Review: 'Marvel's The Avengers' is a dream come true Special

Posted May 4, 2012 by Sarah Gopaul
‘The Avengers’ is the culmination of a Marvel movie project that began in 2008 with the release of ‘Iron Man’ and explodes onto the screen with the ultimate assembly of superheroes.
A scene from The Avengers film
A scene from The Avengers film
Marvel' The Avengers is probably the most anticipated superhero movie to be released to date. Having already set a box office record overseas, the North American market was chomping at the bit. With Marvel movie marathons wrapping with sold out midnight screenings of their latest big screen adventure, more records are expected to be broken. And it, without a doubt, lives up to every bit of the hype.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has lost control of the Tesseract to Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who plans to use the cosmic cube to bring intergalactic war to Earth. Unable to challenge the demigod alone, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembles the world's (and universe's) superheroes - a group he named The Avengers. They must work together to avert total chaos and disaster, but there are a lot of trust issues that arise within the small circle. With the fate of the world at stake, they must pull together or watch the human race kneel to the darkness.
This film is everything fans wanted, hoped for and expected. Each of the characters brings his or her unique personality and ability to the narrative. The script is incredibly well-written, containing further character development, memorable dialogue and awesome action sequences. The story starts under pressure with some intense moments before easing off a little. But it's never short on humour, whether overtly witty or somewhat subtler.
Director Joss Whedon, a sort of” King of Geeks,” is so familiar with each of the characters' geneses that he is able to seamlessly draw elements from each history into the narrative. As a result, this is not just an action film. There are a lot of talking scenes, which build the story as well as the anticipation for the final act. Audiences learn more about the heroes they know from previous films as well as the new and former periphery agents.
That said, the action in the picture is remarkably captivating. Watching these giants of comic book lore face off against each other, matching their opponent blow-for-blow, is nothing short of amazing. The most entertaining bout is Iron Man vs. Thor, though there are several battles from which to choose. Of course, they all know how to push each other’s' buttons too. So if they're not physically fighting they're verbally sparring, which is equally amusing.
The cast is not only attractive, but display exceptional talent in portraying their characters. They've embodied their superhero personalities so completely that to see them interacting with each other on screen for the first time is almost overwhelming in its perfection. In a recent interview, Robert Downey Jr. proclaimed "[he] is Iron Man" and there is no refuting his statement, much like his co-stars will forever be associated with their alter egos. This film has assured that. The addition of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk completed the circle, as he demonstrates the appropriate mix of contained power and vulnerability.
However, there has to be special mention of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson, who is the on screen representation of every fanboy and girl in the theatre, and steals the audience's heart in every scene. Scarlett Johansson also delivers a bit of a surprise with her physical prowess and effectiveness in playing the complex Black Widow.
The Avengers is a perfect storm of cast, crew and script that will likely stand unmatched in the comic-to-screen genre for years to come – maybe even forever.
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth