Joss Whedon has triumphed in bringing together a team of superheroes like never before in creating The Avengers.
One movie that would bring together all of the recent Marvel comic book heroes and assemble them as a team to fight evil. What?! No way! Then I heard that Joss Whedon was involved and my doubt began to subside – a little. The man who dazzled us with the wit and inventiveness and darkness that was Buffy. Maybe. But I still couldn’t imagine how he could pull it off. Well I’ve never been more pleased to say that The Avengers (sorry but can’t bring myself to call it by it’s UK title – Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) is the most fantastically entertaining, funny, moving and exciting movie that you could hope to see right now! I should never have doubted and now just like Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, I’m a believer.
With an idea this complex, what really wows you in this film almost above everything else, is how Whedon manages so superbly to juggle everyone’s stories and make the movie like a rich tapestry that you can just revel in. As the audience, you wonder can ‘the team’ ever come together but then you realise you’re in the hands of a master film maker who knows how to tell a story.
You’ve got the pairing of Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) who are new to us but whose bond is threatened and you really root for them; you’ve got Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), aka Iron Man, who really isn’t a band of brothers type of guy but who is actually seen at his best here, raising his game being surrounded by a whole bunch of top notch equal playmates.
You’ve got Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who’s so softly spoken and yet conflicted with his alter ego Hulk that it’s totally captivating; you’ve got Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the super soldier Captain America, who is just so isolated in this new future, wanting only to find a purpose again, which he does by becoming the real heart of this movie; and finally you’ve got the ongoing brotherly spat between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that’s now becoming a universal problem with Loki’s lust for power and so provides the impetus for the ‘Initiative’ to assemble.
It’s all just so amazing and impressive that it leaves you breathless. What’s more we see the most successful Bruce Banner / Hulk so far – Ruffalo’s scenes with Downey Jr. (in fact with everybody) are high points – and its doubly great that Samuel L. Jackson, who’s turned up for sometimes annoyingly fleeting moments as S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury in all of the previous individual hero movies, is really allowed to underpin and drive this story. It’s his moment in the sun and we so enjoy it.
Above all, this movie shows us how action, excitement, suspense, pathos and humour can all co-exist in an all encompassing package of delight. See it!Tags: chris evans, chris hemsworth, Fantasy, Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, marvel's avengers assemble, robert downey jr., scarlett johansson, the avengers, tom hiddleston