Wednesday 29 August 2012

Review: The Avengers (2012)

Cinematic equivalent of bubblegum, The Avengers is tasty fun, but loses flavour quickly. Joss Whedon's signature snappy dialogue and ensemble juggling skills keep the film from going off the rails. Special effects are top notch, outshone only by the megawatt wit and blazing white hot ego of Robert Downey Jr, playing the even more egotistical Iron Man. He's Main Humour Dude, the funny guy, and is only outdone once, when the taciturn Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) confronts Loki (Tom Hiddleston). 

The plot is hardly relevant. It's the usual planet-in-peril stuff. Loki betrays earth to aliens who can only be stopped by the combined forces of Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (seriously?), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), yada yada yada, explosions! 

The end. 

You want to go for kinetic spectacle and the interaction between larger-than-life actors having a ball. Ruffalo and Downey stand out here, blurting bon mots.

Writer/director Whedon does his best to give each lead their own action set piece and emo break. Said action sequences are suitably impressive and slathered in money burning CGI, but all the punching gets tiresome after awhile, and just gives you time to think about the plot holes, of which there are a few. Not a surprise given how complex and outlandish the film is, bringing together five different superhero franchises. On paper it sounds unworkable. It's amazing the film is as good as it is and a testament to Whedon's skillz.

The studs look macho and Scarlett Johansson's foxy Black Widow adds some estrogen to the ensemble.

Goes great with pop and popcorn. Don't skimp.

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