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'The Avengers' Directed By Joss Whedon

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They Finally Assembled!

  • May 10, 2012
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In 2008 the movie IRON MAN was released. The film was a major gamble. It was the first of a series of movies Marvel planned to release that would lead up to an eventual release of a multi-hero live-action adaptation of The Avengers. Had it bombed, some of the planned films in the build-up might never have happened (not to mention the resurrected career of Robert Downey, Jr.) and THE AVENGERS would never have been made. Thankfully, the film was successful and four years later, THE AVENGERS movie is a reality.

The Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) from CAPTAIN AMERICA and seen in THOR, is being studied by S.H.I.E.L.D. as a way to provide free and endless energy to the world. It is also believed that the device can be used as a portal to other worlds. The Tesseract starts reacting strangely and then, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appears. He begins killing off agents one after the other with a powerful scepter. He also uses the scepter to turn people into his mental slaves. Loki is chased by Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) through S.H.I.E.L.D.'s underground complex, but is able to escape.

Even though he's been ordered to disassemble the group, Fury begins gathering together the band of super heroes of the Avengers Initiative. Steve Rogers (Capt. America-played by Chris Evans), Tony Stark (Iron Man), Bruce Banner (Hulk-played by Mark Ruffalo and voiced by Lou Ferrigno), and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow-played by Scarlett Johansson) are all on board and are joined by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who has been sent from Asgard by Odin to collect his brother Loki. Well, things don't exactly go as planned (well, duh) and Loki escapes again and an invasion of Earth by an extraterrestrial army begins in the middle of New York.

For a movie that has been planned for years and has a cast list that is truly star-studded, THE AVENGERS is an impressive bit of filmmaking. SUPERMAN ushered in the modern superhero movie and X-MEN illustrated that a super-team movie could actually be pulled off. THE AVENGERS has now illustrated that you can actually make a series of very distinct, yet connected superhero films, then bring them all together in one massive movie and still make a highly-entertaining and enjoyable film that appeals to filmmakers across the board.

There's something for everyone in the movie: a little romance for the ladies, plus several attractive men. There's all kinds of references to the comics for the comic book geeks. There's lots and lots and lots of action, but none of it is gory. There are several different layers of humor: physical comedy that appeals to kids and witty one-liners referencing classical works that will appeal to someone with a more intellectual humor.

Captain America emerges as the leader of The Avengers, Iron Man/Tony Stark get most of the best lines, Thor hasn't given up on seeing Loki redeemed, and Hulk finally gets his cinematic due (someone finally got the Big Green Guy right) and emerges as the real hero of the film.

The script does a wonderful job of explaining the techno-babble of what the audience needs to know without getting bogged down in unnecessary details. Also, since the previous movies in the Avengers line-up focused on introductions, the film doesn't have any exposition and gets right into the action.

Speaking of action, there's a lot of it. There's the opening sequence that ends up destroying one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s land bases, there's some infighting with the heroes (what's mightier Thor's hammer or Captain America's shield?), and there's the climactic battle between The Avengers and the invading alien army from another universe.

Visually, the film is gorgeous. It has a perfect blend between fantasy and the real-world.

I only have two criticisms about the film. The first is that we really don't get an understanding of how Loki got to meet the aliens that supported and financed his attempted takeover of Earth. The second is kind of a minor spoiler.


***Spoiler!***

A major character apparently meets an untimely demise. ? I realize that for the plot of the film, a death seemed necessary. But, was it really? Wouldn't the escape of Loki and the destruction that ensued as well as the deaths of countless other agents been enough to unite the heroes together as a team? Or how about one of the lesser known Avengers (Hawkeye or Black Widow); their death could have been just as poignant. The demise appears real, but because of some dialogue earlier in the movie and the reactions of a couple characters, there is speculation that this was all part of a game by Nick Fury. A Life Model Decoy, perhaps?

Overall, THE AVENGERS is a great movie. It's one that you'll enjoy watching again and again.

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May 10, 2012
very very cool review, your enthusiasm is infectious! Thanks for sharing!
 
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The Avengers is the title planned for an American superhero film yet to be produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was announced in April 2005 and is to be based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is intended to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are under contract to star, with Joss Whedon attached to direct a script written by Zak Penn and himself. The Avengers has an announced release date of May 4, 2012 in 3-D
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Director: Joss Whedon
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 4 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Joss Whedon
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios
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