By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 10 out of 10
Just like you learned in middle school, the introduction needs to grab the attention of readers. In reviews that is done by being, or at least trying to be, clever and witty.
The gut-busting beginning is followed by a quick sentence or two about the reviewer’s opinion on the movie. The meat of the review is analyzing the story, camera work, acting and anything that makes the film stand out.
The conclusion puts a nice little bow on the entire thing, and gives a summary of the beauty of what the reader just read.
In most cases, the above formula works out just fine. With a movie like The Avengers, however, a new approach is needed.
Instead of wasting time on such trivial things like the plot (which is bare-bones to begin with), I am going to cover what readers want to know: Does the ensemble of super heroes mesh or is it like mixing oil and water? Are the action sequences larger than life, as they should be? Should I watch it?
The answer to all three questions is a resounding YES!
1.) Does the ensemble of super heroes mesh, or is it like mixing oil and water?
Some reviewers, for some reason, think this is the weak link in The Avengers chain. The biggest complaint I have heard is that Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is underused. In the words of The Miz, Really? Really, Really?
Renner is one of the pivotal characters in the film and has plenty of moments to shine. The way director Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame), was able to give each character enough screen time to make an impact is nothing short of astounding. Think to other ensemble movies like “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve.” Few, and it can be argued if any, characters had enough time to resonate with the audience.
Luckily, that is not the case with The Avengers. It is true that Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) receive most of the attention, but it doesn’t come as a detriment to the other heroes.
Whether it is Loki (Tom Hiddleston) getting punked by Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), or Agent Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) one-liners while confronting Loki, every Avenger has a turn in the spotlight.
If anyone steals the show, it is one of the most unlikely characters, The Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). The Hulk has twice had his own feature film in the past 10 years, but each one was greeted by mediocre showings at the box office. The third time was the charm. The Avengers is Ruffalo’s first take on Banner, but it is hard to tell because he owns his character.
2.) Are the action sequences larger than life?
If there were something larger than life, the answer would be yes. Not only are fans graced with the huge battle for Earth in the film’s final act, but in typical super hero fashion, there are plenty of battles between the members of the Avengers.
My particular favorite was the battle between Thor and The Hulk. As could be expected, devastation is the result of their epic fight.
The real treat though is when the Avengers finally put their differences aside to save Earth. Whedon does a great job of using the strengths of each character in the final act and even amidst the chaos, there is time for laughs.
3.) Is The Avengers worth my time and money?
Uhh … Duh. In fact, I would say one viewing isn’t enough. The Avengers is one of those movies that must be watched numerous times on the big screen. And for goodness sakes, people, stay through the credits. For those who aren’t aware, comic book movies, particularly those from Marvel, always have a teaser during or after the credits and in the case of The Avengers there is one during and one after the credits.
There really is no excuse to not stay because credits only take like three minutes.
Now quit reading and go watch the movie.