Sunday, May 6, 2012

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

      When I heard that there was a Marvel’s Avengers movie in the works  the first thing I thought was that there was no way that it would work on the big screen, there are just too many heroes to work with and giving them ample screen time would be too daunting of a task to juggle.  Though I must admit we do have a good track record of leading up to The Avengers.  First with Iron Man and Iron Man 2, both did extremely well, Thor pulled in the crowd and Captain America wowed us at the box office.  All the screws were in place in bringing The Avengers to the big screen, but would they be properly screwed into place.
    
       Luckily for us we had Joss Whedon  at the helm.  When I heard that he was going to be directing the movie I felt very relieved.  Here is a director that knows how to handle an ensemble cast of characters.  From Buffy, to Angel, to Firefly Joss’ directing has never let me down and why wouldn’t this be an exception.  All the cast from the previous films are here.  Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson  as The Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman/Tony Stark, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and introducing Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner, but you can call him The Hulk.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the other two incarnations of The Hulk on the big screen, but I really felt Mark Ruffalo really nailed the part of Banner and took him to the level of character that he needed to be on the big screen.  This, I believe, is the Hulk everyone wanted to see.  Theatre goers really lit up when Hulk was present and absolutely loved the smashing going on.


     There`s really isn`t too much to say about the acting.  It was spot on and all the actors brought real heart and soul to their character counterparts.  I`m a huge comic fan and I felt like a kid in a candy store seeing the super heroes I grew up with all on the big screen together battling evil and saving the world.


     Let`s get to the story.  Loki is back and wants the Tesseract to open a portal to bring an alien race to Earth to help him gain control of our planet and become the ultimate ruler.  What Loki isn`t expecting was that Nick Fury, played ever so nicely by the bad man himself Samuel L. Jackson.  I always thought he made a great Nick Fury and it really shows in this movie.  Jackson opens up the Avenger’s Initiative and assembles Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop Loki and retrieve the Tesseract.  If you came looking for battles then you will not be disappointed.


     I have to hand it to Whedon.  Not only did he make everything work with the characters he knows how to film action sequences.  The one thing I loved about the action sequences is that you can see what’s going on.  Even with tighter shots during the action you always can make out who is beating who, who is doing what and you never feel lost in the action.  I also thought that Whedon bought a great pace to the movie.  He took his time when needed to be and kept things going as well.  He was able to give all the heroes and the villain the right amount of screen time and it never felt like any one character dominated the group or the movie.  Everything just gelled and felt right.  There was never a time I went to look at my watch to see when it was over.  This is almost a 2.5 hour movie but feels like it’s over before you know it.  Believe me, you’ll be wanting more when the credits roll, and that’s a good thing.  Whedon gives you the big battles too.  Hulk vs Black Widow, Hulk vs Thor, Cap and Ironman vs Thor.  It’s all there on the big screen and is just a sight to behold.  There is humor in the movie as well and it is worked in perfectly and suits the characters too.  The humor is smart and is never used for cheap laughs or as filler, the laughs are genuine and there are plenty of them.


    Allan Silvestri was brought back to do the score The Avengers.  He did an amazing job with the score to Captain America and he did not disappoint this time as well.  There is a well constructed theme through out the movie which retained with me long after the lights went down.  There’s been word that this was probably his weakest score but I don’t think that’s right to say.  Yes it is not Back to the Future, probably in my eyes Silvestri’s best score, but The Avenger’s score is still a great listen and worked well within the confines of the movie.


    Like any of the recent Marvel movies stay for the credits, especially if you are in North America since there is an extra scene at the very end of the credits and it got a rousing applause.  The first scene is about 2 minutes into the credits and shows us a pretty interesting character.


    All in all this movie has everything, drama, humor, action, romance, tense moments.  It’s all there and it all works.  This is so far the best comic movie out there.  I think it will give Dark Knight Rises a huge run for it’s money.  The Avengers is already making big bucks and will continue for the next little while.  Assemble your family or friends and head out for a night at the movies you’ll never forget.  It’s well worth the price of admission.


    I give this movie an easy 5 stars out of 5.

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