The Avengers - Assembled Awesomely

                            If you like superhero movies at all, you’ll absolutely love Avengers. Marvel's The Avengers  is everything, a super-hero movie could hope for - an exciting superhero team-up film packed with memorable moments. While superhero punch-ups and ear-splitting explosions may not seem like anything new, it's also the first ever movie to bring together the characters from multiple other standalone blockbusters (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk), and then attempt to re-group them into a whole new movie franchise of its own.

                         And with director and co-writer Joss Whedon, they couldn’t be in better hands. He’s pulled off the tricky feat of arranging a large ensemble cast and giving everyone a chance to shine, and balancing the showy set pieces. It takes a while to get going, but once Whedon hits his stride, the film runs through a series of frantically entertaining sequences.

      The evil Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has arrived on Earth, intent on conquering humanity – and with an alien army to back him up. Six gifted protagonists – Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Dr Bruce Banner aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – have to conquer themselves, then resolve their heroic-tensions, and finally battle the villain. 

                  The villain has stolen a throbbing translucent blue object called the Tesseract, the all-powerful energy cube found at the bottom of the ocean in "Captain America." . It's an energy source that could destroy Earth. The movie could all be a complete mess, and honestly, the film could be qualified 'great' simply for not falling apart. 

                It is battling egos of the superheroes that bring about most of the comedy and lead to effective actions scenes in which they act at cross purposes. The dialogue sparkles as brightly as the special effects "We are not a team," says ruthless Bruce Banner. "We are a time-bomb." Captain America tries to take down Tony Stark by telling him: "Big man in  a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?" Stark(Downey) replies cooly: "A genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist."

                      The best lines, naturally, go to dryly sarcastic playboy billionaire Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Downey nearly runs away with this whole thing, it just goes to show once again how irresistibly charismatic he can be with the right kind of writing. 

                     In theory, Dr Banner is on the team because of his brainy knowledge of gamma radiation. Mark Ruffalo actually makes Bruce and Hulk interesting, superior to the Eric Bana and Edward Norton incarnations, and his version cleverly locates the big green monster's secret not in the over-rehearsed subject of "anger management" but depression and self-hate. Chris Evans’ old-school Captain America is electric.  

                    The movie also make us look forward to Black Widow, and Hawk Eye movies, as both Johansson and Renner add terrific texture to their characters. Chris Evans and Hemsworth make an intriguing muscle boy-duo, in the final battle. Through it all, Hiddleston is simply good. 

                   Whedon’s skilled playfulness stops the movie from getting too self-referential. There’s far too much merry chaos going on, still Whedon keeps up the energy and keeps it good-humored. But, the best part of hiring Whedon to tackle this movie is the character interaction. The special effects is awesome. One of the best sequence in Avengers is, when Loki’s army pours in from another dimension, a unbroken action shot swoops through the battle to track each Avenger fighting against gigantic flying robo-fish and alien warriors riding space chariots.

                   Its two hour plus running time breezes past thanks to a script that expertly juggles breathtaking action scenes, heart-wrenching drama, a realized threat, and ample, genuinely laugh-out-loud humor. Despite the team's seemingly imbalanced power levels, every character has their infectiously exciting action scenes, with deftly layered, narrative-driven character moments.And, that's the whole point of The Avengers - while they're brought together to fight a global threat, the real challenge - and reward - are the lessons they learn from each other. 
                   The flaws in the film are ones that simply come with the territory of super-hero movies. The film's storyline is pretty basic. Loki is here to conquer the Earth, the Avengers have to stop him, and that's about it. There is so much time needed just to show the team forming and how these iconic characters get along together that a more complex plan by the villain would only make things more complex.

                 This 140-minute sport between gods, monsters, men and supermen packs so much crowd-pleasing colour and humour that it’s impossible not to walk out grinning.

The Avengers - Imdb 


Haricharan Pudipeddi said...

I loved it. Full on entertainment. And like rightly pointed out by you, Stark was the pick of the plot. Funny and charismatic. Here's my review:
Let me know what you think.

Akshy said...

One of the most awaited movies:). Will definitely watch this soon:).

Ramakant Pradhan said...

It's certainly a big cinema movie. Loved the action sequences, especially the last fight. I wouldn't put it among the best of superhero movies though it's definitely worth watching. I felt, at times, the movie could have been named Iron Man & Friend.

Akshay Kumar G said...

Huge huge fan of RDJ, I am so dying to watch the movie. Thanks for the great review, Arun. :)

Rohu said...

A small little something for you..

rahul aggarwal said...

thank you for sharing ive made up my mind to go and watch this movie...needed a kick!!!