I watched The Avengers a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t have the chance to post my review so I thought I’d write what I think about the movie. As a former comic reader, I used to follow stories about superheroes and their adventures but I must admit that I didn’t use to follow The Avengers. However, I do find the idea of having various superheroes with different abilities very appealing – like X-Men movies and the likes.
The story begins with the Tesseract – a cube that was thought to be a good source of clean power, that can actually be used to open the portal to a different dimension. The portal allows Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – an antagonist – to reach earth and subdues the mankind by ultimately allowing a group of warmongering aliens to pass through the portal and destroy earth. In order to protect mankind, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls up a group of superheroes: Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk / Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Hawkeye / Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) who was initially caught under Loki’s power ultimately also joins the Avengers in battling Loki and the aliens.
Although the movie may seem to be targeted towards young viewers, the humour and the actions will appeal to all kinds of audiences. Josh Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, injects a lot of nonsensical dry humour, and even some elements of slapstick into the movie. There are moments of tensions and fun that manage to keep me engrossed throughout the movie, unlike ultra-vanilla movies like The Fantastic Four that are clearly geared towards children.
Watch out for silly dialogue lines (usually involving Iron Man), and some laugh-out-loud moments involving Hulk!