May 06, 2012

The Avengers -- brief review

Y'know, I've read back through some of my past movie reviews and thought, "Does anyone really care what I think about them?" I hope some do, but I came to the conclusion that I don't think my opinion warrants a long, drawn-out verbose opinion piece. So, let's keep this short and simple!


The film is probably just what you'd expect: A lot of snarky one-liners, with attempts to give equal time to all of the main characters. Story takes a back seat to all-out action, but the story is good enough that you won't disappointed.

Robert Downey Jr. steals the show. By far the best actor of all the Marvel superhero characters, he doesn't disappoint. He's just like he was in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 -- showing off his brain power and snappy patter at every opportunity. And a new twist: Stark and Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) are an item now! Very cool.

Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) possibly stole the show. I read one review (can't find the link now) which stated Renner was sorely underutilized; I agree. His actions sequences, in my view, were hard to top. He truly epitomized what Hawkeye is ... and should be. Wow.

Joss Whedon knows his comics. The team was just what any Avengers-phile expects: A collection of egos which sometimes explode at the wrong times. How many issues of Earth's Mightiest have you read which show a few team members battling each other? Yep, quite a few. And the scuffle between Iron Man and Thor (and ultimately thwarted by Capt. America) exemplified that to a perfect tee. Whedon did a masterful job of giving each character his due, and the interactions between each was next to perfect. A little testosterone tension between Cap and Tony Stark? Yep. The Hulk and Thor? Done. Sexual tension between the Black Widow and Hawkeye? Sure.

The Chitauri were mere cannon fodder. This is a shame since in the comics (The Ultimates, actually) they actually had infiltrated Earth hundreds of years ago in their clandestine attempts to gain power here. They were shape-changers, essentially the Ultimate Universe Skrulls. In the film, the were reduced to Loki's lackeys, there merely for the Avengers to beat the crap out of. It worked, but for those who wanted a more in-depth story, it's disappointing.

There will be a sequel. You don't have to wait through all the closing credits to find this out; we see the defeated Chitauri all pissed off licking their wounds and verbally pontificating that Earth (and humans) are strong, not weak. When one of them mentions "death," we see a looming large character slowly turn his head and eerily smile -- Thanos. HOOO boy!

Posted by Hube at May 6, 2012 09:38 AM | TrackBack

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Yeah Hulk! He and Iron Man stole the show in my opinion .. I'm planning on seeing this again once the crowds die down

Posted by: Jason Namsten at May 6, 2012 09:04 PM

Good review, Hube! I really enjoyed the movie myself, and also felt that Hawkeye was underused since he spent most of the film brainwashed by Loki. Do you think the Infinity Gauntlet will be involved in a future film? I seem to remember it being in Odin's throne room in "thor."

Posted by: Carl at May 8, 2012 02:00 AM

Carl: I most definitely do think the Infinity Gauntlet will be used. It's all set up perfectly. I'd like to see the story where Thanos has that huge space ark and tries to extinguish our sun. That'd be a perfect "cosmic-level" story for a sequel!

Posted by: Hube at May 8, 2012 09:12 AM