The Avengers Assemble Review
Finally, after years of watching Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, recruit people for the Avengers Initiative the time has come to see the results.
The Avengers have certainly taken their time assembling, but the wait pays off in a big way. Had Marvel simply tried to make an Avengers movie without going through all of the individual ones first the end result would have been no were near this epic, but having gone along for a ride with each of the heroes it was really exciting watching them together, seeing how they interact with one another and learn to work as a team.
Ironically, at the start of the film the Avengers initiative has been cancelled, but when S.H.I.E.L.D. are faced with a new threat Fury once again tries to recruit the world’s best heroes. From here we gradually get to see each member join up and the team begins to take shape. There’s just one problem, besides the imminent doom that is, they hate each other. This hatred leads to a really interesting fight scene between Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. If you like action you won’t be disappointed as this is merely a small glimpse of what’s to come. Possibly even better than the action, or at least on equal footing, are the one-liners, which hit right on target every time. This all comes down to the incredible writing.
One of the greatest assets the movie has is Joss Whedon, who both directed and wrote the film. Whedon has proven time and time again that he is capable of writing really powerful stories, which is because he has great respect for the characters and is passionate about making them three dimensional. The cast have spoken in the past about how Whedon spent time with each of them and got their view on the character they played. It seems his efforts have paid off as each character is shown as to have many layers and motivations.
The relationship between each of the heroes is a very interesting part of the film. They’re all extremely different people, who see things in extremely different ways. They clash and Whedon described them as people who definitely ‘shouldn’t be in the same room as each other’ which is how he sees all families. They are all, in one way or another, outcasts, which helps them understand each other. Captain America is from a different time, Thor is from a different world, Hulk is a giant rage monster who can’t get close to anyone, Black Widow and Hawkeye are spies and then there’s Iron Man who kind of destroys this analogy. Maybe that’s way he’s often the catalyst in the characters feuds.
Screen time was pretty evenly distributed considering it is an ensemble cast. Though each character didn’t get exactly the same amount of time in front of the camera, it didn’t feel like anyone was cheated or unfairly rewarded. Being regular humans, with incredible skills, it was hard to believe Hawkeye and Black Widow would be able to contribute as much as the other members, but they did and, in the process, proved that they deserved to be on the team. Black Widow especially, who opened up, slightly, as a character throughout the course of the adventure. Mark Ruffalo was surprisingly good as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, and though it would have been nice to have Edward Norton back, Ruffalo did a good job stepping into those shoes and, through the use of motion capture technology, has become the first man to play both Bruce Banner and the Hulk.
Now let’s get onto the big question. What villain is big enough to get all these heroes in one place? This time around, the heroes must join forces to defend the world against Loki, Thor’s brother. Though you may remember Thor previously managed to defeat Loki without the help of the Avengers, this time Loki isn’t alone either, he has an army. It seems fitting that Loki be the first enemy of the Avengers as it was him who accidentally caused them to join up in the comic books. Tom Hiddleston returns to the role of Loki in this film and does an excellent job. He was the bad guy and naturally you want them to destroy him, but at the same time it is really enjoyable watching him toy with them and there is a lot of that. Loki is always ten steps ahead of them and trying to figure out his plan is a fun part of the movie going experience.
If there is one negative thing to be said about the film it is that it makes other films, which once seemed exciting, appear uninteresting. It’s really spoils fans who will be in constant geek out mode having spasms every time the team are on screen together. Probably the best comic book movie there is and now fans can look forward to another round of individual films before the Avengers assemble again.
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