Superhero fans of the world, it’s the movie event you’ve been waiting for. The Avengers cometh to make an all mighty good time ruckus, suited and booted without a hair out of place, supercharged for 2 hours of fan boy and girl entertainment. They have taken your faith and patience and turned out a spectacular display of physical and metaphysical Marvel magic and thrown in a lot of laughs along the way.
Avengers Assemble as it will be marketed in the UK, has delivered what fans want, as one of their very own has gone and directed it. Man of the hour, Joss Whedon has struck the right balance of an all encompassing ensemble piece against the pace, dynamics and mastery of what the genre deserves. All the principals are spot-on in their roles. Distinct, unruly and deliciously self-deprecating. Each hero is given enough time to explore their back-story, stirring up the important emotions and given the room to project their motivations while still able to laugh at themselves and each other. The shining example of this, of course, is Downey Jnr’s Iron Man. His cockiness is serving him well as Tony Stark, although he best be careful to not appear smug. His ego next to the the sopiness of Gwenth Paltrow was perhaps the movies lowest point in an otherwise perfect trajectory. The addition of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner’s green rage, The Hulk, to the team has been the biggest question mark amongst fans. Fear not, his turn is brilliantly orchestrated and confidently delivered, achieving Banner’s core while teasing out the actors own sensitive nature.
The plot itself is simple, old testament stuff , allowing first-timers a chance to feel instantly at home in the Marvel universe. From collapsing underground bunkers, to disintegrating space ships to one of the ultimate of symbolic representations of the Marvel world, the defence of a Metropolis. Whedon’s approach is always one of a fan, and he recognizes the now truly global nature of that Marvel fandom. Just how powerful and far reaching that world is, is testament to how the film feels like an international celebration. Wait for the final act and you feel just how epic the movie really is. Proving why Whedon is the perfect fit for this generations blockbuster 3-D superhero age. Should any criticism fall on The Avengers, it would be that there is perhaps, too much fan boy adoration. It does have a ‘locals only’ attitude to it. So be warned new comers , you may find it slightly confounding, perhaps indulgent with the in-jokes and the all-to-well established character arcs, but who cares? Right – this is action film making at its most encompassing, enjoyable and tantalising.
Avengers Assemble smashes into cinemas 26th April 2012.
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson
Runtime: 142 min