Movie Review: The Avengers

Even though life has been a tad bit chaotic lately, I still like to take the time to go watch a movie and relax. I watch previews and read up on certain movies during their production and judge whether or not that movie is perfect for turning off my brain and having a good time while watching. One such movie out right now is The Avengers. It’s already been out for a full week in the United States and it has been dominating any and all competition with good reason!

The Avengers is perhaps one of the best superhero movies to be made. I’m picky when it comes to superhero movies. This type of genre is suppose to give you a similar feeling as though you’re reading the actual comic books or somehow inspiring you in other ways. The first true superhero movie to properly grace the screen was the first Superman movie, starring Christopher Reeve. He was the true physical embodiment of Superman/Clark Kent and he made the audience believe that a man truly could fly. In my opinion, that movie is the best superhero movie to have been filmed, along with the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton. Those that know me personally, know that I’m not a big fan of Christian Nolan’s Batman series, aside from The Dark Knight, which was mainly due to Heath Ledger’s performance. I just feel that they take the angsty feeling of Batman a tad too far, but that’s just me.

Now, back to the Avengers.

This movie knows when to take itself serious and when to make sure to poke fun at the genre of superhero movies in general. Nearly all of its success so far can be attributed to the director and co-writer, Joss Whedon. He was add his elements to the script to make the characters feel like normal everyday people who just happen to be superheroes. He was able to wrangle the actors into delivering cheesy lines with superb technique. His action scenes made you feel involved without the motion sickness of shaky-cam. He produced a story of having demi-gods mix with aliens from other dimensions and with the normal people of the Earth, and he made the story work!

Though, it wasn’t all Whedon that made this movie as good as it was. The special effects of the movie were top-notch. I’m talking WETA and ILM top-notch. Both companies played roles in the special effects creation for this movie. Two major SFX powerhouses working on one movie, of course the effects were great. The Hulk looked amazing as he leaped around smashing.

Speaking of The Hulk, I must say that Mark Ruffalo did an excellent job portraying Bruce Banner, the man that transforms into the Hulk. This is a character that has been different in each movie since the first attempt at making the The Hulk in 2003. With the recent Marvel movies (aside from X-Men and Spiderman) tying in with each other, everyone thought that Edward Norton would be playing the Hulk in the Avengers movie. Though because of creative differences, Norton and Marvel Studios passed on continuing the role. It seems to have worked out well for Marvel, as Ruffalo nailed the character of Bruce Banner.

The only other new actor introduced into the Marvel Studios’ movies is Cobie Smulders, playing the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury’s right hand, Maria Hill. Not a lot was done with the character to truly get a good feel of what Maria Hill is to be like, though Smulders did not do bad at what she had to do.

Returning actors were Robert Downey, Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Each and every character owned their role and did as well, if not better than their previous movies. Their interactions with each other worked very well, showing the tensions of having all of these people with special abilities and intelligence in one room with different ideas, as well as showing the camaraderie that later developed. I don’t think I could envision anyone else playing Tony Stark, Thor, Loki, or Fury.

There is a lot more I could say about the actors, particularly the fan favorite Clark Gregg, though I would have to give away spoilers. I do not want to do that, as everyone should attempt to see this movie as spoiler free as possible.

This movie was epic in scale and proved that something this large with such an amazing cast can work when put in the right hands. I’m not sure the movie would have been as successful if it were not for Joss Whedon. We may be seeing more of him in the future, as for the moment it’s hard for him to do any wrong. Maybe we’ll even see a new Firefly movie.

Overall, everyone should go see this movie. I went with eight other people, and one who doesn’t like movies. Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously, even the guy who doesn’t like movies enjoyed it no matter how hard he tried to find reason to hate it. The Hulk and Loki scene alone will make  someone enjoy themselves.

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"I’m not a big fan of Christian Nolan’s Batman series, aside from The Dark Knight, which was mainly due to Heath Ledger’s performance. I just feel that they take the angsty feeling of Batman a tad too far, but that’s just me."

I hate to say it but if Ledger performance as the Joker is the only reason you liked the TDK then you didn't really liked the movie. I do think some people either love or hate Nolan's Batman films for all the wrong reasons. And to be fair Nolan isn't the first to push the envelope to the angsty feelings of Batman.