The Avengers (2012)
One of the most entertaining blockbusters of all time, The Avengers may not have the perfection of the holy grail of comic-book adaptations, The Dark Knight or even Batman Begins, but its significant emphasis on perfect balance of humour & action throughout its runtime makes up for a highly rewarding experience that is much more worth than the amount you paid for its ticket. Six Marvel superheroes in one movie, same save-the-world bullshit that we have seen & been disappointed with countless number of times and yet, this movie works in an unexpected but very effective manner and without a shadow of a doubt, is bigger, better and far more amusing & enjoyable than all the previous instalments of Marvel Cinematic Universe combined, and surpasses all hype & expectations with surprising but stunning ease.
When the tesseract suddenly activates at the S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility and opens up a portal, allowing Loki, brother of Thor, to reach Earth & begin his mission of enslaving the whole planet, Nick Fury (director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) reactivates the Avengers initiative, thus bringing Natasha Romanoff, Dr. Bruce Banner, Tony Stark & Steve Rogers together, who are later joined by Thor & Clint Barton, to stop Loki from succeeding with his plan. What follows next is the core element of this film, which is how all these eccentric personalities manage their alter egos against one another to finally unite & fight as a team to defeat one common enemy. Another really good thing is that although each of the previous films dedicated to its superheroes helped in setting the stage for this film, it isn’t a compulsion to watch those films before moving on to this one as The Avengers is strong enough to stand on its own.
Since Marvel released Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America & Iron Man 2, all having slight connection with each other, before The Avengers came up, there really wasn’t any need of a definite character development for any of its characters in this film because that’s what their respective instalments are for. And thanks to that, without wasting any time, this film is right down with its main business from the very beginning. The direction is extremely good as Joss Whedon has crafted an impressive piece of eye-popping, action extravaganza and, to make sure that the film is not overloaded & tiring, filled it up with loads of humour. The screenplay is witty plus the comic timing is brilliantly executed. Cinematography & Editing is carried out amazingly well. Visual effects are pretty great but to some, it might also feel a bit of an overkill. And last but not the least, the original score by Alan Silvestri is a major plus as it strikes the right chord with the ambience of this film from start to finish.
Out of its huge & impressive cast, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role of Tony Stark (Iron Man) & turned out to be the coolest of them all. Thanks to the amazing wit, charisma & charm he always brings to the screen with great finesse, it’s virtually impossible to not like him. Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers (Captain America), who gets the most screen time compared to the rest & puts up a fine performance as the World War veteran trying to understand the modern world. Chris Hemsworth as Thor enters the film in the most spectacular fashion & was in character from the very beginning. Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner chip in with justifying performances as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) & Clint Barton (Hawkeye), respectively. Another highly impressive performance comes from Tom Hiddleston, who exhibits a magnetic screen presence as Loki. But the best & most impressive of them all turned out to be the character of Dr. Bruce Banner aka The Hulk. Mark Ruffalo has given a soul to Banner unlike anyone before and his Hulk is simply unstoppable, merciless & an absolute show-stealer.
Very rarely, there comes a movie that defies, breaks & exceeds all the sky-high hype & expectations to appease not only its audience but critics as well. Sure there are few plot holes, sure there are some illogical moments & sure it isn’t a ‘perfect’ superhero film, but then again, The Avengers never promised to take itself seriously or even tried to market itself as something more than just a popcorn entertainer. It’s an ambitious adventure for the masses containing all the right ingredients of a genuine blockbuster material and the best thing about it is that nothing gets overdone as everything is in the right dose & very much in equilibrium, be it action, humour, drama etc. All in all, The Avengers is an astonishingly great initiative that will satisfy the majority of its viewers with its wildly entertaining, fun-filled, roller-coaster ride. As for me, I wasn’t expecting it to be this amazing & went in with incredibly low expectations but shockingly & unexpectedly, The Avengers turned out to be one of the most fun experiences I have ever had at movies and, overall, is a perfect popcorn entertainer for all ages. A genuine summer blockbuster.