Marcus Reviews The Avengers

6 May

Synopsis:

(As if this even really needs a synopsis lol)

Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

What I Liked:

Joss Whedon deserves a medal because not only did he make this work but he made this work WELL. His direction was inspired, the pacing was seamless (you barely feel the 2 and a half hours) and the script was top notch. Everything that works about this movie in some way comes back to Joss Whedon showing that he is more than capable of handling big budget Hollywood films with pizazz, wit and relative ease.

I don’t say this often when watching comic book films but watching The Avengers actually felt like I was reading an Avengers hardcover graphic novel. Everything from the set pieces to the one liners/comedic beats felt like it was straight out of a comic book. You can tell a true comic book fan made this movie.

Touching back on the script, Joss Whedon really did a great job of not only perfectly balancing funnier, more lighthearted moments (which were all GENUINELY funny I might add) with intense ones but also truly captured the spirit of every character. There was never a moment in this movie where one of them acted out of character and because of that it all just blended together marvelously (pun intended).

Speaking of characters, every actor/actress in this movie perfectly embodied their counterparts. If you weren’t convinced after watching their solo movies you will be after seeing this. Every last one of them were spot on and really made me that much more excited to see them in future releases. Mark Ruffalo especially stole the show as he not only showed that he’s the best Bruce Banner to date but also reminded any of us who might’ve forgot just how completely BAD ASS The Hulk really is (there’s a moment between him and Loki that you’d have to be a zombie not to laugh/cheer at).

The Avengers serves as the first comic book movie focusing on a group that I’ve ever seen that legitimately feels like it’s a team effort. In a movie with so many massive egos often times in the same scene together it could’ve been so easy to make certain characters seem more important than the others and yet Whedon manages to focus on the team as a whole and let them shine together. Sure they all have their individual moments of awesome but it never feels like they’re trying to one up each other, instead every move seems to fit together in a cohesive plan to protect the Earth.

Did I say that the action set pieces were impressive? Because they truly are a sight to behold. By the first fight sequence it truly does grab you and never truly lets go so by the time you get to the final act of the movie you’re already on the edge of your seat.

Thank the good lord for Scarlett Johansson looking beyond scrumptious in her Black Widow outfit. DAT ASS!

What I Didn’t Like:

The fact that it wasn’t 3 hours because I GLADLY would’ve watched more

Overall:

The Avengers serves as a shining example of what a fully realized superhero film looks like. Joss Whedon crafted this film as if he was trying to make a statement to everyone who’s ever doubted his ability to handle a big budget film and with help of a very dedicated cast of A list actors I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing a lot more Whedon in the future. The dialogue is as intelligent as it is genuinely hilarious, the action set pieces are deliciously bombastic and the characterization is very well done. Simply put The Avengers is everything that we needed it to be and after over 5 years of build up it feels DAMN good to say that it lives up to every last bit of the hype. The Avengers 2 can’t come soon enough in my eyes. Thank you Joss Whedon, Thank you.

P.S. Stay after all the way through the credits for two little treats that will both excite and greatly amuse you.

Rating: A+

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