Friday, May 4, 2012

The Avengers Review

What do you get when you put together a all star cast, a epic comic book series as the base of the story, and a great crew? You get the year's best movie. You get THE AVENGERS!

From the 2008 movie Iron Man, all the way to Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, there as always been a hint of The Avengers. Every movie has been building up to this, building up to what could be the best comic book movie ever. This was a action packed movie from the very start.

"Let's do a head count". -Tony Stark (The Avengers)

1. Captain America, played by Chris Evens. When we first met Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, he was working along side Howard Stark and trying to defeat Red Skull. Years later he is back from his frozen fate to fight along side the son of Howard Stark, Tony! This won't be as easy as just waking up and starting a new day for Cap. Now for the second time Chris Evens, brought this red, white and blue hero to life. I was a big fan of Fantastic Four and my favorite was Human Torch played by Evens, but I have to say I like him better as the Captain.

2. Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth. The son of Odin, first came to earth after being banned from his home planet by his father. Just as he did in the last movie, Thor has to stop his brother Loki. This time, Thor, has help from the rest of the Avengers. Same as Chris Evens, this is Chris Hemsworth's second time playing the God of Thunder. He is by far the best choice to weld the Hammer of Thor.

3. Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. In 2008 we saw when Tony Stark first put his Arc Reactor to the test while trying to rid the world of the weapons he built, but the Arc isn't only for powering weapons it keeps him alive as well. Robert Downey Jr. is funny and fast talking in real life, bring it into this role and he makes the best Tony Stark. Here is a fun Avengers fact: Robert Downey Jr. was the first person ever to play Iron Man in live action. This is not true with these three Avengers, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor. Another fun fact: The first time Thor was played in live action was along side Hulk in the Bill Bixby series.

4. Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner. We only met Hawkeye for a short time in Thor, so it is really hard to talk about his story without saying too much about The Avengers story. I can talk about the man behind the bow and arrow, Jeremy Renner. It takes a lot of hard work to bring a full movie role to life with very little background from the past movies, Renner did that hard work and was perfect.

5. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. We first met Natasha Romanoff in the 2010 film "Iron Man 2", where she was on a mission from Nick Fury to keep an eye on Tony Stark to learn more about him and if he would be a good fit on the Avengers team. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner played well off eachother in the new film and their story really brings in the rest of the background infomation on them you didn't know.

6. The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo. We first met Bruce Banner in the second Avengers movie "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008. Now in that movie Bruce was played by Edward Norton, so unlike the others in the movie this was Mark's first time as this Avenger. I am a huge fan of Mark's role as Bruce aka The Hulk, he is my favorite person in that role.

Now before them became the Avengers, someone had to lead a team to find them all. Let's meet that team.

After the credits of the first Iron Man, we met the man they call Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. He didn't work alone, the very first SHIELD person that we met was Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. These two were fantastic and worked well off eachother in The Avengers. Joining the team in The Avengers is Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders, this was her first Marvel role.

"A hero without a villain is like a day without sun" -Stan Lee, this is very true. In 2011 we first met Thor's brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleson. Loki is a dark yet sometimes funny comic book villain which needed to be filled by the best choice, Tom was that choice. He made a return as the brother of Thor in new movie, he was the villain of the story.

We talked about the Director of SHIELD, now we need to talk to the Director of The Avengers movie. Joss Weldon's first Marvel director role was for the after credits scene on Thor. Joss was well known for directing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, no there weren't any Vampires in this film but he did bring along his great talent of directing.

The rest of the cast was EPIC!!! Great job by the whole cast and crew!

OVER ALL THIS MOVIE GETS 5 STARS!!!!!!!! If you haven't already, go see it!! If you have, go see it again!! I can not wait to see where the Avengers story goes from here.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review J. This is a very entertaining film that continues Marvel's excellent track record in filmmaking. Whedon seems to have done the impossible of capturing all of these superheros and giving them all a chance to shine, and it doesn't even seem like it was much of an obstacle for him as writer and director. Great way to start off the Summer!