May 15, 2012

Film Review: The Avengers

Premise:
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his secret peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. are attempting to harness the power of a paranormal object called the Tesseract, found in the sea during the same rescue mission to chisel out a frozen Captain America. Loki, Norse god of trickery, banished from his home by his brother, Thor, and father, Odin, is teleported by alien race, The Chitauri, into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s experiments to steal the Tesseract. With such a powerful device stolen, Earth has been declared war upon and Nick Fury gathers Earth's mightiest heroes, The Avengers - Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and anyone working for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Standouts:
Because so much of the footage was cut in the final edits, (I hope this is the reason) there are some minor unresolved plot holes that don't make sense in the film. Nothing major, but when you see them occur, you can't understand it. Ideally, these holes will be resolved when the film hits blu-ray, which is said to have 30 minutes of deleted scenes.

My Highlights:
The forest battle scene, defending NYC against the Chitauri invasion, Hulk meeting Loki for the first time, and so, so, so much more. Basically, any fight scene.

Overall Rating:
This was one of the single best action films I've seen in a very long time. It may not be a perfect film, but it definitely lived up to it's potential. There were a lot of elements and a lot of ways this could have turned into a disaster, but it was a fantastic viewing experience. The only things that brought the film down were the minor plot holes in scenes (ex: Hulk-cage, Hulk-control) and the heavy emphasis on fighting rather than characters. We had the classic conflicts that die-hard comic fans wanted, but in all of the animated films relating to The Avengers, the comic book series, and probably even the cartoons (I haven't watched them), you really get more of an impact from the inner conflict of the team. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are pretty polar opposites, but I felt like the movie just barely skimmed the surface of the potential turmoil there. Bruce Banner's battle to control The Hulk has been the basis of every Hulk movie, but is very choppy in this film. Agent Hill, Black Widow and Hawkeye only ever deal with SHIELD issues, as opposed to being integrated in The Avengers' business. This is also why we NEED an Avengers 2! Which thankfully, if you stay until after the credits roll (like in all movies leading up to The Avengers) a bonus scene hints at a sequel.

4.75 / 5

When You Should See It:
Right away, in the biggest group you can gather, on the biggest more eloquent screen you can gather. I didn't see it in 3D because I don't support the format, but IMAX would probably make the experience more incredible. It's definitely a film that blu-ray is going to do far more justice than DVD.

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