Movie Review: “The Avengers”- Joss Whedon’s Gift to Mankind

Written by Ethan Butler May 05, 2012


“The Avengers” is the Marvel superhero film we all have been waiting for since 2008’s “Iron Man”, when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) said to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) the words that sent the Geek-O’Sphere into a frenzy “I want to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative”. The films plot revolves around Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from 2011’s “Thor” returning to earth bringing with him an alien army, and the promise of war, which leads to Nick Fury and S.H.I.EL.D having to assemble the worlds mightiest heroes to meet, and counter this possibly world ending threat. Everything from and in-between the films awe inducing opening, it’s breath taking climax, and it’s intriguing ending is genius.

After introducing S.H.I.E.L.D, and its agents in an exhilarating showdown, the film proceeds to introduce the titular Avengers individually into the storyline, each in their own uniquely awesome way. It is clear from the very beginning that Iron Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Hulk/ Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) are truly individuals who have a hard time being in the same room as each other, let alone being asked to team up to save the world from utter annihilation. Then with the addition of S.H.I.E.L.D agents: Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye/ Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) things continue to get more enjoyably tense.

Writing/ Directing

The uneasiness between the characters results in some of the films finest moments.  The tense relationship between the righteous Captain America, and the more morally ambiguous Tony “Iron Man” Stark is brilliantly written, and delivered in the most awesome way possible by the always great Downey Jr. and Evans. This along with the further developed relationship between Thor and Loki, make for not just a visually stunning film, but an emotionally engaging one as well. The excellent script by writer/ director and all around Geek God Joss Whedon is one of the main reasons that the film is amazing as it is. It is remarkably intelligent, and Whedon deserves a hell of a pat on the back. Whedon is also directing the film, showcasing his considerable talents as a filmmaker. His love of the characters is evident in each scene, and he crafts one of the most thoroughly entertaining and engrossing superhero films of all time.


The action sequences are incredible, as each lead character is allowed to shine both individually and together as a team. One sequence between a certain green individual and a God of Thunder is particularly exhilarating. Throughout the film the characters never lose track of their humanity, and no matter what they will fight to their dying day to save the world. In a film full of heroes, who are all crazy cool, there is one who does steal the show at various points.

“The Giant Green Rage Monster”

The Hulk, or when he isn’t quote “A Giant Green Rage Monster” Bruce Banner played by the only lead actor who is new to their role Mark Ruffalo, is unbelievably Bad-Ass. All previous Hulk’s now pale in comparison to Whedon and Ruffalo’s interpretation of the iconic behemoth. Not only is he the most realistic looking Hulk, but also he is the best performed. This coming from Ruffalo, though the magic of CGI, being able to be the first actor to portray both Banner and Hulk. Without delving into spoiler territory, i’ll just say that Hulk does indeed SMASH, and it is glorious.

“The Avengers” more than lives up to the hype surrounding it. It is filled with incredible performances from the entire cast, brilliant writing, striking visuals, and was clearly assembled with care by Joss Whedon. A masterpiece in the superhero genre. As it should go without saying but do not leave the theatre until the entire credits have stopped rolling.

My Rating: 9.5/10




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