting from the superhero cast (and of course, Loki) were all quite excellent. Robert Downey Jr. I must say was the best there. His character is arrogant, cocky and quite egotistical, and Downey Jr. definitely created the character of Tony Stark. Chris Hemmsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) all gave very fun, exciting and energised performances that made the film block busting fun.

However, one thing I cannot understand is why people are comparing it to Nolan’s Batman films. While The Avengers is a hot action film, it will never meet the tension, thrill and terrific performance-filled The Dark Knight. I will not go into detail behind this, but The Avengers is simply a smash and bash explosion-fest with good humour and what critics are calling ‘maintaining the humanity of its characters’. While it definitely does this, does it compare to the excellent direction, characterisation and action sequences of The Dark Knight?

Another problem the film had was how it introduced two characters, who did not really need to be in the movie- Black Widow and Hawkeye. Except for some minor exceptions, they barely even play a part in the film, and don’t do much. There are times you forget about them. But, who cares? It is a minor flaw and it isn’t very distracting.

Captain America: Why are these two in our group?
I am sure director Joss Whedon is now chuffed with the films success, and he even made a thank you message to his fans as IMDB reported. Whedon directed Toy Story in 1995 and the recent The Cabin in the Woods back when it was originally intended to be released (2011). I can say with assurance he did a great job on this film and he is a name to look out for in the future. 

The visuals were most certainly pleasing and while some of the ending effects felt completely exaggerated and over the top, the film was nicely constructed. Moving on to the comedy: the film is full of quotable dialogue. “Hulk…Smash”, “he killed 80 people in two days”- “he’s adopted”, “I have an army”- “We have the hulk”, the list can go on. The film is quite quotable and the dialogue definitely is a plus for the film. The Avengers has plenty of solid performances that surround a very silly comic book plot that has a formulistic conclusion, but is definitely entertaining.

Verdict: Action packed, partly mindless, but filled with light-hearted humour and great visual effects and performances that definitely make it a worthwhile blockbuster that raises the standard for the comic book films of tomorrow.

Rating: 8/10

4 comments:

  1. Superb review Thomas very well-written, i has not seen it yet, but i will shortly; thank you for your insight.

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  2. Terrific review, Thomas. I loved this film more than you, its probably my fave of the year so far, but I still prefer The Dark Knight to this. Oh, and being a big Whedon geek, I feel I should point out that Whedon only wrote the script for Toy Story, he didn't direct it, and The Cabin in the Woods was originally to be released back in 2010.

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  3. yeah. awesome film all around. very nice review.

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  4. Great review. I agree with you on a lot of points (especially how Hawkeye and Black Widow are not necessary). I found it to be a cut above most of the comic book hero dreck, but still lacking the gravity of action that makes action films exciting. There were so many superheroes that my sympathies were diffused across them, and I just didn't have enough reason or motivation to root for anyone. Also, too much CGI.

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