Thursday, 10 May 2012

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The Avengers 3D [Review]

Opinion: B+

Uniting six of Marvel's superheroes in an ultimatum film will be the standard to beat for the subsequent blockbuster summers to come. You can't ask for more especially when the screen time shared between the six is well managed by Director Joss Whedon amidst quality visual effects in substance and style. Fans and non-fans of the comic books should indulge well in the likeable characters and their witty bantering. Irrefutably the top blockbuster achiever thus far.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, 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.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

While it's a common perception that hardly any superhero flick will flop at the summer box office, it is observed that it's never easy to make one that's overwhelmingly well-received. By that, it also includes the praises showered by film critics, mind you.

Some of the few examples that surface in mind instantly are the likes of Christopher Nolan and Sam Raimi, who both envisioned the comic material beyond expectations when translated onto the silver screen. Not many can even come close albeit recalling a recent example in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.

While The Avengers may not be as sombrely deep-dwelling in plot as The Dark Knight or X-Men: First Class, Whedon picked up the good points from the various Marvel films (Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger) and vastly improved in his film. Witty scripting is evident as interesting dialogues (mostly fronted by Tony Stark) fill the film with entertainment value besides the ├╝ber-slick visual effects by ILM.

"Shakespeare in the park. Doth your mother know you weareth her drapes?", joked Stark on Thor.

"He's my brother", Thor defended Loki.
"He killed eighty people in two days", ensued Romanoff.
"He's adopted", Thor says it all.

Photography is great on clarity and composition, kudos to Seamus McGarvey (of Atonement fame) who delivered great visual relaying from slow dialogue scenes to rapid action sequences. There is an interesting in-vehicle p.o.v. shot when the vehicle overturns due to the excessive force by a nearby explosion. Nice camera work there.

As for 3D, nothing came out of the third dimension but nothing was hindered by it as well.

The original music by Alan Silvestri (Van Helsing, The Polar Express) is passable but not distinctly memorable. Sound design and mixing are some of the best in the genre, noting how difficult it is to actually devise and mix the various signature sounds of each of the superheroes.

While it sure is saturated with fun and hilarity, what differentiates The Avengers from any other expensive blockbuster fireworks extravaganza is the theme that it focuses upon in pivot and allowing it to instill spirit and greatness. The key highlight is definitely how the superheroes conquered differences and learn to co-exist among one another's specialty and personality as a team. One satisfying scene that captures their team spirit sees Captain America managing egos by leading the team with tactical orders according to each's strength.

It's a brilliant way to allow each of them screen time throughout the story arc. Jammed pack with intense action, witty dialogues, and likeable characters, The Avengers is no mindless visual spectacle that some are afraid it might turn out to be prior its release.

Whedon, looks like you've truly unleashed Hulk Smash at the cinemas this summer.

(PS: Don't forget to stay behind till mid-credits for some hints on the sequel's antagonist.)


  1. Awesome review. I loved, LOVED this movie. Whedon is a geek god and since he has written for Marvel, he knows this world like none of the previous directors did. His dialogue is something that he is known for. Here they teach entire college courses on Whedon's writing. This could have been an overwhelming mess, but Joss knows how to build a team, then break them and have them rise again as a more cohesive unit. His previous outings with Buffy and her Scoobies as well as the crew of Serenity are super examples of this.

  2. I thought it was just brilliant. Whedon blended story, action, and characters perfectly. It's been a long time since I wanted to see a movie again in the theater, but now I can't wait to go see The Avengers again.


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