Saturday, December 27, 2014

Film Review: The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (Review)
United States/2012
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"'s a superhero movie times four!"

Loki retrieves the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D., in order to summon an army of aliens to Earth for a war...

The Avengers is a superhero movie that plays out like a superhero movie -- well, with a few more superheroes, of course. So, after Loki steals the Tesseract, Nick Fury calls upon Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner to hunt it down. Soon thereafter, Thor lands on Earth to retrieve Loki. After some bickering, the group gain traction and form the Avengers to fight Loki and his alien army. The film ends with a big, memorable showdown with a predictable outcome.

The story has a little more depth than my synopsis, but that's the gist. It's very predictable, anyway. It's a superhero movie with more than one superhero. Sure, that adds some variety to the action, but the story is practically the same. I suppose that's not a major issue, though, considering I had a lot of fun. There's a lot charm, wit, and, of course, action to be experienced. The finale is one grand action sequence that spans nearly a half-hour. If you're like me and you missed the Hulk, this is a more than welcomed return. And, thanks to the wit and humor that's occasionally sprinkled onto the film, it doesn't feel too bloated. In other words, if you like superhero movies, here's a superhero movie times four! (+Black Widow and Hawkeye.)

The acting is good. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth all ooze with charisma, as expected from a cast of superheroes. Scarlett Johansson is also good(looking). All-around, the cast is very strong. The film looks good, too, great cinematography and camerawork. The score is epic. The visual effects are superb. It's a big-budget blockbuster, so you can expect some big-budget technical qualities. Writer and director Joss Whedon creates an epic action-blockbuster experience with a smooth pace and immense entertainment value.

Overall, The Avengers is a great film. It has some flaws, like the safe and predictable story, but it ultimately delivers in the entertainment department. If you love superhero movies, you'll probably love this charming and witty action-packed blockbuster. If you're exhausted from the blockbuster formula, this one might wear you out. (I'm still hoping for a new Hulk movie.)

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood, Scarlett Johansson in a tight suit.

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