Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
Run Time: 142 min
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-fi
It was the year 2008; the movie was Iron Man! As it neared its end, there entered Tony Stark/Iron Man greeted by Jarvis and near the window stood Nick Fury. He put in the Avengers Initiative. That day made me believe that we are going to have the biggest superhero movie ever made in the next few years. And ultimately in 2012, we got, The Avengers! A movie that changed the definition for WOW significantly! And also it managed to raise the bar for superhero movies now.
The movie starts off directly into the plot where Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Norse God returns to acquire the Energy Cube (Tessaract), the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents found under the ocean, and bring war to earth. As the situation worsens, Nicky Fury (Samuel L Jackson) makes a call to all the Avengers. They assemble up to end the war and finally defeat and stop Loki from his ill intentions. An edge-of-the-seat experience, where you hold your breath at every moment, as the movie brings in more surprises with the new elements never before used in action movies.
I kind of knew that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) would be stealing the show, which he totally owned in the first half. He always did everything in style. But still, not one character looked under-stated. Everyone had their contribution. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) was really a surprise and she indeed played her role pretty well. Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) brought in a new side of Bruce Banner which totally changed the old boring personality he had been portrayed in the earlier movies. The beautiful and sensuous Scarlett Johansson played the Black Widow character, a bad-ass spy with a soft heart, with grace and dexterity. Her role also was given those pretty sharp dialogues making her look elegant. Samuel L. Jackson never disappoints, no matter what role he plays. The others, Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) also put in their share of the superhero thingy that made the whole movie look complete.
This movie had the best CGI I ever came across in any movie, which didn’t look all over the place, the way it was in Transformers: Dark of The Moon. The action sequences, the one-on-one fights all looked sensible and real. There were no overrated fights, which look totally impossible to digest and there were no obnoxious display of power. The first thing I noticed as the movie started was the sound editing. The movie had a great introduction about the situation they were going to face, which gave everyone a premonition to hold on to their seats and expect it to be remarkable. Humor was something which was smart, sophisticated and spontaneous. None looked like they had been intentionally put. As the movie went on with all the superheroes being brought in one by one, each of them was exhibited with something awe-worthy. There is this one scene (NOT a spoiler) where Iron Man, Thor and Captain America face off, where it straightens our belief that each of them are better than the other. The dialogs are all very witty and thought upon which makes every character look refined. The story was able to make that connection with the audience, thanks to Zak Penn, the co-writer, who had great imagination for many other movies of marvel. As The Hulk showed up, he snatched away the spotlight from Iron Man. Near the end, a part comes up where all the Avengers stand back to back in a circle, and prepare to fight with the incoming attacks from the Alien Race. This is that moment in the movie, where you swell up and can’t contain that happiness, which is really something the director would want from his viewers. The following scenes make justice to this delightful moment you are set into. In one scene you can see Stan Lee himself in the news, when the fight gets over.
After the movie ended there was an adrenaline rush with the last fight scene which in my opinion is the best filmed ever for an action sequence. This movie included almost every genre, a movie was made upon. I would add the genre of comedy to this movie because there was humor in every part. It was a total roller coaster ride, with the elements changing so quickly and the screenplay going from drama to action to comedy and more. If the movies need a God, then this movie totally qualifies.
Final Verdict: This is such a movie you would want to watch again just to be in the state you’re put in while watching it. Go for this movie and make it soon. You wouldn’t want to wait on watching this wonderful masterpiece.