Movie Review: The Avengers (2012)

AvengersThe gang is all here, it’s time to begin – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #6

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner
Joss Whedon

Synopsis: When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) threatens Earths safety by stealing the Tesseract and opening a portal to bring in an alien army, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) knows it’s time to call on a few friends for help. Finally teaming up, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk & Thor make the team initiative, that has been hinted through the past films, a reality…say hello to The Avengers.

Opinion: I had forgotten how fun this movie was with both Cap &Thor being awkward and not getting modern (or earthly) references, the clash of characters wits and strengths and even Banner & Stark with their intelligence just talking and enjoying science together. It is a great collaboration of characters from start to finish aided by a strong and enjoyable story-line that answers many of the question that were had from previous films and creating more for future ones. From the creative mind of Joss Whedon, The Avengers is exactly what a team movie of this calibre should look and feel like and while the universe may have had a shaky start, this film snaps it all in together and takes you on the journey that well and truly plants the seed of love for this series. Everything about it is great, from the special effects and action to the dialogue and character development and while the characters are all ones you have met before (with the slight change of actor for Hulk) it’s still fun to see how the actors have adapted and changed them them from their first representation until now. Oh and I’m happy to report that Thor has normal non-dyed eyebrows, so all is well in the world.
Now before you say I am praising it too much, there are of course things I didn’t like about it, in particular how Loki is just there and okay with only the briefest mention of how he was alive (we last saw him falling into the abyss of space) as well as a few other story/plot moments that were important for continuity between the movies but seemed as though they were added as an afterthought. The biggest one being the absence of Jane (Natalie Portman) who Thor swore he’d come back for and nope she was just shipped off to some university and was safe and hey let’s never mention her again. But honestly, it was to be expected so I don’t judge them too much. Overall it was and remains a brilliant movie full of fun characters and a great story and honestly the entire series never would have worked if it had been anything less.

Fun Facts: This is the first Marvel film with 2 credit scenes, one in the middle and one at the end. There is also the standard Stan Lee cameo and just for a final bit of fun I was say that even though I’ve raved about how amazing this film is, it’s my least favourite of the 3 team Avengers movies…..but that’s for future reviews to discuss so stay tuned.


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