Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston
Directed by Josh Whedon
IMDB Rating: 8.2
A mix of superstar actors, tongue-in-cheek comedy and plenty of explosions make this the blueprint for many superhero movies to come.
The world is in danger when Loki (Hiddleston) steals the Tesseract – a cube with infinite power – in an attempt to take over the planet. In response the international peace keeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D puts into motion the Avengers project. The Avengers project brings together the superheroes of the world – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye (In actor order) – to stop Loki before he can start an alien invasion.
For a film that’s just under two and a half hours long – it barely ever loses your attention. I’ve seen many films that last over two hours when really they could easily be an hour and a half, but there isn’t anything in this movie that I would be willing to miss. For me, the main reason for this movie’s success is not only the huge cast and the characters they play – it’s the way they play off one another. Most of them have played their character in a fairly recent blockbuster movie, with the exception of Mark Ruffalo – making this a kind of ‘Best of Marvel’ movie, straight away feeling like it’s in a higher bracket than other superhero movies. It’s like a discussion you had with your friends when you were 9 playing with action figures – “Who’s better? Iron Man or Thor?”. This, mixed with the comedy back-and-forth between the big egos, makes it easy to feel like a big kid and get away with it – and who doesn’t want that?
Robert Downey Jr. just about edges the battle of the superstars as the billionaire playboy scientist Tony Stark. His smooth arrogance makes him the most fun to watch, even if the acting isn’t necessarily that challenging for the part. Tom Hiddleston also does a good job as the villain Loki – embodying the power crazed, clever but narrow-minded brother of Thor.
Josh Whedon, a huge name in so-called ‘geek culture’ after his work on The Avengers and previous work on such things as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and In Your Eyes (2014) has done a very good job with what was a gold-mine of a story. The action shots are spot on, the satire is great (he worked on the screenplay), and even though it is an outrageous story it has a real enough feel for it to be plausible.
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