Marvel’s The Avengers Review

Posted: 05/05/2012 in Movie Reviews
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It’s four in the morning, and never before have I been this damn giddy in my life. Every worry has been lifted off my shoulders and the last four years of waiting have not been wasted. Marvel’s The Avengers is an absolutely brilliant and entertaining movie.

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For those who have been living under a rock for the last few years, all you need to know is that five movies over the last four years have shown the origins and heroics of four famous comic book heroes: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans). The movie has strong supporting roles from super agents Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the big man, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) himself. Each movie has fit together like a puzzle to bring all the characters together to team up and protect the world as The Avengers. In this movie, the evil Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is hell bent on global conquest, and the semi-dysfunctional team must put aside their differences and stop him. While this plan might not seem too complex, it’s a perfect way to establish the characters in a group setting, and is something that has never been tried before on such a large scale.

Joss Whedon proves that he is more than capable of handling anything thrown his way by tackling this beast of a project. While bringing together so many different characters, perspectives, and attributes from the comics may seem like a daunting task, anxious fans across the globe can breathe a sigh of relief. Not only is the action fantastic and the writing enthralling, smooth, and hysterical, but the general atmosphere and tone of the movie is both crisp and exciting. In this larger than life world, a group made up of a genius narcissist, an out of time soldier, a brilliant scientist with a bad case of Jekyll and Hyde, and an otherworldly god which teams up with a pair of assassins wielding nothing more than awesome gadgets comes off feeling almost realistic; sure the superpowers and all aren’t real, but these are real people with actual problems, and they are certainly an entertaining bunch. One of the best parts of the movie is watching the team work together, and fall to pieces as their constant bickering puts lives in danger.

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Mark Ruffalo, new to the role of Bruce Banner/Hulk is absolutely fantastic, and there is no better villain than Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Cobie Smulders feels stiff as Maria Hill, Hawkeye doesn’t get enough screen time (but when he does, it’s badass with a capital Bad) and the story is fairly simplistic, but these complaints don’t take away anything from overall experience.

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The Avengers is an amazing film, arguably one of the best comic book blockbusters ever created, and its mere existence is in and of itself a small miracle. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a grin on my face through an entire movie or wanted to watch it again immediately after it was over. Anyone who has ever expressed even vague interest about this movie should go see it; I can’t recommend it enough, and can’t wait to go again.

Score: 10/10

By: Keith Crandell Jr.

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