The Avengers Movie Review – Everything We Could Have Wanted

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“The Avengers” movie attempts to do what no superhero film has done before, combine four epic heroes with stories of their own as a single team. It took seven years for Marvel to build up it’s character films for Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America.

We got to learn how each hero came to be, as well as who our personal favorites might be. The question is does “The Avengers” film do our heroes justice? It’s a really difficult task because you have so many leading characters fighting for on screen time, but Joss Whedon seems to have found the right balance.

Whedon does what he does best, he takes diverse characters and fuses them into a gratifying story. We get to see the main storyline unfold with aliens invading earth and you wonder who winds up taking the lead. The answer is THE TEAM!

Thor’s malevolent brother, Loki comes to Earth to steal a device that will help aliens from another dimension enslave the human race. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury assembles his Shield team to stop the hell bent villain. Tension among the team is high and nobody gets along at first. Once tragedy strikes, the focus is set and the Avengers truly assemble.

While Whedon has given us a detailed and entertaining plot, character is king. Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Black Widow, The Hulk and Hawkeye are all given equal amounts of time to shine. Whedon humanizes each character through his signature banter – and what great banter it is. Whedon’s dialogue is razor sharp, layered and hysterical. He is smart to let us get comfortable with each member apart from the collective, making it so much more enjoyable when they do assemble side-by-side.

This cast works really well together. Each actor brings out the human side of their super hero persona. From Downey to Ruffalo, you’ll leave the theater remembering the performances more than the spectacle.

Although “The Avengers” has some of the best special effects we’ve seen yet in a summer blockbuster, they are never overwhelming. Marvel is wise to not take a “Transformers” route and have the film just be about the glitzy SFX. There’s a nice balance between the drama and the action; every set piece outdoes the previous one, leading up to a spectacular nail-biting final act.

If you aren’t one already, “The Avengers” just might make a comic book geek out of you. “The Avengers” is a game changer, setting the summer blockbuster bar to new heights.

Make sure to watch the scene after the credits, a whole new can of worms is about to be unleashed with a capital “T”!

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