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The Avengers Review

Posted in 5 Stars with tags , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by russellsreviews

There has been a lot of comic books made in the last decade. Some had new updates for a younger generation and others stayed tired and true with a touch of dark realism. A successful formula was established and each one tends to follow that path. The Avengers has even a bigger and nearly impossible task than all of those of combining already established heroes with their own formula and universe already in place. These kind of events are common place in comics, but never before have been tried to be put on film. Can this film come close to the insane expectations placed upon it? Rest easy fans because not only did The Avengers delivered, but reached a new level that all comic films should be judged.

The Avengers is the best team up movie ever made. The X-Men movies were really good in their own way, but they might as well called them Wolverine with friends. It was wise choice for those movies, because Wolverine is the most popular X-man. This isn’t X-men. It’s Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor’s movie. These guys already have their own star power and each need a chance to shine and a reason to be there. The director/writer Joss Whedon couldn’t have put together a better feeling of this is a team of unique individuals putting differences aside to team up.

The movie was more from Shield’s Nick Fury perspective of trying to form the team rather than favoring one hero over the other. The move ultimately gave a greater importance of the team gathering and a bigger payoff when they finally do work together. The Avengers works as a film even if you have no prior knowledge of any of the other movies because of this idea. Actor Tom Hiddleston does another noteworthy job of Loki of not only with a stand out performance, but gives the story a weight for the need for the heroes to form a partnership to begin with.

The Avengers clicks on every level. Every moment you wished and wanted to see are there. Joss Whedon is known for witty banter and you have that in spades here. Captain America says what he should say. Nothing feels forced. All conversations between the heroes is smart and has a natural flow to them. Besides the dialogue, the other achievement was just how good the action was. Other comic films had great battles that fit the character, especially the Spiderman films come to mind, but the action here felt ripped from the comics. When you see a great fight scene in a comic or a cartoon you think yeah that’s awesome, but that could never work in real life or on the big screen. You can’t say that anymore. The word epic gets thrown around too much nowadays, but the Avengers fight scenes are truly epic. By the way, if this movie doesn’t prove to everyone that the Hulk is an interesting character who deserves another chance I don’t know what will.

I applaud Joss Whedon for pulling this off. The Avengers set the bar high that you can have a great comic movie and keep all of the comic book style and make it great where everyone can love it. I would say even that the characters were written more like themselves than they did in their own movies and even breathed new life into less popular ones like the Hulk. You will have a blast seeing this movie and if your a comic fan your nerd heart will grow twice in size.

5 STARS

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