April 25, 2012
I am not going to draw this review out. Simply put, The Avengers is the best comic movie ever made. I normally don’t start reviews off like that, but The Avengers is one hell of a ride, and I can’t wait to see it again. Joss Whedon has taken the helm and made it his own. Joss has always had a knack for being able to write for many characters at once. He knows how to balance them, and give them a purpose in the overall story. For The Avengers, he was given a very tough assignment. He had to bring in several beloved characters and make sure they had enough to do in this movie. Joss exceeds expectations with every scene he creates, and he brings the team together in a way that makes sense. The strong dialogue between the characters is fresh, and very witty. The Avengers is everything you’ve come to expect from a Whedon script. It runs the audience through the full gambit of emotions, and you are left wanting more!
All the talk about the Hulk stealing the show is well founded. Bruce Banner/The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo is terrific. As the Hulk he steals most of the scenes he is in. There are two scenes in particular that I just wanted to stand up and cheer. Tony Stark/Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. fits perfectly with Whedon’s writing style, and he nails all his lines flawlessly. The rest of the Avengers do a terrific job with their roles. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of time that was given to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). They both add some depth to their characters, and they aren’t overshadowed by the characters with super powers.
I feel that Loki is such a great enemy to have the Avengers fight in their first movie. He was the reason why Thor was so good. He is a wonderful villain, and masterfully played by Tom Hiddleston. He always feels one step ahead, and he has some great interactions with many of the characters. I’m purposely skipping his army because I do not want to spoil anything for you. I suggest you don’t spoil yourself, and stay away from specific spoilers, you’ll be glad you did. Also, as you already know from Marvel Studio movies, stay after the credits and you will get an amazing tease at the direction they plan to take the series. Overall, this is a must watch for everyone. The writing and visuals are strong enough to excite fans, and non-fans alike. It’s time to get excited for The Avengers; it lives up to the hype.
The Lost Level will be doing a Round Table discussion for The Avengers once the movie is out in theaters, so please stay tuned for that!
RATING: 4 out of 4
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