Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Cobbie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany
Plot – Marvel Studios latest offering “Avenges” represent the ultimate superhero team up to die for. Featuring a brilliant ensemble of Captain Amaerica, Thor, Incredible Hulk , Hawk Eye, Black Widow and the irrepressible Iron Man, the movie revolves around these six superheroes as they fight against all odds to pull the world from the brink of utter devastation, masterminded by the evil half-brother of Thor, the Norse God Loki.
The buildup was immense that spanned three separate movies. The pre-release hype and mass hysteria saw audience’s expectations skyrocket to unrealistic levels. From Marvel’s perspective it was imperative for Avengers to deliver and deliver it did in grand style.Funny, stupendous, filled with action packed sequences that are gorgeously shot in 3D and a mindblowing script that never forgot its heroes’ underlying humanity, Avengers managed to live up to its massive hype and raised the bar of cinematic excellence.
Avengers offers is a perfect mash up of everything that you hope to see in a summer blockbuster. After a litany of mediocre superhero flicks “Avengers” manages to cut through the clutter and provides ultimate cinematic nirvana for any comic book nerd. The entire credit should go to the main protagonists whose electric chemistry rendered Avengers a smashing viewing experience and also to director cum writer Joss Whedon for churning out such a tautly written exceptional script.
It was a herculean feat to bring together six superheroes under one roof , with their massive superhero egos and yet do justice to all of their characters. The audiences were mesmerized by the confrontations and continuous ribbing among the main leads which had a narcissistic playboy, a perfect soldier, an unpredictable monster with serious anger management issues and a demigod. Yet Whedon’s superlative, engaging script manages to flesh out all these characters. The film strikes a perfect balance between visually dazzling special effects and a compelling script with absolute panache, flamboyance and a fabulous sense of humor that burns brightly throughout the movie.
The narrative is kept simple. The evil demigod Loki comes back to wreak havoc on his half brother Thor’s beloved planet earth to exact vengeance. With the help of an all-powerful energy source Loki plans burst a hole in our universe and open a portal to unleash an army of intergalactic raiders on an unsuspecting Earth. To thwart his evil designs S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury must galvanize a motley group of unwilling superheroes to fight Earth’s ultimate battle for survival.
Despite its simple premise, Whedon keeps the entire focus of the script on the interpersonal dynamics of his main leads rather than on high octane special effects and the incumbent alien invasion. This is exactly what that makes Avengers such a compelling watch- its heroes’ humanity. Whether it is the indomitable Robert Downing Jr cutting everybody around him, to size by his constant quips and sardonic humor or Captain America trying to fit into a changed world, the entire narrative sparkles with wit and flair.
However amidst such an illustrious cast, the real show stealer was undoubtedly Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk , who according to me owned everyone and completely walked away with the film. Marvel’s decision to look beyond a wallowing Eric Bana and a listless Edward Norton is proving to be a masterstroke and I fervently hope that Ruffalo gets picked up for the entire “Hulk” franchisee. Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Ryer were the superheroes without any discernible superpowers, yet they breathed fire into their roles and managed to make their presence count.
While the climax somewhataped the ending of The Transformers , the sheer pleasure of watching six beloved superheroes under one frame made me delirious and giddy with joy. Avengers is a perfect popcorn flick which is quite simply rip- roaring entertainment that erupts across the screen with ferocity and style.