Avengers, The (2012)
The Avengers review
I was fortunate to see this on Imax 3D with much amazement. This is not your average superhero picture. Make sure you see this until the end credits for a small peak at something for Marvel/superhero fanatics/. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles the confident Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), noble Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a great leader in Captain America (Chris Evans), and the indestructible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow aid the team in saving the world from the malicious agenda Loki (of Tom Hiddleston). Screenplay was well written with memorable lines: Fury – “The world has changed.” “I still believed in heroes.” Capt. America – “There is only one God, and I don't think he dresses like that.”
Direction was detailed from the angle of the war inside a taxi, reflection from a rear-view mirror shot of Captain America, transformation of Stark to Iron Man even to the arrows running out from Hawk Eye. Aside from The Dark Knight, this was a comic book inspired film that was authentic and realistic. Soundtrack was wonderfully selected. This was much better than previous Marvel flicks and more optimistic than Watchmen. I was surprised at how good an actor Hiddleston especially their exchange with Hemsworth. It made Loki a worthy antagonist. Elements of horror (Hulk lurking to destroy Black Widow), drama (the brothers conversations/Loki and Romanoff scene), action (even against each other like Iron vs. Thor/Hulk and Thor/etc.) and witty humor (a lot) were infused. The Avengers is a complete package of entertainment mixed with themes of acceptance, working as a team, effects of war, power, heroism (those police/firemen who helped the people after the battle) and individuality.