Movie Review: ‘The Avengers’ proves to be the perfect summer blockbuster

By Nathan Gordon | ng312310@ohiou.edu | @GordonRises
The Avengers | Directed by Joss Whedon | Rated PG-13


First Words

Ever since Iron Man was released in 2008, the anticipation for The Avengers began to increase rapidly. 4 YEARS LATER AND THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME! The Avengers has finally been released for all of us to potentially enjoy. With that said, after seeing the movie once, I felt it was a must that I see it again less than 24 hours later.

Plot
After making a deal with the alien race, the Chitauri, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) attempts to go steal the Tessaract from S.H.E.I.L.D. for the Chitauri. In exchange for the Tessaract, the Chitauri agree to help Loki take over Earth. Once the stealing of the Tessaract is a success, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and the rest of S.H.E.I.L.D., is forced to gather up Earth’s greatest heroes to form the Avengers to stop Loki and the Chitauri. Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must overcome the tension created from trying to work together to get the job done.

Positives
ENTERTAINING! ENTERTAINING! ENTERTAINING! The Avengers used the perfect amount of comedy to make its 2 hours, 23 minutes running time fly by. When your favorite Marvel characters weren’t on the screen fighting their enemies, or even each other, they were taking turns trying to get some laughs out of the audience. Expectedly, the action disappeared while the Avengers were assembled, but other than that, throughout the movie all the heroes were given their chance to show off their strengths. Lately, action movies like to end off with an epic battle scene that takes place in the middle of a city and destroying plenty of buildings throughout; The Avengers isn’t any different, but it’s still done well. My enjoyment for it was up there with the battle scene at the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Viewing the movie in IMAX 3D makes the whole experience even better. The combination of IMAX screen with the 3D makes it almost feel like you’re in the movie.

A few characters stood out among the rest of the pack. Once again, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Starks brought his same personality he had in both Iron Man films. His consistency with the character really paid off, especially when he delivered one funny line after another.

When it came to the action, The Hulk was easily the most fun to watch. His relentless, destructive style of fighting was very entertaining. Every move he did was quick but very destructive and powerful. This Hulk is easily the best portrayal so far.

Lastly, Tom Hiddleston as Loki was great. Compared to his performance in Thor, Loki felt more evil and menacing. It was shown through his facial expressions and the way he delivered his lines.

Negatives
When you have such a great movie, you don’t want to admit where the faults occur. Although small, there are still a few there.

First off, I was bothered by how some of the dialogue used for the story development was hard to follow. So many, as some people would say, “big, scientific words” were used at some points that I became a little confused at what they were talking about. I’m not saying the script should have been completely dumbed down, but I’m sure there are easier ways to say the same thing they wanted to say so that it’s understandable to more people.

Although all the Avengers were given their time to shine, it almost seemed like Thor was the hero that was forgotten at some points. He had his moments, but when he was fighting with the rest of the Avengers, I almost forgot he was there. It even seemed like Joss Whedon and the team of writers didn’t work on focusing on his character as much as they did with the others. They quickly skimmed over how Thor returned to Earth when in the Thor movie, it was made out to seem like it would be much harder for him to return to Earth in the future.

Last Words
I could ramble on and on about how I enjoyed The Avengers. I could ramble on and on about how good its $200 million opening weekend is, but I’m not even going to start on that. It’s hard to say if it lived up to the hype because I personally set the bar pretty high, but I don’t care because it’s still really enjoyable. Unfortunately, in my book, it’s still not a perfect 5, but that doesn’t change how much of a must-see this is. What a great way to start off the summer blockbusters.

And we still have The Dark Knight Rises to look forward to in 2 months.

RATING: 4.5/5

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