The Avengers - Review

Two awesome "Iron Man" movies that catapulted Downey Jr. to icon status, a surprisingly well made "Thor" movie, a "Captain America" movie that avoids making this hero look silly but believable and great! And last but not least a "Incredible Hulk" movie that establishes the green giant as a weapon of mass destruction (and entertainment). They all led to this gigantic project of a superhero movie, that most of the time seemed to be just too big and too impossible to realize.
Finally this mammoth of a movie has been made, but does a combination of the previous great Marvel movies mean that "The Avengers" is therefore even better and more awesome?! Is a team-up movie of those iconic heroes even realizable, without crumbling under the project's own weight?
Does "The Avengers" work?!


The plot:
Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). When global security is threatened by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (source: IMDb)

Considering that "The Avengers" is not only a team-up of several Marvel heroes, it is also a combination of each of the seperate Marvel movies' plotlines. While it's not entirely necessary to have seen all of the previous Marvel heroes' movies, "The Avengers" starts very quickly with the plot, obviously expecting that the audience already knows what went on in the previous flicks. Even non-converted Marvel fans without any previous knowledge can easily get into the flow of things but for the FULL EFFECT of this movie i would say it's at least recommended to have seen: "Iron Man 1", "Captain America" and "Thor".

For an epic conclusion and lead-up of all the previous Marvel flicks, the pretty simple plot of "The Avengers" might seem a bit too simple for some. But surprisingly enough, director Joss Whedon managed to fill and more importantly EXPAND the plot through very clever and smart character development, confrontations and collaborations between the heroes. "The Avengers" is definitely smarter than it seems.

The REAL problem of making an "Avengers" movie always was "how to put so many iconic heroes into ONE movie without focusing too much on a specific one"? I congratulate Joss Whedon for even having the courage to direct such a monster of a movie, and even more for blending all those different plotlines and heroes so seemlessly together. Each hero in the team feels important. Not one of them (well except maybe Black Widow a little bit) feels out of place. Every hero gets enough screentime and action to please the fans.
BALANCE BETWEEN THE what is the most difficult thing to accomplish when making an "Avengers" movie...but Joss Whedon succeeded.

He understands comics and knows how to make a movie out of that source material. He knows how to pull off gags and mock the heroes and their looks but at the same time stay true to the original comics to please fans.

I was always worried about whether or not a team-up between a robot-armored-man, a god, a green monster, a super soldier, and two "very-special" forces agents could even be included into ONE movie. The sheer idea sounded bonkers.
You know that you are a VERY talented director if you can pull something like this off --> Joss Whedon is VERY talented.

The acting is of course top notch. A cast with almost every original actor from the previous Marvel flicks (except Edward Norton as the Hulk) alone is very hard to get together, but they did it. Every actor gives his best and fits his/her role like a glove.
Mark Ruffalo as the (yet again) new Bruce Bana/Hulk does very good and made me completely forget about Edward Norton's Hulk from the "Incredible Hulk".
Oh and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark...damn...if you thought he was funny in the "Iron Man" haven't seen anything. "The Avengers" most definitely shows Tony Stark at his absolute finest. The definitive Downey Jr. movie!
This might lead to the point in which you realize that the movie slightly tends to give Downey Jr. most of the screentime, but it never feels unjustified or "overly" focused on him.

(That doesn't mean that Downey Jr. gets all the gags. The comedy is all over the place in this movie. And soooo well placed and timed!)

The only minor negative aspect is Cobie Smulders (aka Robin from HIMYM) as Agent Maria Hill. She does well but she has barely a bigger role in this movie than a secretary for Samuel Jackson. She could easily be replaced by any other actress. In my opinion, she only distracts people from the movie's feel by just...well...who in the theater DID NOT say at least once "oh...isn't that Robin?". But anyway.

The action is fantastic! There are more fights and battles to count. Even between the heroes themselves, as it is common-knowledge that when super-heroes meet for the first time: they fight.
The battles are extraordinarily well choreographed and especially the final battle in Manhattan sent goose bumps all over my body. That rarely happened to me while watching a movie. The final battle is just so F**CKING well put together and just so epic that i (honestly!) had to pull myself together not to cry out of pure happiness about my expectations being WAAAAAAAAY surpassed.

Oh and the effects, the effects in "The Avengers" are easily the best CGI-effects i have seen for a long time. Considering the scale and the sheer quantity of the battles...i am just blown away. While the heavy destruction might remind some of the "Transformers"-effects, they don't hold a candle to the effects seen here.
"The Avengers" would have been impossible without excellent CG-effects on such a large scale...and it's pulled off masterfully.

Even the 3D is pulled off pretty well without blurring too much during fast battle scenes. Again, i think that watching ANY movie nowadays in 3D is absolutely unnecessary. "The Avengers" does pretty good with the 3D effects.

Overall, this gigantic, long awaited nerdgasm of a super-hero movie is just...too good to be true. I am still blown away how such a movie is able to work so smoothly. While i am sure that there are many people who are skeptical about such a comic movie that combines such very different heroes, "The Avengers" doesn't have to follow the gritty, hyper-realistic "Dark Knight" formula.
"The Avengers" is a movie built on its own unique universe and style. The viewer has to understand that this flick works far more on a comic-book-sort of logic rather than realism (Dark Knight). Even for non-comic fans this movie will be (at least) pure entertainment. Yet still, i really recommend watching the previous Marvel flicks to ensure your full enjoyment.

While "The Avengers" is an incredibly long movie, i guarantee that you will NEVER get bored...NEVER!
All my respects go to every cast member and especially Joss Whedon for making this final conclusion and long awaited project a reality. It's funny, action-packed, and most importantly very true to the comics that we fans love so so much.

I always thought that "The Dark Knight Rises" will without a doubt be the best comic movie this year but seriously..."The Avengers" is really giving Christopher Nolan's Batman conclusion a run for its money!
I don't like to compare them, but next to "The Dark Knight", "The Avengers" is EASILY the best superhero movie out there.

FIVE movies leading up to a gigantic team-up that has been awaited for so many years...actually works. The long wait was worth it. It's a dream come true: "The Avengers".

Final Verdict: 9 out of 10

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