Monday, 30 April 2012

The Avengers: Movie Review

The Avengers is the culmination of all the recent Marvel Studio movies starting with the hit Ironman, to Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Everyone to everyone expects this movie to be great, knock-your-socks-off entertainment, and in almost every way, it delivers.

With the screenplay completely written by Josh Whedon, most famously known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire slayer, the Avengers boasts a great combination of well-timed good suited humour and the larger than life CGI spectacle to balance this blockbuster flick. I never thought I’d be wowed by anymore CGI fabrications of late but after this movie I was wrong. The flying aircraft carrier and the alien mothership which slithers through air, cutting through beams and bricks of skyscrapers is simply amazing.

Joss Whedon has only directed 2 movies: Cabin in the Woods and Firefly series finalizer, Serenity. But he had written an X-men comic book series: Astonishing X-Men. So when given a storyline almost predetermined by the Marvel Studios, Joss Whedon, a small fan base cult director, (much like Sam Raimi, Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan) basically rewrote it all.

One thing his humour does is that it brings a sense of not taking the superhero theme too seriously. (This humour is called Whedonism, something Buffy fans would slurp up.) The Avengers team is undeniably weird and fictionally lopsided; a green monster, robotic suited billionaire, a demi-god of Norse mythology, and a couple of highly skilled human superheroes?

Come on, only humour can make it all seem normal. And I can see it now; this phrase will last a lifetime: Captain America: Big man in a suit of armor, take that away, and what are you? Tony Stark: Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. And watch out for the new catchphrase: “Puny God”

On that same subject, we always wonder how each of them would stack up against each other. Hulk vs demigod? Ironman vs demigod? Cap A vs ironman? Ironman vs flying aircraft carrier? I don’t wish to divulge any spoilers, but we get the answers. I was like: Really?

From the posters, I thought that adding the archer guy (Hawkeye) and sexy Russian spy lady (Black Widow) to the already crowded superhero line-up is a huge mistake. But I was wrong. The Black Widow added that much needed feminine touch, and Hawkeye was made relevant by plot circumstances early on. But yet these two humans are aware of their place among the more powerful superheroes. Don’t play with the big boys or else…

In fact every main character was given his/her chance to shine and be meaningful. This is a masterful stroke of the playwright (Joss Whedon). Nevertheless, I do see that Ironman, the crowd favourite, is given the best lines and the most bravado scenes. Although Captain America is supposed to be the de facto group leader, Ironman seems to get more limelight. Makes sense; Ironman 1 & 2 made more money than Hulk, Thor and Captain America put together.

This IS (along with Battleship) the movie of this summer. Not to be missed. It’s not Ironman 3 or Thor 2, or Captain America 2. This is Avengers 1. My score is 9/10.

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