Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Avengers - The Re(al) - view

Nick Fury: There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could...

A lot of super hero movies have come and gone since 2009's The Dark Knight, but unfortunately none have even come close till a super-dude named Whedon, Joss Whedon stepped up to direct a movie that brings four established super heroes (who each own their franchises), one bad-ass super sniper, a skilled spy, Nick Fury, Agent Phil Coulson as the super - suit! And Loki!!!

The action is overwhelming and super-awesome, but the interaction is genius as the screenplay brings the best out of all the characters' personalities, movies and then some. This was a movie that was aimed to be fun and it exceeded expectations.

I can hammer on the script, cinematography and special effects for the rest of this review but I'd rather concentrate on the characters as, in the words of Todd Jorgenson, The Avengers is the equivalent of a super hero all star game.

Iron Man/Tony Stark: He was (as always) just the liveliest person on the screen with his super-awesome persona; Robert Downey Jr. really held up his character and added some more depth. His loyalty to team work is tested, and as usual he ridicules it, but he steps up at the right time. Simply my favourite super hero in the movie.

Captain America/Steve Rogers: This is a character that imbibed team work to a group of supers with planet - sized egos, Iron Man & Thor, he was the moral center of the group who cared less about himself,but rather the mission; invariably attaining leadership position when it counted most. Played by Chris Evans, his projection of how Capt. America should interact with these group is morally satisfying and the fight scenes were filled breath-taking shots of his compassion (big ups to Whedon and his team here again).

Thor: I must confess I didn't enjoy his solo movie that much (a 65% rating) but among these guys he was humbled, he fight with Hulk was personally gratifying as we get to see a demi-god take on Hulk (epic!). Chris Hemisworth portrayal of the demi-god is pretty cool, but he's overshadowed by Iron Man and Hulk in supers department as he's not just as cool. Though his moments were absolutely riveting, trust me when you see 'em you'd know.

Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner: The third Hulk's, apparently, the charm. Eric Bana tried and failed woefully, Edward Norton tried and fairly passed but Mark Ruffalo brought something that the others couldn't, Ferocity! The anticipation, for Hulk, also played its part excellently as Ruffalo had Banner on lock, he played the reserved scientist role brilliantly, and his interactions with the other members was at times confronting showing that Banner might be reserved but the Hulk within certainly isn't! And when Hulk is finally unleashed , willingly, he smashes beautifully; doubt it? Ask Loki about it.

Loki: There are few bad guys that have the cojones to take on these guys, but Tom Hiddlestone's portrayal of Loki is sort of a step up in his game (when compared to Thor - the movie), he's devious look is one in a million. Both character and portrayal were true to the word - "Bad Guy".

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff and Hawkeye/Clint Barton: Although these two haven't got super powers, but they make up for it with hard work; and boy did they bring it. Scarlett Johansson stepped up from her minor role in Iron Man 2, and as the only female in the group; she wasn't overwhelmed, as Whedon  develops the character a bit which helped in highlighting her skills in battle (on the helicarrier and Manhattan). While Jeremy Renner role as Hawkeye was really fantastic, for a character that's getting his first screen time, his special bond with Balck Widow kinds of takes us through what the 'ordinary' members of the group feel. Though I'd have preferred his role as an Avenger a little extended.

Maria Hill & Agent Coulson
Nick Fury and Agent Coulson: These guys were the special icing on the cake; Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury was quite captivating, never shying away from action and keeping the Avengers in line was a beauty to watch. While Agent Coulson (the suit!), who has had his share of cameos in a few Marvel movies, was a delight, from his fan boy relations with Captain America to his shake down with Loki; he was awesome!!!

Another worthy mention is Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.

The special effects and dialogue were top notch, but the highest praise is to this guy ...

Joss Whedon
Thanks man.