Movie review: The Avengers

One of the most awaited movies of 2012, The Avengers definitely lived up to its hype. First of three super hero movies to be released this year, it has definitely set the bar high.

Director Joss Whedon has done an amazing job tying together Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America. Being a comic writer has definitely helped him write an excellent script.

The film starts off with Nicky Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D checking on Dr. Selvig’s (Stellan Skarsgard) progress with the Tesseract, a cube containing unlimited energy that S.H.I.E.L.D is trying to harness. The cube ends up acting as a gateway, through which the exiled demi-god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) unexpectedly arrives. Loki escapes with the cube with the intention of using it to unleash an army to help him conquer and rule over Earth.

In response to this attack, Nick Fury re-activates the Avengers Initiative, bringing together the team of Tony Stark or Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers or Captain America (Chris Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner or The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Clint Barton or Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) to help capture Loki and retrieve the Tesseract.

The real joy of watching Marvel’s The Avengers comes from the seven distinct characters interacting by arguing and/or socking one another. Captain America is teased about his vintage red, white and blue costume from decades ago. Iron Man and Thor challenge each other, a competition that allows the talented Downey to employ very funny lines that have an improvised feel. Whedon’s screenplay, based  on a story he developed with Zak Penn, manages to establish and maintain a real gravity to the proceedings, humanizing the adventures of a giant green monster and a man in blue tights in a feat of precise narrative control.

Joss Whedon uses comedy as his forte and that is reflected in the characters on screen. The Avengers allows for greater development and exploration of characters, as well as some cleverly written and expertly handled self-referential humor, mostly delivered by the wisecrack Tony Stark. The action sequences in the movie are unparalleled. Although Iron Man is the most essential component of the movie, all the characters have been given an important role to be played at crucial parts of the film. Dr Bruce Banner played by Mark Ruffalo is the surprise component of the film who does an excellent job in portraying him as a wry reservoir of calm ready to become a volcano.

Whedon and the entire crew manage to pull off the impossible, to make a superhero movie seem fresh and one which completely works. A truly Marvel-ous movie. A must watch for me!

 

Review written by Varun Kothari

 

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