For goofy superhero fun, The Avengers is not a bad ride at all, but I still prefer Director Joss Whedon’s other work from this year “Cabin In The Woods.”
The Avengers is the summation (but by no means the end of the franchise) of several movies based on Marvel comic book superheroes. Faced with the certain destruction of earth, by the outcast Viking god Loki (Tom Hiddleston,) Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brashly assembles a motley crew of fighters to battle the oncoming threat.
While at first their egos and talents don’t mix, they learn through strife their combined unit is much stronger than the evil facing them.
Robert Downey Jr; Mark Ruffalo; Chris Evans; Scarlett Johansson; Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner are respectively Ironman; The Hulk; Captain America; Black Widow; Thor and Hawkeye. We’ve seen all the characters separately in films to varying degrees of success except for master archer Hawkeye and super spy Black Widow.
The first act drags. Vocal yawns could be heard while Nick Fury spends much time setting up the conflict and garnering his superteam. The all out battle to follow is a respectable reward for the exposition and rising action.
It’s easy to fall victim to superhero cliché, and while The Avengers does in order to appeal to the masses, there is still pleasure to be taken from the stellar eye candy special effects.
If not for the comic relief of The Hulk, this would have been a much lesser film. Captain America handing Hulk the simple command to “smash” makes up for just about all the missteps.
Here’s another quick way of looking at The Avengers franchise. If I were to rank the films in this series so far, it would go like this:
Ironman 2 (2010)
The Avengers (2012)
Captain America (2011)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Hulk (2003)
Stick around through the end credits for the culinary payoff. Avengers need to eat too.