One of the biggest movies out this year and I might be a bit late to finally review it. I watched it a some weeks ago, just didn’t get around to writing down my thoughts on it. So what did I think of The Avengers?
This is the movie all the previous Marvel movies were leading up to. I’ve seen all of them, so Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America. As I was now familiar with all the characters (not really needed if you just want to see this film, but it’s nice to know some background) I was ready to experience what this would lead to. The story is about Loki (a god just like Thor) wanting to rule the world and The Avengers getting together to prevent this.
After a big opening with lots of action it’s time to get the team together to fight the common enemy. Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye all need to be assembled and of course learn to work with each other. The middle part is where this takes place, all set on this big helicopter carrier. There are some entertaining conversations and jokes (liked the Galaga one), but I thought too much time was spent on this location with not enough action. I understand it’s important to show the team dynamics and the big egos arguing, but I was waiting for more action. It does deliver this in the final act where New York is under attack and the Avengers kick ass. This is what action should look like. With a lot going on director Joss Whedon manages to keep it all very clear. It’s easy to understand who’s fighting who despite the big amount of characters.
Whedon also manages to give each character plenty of screentime (although I do think Thor could have gotten a bit more) and allows them all to shine. My personal favorites were Iron Man, who seemed back to being the fasttalking billionaire he was in the first movie (and which I was missing in the second one) and The Hulk, who is great for the moments of physical comedy and who provides the biggest laughs.
One thing that did stand out like a sore tooth to me was one very short shot of a car in the middle of the frame during the last battle, which was obviously product placement and it annoyed the hell out of me.
The Avengers is the best blockbuster out right now and is worth checking out even if you are not into comic book movies. It delivers enough action and comedy to make you forget everything around you and at the end makes you want to eat a shoarma.