The superhero team-up of a lifetime features Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges to threaten global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Avengers assemble. So! It’s finally here! I know a lot of people (myself included) who have been waiting quite some time for this film. Even though it’s been a long wait, it has been an enjoyable ride, watching all the previous Marvel movies build up to this one. I was uber excited, though not without a slight worry when I walked into the cinema last night, mainly because there are a lot of big names in this film and for it to work, everyone would have to play a part. I had seen the trailer twice, but it made no difference, for the motion picture you are about to witness will assault you with an array of eye candy and entertainment that is incredibly enjoyable to watch…to say the least.
The story begins without an intro per se, but more of a regroup. One by one the Avengers are recruited and we get to see a little of each character and where they currently are/doing before they come to be the aforementioned team. The character development of the ensemble is great to watch, everyone melds so well, even when they don’t (you’ll see what I mean). The portrayal of each character is spot on! With human emotion being felt from almost the whole cast at some time or the other in the film, it definitely adds that extra element to each character, making them more than just superheroes.
Everyone! Yes, everyone gets their turn to shine. Nobody gets left out, or gets more screen time than the other. It’s even all the way through and that’s what this film needed. You have everyone’s own persona’s coming across and even more so once they have assembled. Josh Whedon (Director) hit the nail on the head with the cast and teamwork. One thing that does stand out too, is the humour/quips spread throughout the film, which works perfectly, after all– what’s a comic book character without a few witty/humorous lines…it breaks the ice nicely.
As with our cast, so do the locations vary. The set pieces are magnificent, bringing the likeness of a world where comic book superheroes could co-exist, to life. We do settle in certain areas longer than others, but it is how the story has to flow.
If there is one thing you can’t be without in a superhero flick, it’s the special effects and action scenes. They come in all shapes and sizes, from our hero’s powers, to earth trembling explosions and CGI that looks as real as it can get. The picture doesn’t let up and you are in store for many battle/fight sequences that are going to blow…you…away! What really adds to the film are certain shot’s where the team work together, small touches like this really make the film stand out and adds that extra pizazz. I did view it in 3D and I am sure I would have enjoyed it just as much in 2D, but the latter makes this movie POP and your experience will be that much sweeter!
To fault anything in this film is quite a difficult task. The only real complaint I have read is that it may not feel long enough coming in at 2hrs22min (I thought it a fine length), although if it was 3hrs I wouldn’t have complained. For all those who do want a longer film, you will be glad to know the Blu-Ray version is said to have a whole 30 minutes extra as the studio original thought it would be too long for theatres.
To be honest, this was a challenge to review. There is a lot that happens and a lot to take in. I just hope my words do the film the justice it deserves! Personally it is one of the best comic adaptations I have ever had the pleasure of viewing and could only compare it to, The Dark Knight. GO AND WATCH IT NOW!
At the end of the day, “The Avengers” bring it!…if you have any doubts about this movie, forget about them. This film has it all and then some. I was really impressed to see such a large cast of superheroes and for it to be executed the way it was…it truly is a thing of beauty. The Avengers is smashing up the box office at the moment, with a profit of $178 Million on a budget of $220million (please note the film has only been open to 70% of theatres world wide since Thursday, with the remaining 30% (US included) opening this weekend, so expect to see those figures to sky rocket!). Be sure to remain in your seat once the credits begin to roll as there is a little something extra in store…
This movie is highly recommended to anyone who is a superhero/comic fan, enjoyed any of the previous Marvel films or is looking for an action packed ride you won’t soon forget…with that in mind…I am off to watch it again!
|Title:||The Avengers 3D (2012)|
|Leading Cast:||Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson|
|Writer:||Zak Penn, Joss Whedon|
|Running Time:||143 Minutes|
|Release Date:||26 April 2012 (South Africa)|