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The Avengers


By now you’ve probably read a half-dozen – maybe even a dozen – reviews of The Avengers. Obviously that means I have to get my say in before you become incapable of reading any more hype. I promise it’ll at least be slightly different from other reviews.

Grade:

The plot is simple yet complex. I’ll give you the simple. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson*) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) fight Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army of aliens in an effort to gain control of the tesseract, an infinite amount of sustainable energy. That’s all you really need to know going in because they’ll throw a bunch of other stuff at you.

Speaking of the other stuff, it is all completely irrelevant and simple plot filler. We get a complex story as to why S.H.I.E.L.D. wants the tesseract – insert political opinions – and what Loki plans on doing with it. This takes up the first parts of the movie so you end up just waiting for each hero to appear. I wouldn’t go as far to say the back story is as bad as, say Transformers 2 or 3, but it reaches redundant levels.

Next up are the heroes. Downey Jr. is exactly what you’d expect so there is little to say about him and Tony Stark. He provides much of the humor and proves to be the most vital alongside Thor, who becomes my favorite quickly in this film. During Thor’s own film he was only given a small chance to showcase his strength, but writer/director Joss Whedon gave him ample opportunity to seriously outshine the rest of the Avengers. He wasn’t given much story progression, per se, so I am more excited now for Thor 2.

Chris Evans/Captain America was interesting because we were constantly reminded of his very recent introduction to the modern world. It led to some amusing moments, but for someone who was frozen for decades, he adapts well. Hawkeye and Black Widow are, more or less, dealt with in a package deal so I will mention them as such. Personally, I don’t think there is a need for origin films for either one – especially Widow, just see Salt. They were solid side characters here and I felt their presence was nice, but not vital.

Now, the ever-difficult Bruce Banner/Hulk. I openly said I was skeptical of Ruffalo’s casting, but he turned out to be the best part of the Hulk’s Avengers personality. The way Whedon wrote Banner into this story completely undermines everything Edward Norton did to make the character worthwhile. Here he is a feeble scientist unwilling to, well, do anything. With regards to “the other guy” as he was affectionately referred to, he made no sense. At one point, Banner is completely without control and at the next he has a full reign. This phenomenon is not explained and comes out of nowhere.

Lastly, Loki is as excellent as he was in Thor. Hiddleston is one sinister, evil, maniacal, other synonyms person and he plays that role marvelously. The best way I can explain it is every time he is on-screen you want to smack him across the face, which is exactly what you want from a villain.

Ultimately, The Avengers is not without its errors – Stark’s internal reactor goes on and off – but that is not to say the film is bad by any stretch of the imagination. I am not willing to be as fervently positive about the film as most others seem to be (some say better than The Dark Knight, I think not), but I will gladly admit to it being a great superhero film that keeps you entertained and excited throughout. The fact that all of the egos were harnessed and given their equal due is proof of the excellent job Whedon did and makes the film much more enjoyable. Now, go check it out like the rest of the world.

*У вас очень плохой выговор

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