The Avengers Movie Review
admovieso | May 2, 2012 | No comments
While The Avengers is most definitely a film for the Marvel erudite, it can undoubtedly be enjoyed by all. Even if you don’t know all the intricacies of the film’s predecessors Iron Man and Thor, you probably know who the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) or Captain America (Chris Evans) is or have heard of some of the figures from Norse mythology. And there is no question that Joss Whedon’s film will be the commanding presence at the box office in the month of May—one of the top action movies as well as top movies playing now.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is the crux of The Avengers villain scheme; clearly, he is a formal opponent since it will require six heroes to take him on. Loki is charming, intelligent and good with weapons—a Humphrey Bogart of bad guys if you will. Although Loki’s scheme is a bit of a rip off of Transformers 3—the trickster of Asgard wants to destroy earth by using a skyscraper to open a hole in the sky and unleash his minions to force humanity into servitude—it is cloaked in enough comic book aesthetics and explosions that you will likely be able to overlook the glaring similarities the film shares with the Autobot and Decepticon plotline.
Luckily for the Earth’s human population, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) anticipates Loki’s brazen assault and gathers the best superheroes planet earth has to offer. In typical, montage flooded bildungsroman fashion, the immature superheroes clash, rebel goof around and then finally learn to be a mature and cohesive bad-guy-butt-kicking-machine.
Overall, The Avengers is only a little bit off target. The characters are shallow; there is not time to develop any of the personalities or relationships. But what the film lacks in emotional complexity it more than makes up for in bang-ups and epic fight scenes. Everyone gets smashed around, from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to Iron man (Robert Downey Jr.).
Most of the cast dopes a pretty good job (but there isn’t much required of anyone’s acting chops), but Mark Ruffalo isn’t quite able to muster the performance of a convincing Hulk. He is too hippy and Ashram happy for you to really believe there is a homicidal maniac lurking just below the surface.
The main disappointment with The Avengers is that it plays it safe. While very entertaining, it is very ho hum in the creativity department. It would have been nice to see the plot take on a little more edgier ambition, but then again summer blockbusters are cash cows not Cannes contenders. The Avengers is, however, still worth viewing, especially if you want to shut off your intellect for 2 ½ hours and fade into high octane action.