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Avengers Assemble – Film – 9GPP

by on 10/05/2012
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Plot:

Loki (Hiddleston) returns hell bent on claiming Earth as his own, S. H. I. E. L. D. director Nick Fury (Jackson) decides it’s time to reactivate the Avenger Project, and gathers Captain America (Evans), Bruce Banner (Ruffalo), Thor (Hemsworth), Black Widow (Johannson), Hawkeye (Ranner) and even Iron Man (Downey Jr.) together in one ultimate fighting team.

Straight to the point:

Visually immense, well balanced story and side splittingly humorous (for the most part) a must see for ANY Geek.. if you disagree I will fight you, that’s no lie.

Verdict:
The Avengers Assemble has been steadily beating box office figures around the world since its release, but is it as good as the box office would suggest, or is this just fan boy over-hype?

The movie is based on the Marvel comic series of the same name and brings together the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk franchises into one movie.  For fans of the individual movies, Marvel have been leading to this film for years; however, given the heavyweight cast there was the strong possibility that the film could not match the billing, or the actors would compete with each other, detracting from the story line.

Joss Whedon was given the unenviable task, amongst increasing fan excitement and hype, to make a cohesive, entertaining and enjoyable film whilst competing with the naysayers who thought he wasn’t up to the job after the alleged “failures” of Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. (Geek Pride feels these were both great films, in our humble opinion) Suffice to say, expectations were high and a lot of us Geeks waited with baited breath, to see the end product.

So has Whedon done it?  Of course he’s done it… and done it big time! The film combines the action you’d expect from a superhero movie, with humour and an emotional attachment to the characters; but to say this film is just another ‘superhero movie’ is to do the Avengers a disservice.   The film is much more than JUST a superhero movie. Throughout the films the characters have grown; you are already aware of each of the heroes’ abilities and backstories; moving beyond this, and at times hinting at, a much wider history, teasing the viewer with where the character development will lead and all the while revealing little Easter eggs for fans.

The film flows at a good pace, with action scenes and visual candy throughout, and percolated with Hero V Hero bust ups (Thor v Hulk FTW!) that leave you wanting more.  All that being said, the film does not rely upon just action to carry it. Some of the best moments come from the characters interaction between each other and the stunning visuals, a la the unveiling of the S.H.E.I.L.D. Helicarrier! (swoon )  that give the entire movie a sense of EPIC proportions.

I would forgive you for thinking that The Avengers was all about the Heroes; however, you must remember that the antagonist in this film is Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston and who manages throughout, not only to stand up against the Avengers with dastardly, well thought out, schemes but also with screen presence.  Holding his own against the likes of Downey Jr, and even, in some occasions, surpassing them.  What Whedon has done so well, is allow the actors to perform freely and interact with each other without compromise, with the actors being given a fairly equal share of the film.

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