The Avengers Is The Best Superhero Movie Ever
Run, don’t walk to see The Avengers as soon as you can today.
At first I was skeptical to see how such big characters (Captain America, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor and bad guy Loki) and a great supporting cast (Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye et al) would all share screen time and be given their deserved shine, but writer-director Joss Whedon and crew pulled off an even, magnificent movie that will engage even the biggest of superhero/comic naysayers.
Highlights of the film include:
-Balance: Where Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) is unassuming, introverted and afraid of his power (“My secret,” he says, “is that I’m always angry”) Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (played magnificently once again by Robert Downey Jr) provides his counterbalance, an unapologetic, confident wiseguy who does things his own way (and always to great results).
-Focal Bad Guy: Honoring the 1963 Avengers original comic, Loki is presented as the one and only villain in a sea of characters that could at any point turn into potential villains themselves. It gives the film a common denominator, a cohesiveness and a reason for obvious opposite personalities like Thor and Captain America to join forces.
-Comic Relief: Yes, the film is funny. And not corny funny, either. The banter between Tony Stark/David Banner and Tony Stark/Captain America (basically, Tony and every character with dialogue) is especially entertaining.
-Fight Scenes: There are some incredible fight scenes in The Avengers but none so much as between the Hulk and Loki (special mention: Hulk’s sideways punch, for absolutely no reason besides his anger issues, to Captain America). During the film’s biggest battle scene (where Loki’s mechanical, flying death machines have come down from the heavens to wreak havoc) Hulk not only lays the bad guy out flat inside Tony Stark’s hi-rise apartment, he knocks his body so hard into the ground it becomes almost buried there.
The Avengers is playing in cinemas across America from today.