The Avengers review

Joss Whedon
Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Evans
Mark Ruffalo
Chris Hemsworth
Scarlett Johansson
Jeremy Renner
Tom Hiddleston
Samuel L. Jackson
Rated: PG-13

They actually pulled it off.

“The Avengers” is Marvel’s grand film featuring all of the super heroes that it has shown in its previous adaptions including Tony Stark a Iron Man (Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers aka Captain America (Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner who transforms into the Hulk (Ruffalo) and the god from another world Thor (Hemsworth).

The film opens very quickly with Thor’s evil brother Loki arriving on Earth and taking a powerful object called the Tesseract from the world protection agency called SHIELD. Loki’s plan with the Tesseract is to open a portal to outer space and bring a powerful army to invade and conquer Earth. Because of this threat, Nick Fury (Jackson), the director of SHIELD calls upon Iron Man, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Thor and two super SHIELD spy agents Hawkeye (Renner) and Black Widow (Johansson) to battle against Loki (Hiddleston).

The plot line of the movie doesn’t have a ton of depth. The cause and effect structure is very basic with it mainly just being ‘get the tesseract and stop Loki.’ However, the two and a half hours never feel dull and that’s because the depth comes from a different place, it comes from the characters becoming a team. What really strengthens the film is the interactions that happen between the heroes, watching them bicker, get to know each other and eventually work together as a solid fighting force.

The acting is superb and every character feels as they should be. For example Chris Evans does a fantastic job with the Captain America role playing him exactly as he should be, as the good ole American boyscout, the same can be said about Robert Downey Jr. who has already become an established actor for Iron Man, and yet he improves the role even further.

The whole deal over the Hulk was settled firmly here too. While I liked Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo taking over worked out just fine. One new comer who we hadn’t seen before, Hawkeye, doesn’t have to much backstory, however he does fit in nicely with the group and Renner makes him fun to watch especially towards the end when he starts taking names with his bow and arrows.

The best part of all these heroes though is watching them interact. The dialogue is very smartly written and each character feels really natural and believable, something difficult to do when you have a world with one super hero being frozen in ice for decades and another being from another planet. It was also great how well this ensemble cast worked together, it was almost as if this wasn’t their first time all working together with how evenly all of their performances flowed together.

The main villains weren’t that well established with it’s army simply being like mindless attack drones, and even Loki seems more cunning through his mind games than actually through brute force. However as I said before, this movie is about the super heroes and this situation is mainly made as a roadblock to have them learn to cooperate. In it’s own way, “The Avengers” itself is like a giant origins story, which will allow it’s sequel to have a bigger villain.

The special effects are also fantastic. One scene that is particularly breathtaking is where the aircraft carrier that our heroes are on turns out to be the flying fortress, The SHIELD Helicarrier, and gloriously lifts out of the ocean. The battle scenes are also a staple of the film and we get to see all the fights that we would want to see. Thor gets to test his strength against the Hulk, as well as how his hammer matches up against Captain America’s shield.

Eventually we get to see the final climactic battle, watch all the characters fight together, and have great back-to-back moments where they basically work in perfect harmony to defeat the badies. Iron man and Captain America have a really smart way to kill off a few. Every hero get’s their moment to shine and show off their skills too, no one is really over shadowed which in this type of movie is a major plus.

“The Avengers” is truly a great accomplishment. Doing what Marvel did here is outstanding and not only were they able to make this project happen, it turned out just about as perfect as it could be. The writing was smart, the acting was great, the performers had chemistry and the action scenes are what comic book fans have been waiting for decades to happen. It’s a 5 out of 5.


Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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