Wow. That’s what I’m gonna start with. For a movie we’ve been hyped up about for almost 4 years, The Avengers certainly did not fail to impress and it definitely did not disappoint.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) alongside Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to fight Loki (Tom Hiddlston) who plans to conquer Earth with an extra-terrestrial army.
That’s it, I won’t be saying any more than you already know about the plot. Instead, I’d like to talk about a few things I found special in this movie. First off, the special effects and CGI. As you can imagine, they were mind-blowing but what was nicer is how it seamlessly blended into the real, duping your brain for a second and freeing you from the painstaking questions of trying to figure out how they did that. Instead, you just enjoy it.
Another thing was how the movie isn’t full of cheesy, corny superhero talk which would make you cringe in pain. Instead, it’s a blend of witty, sarcastic and perfectly timed jokes and one-liners tailor-made to suit every character’s, well, character. It makes the movie all the more fluid and upbeat, with The Hulk and Thor for example wiping out hordes of alien soldiers, and then The Hulk, out of nowhere, punches Thor and knocks him off his feet, making you burst into laughter. There are plenty of other scenes which make you laugh out loud and make you thirsty to get as much screen time as possible from each and every character.
Which brings us to the cast, which was absolutely awesome. Everyone from Samuel L Jackson, to Robert Downey Junior and even Cobie Smulders (Robin Cherbatsky actress) made the cast a truly star-studded one, with none of them really taking the spotlight. In fact, you struggle in the movie to figure out who’s the main man (or woman). Captain America is generally regarded as the clueless old-timer and only takes the reigns for a little while to sort of inject some American patriotism and superiority into the movie (like when an American-made Camaro shreds a German-made Audi in Transformers). But, Iron Man was just as integral, The Hulk too and even the team members with no superpowers, Hawkeye and Black Widow were instrumental in the fight against Loki. If I had to choose though, I’d choose Iron Man, and I believe you’ll agree when you watch it.
All in all, the movie really lived up to my expectations. It was an extremely enjoyable and upbeat movie, with enough heartbreak but a lot more ass-kicking. Perhaps, dare I say, it is my favorite superhero movie since The Dark Knight. I know it’s absurd comparing them, but The Dark Knight set a new standard of storytelling and even though The Avengers might not be as game-changing, it most definitely is an absolutely perfect climax to the Marvel superhero build-up over the last few years.
Conclusion: go watch it, ASAP. Also, remember me when Tony Stark talks about Shawarma in the movie.
IMDB preliminary rating: 8.8/10
My Rating: 10/10