In My Opinion…
Company: Walt Disney and Marvel Studios
Directed: Joss Whendon
Running Time: 143 minutes
I could end the review right there, and I’d probably have said everything that screams to be said, but (considering this is movie is just out at the cinemas) I might say a bit more. Just so you’ll know you have to go see it. Yes, it’s that good. Marvel’s The Avengers is a gobsmacking, thrilling, amazing movie.
Marvel Studios has been setting up this series for quite some time. Though you could go and watch The Avengers without seeing the precursor movies, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. You need the back-stories. There’s Iron Man 1 & 2; Thor; The Incredible Hulk; and Captain America. They’ve brought these movies together and created The Avengers. And, if you stop to think about how many different directors and screenwriters and actors and producers are involved in that, you might agree with me that this is a tremendous feat. But you know what? They pulled it off. Marvel studios did the impossible and threw all these movies into one epic film and they didn’t lose a single ounce of momentum. That’s what I can’t get over.
The acting and dialogue is superb. There’s not merely one main actor in this movie: there are over 10. Several of those actors have their own preliminary movies (like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America). Some of them aren’t quite so well known (like the Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury, to name a few). And yet, they’re all brought together, along with their own personal quirks and distinctions, and they begin acting The Avengers. That’s epic. No one loses their personality. No one is under played, or you miss seeing them, or you feel their dialogue isn’t quite so fresh and sparky. No one misses out on having an exciting, fast-paced scene. And the best part? Not one of these fantastical super-heroes can get along. It’s hilarious! It’s perfectly done. Sparks fly between Captain America and Iron Man (because Captain America is all about “the people”, and Iron Man is, well, basically a lot about himself). Iron Man loves provoking the Hulk. Just to see what’ll happen. Thor doesn’t understand the pathetic, flimsy earthlings. The dialogue, quips and jabs are so perfect. I spent half the movie either on the edge of my seat from the thrilling action scenes, or choking back laughter (because, let’s face it, I was in a cinema and no one else wants to hear me howl with joy, without adding the fact that that’s kind of embarrassing).
The plot! Not overwhelmingly complex, but not so simple it’s boring. One of the best parts is the movie isn’t predictable, as tends to happen in super-hero-saves-world movies. I loved the finale. I thought they did that perfectly, with so much taste and clarity and knuckle-whitening thrills. How do people think up those kinds of scripts, let alone write them? The action is intense and superb. The effects are truly amazing. There’s blood and fire and things being blown up and aliens descending on our world forever more. What could be better?
It’s definitely an action-packed movie. But they don’t throw so many actions scenes one-after-another that you come out dizzy. There’s dialogue, and spying scenes, and then a sneak peek at the bad-guys, and then back to another fast-paced, incredibly timed action scene. These characters are professionals. And, well, Thor is a god. People like the Black Widow and Hawkeye are the mostly highly trained spies there are, and when they step in to keep off the bad-guys, you just watch amazed at their skills.
The whole movie is impeccably done. I couldn’t recommend it any higher. Not only did it have the plot and acting of a spectacular movie—it had the humour. And I love a good laugh. So throw all those together and this movie stands in a class of its own. But go see the preliminary movies first. It’ll make the world of difference.
The Avengers is a top class, sizzling paced action movie not to be missed for anything.