Loki comes to Earth with the intent to take over the world. To counter Loki’s ambition, Nick Fury brings together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), and Clint Barton (Hawkeye).
Before I go on, I do have to give out spoiler alert. I don’t normally do this, but in order to explain how fucking awesome Avengers was, I have to spill some things out. So if you have seen the movie, you may go past Robocop. Otherwise, I will simply tell you all this: GO SEE THIS MOVIE AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!! I cannot stress this enough. This could well be the best movie of this year already, and this is even before Spider-man or Batman show up. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING clicks in this movie. That’s all I can say for now, and again and again (and again, since I’m sure your friends shoved it down your throat too), GO – SEE – IT!
Are we good to go? OKAY!
Let’s start with casting, as that’s one of the big reason why everyone’s been excited about this movie for while. Everyone had such a wonderful chemistry, at no point was I ever bored by anyone’s interaction. The quips between RDJ and Steve Rogers were fun and engaging, as well as moments between Romanov and Barton (pairing!). Even the interaction between Thor and Loki, as well as Thor and Hulk, were pretty damn solid. All the actors gave such a believable performance, even SAMUEL L. JACKSON! We’ve seen bits of him here and there throughout recent Marvel movies, but this is where he really showed up. In this movie, he’s a bonafide bad-ass motherfucker who doesn’t bat an eye at anything… even Agent Coulson’s death. Goddamn, we’re gonna miss him. But, at least he died like a badass and witty bastard that he was *salutes*, so hell lot of kudos to Clark Gregg. It’s simply amazing how Joss Whedon managed these group of actors, seemingly making sure even a smallest conversation feeling natural.
Speaking of casting, Mark Ruffalo. Before the movie, there were many doubts whether he would make good Bruce Banner. I know I had doubts myself, since I really liked Edward Norton’s portrayal of Banner. But holy hell, Ruffalo pulled it off convincingly, and then some! Every one of his moment, I was convinced he was Bruce Banner, from his mannerism to him snapping so suddenly. I could tell from body language and tone of his voice that he was struggling, something that’s a requirement for being Bruce Banner. Of course, what’s Bruce Banner without Hulk? and wow… Hulk was glorious! Especially that one particular scene with Loki, and you will laugh hard at that point (Puny God).
I should also mention that I liked everyone else as well. Tom Hiddleston was spectacular as Loki, even though his horned helmet may have been bit overkill sometimes. I didn’t hate it, but it felt a slight bit corny. Not to mention, you don’t see Thor wearing his helmet. But he was menacing, cocky, and methodical. So I approve, as many others have already. Shield agents were great as well, mostly Maria Hill (imagine my surprise when I found out she used to be Canadian pop star long ago), but also the guy that played Galaga secretly.
It’s one thing to play out the ‘stop massive invasion’ plot, but it’s whole another thing to pace the plot correctly, and Whedon did it masterfully. Not once was I lost in transition, nor did I ever ask ‘What just happened’. As I said, everything clicked and I do mean it. So many ups and downs, it’s like a best kind of roller coaster. Honestly, I can’t pick the best part of this movie, because the whole movie was my favorite collectively (well…maaaybe except Coulson’s death, that was kind of sad). Every bit of movie has such charm that I can’t pinpoint my favorite, since I like all of them for various reason.
Visually, The Avengers is the awesome type of eye candy. When I saw the HeliCarrier, I fanboy’d the living hell out of my life. Not only did it look massive, but all those intricate details and how it looked, it just made me lose my mind right then and there. Of course, the same can be said about the alien invaders, especially their leviathan monsters.
I keep bringing up Joss Whedon’s name, and I might as well say it out loud: THE MAN IS A FUCKING GENIUS!! He knows how to make the characters interesting with their interactions and dialogues, he knows how to make the plot intense and fun at same time, he knows how to make battle scenes work without being too frantic, and so on and on.
Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised, should I?
It’s almost as if he was born to direct The Avengers.
Last but not least, that revelation during the credit: THANOS!
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF ALL THESE EMOTIONS!!
I’ve already stated my overall opinion in the beginning, but I will say this: I went into the theater with extremely high expectation, and The Avengers far exceeded my expectations in every parts. A lot of times, Hollywood tend to mess up royally when it comes to character ensemble movies. This movie should be held up as a prime example as how to make ensemble movies, it is the best at what it is and how it goes on about it. Spider-Man and Batman better bring their A-Plus game to even contend with this movie.
It’s a good year to be a comic-book fan.