The AVENGERS (movie): Review —- Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!
This was probably one of the most anticipated film of the year! Since it was announced by Marvel Studies back in 2007 that they are considering coming up with a movie which will put together its previous heroes, Marvel comics fans everywhere became excited to see how this movie will turn out. The other Marvel heroes have had their individual movies and fans seemed to be quite satisfied with how these movies turned, so the excitement of seeing all these heroes come together in one film with nearly all the original casts in tact was something to really look forward to.
Marvel made the ingenious plan of releasing an individual movie of the heroes to be able to establish their character, not to mention inform the “uninformed” who these heroes were so – Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Edward Norton was the only character who did not reprise his role so the character of Bruce Banner was played by Mark Ruffalo), and Captain America (Chris Evans) each made their own appearance in the big screen and raked in some serious dollars doing so. The character Black Widow (Scarlet Johannson) was also introduced in Iron Man 2 together with S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
Other characters who also reprise their roles in the “introduction” films were Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Gwyneth Paltrow reprise their roles from previous films as Loki, Erik Selvig (Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics) and Pepper Potts (Stark’s goodly and efficient former secretary and now CEO of Stark Industries…as well as Stark’s new hot girlfriend) respectively. Paul Bettany also returned to voice JARVIS, S.H.I.E.L.D.S. mainframe computer and operator.
It was really a stroke of brilliance to first test the water with the individual films and see how the characters were accepted by the public before coming up a crossover movie. This way the individual characters were each given ample time to appeal to the audience in their own way, establishing in the audience’s mind their individual personalities thus making it easier for the audience to understand the intricacies that will be shown in the crossover movie.
Aside from the using the original actors who did the individual movies (except Hulk of course) what I most love about the movie was that it’s a marriage of all the storylines from the previous movies including the animated movies released by Marvel prior to the live action movies. It was must have been quite and effort and pure genius on the part of the writers to have been able to do this. Ironman was a very techie character compared to Thor’s mythical and magical one. Another difficulty was to put Ironman with his unpredictable and unconventional persona with someone like Captain America who was all about duty and responsibility. Not to mention, that Ironman already has a standing clash with Black Widow (what can I say the man is an enigma..hahaha!). Also, putting two hot heads like Thor and the Hulk in one would definitely prove to be quite a challenge. BUT IT ALL WORKED OUT GREAT! The audience was made to understand that as much as these characters cannot stand each other, as different from each other as night and day…but given a purpose and a common enemy they can kick some major butt.
As a fan of the comic book where these characters first came to life and then the movies and the live action movies, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing certain points or instances wherein this movie made references either to the animated movies or even the comic book stories. Like the fact that Thor’s hammer obeys only Thor and that no one else is also to yield his weapon except its master (I know, I know there was an instances wherein other characters were able to use it e.g. – “2099 Manifest Destiny” Captain America was able to use it; “Spiderman 2099” was also able to use it…and Hulk was also able to lift the hammer in later animated movies….but that’s beside the point peeps! It’s a question of worthiness…oh and yes, yes Odin can yield the hammer but that’s because he was the one who gave it to Thor in the first place. I think we can say the All Father was worthy) Also, the fact that Bruce Banner was eventually able to control the Hulk to the point of being able to turn when he wants to. This was lifted out of the comic series. Sadly, in the previous movies Hulk was depicted as nothing but an angry brute, where in truth in the comic series Hulk was able to interact with other characters and even other superheroes. Hulk was a personality by himself, he might talk like a child but he’s not a mindless brute.
The decision to bring Joss Whedon into the film was also a brilliant idea. Based on information about Whedon, he was a fan of these characters in the comic series so fans are somewhat assured and with good reason that the movie will treat the characters with the respect they deserve. Avi Arad (CEO Marvel Studios) praised the decision by stating, “My personal opinion is that Joss will do a fantastic job. He loves these characters and is a fantastic writer… It’s part of his life so you know he is going to protect it… I expect someone like him is going to make the script even better”. (credits to Wikipedia on this quote) It was good decision to bring in a “fan” to have some say on the film because he knows exactly what other fans are looking for.
As for the 3D rendering, I thought it was amazing! It lets you get involve but not so much as eye-popping effects as to hurt the eyes…it was done…right.
There were of course certain deviations from the original animated movies from hence this movie was based. Fanatics of the series would most probably react but as I told my dear hubby,who was protesting rather insistently that the origin of the tesseract was the forest where Black Panther was that the idea for the movie might be that the tesseract was stolen by Red Skull from Black Panther’s kingdom, captured by Captain America where he crashed the ship containing it in the ice; later when Captain America was retrieved S.H.I.E.L.D also found the tesseract. I mean, there will always be some deviations from the animated film/comic/book to the live action films but fans by now should be used to it and learn to take it in stride.
So, I guess all in all the movie – the plot, the storyline and the treatment of the characters were wonderful…it’s a wonderfully, amazing movie! Lots of angst, mixed in with the action and the conflict but done ever so beautifully and it well written enough that they able to infuse a comedic relief every so often mostly at the goading of none other can Ironman.( Let me just mention here and no one else can be as perfect for the role of Ironman as Robert Downey, Jr.) As the fight in the movie progress and Hulk joins the team, you feel a certain kind of excitement at what’s coming next. Watch out for the tandem fight of Thor and Hulk, and don’t miss what happens after they trash those alien invaders. Oh and I forgot to mention Scarlet Johannson was hot as ever, she really rocks in this movie.
Oh! and don’t leave before the credits are done…I’m not sure if there are several ending to this film but ours ended with a view of another world and the sight of what looked like Thanos.
STAN LEE CAMEO:
As always and as tradition have it, Stan Lee made an appearance on the film (like he’s always done with all Marvel series turned movies). This time he appears as part of the news report in the aftermath of the invasion doubting what really happened and saying that it was all part of a hoax.
Well, I heard that there might be an Avengers 2 and certainly a S.H.I.E.L.D and Ironman 3 movie…at least that’s what I heard.