#352/#69 The Avengers/Avengers Assemble
When Earth comes under threat from alien invasion, Earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers, must band together. Comprised of Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) this team has to deal with Thor’s trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army of minions.
I’m finding it very hard not to just geek out and say ‘Seriously, just go see this film now. 5/5’. You can believe all the hype; this film is actually just that good. Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen all or none of the other films building up to the avengers, you’re probably going to enjoy this film anyway. It helps that the other films have come out by assuming you already know about these characters, letting it get right into the story and the action right away, but it does take the time for some small introductions given that a lot of the different members of the team itself have never met.
Downey is just pitch perfect in this film as Tony Stark once again. He was always good but when you give him Joss Whedon dialogue and direction it’s on a whole other level. Evans and Hemsworth both slip back into their roles effortlessly. Maybe not the most interesting members of the Avengers but filling their roles well. As the only newcomer, Ruffalo was always the giant question mark in this film but he is as good as, if not better than, Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/the Hulk. There’s something about him that just makes you believe his barely contained anger as well as his melancholy about the whole thing.
Additionally, Renner and Johansson were much better in this that they were in their previous support roles in Iron Man 2/Thor. Johansson didn’t have a purpose for being in IM2 other than one fight scene and Renner amounted to a little more than a cameo in Thor. In this they are fleshed out and given more personality. Putting a kickass female character in the hands of Whedon again can never be a bad thing and he makes the Black Widow feel more like a real person rather than just the token girl of the team.
Lastly, someone who I think will be overlooked by a lot of people upon first watch, is Hiddleston as Loki. He has to hold his own against 6 other actors while still coming across as menacing to the audience and he pulls it off spectacularly. He’s one of the best villains I’ve seen in a film in a long time. His presence, his motivation, his continued back story from Thor and that wonderful shit-eating grin just made him the perfect bad guy for the Avengers to have to face. While I loved every performance in this film, I honestly think his was my favourite of the lot.
Add on top of this some amazing action scenes, some wonderful in team fights and an actually worthwhile reason for all of these superheros to come together and you begin to see why I might be fanboying out a little in this review. So as I began this; Seriously just go and see this film now. 5/5.