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04-27-2012, 08:53 PM #1
'The Avengers' is incredibly smartCast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson
The Avengers (2012) - IMDb
Director: Joss Whedon
Comic book fans who've kept their eyes peeled to the Internet for every scrap of news since the film was first announced, will be delighted to know that The Avengers more than lives up to their tall expectations. The truth, in fact, is that even if you're unfamiliar with the Marvel universe and the back-story of these superheroes, you're still likely to find yourself cheering for the sheer spectacle that's up on screen.
After successfully introducing movie-goers to Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor in previous films, the decision to get all these big guns firing as one was brave to say the least…given that each of them inhabits a different space, and comes with his own set of quirks and characteristics. But writer-director Joss Whedon, a lifelong Marvel fan, recognizes that challenge clearly, and uses exactly that to form the basis of his story – in order to come together to fight a common enemy, these superheroes must first sort out their own egos and differences.
That enemy, by the way, is Loki, the Asgardian demi-god who you might remember, was banished from the heavens at the end of Thor for his propensity to create inter-galactic mischief. The Avengers opens with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stealing the Tesseract, a powerful energy source, with which he intends to open a portal to space to summon an alien army to help him enslave all mankind.
In response, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), director of international peacekeeping agency SHIELD, gathers his best men: billionaire industrialist Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), supersoldier Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), god of thunder and Loki's brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth), ace scientist and Hulk alter-ego Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), along with slinky Russian spy Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and expert marksman Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Together they must work as a team to thwart Loki's world-ending scheme…but there's that small matter of fighting amongst each other to resolve first.
Director Joss Whedon maintains a cracking pace, switching deftly between spectacular action sequences, and witty interaction scenes between the characters. Expectedly, Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man gets the best lines here, especially his clever putdowns to the others – to the red-caped Thor he asks, "Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?", while to Banner he says: "I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster."
It's particularly remarkable how Whedon ensures that the story remains rooted in the characters, without ever compromising on the punch-ups and the adrenaline-pumping set-pieces. The film's third act for one, a thrilling alien-bashing finale on the streets of Manhattan, is pure fanboy wet-dream.
The performances are top-notch across the board, particularly from Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk far more sympathetically than in the two previous films that starred Eric Bana and Edward Norton as the angry green fellow. Ruffalo nails the almost precarious relationship between Dr Banner and his alter ego, and delivers plenty spontaneous laughs.
In the end, The Avengers isn't just an ultimate spectacle, but also incredibly smart and surprisingly humorous. I'm going with four out of five for The Avengers. It raises the stakes for comic-book movies hereon… Batman and Spider-man, are you listening?
Rating: 4 / 5...being a human...
04-27-2012, 10:28 PM #2
04-28-2012, 11:13 AM #3
The Avengers (in Hindi)Story:
Star Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Scarlett Johansson
Director: Joss Whedon
Producer: Kevin Feige
Music Directer: Alan Silvestri
To start off, this movie came with a lot of excess baggage. Having one of the biggest build-ups, if not the biggest, to the release of a feature film, this was burdened with huge expectations. But just as The Incredible Hulk erupts from within a lot tinier Dr. Bruce Banner, even the expectations pale in front of the actual cinematic experience. Yes, ‘The Avengers’ is one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies which you just cannot afford to miss. The story has Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D bringing together a team of superheroes, eventually called The Avengers, in order to save the earth from Loki, the brother of Thor, and his alien army.
Although it is an out and out superhero bonanza, but that hardly means that the screenplay has been compromised in the process. In fact, what makes the movie truly awesome is the fact that it has a taut script attached to it, unlike the other movie in the genre. There’s a particular scene in the movie where the whole Avengers team is assembled in a circle amidst a massive action sequence, which was too awesome to ignore. It is a gist of how entertaining the film truly is, a reaction to a wonderful pay-off moment built up by well-crafted characters.
If you need a star cast to watch the movie, you just don’t have one reason to watch it, you have six. Namely, Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, amazing), Marc Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk, astounding), Chris Evans (Captain America, fantastic), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, incredible), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye, convincing), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, super hot). And for those, whose pills are villainous in nature, may find peace (or the lack of it) in Tom Hiddleston (Loki, evil as hell). Each superstar is allotted an ample amount of screen-time to enable the respective fans to whistle on to them.
As we have mentioned earlier, the pre-release hype of the movie could almost kill it even if the final product was good. It needed to be a lot more than good, which it is. Joss Whedon has managed to make a terrific viewing out of a well-weaved story. He put aside sufficient runtime for the character development and the story that followed it. And since he has been associated with this genre for quite long now, he knew the jargon like the back of his hand. The movie could have easily been an uneven mix of many superheroes, but the director has balanced the movie quite well.
Music is as music does. An ‘epic’ movie demanded an ‘epic’ kinda music, which it gets. Lots of drumrolls, orchestra, and other huge musical instruments do the effect. The Hindi version has a special song from the Indian band ‘Agnee’, known as ‘Hello Andheron’. That has nothing much to write home about, though. Dialogues are superhero-ish. Everybody gets to have a say on everybody else with at least one great dialogue. Cinematography is plain amazing. Even during the hard-core action sequences, you could witness how the background mélanges as the backdrop. Editing top class. Even at a considerable runtime of two and a half hrs, you feel you’re watching a superhero movie on a fast forward mode with all the highlights thrown in.
3 Ups and downs:
When you have a $220 million budget for your movie, there are less chances that anything will go wrong, technologically. But then there are chances of it all being an epic failure. ‘The Avengers’, fortunately, fulfills all the promises with quite an elan and fanfare. We don’t think we noticed any down to really write about it, but then the movie does tend to drag a bit in the middle, thanks to unnecessary face-offs. Regarding the ups, the feature film is a big thumbs-up as a whole. Made on a mammoth budget, it mesmerises one and all with the scale with which it’s given shape. Go watch ‘The Avengers’ if you haven’t already. Believe us, you’re missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime viewing.
...being a human...
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