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The Avengers Review (2012)

The Avengers review


  This is it, the culmination of years of planning and buildup. Can The Avengers live up to the hype that Marvel and comic book fans have been brewing for so long? Can director and co-writer Joss Whedon (Zak Penn was the other co-writer) really bring to life the dialogue and action of a super hero team comic book without it turning out as a terrible cheesy mess?


  The answer my friend is a resounding yes!


  The Avengers is not only the greatest comic book movie ever made but it will also be one of those movies that other action movies will be judged against in the years to come.


  Loki (the main villain from the movie Thor) is back and he has found alien allies since we last saw him that seeks the power of an artifact that is in the hands of the secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D.


Loki The Avengers


  The artifact (which we have seen before in other Marvel movies) is held within a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base that is researching a project known only as "Phase 2". Loki uses the artifact to open a doorway to Earth and in the process captures and mind controls S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Barton code name Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and scientist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard).


Aim for their knees! Hawkeye

That's one way to retire an adventurer.


  With the powerful artifact now in enemy hands, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), decides to activate the previously scrapped Avengers initiative. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. criss cross the globe to gather together a team of heroes to track down the artifact and stop Loki, before it is too late.


Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Oh, I’m sorry, did I break your concentration?


  The team consists of Steven Rogers code name Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony Stark code name Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Bruce Banner code name The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and assassin Natasha Romanoff code name Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).


Avengers Assemble

Teamwork at its best.


  The Avengers is not only a great comic book movie it is also a great action movie. There is a lot going on in the action scenes but I never felt like I was watching a film like Transformers, trying to guess just what was going on in front of my eyes.


  The individual heroes are distinct enough in fighting style and uniform to keep track of and although the enemies they fight are your typical clone looking henchmen the direction is spot on making the fighting scenes exciting and enjoyable.


Super Hero mexican stand off

A super hero Mexican stand off?


  Super hero comic books are infamous for their humor and one liners and it can be nearly impossible to pull them off in a live action setting without it feeling like you are in a Wisconsin cheese factory. But the superb writing and acting by everyone involved in The Avengers just makes the humor feel very organic and smooth. There were plenty of LOL moments during the movie but they never seemed over the top or jarring.


  The true jewel in the crown of The Avengers is how the team interacts and functions once they finally put aside their differences. Every team member is important, this must have been extremely hard to balance considering you have everything from a super powerful demi god to just a couple really well trained humans on the team. Every member gets a chance to shine without casting much of a shadow on the rest of the team.


The Hulk The Avengers

I stubbed my toe!


  Unfortunately nothing is perfect; The Avengers had a glaring plot hole which shows up in the first few minutes of the film. Just how did Loki open that doorway to the portal in the first place? Why hasn't anyone from Asgard come along before to pick up the artifact if it was that easy to fetch back?


  Once you pass the first ten minutes of the movie everything else pretty much rolls along smoothly like a well oiled machine.


  Originally I was supposed to screen a digital presentation of the film, but do to a miscommunication I wound up seeing the 3D version. As long term readers will know, I am far from a fan of 3D. The Avengers did nothing to change my perception of the gimmicky nature of 3D. In fact the trailer for Despicable Me 2 had better 3D then the entirety of The Avengers movie.


Thor and Captain America

Even they can't believe how bad the 3D is.


 Overall a great action movie with fantastic storytelling and acting that all works together to form a cohesive and entertaining experience. Skip the added expense of seeing it in 3D and assemble a group of friends to go see this movie in theaters.


   Final verdict for The Avengers 9.5/10. One of the greatest comic book movies ever made, assemble your friends and go see it now!






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