The Avengers was without doubt the best Marvel movie to date! Joss Whedon, its director and writer, was a real genius! The great story of the world’s mightiest heroes was excellently presented with a smart and witty screenplay, awesome visual and aural effects, credible acting, flawless editing and brilliant directing. Watching the film from start to finish was definitely an awesome experience!
Combining stand-alone characters is a pretty hard task to do. But because of Joss Whedon, the characters consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury were pitted into one incredible story that is devoid of any major loopholes created by other superhero movies. Whedon has seamlessly created a world where these characters existed much like what’s seen in the comics. And if you think you know what’s going to happen next after every scene, think again. The movie is full of surprises that may make you feel positively overwhelmed.
I loved the visual effects sci-fi/ fantasy/ action/ adventure films of the past decade had shown the movie audiences. But what’s seen in The Avengers is a whole lot better than most of those movies (best example: The Transformers) because they were not made just to tell the world how good their visual artists or animators were with their creations. Simply put, the amazing visuals seen in the movie were not just for showing off.
I liked how the actors played their characters. Robert Downey, Jr. was brilliant as the humorous self-described genius/ playboy/ philanthropist Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Chris Evans was consistent in his role as the good-natured and serious leader of the Avengers. Chris Hemsworth was believable as the powerful demi-god of thunder Thor. Scarlett Johansson was good as the alluring and fierce spy called Black Widow. Samuel L. Jackson proved that he deserved to be casted as Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tom Fiddleton was still irritating as the main villain, Loki, because he’s that effective in that antagonistic role. Jeremy Renner, meanwhile, was okay as Hawkeye. I had doubts with the casting of Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner aka the Incredible Hulk because I was really hoping for Edward Norton to reprise the role. But my doubts were dispelled as Ruffalo has uncannily embodied the brilliant doctor slash green monster.
As what I have always believed, the story and the screenplay are the two main keys of making a great movie. Without good writing, a movie could hardly be considered worth-watching. Acting or visual effects alone cannot save a badly written movie. Thanks to The Avengers’ foster of exceptional writers (led by its writer/ director Whedon), the movie came out with a great story that is not forced whatsoever just to be linked to the previous movies featuring some of the characters in The Avengers. Moreover, the screenplay was not just fine, it was seriously fun!
The most brilliant aspect of the movie for me, though, is the excellent directing done by Whedon. He was able to re-create a world known only before to a few comic readers or some Marvel fans in a better fashion. Who would have thought juggernaut characters such as Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and Incredible Hulk could be joined together in one live action film? It was done before with the original X-Men movie (with its completely different set of amazing characters), yes, but what sets this apart from that Bryan Singer-directed movie was its faithful character adaptation, complete with correct costumes and superpowers. Whedon was able to stitch in different aspects of the Marvel characters without compromising the movie’s quality. I guess would-be directors of superhero films have a lot to learn from this guy.
If you want a movie that is really worth the time for fun, action and adventure, The Avengers is the movie for you. I bet you’ll surely not regret watching this movie.
THE AVENGERS movie score by the pondering movie fan: 5 out of 5