“The Avengers”

“The Avengers” with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel Jackson


Marvel StudiosThe Avengers is by far the best superhero movie ever created.  It perfectly straddles the line between humor, sentiment, and action.  The humor hits home for all ages and easily elicits laughter from audiences.  There are a couple of really touching moments that act as a wonderful bridge from the superhuman to the human—humbling superheroes to relate to humanity.  There is a particularly poignant scene, about mid-film, that could easily draw tears if in a sad state of mind—so be forewarned.  And, then there are the action sequences; throughout the movie they just continually build until it climaxes excellently.  With so many supernatural characters floating around the CGI was immense, but the bleeding was nonexistent and transitions were seemless.


The acting in the Avengers is phenomenal!  There have been quite a few Marvel films, so the setup and the introduction of the characters was minimal but cohesive due to the prior films.  Chris Evans as Captain America is near perfect. He is level-headed and innocent, and always fighting for a higher cause.  Evans looks a little beefier than he did in Captain America: First Avenger, and truthfully it makes more sense. Captain America has always been fit and close cut—he is a super soldier after all.  Robert Downey, Jr. is really the only actor that could play Tony Stark/Iron Man at this point.  It’s exact, and Downey brings his own charm to an already charming character.  Plot details are already trickling out about Iron Man 3, so stayed tuned for Iron Man news as it becomes available here on the Examiner.  Chris Hemsworthplays the all-powerful Thor, and follows up his performance from his own film by portraying Thor more humbly than before; which makes sense considering that the purpose behind the first film’s story arc was to ground an arrogantThor.  Mark Ruffalo was the standout of the film and should have always been the Hulk.  I honestly hope that they make more Hulk films with Ruffalo as the lead.  He played Bruce Banner superbly, and the Hulk’s part in the movie was hilarious and it would have been tarnished without him.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye sits comfortably in the espionage, international assassin role.  Considering that his recent break into the mainstream has begun to typecast him into the spy role.  Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, who I’ve always been ambiguous about, really stepped it up in notch in the Avengers.  Joss Whedon provided a bit more back story to her character and it translated well.  Hawkeyeand Black Widow bounce off of each other well and transform what would normally would be the weaker links of theAvengers into strong, well-rounded characters.  Sam JacksonClark Gregg, and Cobie Smulders round out the S.H.I.E.L.D team nicely.  Although I had an insanely difficult time not looking at Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother.

All-in-all, the Avengers is the Ocean’s of superhero movies, and lives up to the potential in almost every way possible.

Directing and Cinematography

The directing is excellent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if theAvengers becomes classified as Whedon’s Magnum Opus.  He managed to blend the best-of-the-best from all of the leading up Marvel films into one great movie.  The Avengershas been one of the most hyped and highly publicized movies in recent years and it easily could have bungled, but Whedonpulled out all of the stops and created his best piece of work, yet.  The shots are tight and never stagnate.  Whedon is a hero to fanboys everywhere—and, he already was.


The plot manages to assemble a team together relatively easily and quickly, and seque into the core plot with ease.  I was hesitant about Loki being the villain, but it built off the plot of Thor and worked as a great introductory story arc worthy for the Avengers to battle.  The dialogue fit the well-established characters to a ‘T,’ and one of the key aspects of the film that set it a step above the rest of the Marvel lineup was the humor.  The whole film was sprinkled with it, and pretty much every scene involving the Hulk was hilarious.  And, as always Marvel left viewers with a couple of ‘after-the-credit’ snippets to entice audiences further.  There are two additional scenes, so you might have to go back for a second viewing, or YouTube clip to get the full experience.


All summed up, the Avengers is the best superhero movie ever created.  With an opening weekend of over $200 million the fans have already spoken and launched the Avengersinto a stratosphere of its own.  The acting, directing, cinematography, and writing all add together to make an amazing movie.  This is a must-see and easily receives a five-out-of-five star rating from this reviewer.