Posted by: ckckred | May 6, 2012

The Avengers: Clash of the Superheroes

The best super hero film this year, at least until The Dark Knight Rises comes out.

Audiences love films with a large mix of characters.  There was Godzilla: Final Wars, which featured the legendary monster battling all of his foes.  And now there’s The Avengers.

Last year’s Thor and Captain America were made to set up the film, and it was also hinted in Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk.

The Avengers has it all: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, who’s replacing Edward Norton), plus two other superheroes Natasha aka The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).  It also has Samuel L. Jackson playing Agent Nick Fury of SHIELD, and director Joss Wheldon, who helmed Buffy the Vampire SlayerSerenity, and more recently Cabin in the Woods (which also stars Hemsworth).  In a way, it has an all-star cast as big as New Year’s Eve.

Okay, that’s a bad comparison because unlike New Year’s EveThe Avengers is very good, probably the strongest new film I’ve seen this year.  The movie is going to be big (it’s already scored a record breaking opening weekend domestically with over $200 million), and it’s certainly going to attract many comic book fans.

Let me just say I was a comic book enthusiast when I was younger.  No, I wasn’t one of those kids who went to would dress up to go to the movies, but was one who read comic books with a flashlight at night.  I remember reading a reprinted copy of “The Avengers” where they discover Captain America’s body and revive him.  It remains one of my favorite comics today.

But now onto the movie.  Loki (Tom Hiddleston, who you may have remembered from War Horse) is back.  He’s gotten an army of aliens from another planet and he’s ready to invade Earth with the help of Hawkeye, whom Loki hynotizes to do his bidding.  When Agent Fury hears about this, he enlists the help of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner, and the Black Widow to help Earth.

At the beginning, all the superheroes behave like a dysfunctional family (I can see Wes Anderson directing here).  Tony Stark (Iron Man) believes there’s something SHIELD’s hiding from them, but Captain America believes Stark’s irresponsible.  Meanwhile Thor tries to deal with his brother, Banner tries to control the Hulk (whom he refers to as “the Other”), and the Black Widow tries to cope with Hawkeye’s betrayal.

The movie hits high gear when they all come together to form the Avengers.  The climax is a battle in New York, where the Avengers fight the alien soldiers and Loki.  It’s a scene that shakes with many visuals, and something that I can’t describe with any other word but “awesome.”

The Avengers‘ greatest strength is not its story or special effects, though.  It’s the actors.  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo show their acting chops in the film.  Plus Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson aren’t so bad either.

Now The Avengers is not a perfect movie and I probably won’t name it on my Top 10 list.  There are a few small plot holes, and some of the story is a little weak.  But it’s a fun movie that most people will enjoy (I certainly did).

All in all, The Avengers is probably the best superhero film I’ve seen since The Dark Knight.  The film hints a sequel, and I’m thrilled to see one in the next few years.

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Responses

  1. Really hope they pull in Spider-Man for the sequel…
    And Ant-Man. I love Ant-Man

    • I’m not sure whether they’d put Spider-Man in. In the comics, he doesn’t come until much later. Plus, Columbia has the movie rights for him.

      As for Ant-Man, I’d like to see him in the sequel. Thanks for commenting.


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