The review you’ve been waiting for…
Hah! No, I’m totally joking.
Don’t get me wrong, the other Avengers is still pretty awesome because you gotta love Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery but this isn’t the Avengers you want to read about!
I could sum up this film in one word and that’d be “WOW”, no not the shortened version of World of Warcraft. That’d be silly. For years since the start of Iron Man there has been a plan put in place to have a super film and believe me when I say that’s never going to be an easy thing to do. First off, the films had to be successful, had Iron Man bombed we would have never seen Iron 2, Hulk, Thor or Captain America. Luckily Jon Favreau did a fantastic job with the first film and it opened so many doors to introduce the other superhero’s. Obviously having Robert Downey Jnr. didn’t hurt. The man is naturally funny and has quickly become one of my favourite all time actors.
An Avengers film was hinted after the end of the credits of each film and did excellently to build anticipation for what’s gotta be the biggest action film of all time. Surely there’d be some fears that it may not live up to the hype but believe me when I say, the plan was executed excellently and resulted in something that’ll never again be replicated.
My only gripe about Avengers is the fact that they replaced Ed Norton (another all time favourite actor), they REPLACED Ed Norton with… Mark Ruffalo?! Don’t get me wrong, the guys a good actor but he lacks the star power Ed would have brought to the table and it seems silly to have the Hulk played by two different actors in the same timeline. Still; both actors did a better job than what Eric Bana did in his offering previously.
Story; The film starts off with Nick Fury arriving at a remote research facility where they’re trying to harness infinite energy from an object that opens a portal and Loki, Thor’s brother steps through and single handedly takes down the facility, brainwashes one of his agents and Erik Selvig from the Thor film, makes a getaway and generally pisses Nick off.
Nick then decides to reactivate the Avengers Initiative and begins the recruiting process. After some convincing they eventually are recruited and Iron Man and Captain America capture Loki, only for him to be taken by Thor who wants him for his own reasons. This leads to an epic fight between Thor and Iron Man, Captain America being the overly good guy stops the fight and the three of them agree to take Loki to the “secret base flying aircraft carrier” which soon gets attacked by the brainwashed agents, they do irreparable damage to the ship, Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk and starts destroying everything in his path which then leads to an awesome confrontation with Thor who genuinely looked shocked that humanity could produce this beast.
After they are done battling Thor gets tricked by his brother into stepping into the cage, Loki makes the cage drop from the ship and goes hurtling towards to the ground, escapes at last minute (obvs) and soon escapes. One of the beloved characters in the film dies which brings the Avengers together as a team.
Loki successfully opens up a portal for a whole army to come through to help him take over the Earth, the film is then constant action for about an hour and after lots of Manhatten destroying action the Avengers eventually win thanks ultimately to Iron Man. Watch out for the best bit of the film where Loki declares to Hulk that he is a God and will not be bullied, right before Hulk smashes him around like a rag doll, easily the best part of the film.
Thor escorts Loki back to their homeworld and the rest of the Avengers separate until they are needed again.
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) – As I said previously Downey Jr. is quickly becoming one of my favourite all time actors, never paid him much attention until he starred as Iron Man in the first film, since then I’ve been watching his back catalogue and very much enjoying his most recent work including Sherlock Holmes, Due Date… hell even Tropic Thunder where he played a guy playing a black guy. He’s just funny full stop and he has a very bright future still to come and definitely deserves the recognition he’s getting at the moment.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – His first big film was starring as George Kirk, the father of James T. Kirk in the 2009 ultra hit, Star Trek. Since then he’s gone from good to better with his performance in Thor and is probably gonna rock in Snow White and The Huntsman. Let’s be honest, he’s an extremely attractive man and if I was a gay man, I would probably swoon everytime I see time. This is a guy that’s just starting out his film career and so far; he’s gotten off to a fantastic start.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – Maybe I was hard on Ruffalo before but that’s only because compared to Edward Norton the guy is just not at his level. Saying that however, he did a fantastic job in this film as playing the ever so calm Bruce Banner before exploding into a rage filled Hulk. He is a good actor, I remember first seeing him in The Last Castle 11 years ago and he was good then. I just can’t see them making a Hulk 2 with him in the starring role.
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) – I’ve been a fan of Chris Evans for awhile now, first seeing him in the film Cellular and then starring in The Fantastic Four as the human torch, he became known as the guy that played Human Torch and it’s very rare to shake the superhero you’ve played and then be known as being a different superhero but he has done it and it’s probably for the better. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t all that interested in the first Captain America film but felt I had to watch it because it was part of the on going story but I was pleasantly surprised and will be looking forward to watching Captain America 2.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – Renner’s one of those guys you say to your buddy, “Oh that’s him from such and such”. A recognizable face but not a recognizable name. That is until The Hurt Locker where he put on a fantastic performance and probably the moment when people started to take notice of him. I enjoyed him as an equal to Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible and will definitely be looking forward to him in the starring role of the next Bourne film later on this year. He had a minor part as Hawkeye in Thor and it was good to see cameo expand in the Avengers film.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – Apologies when I say that until Thor, I had never heard of this guy. Rightfully so too as he hadn’t really been in anything that well known. He’s not a big actor and probably never will be however he does a good job at playing a bad guy in a Superhero film, however you just knew from the outset that he was going to lose. You were never given a sense of doubt, mainly because of his cowardly face…
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – Yeah, we all know Scarlett Johansson. Admittedly I’ve seen a lot of her films and was always convinced she had a cracking pair of breasts, this was confirmed when her saucy photo’s were leaked online. Kinky bitch. Not only is she hot, she’s also totally believable as an ass kicker.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – This guy is a legend, everyone knows who Samuel L. Jackson is and I can’t remember seeing him in a film I didn’t like. This guy is the highest grossing actor of all time, I could list every film he’s been in that I thought was awesome but I’d be here all night and you’d get bored of reading if you haven’t already. He’s the one guy that has linked this whole series together whether starring or making a cameo and is one of the reasons why I started an interest in this series to begin with. I can safely say I love Jackson, I wish I was his friend and would like to buy him a beer sometime.
And of course a film of this magnitude would have an epic supporting cast, with Gwyneth Paltrow returning as Pepper Potts, Stellan Skarsgard returning as Erik Selvig, Clark Gregg returning as Phil Coulson who has also appeared in most of the films in one way or another, Paul Bettany continues to play Stark’s computer AI, Cobie Smulders whose name you probably won’t recognize but would have seen in How I Met Your Mother stars in this film and last but not least; Stan Lee makes his obligatory cameo appearance at some point during the end of the film.
Overall Rating; This film will be one for the ages, it’s the ultimate superhero film. The film is packed with action, drama and comedy; one reason this film is going to be a huge success is because of the direction of Joss Whedon who you’ll know as the creator Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly TV shows, who since those shows has probably fallen from grace a little bit but this film will help him become an even more sought after guy in Hollywood. With Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2 on the horizon, I can definitely see a long future in this series, apparently Cobie Smulders is contracted to be in nine films as her character, NINE?! Samuel L. Jackson signed to a nine picture deal with Marvel and so far has only been in four up to now so that could be at least another five films? The future’s bright and will patiently await The Avengers 2 whenever that may be. Perhaps even integrate some other superhero’s, Spiderman? Wolverine?! Who knows. Doesn’t matter who you are, you need to watch this film for its sheer brilliance, I was going to knock a point off this film because of my extreme disappointment over replacing Ed Norton and the fact that Tom Hiddleston doesn’t play a strong enough bad guy, if there was a big name that played the bad guy it probably would have been more convincing that the Avengers could lose, someone like Christophe Waltz I think would have been perfect in this setting or even Mark Strong; a proven bad guy, but hey, there’s always next time and it was the perfect action flick that was already overflowing with huge stars, maybe next time they’ll be more evenly spread. Bravo Joss, bravo. 10/10