Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Avengers - An All Of The Above Review

Directed By: Joss Whedon

Written by : Joss Whedon, Zack Penn

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanssen, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Jeremy Renner,

Since the beginning we comic book fans have dreamt of seeing our favourite super-heroes on the big screen, we thought that the animated shows were as good as it was going to get, we were wrong.

We've known for a long time that Marvel were planning on changing the way we watch super-hero films for a few years now, starting with 'Iron-man' and leading up to probably the most anticipated super-hero movie of all time.

Hopefully by now you would have seen every Marvel film since 'Iron-Man' seeing as every single one of those films have been setting up this cinematic event. If you haven't, shame on you, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

'The Avengers (Assemble)' tells the story of The Earth's Mightiest heroes joining together to save the Earth from evil, in this case, evil comes in the form of the Aesir Trickster-God Loki Laufi-Son and his mysterious alien army the Tchi'tari who (as all villains aim to do), take over the world.

Without saying too much more about the story and the characters within i can safely say Whedon hits the nail on the head with every bit of it. The story is great, funny and keeps you interested and the characters work well together...or do they?

As always Downey Jr seems to steel the show (that's meant to be a pun, not a typo) whenever he is on screen but doesn't seem to be much of a problem as Tony Stark is pretty much the scene-stealer in every sense of the word.

Evan's Captain America is exactly how you would expect him to be along with Hemsworth's Thor but it was the surprising performances by Johanssen's Black Widow who really took a step up since 'Iron-Man 2' bringing more to the film in terms of character and ability (her being one of two non-superpowered heroes). Renner's Hawkeye was awesome which is well-deserved as he is the only character other than Black Widow who hasn't had their own movie...but my guess he will after this.

Tom Hiddleston returned as the conniving Loki and by George did he do it! Hiddleston is frightening, dangerous and oh so creeptastic letting everyone know why Loki deserved to be the first villain to battle the movie version of the Avengers!

Have I forgotten anyone? Oh yeh! Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner! Let me start in saying I was skeptical in how the actor-change would go down...I can confirm that it was for the best! Ruffalo's Banner is smart and genuinely creepy, he hides anger behind his smile but is totally under control, and the Hulk? Is the baddest mofo in the entire film! The green-machine didn't have as much screen-time as the rest but he didn't need it as when he did emerge he was all you wanted to see, pulling off some of the best action scenes in the film. Ruffalo is Bruce Banner, and that's awesome.

Jackson's Nick Fury was ok but not as good as I Thought he would be but it's no real big deal as we all just want to see the Avengers kick butt!

The action sequences are amazing, the direction is great and the script is clever and very funny and on top of it all Stan Lee is in it too!

There are a load of comic book refrences that I'll keep to my self and let you see for yourself but whether you are an avid Marvel fan or just there for the ride you will not be dissappointed.

All in all, Whedon's Avengers is brilliant, it's fast paced (which is great for how long the film is) it's funny and it's exactly what we expected it would be, my only problem is that we have to wait a few years for the sequel..which is guaranteed if Marvel have anything to do with it.

5/5 stars

By George Kleanthous

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