The Avengers Review
There is no greater satisfaction than to see your favorite super heroes all reunite over the culminated efforts over the last few years. Joss Whedon was able to establish great groundwork from the previous Marvel installments and made it so that The Avengers was more than your shallow super hero flick, but a beautiful and organic story that ties the knot on our beloved heroes in suits after many years of anticipation.
After the event of Captain America: The First Avenger, we are immediately immersed in the follow-up events to where a threat finds itself on the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace-keeping agency run by director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) threatens to take control of the world enslave humanity, it gives the perfect reason for Nick Fury to finally put together the Avengers Initiative. Enter Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) , Dr. Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
With the difficulty of introducing a cast of six all at once while incorporating pre-determined movies with each their own interlacing timeline proved to be fruitful and quite the over-achievement from Joss Whedon. That must’ve not been easy being able to respectfully work on such icons of the comic book universe and to deliver exactly what fans of the industry deserve or expected. The Avengers is proof that good movies can still be made out of anything when done the right way, and Whedon proves it hands down.
Having the challenge to work with such a big venture and an extended cast, Joss Whedon proved to be the right man for the job. Whedon is known to have a very elaborate background with projects involving deep character development and intricate scenarios (Firefly, Cabin in the Woods). The strong point of the movie mainly relies on the heroes’ development concerning their growth on the team and interactions with each other. Having to joggle with six main protagonists and yet giving enough background importance to the rest of the cast, the movie rests easily on the sturdy script Whedon provided to give the satisfaction on witnessing the assembly in the strong first act. Plus, we get to see the kick-ass confrontation between Iron Man and Thor.
Having said that, this doesn’t feel like the camera is unsatisfyingly spammed with people nor the movie neglects the rightful amount of screen-time for any of the protagonists. With the story being well-distributed throughout the cast, the one character being denied a full-blown backstory is obviously Hawkeye, not having had a movie of his own and neither enough depth when he first appeared in Thor. But nevertheless it takes away from the rich experience the movie engages.
The only disconcerting element predicted for the movie was the changing of Bruce Banner from actor Edward Norton to Mark Ruffalo. The latter does a very good job at keeping the integrity of the character intact with the sinister humor of a scientist while holding his demons inside. Being at times heartfelt, Ruffalo’s impersonation of Banner, while being truthful and upright, was still hard to adjust at first but fortunately didn’t detract anything from the veracity of what the initial portrayal of the character was first intended for.
Here, the heroes were humanized by focusing on the inter-relationship aspect of the story instead of skipping directly to the action. The movie really shines throughout the multiple whimsical one-liners and sarcastic speeches. Being uplifted with the right amount of humor, The Avengers goes out of its way to show how this team actually comes together instead of skipping right on how great they are together.
While The Avengers is mostly set on the ascending of each individual character, the main plot line doesn’t actually take effect until its third act. The big awaited action scenes are masterfully handled with the special effects to make your eyes pop and brain fart. New York has never looked better than being destroyed by an alien threat while being saved by the six coolest-looking super heroes brought up to this day. You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face once you see the Hulk go “smash” into the biggest-ugly-face alien just to see it tilt upside down.
With such an intricate story unraveling almost organically before your eyes and be able to make sense of such unbelievable situations, The Avengers is what all fans of the franchise hoped to be. Having the right balance between humor and darkness, and concretization of what being a hero means, The Avengers will make you gasp from amazement. There is no greater joy but to see the mightiest heroes fighting evil foes for the greater good of humanity -and our own entertainment satisfaction.