Woooohooo I finally got time to write about my movie of the year so far.. (I hope the new Batman film will give it some competition). We all knew The Avengers was coming with the cameos from Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) in some of the other Marvels such as Iron Man and Captain America.
Gee whizz they did come correct and I will try my hardest not to give away too many spoilers.
The opening scene gets straight into the plot where at S.H.I.E.L.D. they are housing the Tesseract, a cosmic cube of immense power that previously appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger. The cube opens a portal in space, allowing Thor’s menacing brother Loki to appear on Earth where he steals the cube, causes some damage and goes on the run. It is revealed that he has an agreement with an alien who promises him an army to help enslave the humans in exchange for the Tesseract. Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D is left with no choice but to ignite the Avengers Initiative, bringing together all of S.H.I.E.L.D.S badass heroes in order to combat their most formidable foe to date…though I still say Thor invited himself -_-
The Avengers are Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (now played by Mark Ruffalo) and introduces Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). When these six characters becoming paranoid and start to clash that is where the beauty of the film begins to evolve.
I love how Whedon is able to create a dynamic that reflects the flaws of these characters. They aren’t heroes because they wear armour, were injected with a super soldier serum, are Godlike, or were exposed to extreme gamma radiation. The are superheroes because they have to get past their fears, insecurities, and phobia of one another to unite.
Stark has some fantastic scenes where his wicked wit and dangerous impulsiveness, act as a catalyst for the actions of the rest. Captain America is the most rational of the clan and our favourite Shakesperian-like character Thor is just beautiful to look at. Black Widow flies the flag for women, and damn her skills are as deadly as her curves! My favourite hero in the film is easily Bruce Banner/Hulk. I threw a disgusting sulk when I first heard Ruffalo was taking over from Edward Norton, but my goodness did he silence his critics. I thought our green giant was on point, from the way he arrived into the city with his sqeaky bike in over sized trousers, to that hilarious punch he randomly inflicted onto Thor. (I now call it The Hulk Punch). He has definitely surpassed Ed Norton and Eric Banner! His bromance with Stark at the end…ahh lovage.
The only character that doesn’t seem to break out completely is Hawkeye, but in fairness he also didn’t have his own movie to establish himself.
Whedons’ work on the camera needs to be applauded too. The magnitude of the on-screen destruction of Manhattan during the climax is eye-popping, and there is actually some doubt if the team can actually pull it off. There are a few great moments where I thought the film might end leave us desperate..as a few of The Avengers look defeated. It’s at that point where the film ascends to a level not seen before in a comic book movie.
He also proves himself a master of big-budget CGI action, and, most importantly maintaining focus on his many characters’ famous idiosyncrasies throughout. The Avengers is a for Joss Whedon, who wrote the script and directed the movie and is now firmly installed in the constellation of the Hollywood blockbuster greats.
Normally too many superhero’s spoils what might have been a good film and admittedly their isn’t much of a good plot but with a cast this sweet, Whedon and company definitely made up for it!
Dear Michael Bay…please take notes..
Director: Josh Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jnr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard
Runtime: 143 mins
Enjoy the trailer
Love and Light x