The Avengers (2012 Review)

First off, I just want to say that my mind is blown by the fact that this movie has grossed $200 million so quickly. Now you’ll see if I’m surprised and why or why not.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is an epic superhero movie starring, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and many, many more. Now first off, I’ll name the major fear I had going into this movie. I was afraid that everyone would be fighting for screen time and it would end poorly. Now, I’m happy to say that this fear did not come true. Everyone was lucky enough to have the right amount of time on-screen and it didn’t seem like Whedon was trying to squeeze anyone in at the wrong time.

The stars, all of them, gave great performances that were expected of them. One performance that stands out the most was Mark Ruffalo. He is pretty much that third man to play the Bruce Banner in around 10 years. While the first two were not too bad, Ruffalo feels most like a scientist. He’s not built like a roid-monkey and he appears as a scientist with a great fear. When Banner is his green self, there isn’t much to say, other than “Hulk smash”. Another performance I love was Renner and his character Hawkeye. While Renner was nothing near the lead, his convincing portrayal as the world’s greatest archer works well with the movie as a whole. Those were just two of the many great performances, though.

The story itself is really good, all I want to tell fans is that it involves everyone’s least favorite god, Loki, and some form of alien race. Compared to other superhero movies, this has not too much action. Instead, Whedon focuses on the characters and their relationships, either to their fellow humans or the enemy itself. You feel for the characters through their actions and words.

I can’t compare this movie to The Dark Knight, and I don’t think anyone could. What I can do, however, is compare this to any and all of Marvel’s films. This is, by far, the greatest Marvel superhero movie. I can’t help but give this a 10 out of 10. This might end up being the best movie of the year.


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