This review contains s few spoilers! If you don’t want parts of the movie ruined stop reading!!
You have been warned!!
There is really only one word to describe Joss Whedon’s Avengers! That word would be EPIC! I should by stating that I am a fan girl so my review may be slightly biased. I love all things comic book, video game, fantasy, supernatural and Joss Whedon! So you can imagine my delight when the news was released that Joss would be directing and involved in the story writing process. My instant response was “Its about time!” To this I mean, it is about time the big wigs in Hollywood made the correct choice. They chose someone who would get it right! Someone that would be more concerned with the characters and story than with the money that could be made. Someone that would be concerned with how that fans of the comics would feel about the movie after it was over. Joss was the exact man for the job. He knows these characters, almost as well as Stan Lee. He watched them evolve on the pages as he grew up. To Hollywood I say, “Bravo! You have finally made the right decision and I have not lost all my faith in you!”
Tom Hiddleston’s ability to play a crazed lunatic hell-bent on taking over the world yet still kind of like and feel for him was stunning. Loki is so overwhelmed with his feelings of vengeance and abandonment that he only knows one way to deal. Take over the Earth. But as the audience you kind of feel bad for the guy as psychotic as he is.
I have heard many people give Mark Ruffalo a hard time about his Hulk portrayal. But I have to disagree. I think he was spot on. Mark’s Hulk was wary, calculated and uneasy. A man uncomfortable in his own skin. Which is exactly who I picture him to be, well the Bruce Banner ego anyway. I do agree with some things that I have read about why the two stand alone films did not work. Entertainment Weekly said it best when they said that he is so big that he is better in small doses.
The chemistry between Robert Downy Jr. and Chris Evans was electric. I really would like to see the Civil War story line on the big screen to see the two of them duke it out on opposing sides of the issue. That would be something amazing to see.
They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice but it did this weekend with Chris Hemsworth embodying the Norse God Thor. Once again he owned the roll. I will admit that when I first heard he was chosen for the Thor stand alone film I was little nervous. I thought that Alexander Skarsgard would have been a better choice. Mainly for the look than anything else. But we know why they pay the casting people the big bucks. They made the right choice and it showed again in this film.
Scarlett Johansen once again as the spy, this time accompanied by Jeremy Renner was spectacular. They both were. I do have to say that I am happy the previews did not show Hawkeye on the villain side. It was a well earned surprise. Both when he is turned and then turned back. I would love to see him with his own movie but I do not think that he is character is “big” enough for his own film.
I think that my favorite part is they was the Joss and the writers showed us Agent Coulson as a fanboy. Every fanboy and girl in the audience could relate to him. Relate to his awe of Captain America. No matter who you are, if you meet your hero you will turn into a geeky, awestruck fanboy. I loved it. I am sad that he will not be anymore of the films, but I understand why it was done. The Averngers needed something to get behind. Something to avenge, to get them started. But I admit that I cried as if I lost me dog. RIP Agent Coulson.
Mr. Samuel L. Jackson, there really are no words to describe his awesomeness. So I will leave it at that.
But I think the thing that held it all together was the levity in the film. Joss and the other actions did not take themselves too seriously. They incorporated comedy into it. WIth quick jabs at each other (Hulk punching Thor), a few slams (Hulk tossing Loki) and a few jokes.
I hope that Hollywood employs the same great minds for the next flick. Especially with Thanos as new villain!!
This movie was quite possibly THE BEST comic book film EVER. I would hope that the world would give recognition where it is due and honor Joss in some way. An award, a pile of money, heck even his very own unicorn. He deserves it!