Friday, May 4, 2012

Durr Movies: The Avengers

Five Marvel movies and four years later, the long awaited Avengers movie has arrived.

I'll be honest, I wasn't overly excited nor was I expecting much from this movie. A lot of superhero movies tend to have that effect on me. Especially with a movie of this stature, how were they gonna make it fair for this ensemble cast?

Don't worry. They pulled it off well. Actually perfectly I'd say.

We got:

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man / Tony Stark
  • Chris Evans as Captain America / Steve Rogers
  • Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk / Dr. Bruce Banner
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff
  • Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye / Clint Barton
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki

All respective actors / actresses in their own little way.

The short and skinny of it is: Nick Fury, directory of S.H.I.E.L.D., puts together a team of superheroes, comprised of Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, to stop Thor's estranged brother Loki from opening up a portal, with the help of The Tesseract (a cosmic cube that can control matter and energy), to allow the Chitauri to invade Earth.

I had a few qualms going into this movie, but after watching it. They were immediately squashed.

My biggest concern was The Hulk. Judging from the previous movies centered around him, I thought he was just gonna be a moping giant beast, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stuff, but as a supporting character, he works best.

Initially Edward Norton was supposed to reprise his role in this movie, but things fell through and Mark Ruffalo took the reigns. To be honest, I'm happy that that happened. Mark Ruffalo fits this role like a glove.

The biggest surprise in this movie had to be Black Widow. Since she was played by Scarlett Johansson, the majority of the people thought that she was gonna be eye candy and that's it. But nope. She was a bad ass in this movie. Black Widow held her own, especially when everybody else is a demi-god, billionaire playboy, super soldier, The Hulk.

The humor was the very fine stitching that kept the movie together. It was very reminiscent of Iron Man. A lot of quips that get a good chuckle out of the audience. It gave all the heroes a bit of humanity instead of being so serious all the time.

Should you go watch it? God yes. This movie sets the bar high for the superhero genre and frankly it's the best action movie out right now.

Case and Point
The Avengers is: satisfaction.

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