26 April 2012

Film Reviews - The Avengers

Saw The Avengers today \o/

Certificate – 12A or PG-13
Running time – 142
Scene after the credits – Nope. BUT there is one halfway through, and it's a doozy

Cast –
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Chris Evans as Captain America
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Sean Connery as Sir Wynter


Ignore that last one

The plot

Steve "Captain America" Rogers, found frozen alive and unthawed in the modern day, must come to terms with the loss of his past life while trying to cope with the modern world

Meanwhile, Loki (the Big Bad of Thor) manages to make his way to Earth in pursuit of the Tesseract (that Cube last seen in Captain America), with an entire army set to follow.

Nick Fury, Director of an international peace keeping company codenamed S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Rogers to join The Avengers alongside Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Thor, Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), Black Widow, and Hawkeye to face the threat of Loki's invasion.

With conflicting personalities and motivations, the team must set their differences aside and work together if they hope to save the world.

What's right with it?

God where to start

Each character shines throughout the film, having their own personal moments and also being the jigsaw pieces of a much larger picture, but it’s the interacting with the other people and being hilarious to boot that really makes this flick special

The action sequences…..oh my the action sequences *drools*
From intergalactic invasion to the smaller hand to hand fights they are spectacular and there are some moments that I wasn’t expecting at all that had me just Squeeing (A noise primarily made by an over-excited fanboy/girl) with excitement

Of all the 3D films I have seen, of which there have been many, this stands down as one of the best uses of it in any film. This is considerably surprising considering that the film was converted to 3D during post production. The only other notable use of 3D in my opinion is Avatar and that was filmed with a 3D camera

Certain cinemas also get these awesome looking 3D glasses. My cinema didn’t have them ;_;

What’s wrong with it?

As a comic fan I might have said that that certain things weren’t true to the comics, that this character would have done this in this situation etc

Notice I used the word “might” because after seeing it I cannot pick any faults with it other than the fact that

1. Why couldn’t it have been made sooner?
2. Why can’t they release this on blu-ray or DVD already?!!!

Best Scene?

The whole thing.......LITERALLY

But if you had to put a gun to my head and make me choose or die?

“Suit up”

Best Quote?

Tony: Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous, green rage-monster.

Tony Stark: [to Loki] There is no throne, there is no version of this where you come out on top! Maybe your army will come, maybe it's too much for us, but it's all on you! Becase if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we'll avenge it!

Sam J: Who Put these Motherfucking Avengers on this Motherfucking Hellicarrier? /jk

Bonus Trivia

Tony Stark describes his group as "Earth's mightiest heroes, that kind of thing." This refers to the bold label that has appeared on "The Avengers" comic books since its 1963 publication. The phrase has also been used as the subtitle for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the most recent animated series before the live-action Avengers film.

Legal rights issues prevented a number of "Avengers" characters from their inclusion in this film. Most notably, these include Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, the twin children of X-Men) villain Magneto, and frequent adversaries Doctor Doom (nemesis of the Fantastic Four) and Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin (the primary antagonist of Spider-Man). Though all characters are owned by Marvel/Disney, the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" characters had all been licensed to Fox Studios, and those of "Spider-Man" to Sony before work began on an "Avengers" film. Marvel has said that in the future they hope to regain the rights to all licensed properties, that the aforementioned characters might have a role in subsequent "Avengers" films.

According to Director Joss Whedon, The original cut of the movie was over 3 hours long. There will be about 30 minutes of the excised footage included in the DVD Release, most of which revolves around Steve Rogers (Captain America). Whedon revealed that one of these scenes involved Rogers struggling to adjust to the modern world in his Brooklyn apartment and another revealed Steve Rogers' reunion with Peggy Carter, his love interest from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Final Thoughts

Look I know I have given an insane amount of praise with this review but just think about how badly this could have gone, after 5 normal films bringing all the cast together just to see it come crashing down, corny moments like Batman and Robin, awful SFX and probably bankrupting Marvel in the process

I went into it hoping that Joss Whedon could do the impossible and bring along a huge cast of characters, add even more story and still have the signature humour that he is famous for between some pretty spectacular action sequences

And he did with gusto

It truly IS a Marvel

My Advice?

Don’t wait for the DVD, the other films have been out long enough now that you should be up to speed with them

Go watch it in the Cinema in 3D!!

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