When trouble-making Asgardian reject Loki (Tom Hiddleston) launches an attack on Earth, S. H. I. E. L. D. boss Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) decides it’s time to call in the big guns and gathers Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Tom Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) together to form The Avengers, Earths mightiest heroes.
So after four years and five movies building up to the ultimate team up movie, there had been the feeling that this was unfilmable. I mean, how do you get four of the biggest super heroes in the world into one cohesive story without leaving anyone out? Joss Whedon found a way, with the end product being a blast from start to finish. First kudos must go to the script which is full of funny one liners and really allows each character to breathe and develop (of course this is helped with our four main heroes already having a movie each). Every character has their moment, both in the action scenes, dialogue & development.
The performances are as great as you’d expect with almost all the original cast returning to the roles they captured in their individual films, with Mark Ruffalo adding to the talent as the new Bruce Banner/Hulk, who injects some humor into the role as well as quiet intensity. I was also taken back by just how good Tom Hiddlestone was good as Loki, who played pretty much the perfect villain and is clearly evil yet likable at the same time.
There was some concern from me that with all the trailers and clips that we may have seen all the great action scenes. This was not the case and the film certainly had the spectacle to match up to the drama of the heroes getting together. I’m not going to give too much away, but I can almost guarantee that the Incredible Hulk will be your highlight of the movie! If I was to criticize the film, it would be that it did have some pacing issues at the start of the film. Once it gets past that however, the film runs very smoothly and feels much shorter than the 2 hour 20 minute duration it actually is.
In summary, Joss Whedon has not only near enough perfected the super hero movie, he’s near enough perfected the blockbuster movie in general. The film is an action packed spectacle with some great humor and one or two nice character moments which I can’t recommend highly enough. The Avengers have assembled and it is glorious.
Just realised I never mentioned the 3D. Know why? Because it didn’t really make much of a difference. If it’s available in 2D, go for that as i’ts cheaper and you don’t have to wear the silly glasses!