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The Avengers (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | May 7, 2012 | 1 Comment

3 stars

Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to stop Thor’s brother Loki from destroying the world with the Tesseract .

The wait is over. But was the four years of watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor worth it? Let’s just say I was hoping for a little more. There’s action galore in The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s new film. Whedon himself has described the film as having a three act structure. I completely agree, but that’s the problem with the film: it’s too structured.The first act (the worst of the three) could have lost twenty minutes and nothing important would have been lost. Nothing of course, except Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor beating each other up while spitting hasty one liners at each other.

The second act of the film is a lot better; the Avengers are finally united and they battle Loki, Thor’s evil brother (played with a Shakespearean fizz by the up and coming Tom Hiddelston who you might recognize from The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, War Horse or Midnight in Paris). My description of the second act sounds very been there, done that, but it’s not. Whedon manages to pull it off and hurtle the action onto the screen with great skill.

The third and final act is the best. Anybody who’s ever wanted to watch seven different superheros go head to head with a villian played by one of the great modern British actors (it’s a lot of fun watching Robert Downey Jr. and Hiddelston spar with each other while battling) and an army of aliens will get their money’s worth. The action goes on and on and on, but it never loses it’s comic vibe or how-did-they-do-that CG.But even if the second and third acts are enjoyable, you have to admit as with any superhero movie (except Richard Donner’s Superman and maybe one or two others) there’s not a lot to think about. Actually there’s nothing to think about except for one liners, crazy action scenes, and evil gods. The story is slim, no matter which way you look at it: superheros come together to save the world. Sometimes they clash their egos, sometimes they yell at each other, sometimes they punch bad guys, but never ever do they sit down for a quiet moment to just think about what’s happened (except for after alllllll the credits).

There’s really only one redeeming factor about this movie and in my opinion it’s why anybody even bothers to go to these crazy movies: the action. Whedon let’s it kick in full throttle especially in the third act, which is a lot of fun. The action is THRILLING. THRILLING. It’s absolutely amazing but if that’s all you’ve got for me, Whedon, Marvel, superheros then I’m… done.

My favorite character is Iron Man because he’s played with charisma by the charming Robert Downey Jr. and he’s by far the funniest character in the movie.

My favorite scene is the climax because the 3-D came right up in your face only at key moments (it did the same throughout the whole film) and the Avengers finally worked as a team.

The Avengers is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference and I agree.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is a lot of fun, but in terms of story it’s underwhelming. However the effects are spectacularly overwhelming (and the 3-D is wonderful).

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One Response to “The Avengers (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Abid
    May 8th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    I like your review which captured the most important points that I have in mind. Action scenes seem to be boring after awhile because of repetition. I agree with rating.

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