Published on July 25th, 2013 | by Allan Brown0
The Avengers Review
Movie Review: The Avengers 3D (2012)
Running Time: 143 mins
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgard,
Plot: When Loki steals the Tesseract and threatens Earth with an army of alien soldiers, Nick Fury is forced to call on The Avengers to help save mankind.
For some this film represented one of the most anticipated films of all time. The build up and character cross pollination that was drip fed to audiences through Marvels stand alone movies) is testament to the vision of Marvel Studios forward thinking and is perhaps one of the most skilful marketing campaigns of all time.
When the film finally arrived in 2006 it went on to smash several box office records worldwide becoming the third highest grossing film of all time.
Whilst The Avengers has a classic comic book plot and is often fun, there is unfortunately nothing original or inspiring about it. The key factors to what make a film work, like drama and character development are sadly all but lacking and the plot (if you can even call it that) is so one-dimensional and repetitive that it quickly becomes tiresome, verging on boring. When there is no elaborate CGI action set piece on screen to wow the audience that is when the cracks really begin to show. Yes it’s has its moments, but all in all, the film feels like more of a novelty than anything else.
With that said, the film does have a few saving graces that sets it aside from the usual Marvel fanfare, and simply must be complimented on balancing so many lead characters and egos on screen at once. The quick witted bickering and comedic interaction between the main players; Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor is handled with such skill and comedic flare that the results are often comedy gold. It has to be said the movies refusal to take itself to seriously gives it a boost of revitalisation and fun as it runs through its otherwise tedious narrative, one monotonous plot device at a time.
Summary: Avengers Assembles is action packed, fun and often hilarious and remains a bold formula that could have so easily have failed. However with that said, it plays safe with an overly generic plot line that I at least have seen once to often. A better script and narrative would have pulled this risky yet successful comic book movie from being just good to being great.