Review: 'The Avengers'
Director: Joss Whedon
Who is in it: Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson.
What it is about: And there came a day where a group of extraordinary peope came together to face a threat none of them could beat on their own. And on that day, The Avengers were born. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow must come together to face an intergalactic threat brought against the Earth by Thor's estranged brother Loki as the legendary superhero team, the Avengers.
Why we like it: Everyone, breathe easy. 'The Avengers' is the essential superhero film, with lots of action, humor, and great characterization, and each character is given a chance to shine throughout the film. It's a roller coaster ride that brings all the thrills it promises, and you will exit the cinema with a huge smile. And yes, Mark Ruffalo is convincing enough as the world-weary Bruce Banner, despite the earlier fan outrage. This is the movie that 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' should have been- ambitious, character driven, and gorgeous. The plot may not score points for originality, but when it's done this well, that's not a particular worry. In fact, it helps as the straightforward plot allows Joss Whedon to weave his signature character moments and humor throughout the film. Also, Thor vs. Iron Man is as amazing as it looks in the trailer.
Why we don't: Honestly, the things we don't like about this film are nitpicking- Captain America's helmet looks weird on his otherwise fine modern-day costume, the Mark VII armor doesn't really seem to pack much of a punch, but we assume the big upgrade is in 'Iron Man 3'. Jeremy Renner doesn't really get much of chance to set a solid character for Hawkeye due to the film's plot, but turns in an otherwise commendable performance.
Verdict: Don't mistake 'The Avengers' for 'The Dark Knight'. This is a superhero movie at its purest, and 'The Avengers' pulls off the most ambitious effort for a movie of this genre yet, and for that alone, it has to be commended. This isn't just an 'ok' effort though- Joss Whedon has pulled off another winner, and this will have fanboys and girls everywhere exiting the cinema with huge smiles for a long time to come.
Ratings: 5 / 5 stars
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