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"Hulk...our movie is a SMASH!"

  • May 21, 2012
The dust still hasn't settled on the excitement of the release of The Avengers.  Joss Whedon was handed over the combined stories of four of Marvel's most iconic characters (and a few others tossed in for good measure) and asked to create a film (co-written with Zak Penn) that brought all of them together on a scale that has, at least up until this point, never been achieved.  For the most part, Whedon and company do a pretty darned good job of things.

I've seen the film three times so far and I might actually go check it out one more time before it leaves theaters.  I saw it in 2D the first and last time and in 3D the second time.  While the 3D looks decent enough, it's only necessary for a couple of "epic" looking moments in the film.  Otherwise, the 3D adds nothing to the story.....not that it needs to add anything. 

The story itself moves at a pretty fast pace and is an excellent collection of action and plot.  While Whedon could have easily taken a ride on the Michael Bay train of excessive 'splosions and computer-generated "awesome," he instead scattered the action throughout a very solid plot that builds on the unique personalities of the four main players (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk) and how they eventually come together to take on Thor's lil' adopted brother, Loki, in a war to save the planet.

The story begins with Loki coming to Earth to acquire the Tesseract (which you are familiar with if you've seen some of the other films leading up to this, specifically Thor and Captain America).  Once it is in his control, he plans to use an army (I'll remain a bit vague here for the two people who haven't seen this film) to take over Earth and then any other world he sees fit to conquer after that.  In his way, however, is Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.  Fury sets out to gather three of Earth's mightiest heroes.  He sends Agent Coulson to find Tony Stark (Iron Man), Agent Romanoff/Black Widow to fetch Dr. Banner (Hulk), and he calls upon Captain America himself.  A fourth hero, Thor, is considered a wild card and there is no way to know if he'll even show up to help battle his little brother.

When Loki shows up, he "compromises" Agent Barton/Hawkeye and Dr. Selvig, making them his servants.  He takes the Tesseract and sets out on his plan of world domination.

Can Fury convince Cap, Iron Man, and Hulk to join forces against Loki?  Will Thor show up?  Can Scarlett Johansson look any hotter in this film?  You'll have to see The Avengers to find out.

The cast is brilliant from top to bottom.  I was always fond of Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki in Thor, and he amps it up just a bit for this film.  He's a bit more psychotic and a lot more egotistical in this go round.  Chris Evans IS Captain America.  I believed every single word that came out of his mouth as he not only took the point during the fight, but let his true blue all American ways come through.  He was a man lost in time who injected just the right amount of old fashioned American patriotism to save the day.  Robert Downey Jr. could have played the role of Iron Man in his sleep in this third outing as Tony Stark, but instead he played the funny man to Evans' straight man in this film.  All of the characters had their funny moments, but Downey seemed to be written into the film primarily for humor.  Don't get me wrong, Iron Man has plenty of epic moments in this film, but most of the laughs come from him, except for the big green guy......Hulk.  Mark Ruffalo stepped into the much maligned role of Bruce Banner, and made it his own.  He's meek, desperate to remain calm, and always warning others not to cross him.  He and Stark have a few funny moments together, but let's be honest here, we all came to see the Hulk do what he does best, which is SMASH, and he does just that to perfection once he's unleashed in the film.  Not only does Hulk have some of the most brutal moments in this film, he has two of the funniest ones as well.  I won't spoil them for you here, but don't be surprised when you laugh out loud during a tense confrontation between the Hulk and another character.  Chris Hemsworth, much like Evans, was made for the role of Thor.  He has some of the top action moments in this film, but also handles the emotional struggle of fighting against or saving his brother quite well. 

Samuel Jackson does a solid job as Nick Fury, although his character is delegated more to a background role as he does most of his fighting against S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.  Cobie Smulders, while nice on the eyes, was pretty much vanilla as Agent Maria Hill.  Scarlett Johansson was very good as Black Widow and handled her action sequences quite well.  Jeremy Renner did a good job in the role of Clint Barton/Hawkeye.  His role was a bit limited, but he owns every minute he's on the screen. 

The real gem in this film was Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.  His giddy fanboy reaction to Captain America was classic, and despite being a relatively small player in all of the other films, he takes center stage this time around.

The action was very good.  It was also very loud and very fast.  Whedon loved to zoom in a lot, which led up to a number of blurry fight sequences, especially involving Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man.  He made sure that there were plenty of iconic scenes during the film, one of the best involving Captain America and Thor.  He also did a fair job of pacing with the film.

The only knock that I really have with this movie is that some of the editing was choppy.  One particularly epic sequence involving three heroes ended with a thud, and took me out of the film for just a split second.  There were also a few scenes involving Loki's army that reminded me of the old television series V from the 1980's, and amped up the cheese a tad bit.

Still, the fanboy in me wants to give this film five stars for the simple fact that it was pulled off.  It was fun, epic, and brilliant.  However, the amateur critic within begs me to take off one star for the fact that the editing did really bother me a couple of times.

So is it worth multiple viewings?  Considering the fact that it's the only film I've ever paid full price to see more than once at the theater, yes, it's definitely worth multiple viewings.  I plan to own it on DVD when it comes out (September 25 is the announced date).  It's popcorn fodder with a plot, and that's a rare treat, especially during the "blockbuster" summer season for Hollywood.

Go see this film.  Go see this film.  Go see this film!

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May 22, 2012
Enjoyed this one with my son. I don't get out to the movies often, so when I do, I want it to be to a quality spectacle like this! Great review.
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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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