The Avengers Assemble – Review

avengers assemble reviewThe Avengers Assemble – Review

Review by FilmFellaLozz – 8.8/10

At the very end of Iron Man back in 2008, you may recall the appearance of an eye-patched Samuel L. Jackson talking to Tony Stark about a little something called The Avengers Initiative. Well, well, well…since this time, four years have passed, and we’ve seen numerous superheroes grace the silver screen; all with their own stories, but all made for a very specific purpose. To make this movie.

It’s what fan-boys of the comics have been dreaming of. I’m no comic book fan and I haven’t really seen anything that special come from either marvel or DC, in terms of how these concepts translate into film, (bar one or two exceptions). As such, it’s fair to say that I was sceptical of this whole ramming all the Lycra wearing dudes all into one movie. But I’m pretty damn impressed with The Avengers Assemble; so much so, that I would go ahead and say that it’s possibly…possibly the best superhero movie to date.

Jackson is Nick Fury, the guy who is tasked with putting together a team of extraordinary people to defend the Earth from the threat of Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He popped up in last years’ Thor to cause a bit of mischief, but this time he’s got an army of alien sons of bitches to give him a hand. So, enter Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and of course, Thor. With such larger than life characters, all with egos bigger than the next, it was never gonna be easy to get these guys to be friends. Let the banter, and the spectacle of grand scale destruction begin.

You don’t hear much from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Creator, Joss Whedon, for a while, and then he rears is smiley ginger face with both The Cabin in the Woods and this; the biggest, most ambitious superhero movie thus far. Having directed his own baby, Serenity, in 2005, being the only film he’s actually made, I felt that he seemed like an odd choice for this. Not one of the other directors who made any of the previous movies in preparation for this? Maybe Jon Favreau (of Iron Man) would’ve been given the job, had he not fallen out with the studio. Anyway, it’s now safe to say that the choice of director was spot on. Having co-written the movie too, he’s created, by far, the funniest superhero movie, with clever dialogue and character repartee…oh and shed loads of ultra-frantic, awesomely crafted action set pieces.

So, to the behemoth cast that alongside Whedon, the credit must go; especially Robert Downey Jr., who once again dons the metallic suit as Iron Man, and spouts his lines (together with some movie in-jokes) with perfect comic timing and dry egotistical expertise. But the laugh-out-loud dialogue doesn’t just fall to him. By far, Chris Hemsworth reprising the role of Thor has the funniest line, but I’m not going to spoil that for you. Chris Evans is Captain America again; his presence in the ensemble, although being the worst of the bunch, keeps the moral goodness of the group alive. After Eric Bana and Ed Norton have appeared as the Hulk’s human self, Bruce Banner, in 2003 and 2008, it now falls to Mark Ruffalo to be the guy that everybody just wants to see turn into the massive ass, green, grunting, CGI beast. He does the best he can with the role, bless him, but you can’t help but wish for him to go away and be replaced with a bit of genius computer work. The Hulk looks better than he ever has done, aesthetically seamless animation. And, for me, he has the most hilarious scenes in the movie. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it; not IF you see it. You hear me? Go see this, reader.

And then we have Black Widow and Hawkeye (Scarlett Johansson (below) and Jeremy Renner). Umm…just like first generation DVDs, they don’t have any special features. Hence, no movies of their own.  He popped up in Thor. Blink and you’ve missed him though. And she kicked a few asses in Iron Man 2. They are part of the team, so I thought it best to mention them. However, the other main character, Loki, was never likely to be a worthy adversary for The Avengers, was he? Well, although the character is full of (unsurprising) deluded grandeur, Hiddleston made him a laudable foe. Snide, conniving and British – all the things a good baddie is made of.

So, the heroic rivalry is eventually put to the side for the finale; a mass scale city-scaped, kick-ass battle. Although completely unoriginal, it still wowed me. Consistently action packed, but never forgetting the comedy. Maybe this is where Thor and Captain America failed. They just weren’t fun enough. However, the characters, here, are given a second chance.

I said at the start that this movie might well be the best superhero movie ever made. So, putting Watchmen to the side for a moment, because it could be argued that they aren’t superheroes; the only other superhero movie that this could challenge is X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughan’s …First Class was as adult as a superhero movie could be without being R-rated, which was definitely refreshing. But The Avengers Assemble is the most fun I’ve had the cinema in a long time. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions, and for anyone who knows me, that’s a mean feat. So, I can’t choose between them. Irrelevant; The Avengers Assemble is a mighty fine movie; and at the very least, the best I’ve seen this year.

A highly unimaginative narrative is present here. This being the only annoying, yet insignificant dent in the comic-to-movie crossover. It’s been executed with panache and style, and I can’t wait to see it on blu-ray later in the year.

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7 Responses to The Avengers Assemble – Review

  1. Great review. Loved it. Now I’m even more excited for this movie (only one week to go!) When you say you think this is the best superhero movie yet, are you including the Batman movies by Chris Nolan? I’m asking because some people don’t consider them just “superhero” movies because they’re on a whole other league.

    • Filmfella Lozz says:

      Fernando, thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. I know lots of people hold Nolan’s Batman movies in high regard, but I thought that both of them were only ok. Personally, I prefer what Tim Burton did with Batman. What are your thoughts on superhero movies? The Avengers Assemble is great fun though. Hope you enjoy it!

      • I like Burton’s Batman films a lot but I prefer Nolan’s. My Top 5 superhero movies (until now, because Avengers will probably nab a spot) are Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2, Iron Man and Batman Returns.

  2. conordcfc says:

    Great review! I agree with how much fun it was, great movie. Check my review out when you get the time, I would be really grateful!: http://conordcfc.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/film-review-the-avengers-avengers-assemble-2012/

  3. Great to see someone else who rated it quite so highly! If you get a chance, please check mine out – got to share the Marvel love! http://iamnotwaynegale.com/2012/04/29/review-the-avengers-2012/

  4. “just like first generation DVDs, they don’t have any special features” indeed! Smart review for a great film. I don’t think I’d realised that the only feature film Whedon had made was Serenity; but in that he does display quite a bit of directorial vision; and there are a couple of those techniques I noticed in The Avengers. He also managed to balance all the egos present pretty well I thought.

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