Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Marvel's Avengers Assemble - Movie Review


Do you like super hero movies like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America? Want to see them all in one epic movie? 

Synopsis

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super heroes to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his invading army.

Who's In It

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow

What I Thought

I'd heard a lot of hype before this movie and I can tell you it's justified. Director Joss Whedon has delivered an extremely tight, well directed and scripted film that delivers on both the action and the comedy that the previous Marvel super hero movies are known for. It's a super hero tour de force!

Expensive cosplay

Loki, Thor's banished brother is back and he wants to rule the world, and he's bringing an army with him. I don't want to spoil the origin of Loki's army for anyone who's not seen it yet. I've not kept up with comics since I was a kid but the bad guys are from within the Marvel universe, so its all justified. Well, as justified as Indiana Jones 4 was (hint).

The movie obviously starts with getting the team together after Loki's arrival on Earth. There's the usual storyline of them being pulled together and then being pulled apart by their egos until they assemble together once more to defend the Earth.

Hulk is voiced by the original Lou Ferrigno

Aside from the plot though, it's the action, and chemistry, everyone will go to see. There's loads of CGI, what with all the super powers and heroes themselves. Stark gets a cool suit transformation after being thrown out a window. There's a brilliant scene where Captain America, Thor and Iron Man get acquainted for the first time. We finally get to see a decently animated Hulk. And the final battle is epic, it goes on for ages, a good last third of the film, and the attention to detail throughout the battle is notable.

The characters are what make up for the rest. Loki gives the best performance by far and away. There's a scene between him and Black Widow where he gives a very imposing performance, it's actually pretty scary how believable he was. He also happens to call her a quim, which is probably the only swear word in the film, and of medieval origin, and appropriate for a God of Asgard. I had to go look it up.

Loki with a pointy stick

Tony Stark provides the majority of the comic relief, with one-liners coming thick and fast throughout the film from everyone's favourite "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist". I wish my brain was better and I could remember more from the screening, or better yet taken a notepad.

That's not to say that all the funniest lines come from him, a few of the other characters like Thor, Bruce Banner and Agent Coulson also have their fair share. Hulk doesn't say much but provides probably the funniest scene in the movie that will have everyone roaring with laughter. Even Captain America is indirectly funny, in the sense his actions provoke humour.

Needless to say, watch the end credits for a bit after the movie ends for a hint at who the bad guy will be in the inevitable Marvel's Avengers sequel. Want to know who the bad guy in the credits is? (Warning! Spoiler)

Also, stay a bit to listed to the first New music from Soundgarden in 15 years, Live To Rise, if you like Rock music.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster."
  • "Shakespeare in the park" [Iron Man referring to Thor]
  • "Point Break" [Iron Man referring to Thor]
  • "Hulk... smash" [Captain America giving Hulk instructions]

Rating

4/5
Marvel has done it again. A brilliant blend of action and comedy that fans, and others, will enjoy.

Trailer

This most recent trailer of Avengers will give you a good idea what to expect

6 comments:

  1. Steve I am so jealous that you have already seen this!

    Hulk does look good for a change

    Glad to hear that the films level of awesomeness lives up to the hype. Looking forward to watching this in a couple of weeks.

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  2. Loki: funny name, but a surprisingly effective villain. Hiddleston's transition, keeping with the complexity of his character, from the Thor movie to the Avengers was very convincing I thought

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    1. He was indeed. Great performance from him

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  3. I got to say that my favourite performance was that of the Hulk. The rivalry between him and Thor is awesome and there's one part which epitomises the good sense of humour that forms a major part pf the movie - but I won't say what, fo those who haven't seen it yet.

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    1. That scene with Thor, and the one at the end with Loki, are two of the funniest in the movie

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