Joss Whedon's AVENGERS (2012) - WBRi Movie Review

The Avengers (2012) Film PosterKolkata April 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) For comic book fans, there is not a more pleasing and gratifying sight than seeing all their superheroes together on the big screen fighting and saving the day for the residents of the planet. This is exactly what director Joss Whedon had in mind while filming The Avengers and it has to be said that he has done complete justice to the dreams of worldwide fans of Marvel Comics. Not only has he been successful in bringing together all the six superheroes together but he has done it in a fashion that would make the movie an instant success at the box-office. With a powerful plot balanced delicately on the shoulders of the cast, director Whedon has strived to do the impossible by putting forward a blend of out-of-the-world VFXs along with individual performances that has raised the bar for more comprehensive superhero performances to come in the rest of the year.

The film starts off with an incident at the military espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D where The Tesseract, a comic cube of unknown potential, begins to exhibit strange behavior, thereby opening a portal from which Norse demigod ‘Loki’ (Tim Hiddleston) appears and escapes away, carrying the cube. In his attempt to regain control of the galactic heavens, ‘Loki’ takes the help of a group of aliens by the name of ‘Chitauri’ to destroy Earth. S.H.I.E.L.D director ‘Nick Fury’ (Samuel L. Jackson) decides that enough is enough and starts to assemble his famed Avengers team consisting of ‘Black Widow’ (Scarlett Johansson), ‘Iron Man’ (Robert Downey Jr.), ‘The Hulk’ (Mark Ruffalo), ‘Captain America’ (Chris Evans), ‘Thor’ (Chris Hemsworth) and ‘Hawkeye’ (Jeremy Renner) in order to crush the mighty army that ‘Loki’ has put together. But ‘Fury’ understands that the work is not that easy as there are individual dissensions and ego issues among the six superheroes. Until and unless, the disagreements are not sorted out, the day certainly cannot be saved for the poor earthlings. From ‘Loki’s escape from the S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier to the descending of the ‘Chitauri’ army on the streets of downtown Manhattan, the sequences have been timed and executed with absolute precision and accuracy. It does not come as much of a surprise that the streets of New York would be the ideal setting for the final climax as all the Marvel series characters from the raging green monster in ‘Hulk’ to the inferno wielding power of ‘Iron Man’ get together to spruce up an ending that certainly satisfies the edge-of-the-seat expectations of the audience.

Trailer: The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers is a classic example of how humor and action can be brought together to present a film that stays rock solid to the main plot. The one-liners from ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Hulk’ are indeed humorous and can throw you into superb peals of laughter. As for the VFX scenes, credit needs to be showered on the special effects team for coming out with a host of sequences that are not too loud and still demands applause from the audience. It certainly does not get said enough as individual performances from the cast have given the film the necessary heads up. From the electric acting skills of Robert Downey Jr. to the subtle yet soul searching performance of Scarlett Johansson, the cast have done absolute justice to their roles and deserve a standing ovation.

It can be said with much assurance that director Joss Whedon has done a lot of research and homework on all the Marvel series characters so that he does not end up disappointing the fanatic comic fans who would be looking for every little flaw in the movie. After all, he is carrying a tremendous responsibility on his shoulders, that of submitting his work before millions of comic book aficionados in the world. Although the movie extends to around 143 minutes, time certainly flies away when you are having fun. All in all, irrespective of whether you are a Marvel series fan or not, the film is a must watch and promises you of two and a half hours of wholesome entertainment.   

The Avengers (English, 2012)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Zak Penn, Joss Whedon