Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Avengers Assemble


Avengers Assemble has answered the age old question of what's best, quantity or quality, and the answer is both! Not only does it combine most of the biggest action stars playing most of the biggest superheroes but it is also very funny and has a great plot.

I don't know much about superheroes, I only saw Iron Man and Thor and have never read a single comic, but you don't have to be a superhero nerd to enjoy the first Avengers movie.

It starts with Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury calling upon the help of Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk, Chris Evans's Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow to stop Tom Hiddleston's Loki from taking over the world. Even though the cast list isn't, the plot is simple and easy to follow. I think if the plot is too complicated that can be the down fall of a superhero movie.

The thing that really surprised me about Avengers was how funny it was.  It was hysterical! It has to be the most quotable movie of the year. The audience were crying with laughter at the moment when a farmer came to ask Mark Ruffalo if he was an alien after seeing him fall from the sky. Most of the comedy comes from the fantastic chemistry between the heroes. Sometimes their conversations were a little cheesy. But it was funny so I'll let the cheesiness fly.

The action scenes were brilliant. Some people might complain that they were too long because the whole film seemed to be a nonstop action scene but this is what you came to see. Amazing fighting and special effects are the corner stone of any good superhero movie.

I do have one complaint about Avengers, it's representation of women. Normally I wouldn't worry too much about that kind of thing but in this film it is so blatantly obvious that women are classes as second rate superheroes. For starters, not only does the one female Avenger not have her own movie but she is by far the weakness and most pathetic of the main characters. Black Widow's only super power is that she's pretty good at karate but she spends half the film letting her emotions get in the way of her work.  On the surface she looks like a strong independent women but is constantly being shown up by her male team mates and tends to get trapped or stuck quite often. I'll put it this way - if there were Avengers trading cards, Black Widow would be the worst.

 After the box-office success of Avengers Assemble, I can't help thinking is a Justice League movie just beyond the horizon? I'm sure DC Comics must be saying 'why didn't we think of that'? Another question is if Marvel make a second film will they add in other heroes, such as Spiderman and Wolverine?

But aside from the feminist issues, this is a great movie and I would definitely recommend it - even to non-supernerds like me!  So go down to your local multiplex and Marvel at this super movie!

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