Marvels: The Avengers, Film Review
This movie is the dream of ever fan of comic books. Who has been waiting to see the greatest team-up of superheroes. Now Marvel has put their greatest team-up from the pages of the comics to the big screen with the Marvel’s The Avengers.
Marvel’s The Avengers is not your typical comic book movie, it the work of half a decade of movie-making. Spanning five different films that introduce us to the characters, stories and worlds of Marvel’s shard movie universe.
Those not familiar with writer/director Joss Whedon, would wonder if this was the right man for the job? But if they where to see his body of work, which goes from some of the biggest cult movies (Toy Story, Alien Resurrection, Serenity and a load of un-credited rewrites.) to some of the biggest TV shows. (Rosanne, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angle, Firefly and Dollhouse) They would know that no other person would be right for the job and that Joss Whedon is the only choice.
Given that Marvel’s The Avengers is such a big project and would have some much hype, Joss Whedon would have to deliver big otherwise the he would be leached by angry comic fans.
The question is, has he delivered?
The simple answer is yes, and it delivers on every front and then some. But that is not to say that the film is perfect. Marvel’s The Avengers does have it flaws.
We are thrust right into the story picking up from the end of Thor, left off by learning just what has happened to Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), after his fall into the abyss. We find Loki holed up in a strange netherworld, hosted by a dark and mysterious “ally” who promises him re-entry to Earth and an alien army in exchange for securing the “Tesseract”. The Cosmic cube seen in Captain America.
Loki is armed with a new weapon that can fire energy and brainwash unwilling subjects, with that Loki heads for Earth.
The only thing standing in the way of Loki is S.H.I.EL.D leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the various superheroes included in his “Avengers Initiative”. Fury has manages to get Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and spies Black Widow (scarlet Johansson) Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and not forgetting the God of Thunder himself Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Before Fury’s new super team can find a balance, Loki starts to get into their heads sewing seeds of doubt, distrust, anger and conflict. Earth’s mightiest heroes have to put their differences aside in time to protect the planet.
The Avengers is very much a Joss Whedon product and is much better off for it.
Whedon was chosen to head this project primarily for his love of comic books and pop culture. He also had a very successful run as a writer on the comic book Astonishing X-Men. Because of this it is very clear that he is tune with each of the characters and is able to bring them together and work on the big screen. He has also accomplished the feat of tying all the plot threads of the solo films together into a coherent story, while briefly acknowledging the whereabouts of certain supporting characters. Without allowing them to strangle this team-based story.
Joss Whendon love of snappy dialogue is on full display, and an experience to see.
This brings a lot of humour to the film, such as Tony Stark and Dr. Banner talking high-science dialect that no one else in the room can understand. There is also a lot of on screen humour with things going on in the background and foreground. But that not to say that the film is all light and fun. Whendon can bring the serious and heavy moments when it needed.
The Avengers is an action packed rollercoaster of a film starting right off with Loki arriving at a S.H.I.E.L.D Base, leading all the way to the climatic final battle with Loki army Invading New York. Given Marvel has given us some underwhelming climaxes; you could worry that this would be the same. Luckily this is not the case and it is one of the best climaxes in years. By the time it is all over you will be exhausted by the combination of iconic comic book imagery and impressive big screen eye-candy.
Each characters gets there moment to shine, however Hawkeye is a little left out of this, but that is understandable given his roll in the film. With each character getting their moments they all grew a little more. Joss Whendon has stated that when the film come to DVD & Bluray, there will be an extra 30mins added to the film, which will given more time to each character, but without taking anything way from the flow of the story. (Whendon has been on recorded that they filmed over three and half hours of story, which was requested by the studio to be cut down to two and half hours for the cinema realise of the film.)
The special effects in the movie are top of the line and we finally get a Hulk that looks like the actor playing him. Mark Ruffalo film all the Hulk scene wearing a motion capture suit, this is the same technology that was used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The aliens where done very well though I don’t recognize them from any of the aliens I have read in Marvels Comics.
There have been many different version of S.H.I.EL.D Helicarrier in print and on the small screen. The one is the Avengers is the most realistic I have seen to date and looks really impressive. Even though you know it coming, as soon as it lifts out of the water you feel the same amazement that Captain America feels.
As for what version of the film to see, I would go with the 2D version. The Avengers was conversion into 3D after the film had been edited together. From experience films not filmed in 3D have not been worth paying the extra cost.
Marvel started one of the most ambitious film projects with Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk which has concluded with the Avengers. It could have all blown up in their face. But it was well worth a try and they have done a fantastic job.
It has shown that if DC comics where ever to make a JLA film this is the way to do it.
With the Avengers now on the big screen, Marvels is not giving up on the film universe as Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Thor 2 are all in per-production.
There are even rumours that Samuel L. Jackson will get is own solo outing as Nick Fury. No doubt that each of these films will have story thread that will once again lead into The Avengers 2.
It is unfortunate that the X-Men and Spider-Man will not be part of this Marvel film universe, as the film right are currently sitting with other studios, but once these contracts run out. Marvel will no doubt bring them into their film universe.
I have to say that this is one of the best Comic book movies I have seen in years.
There is no doubt that the Avengers get five out five star rating.
Loki: Enough! You are, all of you are beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature, and I shall not be bullied…
[Hulk flattens Loki with repeated smashes into the floor]
The Hulk: Puny god