Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Duration: 2hr 22mins. Rated: PG-13
Basis: Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
Review: This movie was the Comic Book movie of all Comic Book Movies! One would think: How could they cram such big stars as main superheroes into one film? Well, they did! And did it with ease. If you think seeing these comic book superheroes leap off the pages and onto the big screen, individually, was amazing, then you are going to think this movie is nothing but phenomenal. It had a bit of a slow start, as most movies do, but once it takes off, you had better hold on tight. The storyline was greatly written. Not exactly that of the comic books, but it held up all on its own. It was filled with thrills, suspense, and comedy just at the right moments. The action alone was amazing with tons of “OMG” moments, one right after the other. One couldn’t help but let out a cheer for the childhood heroes as they did something great. The CG (special fx) were crisp and clear. Perfect for this sort of film. Each character’s conceptual design worked really well, as to not look too “Saturday morning” cartoony.
The cast for this film worked extremely well with each other. The best part being that they all had equal amount of screen time. Not one character shinned above another. Robert Downey Jr., as always, was his charismatic self. Giving the role of Tony Stark a different sort of edge as team player. The animation on Iron Man was just beautiful. Chris Evans continued to truly play a character from the 1940s. Not letting his time in the future (or present) change his attitude or mannerisms. The character did seem to struggle more, unlike some of the others, but still pulled through when it came to getting the job done. Chris Hemsworth continued his greatness playing the God of Thunder. However, the slight change of appearance was something to get used to, e.i. lighter hair; The lack of sleeves in his costume gave the illusion that he was smaller than he truly is. Surprisingly, Mark Ruffalo did quite a decent job as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Not quite as good as Ed Norton, but almost to that caliber. The CG Hulk was ok. However, in certain parts he had certain ape-like movements/qualities that were a bit off putting. Again, not as appealing as the previous Hulk. Scarlett Johansson did a great job as the sexy Russian assassin. As time went on, you were able to learn a little more about her character and her persona. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for Jeremy Renner’s character, Hawkeye. So much more could have been done with this character. It almost seemed like they were trying to down play how much of a badass he really is. Renner didn’t quite shine, but there’s no doubt that he does have the potential. Tom Hiddleston took his portrayal of Loki from the Thor film, and tripled it. Adding a much more sinister and sadistic personality to the character. And Samuel L. Jackson… what can be said about Sam Jackson other than he took his BAMF characters from the past and molded them into one super spy with a patch; minus the cursing. He did a great job of showing Nick Fury’s true colors. As well as his agenda for S.H.I.E.L.D.. The supporting cast: Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill) didn’t shine as bright as other characters, but definitely made herself known. Clark Gregg who play Agent Phil Coulson, quickly became a fan favorite with his “here and there” quips and quick come backs.
All in all, this movie was, and might well be, the best comic book movie for years to come. $185 million internationally? I see it doubling in the US, taking the title at the box office. It has everything a fanboy needs to geek out. It’s a great time for the whole family. And don’t forget to check your facial expressions. If you don’t have them throughout the whole movie, then there’s something wrong… with your face.
So until next time, remember: “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we’ll avenge it.”
TICKET PRICE WORTHY: YES!
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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