Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (from IMDB)
What wasn’t a draw to this movie? Captain America. The fact that it was directed by Joss Whedon. All of the superheros in one movie. Thor. Robert Downey Jr. Mark Ruffalo. Pretty much all of these things are reasons to watch this movie. They were all draws. Everything about this movie drew me into it.
This movie was a sundae of awesome, with sprinkles of flawlessness, all topped with a cherry of cult attachment. This movie did everything right. For having such amazing stars, Joss Whedon did an amazing job of giving all the characters equal air time. I was a bit worried that Iron Man would kind of take over and be the “main” hero. I should have known that Joss would know better.
There was a perfect balance of humor, action and emotion. Even after seeing it twice, I never felt that the action scenes lasted too long. I found myself waiting for the next scene where all of them would interact again. One of the best things about this movie, is that none of the heroes were without fault. All of them showed some vulnerability in some way or another. Whether it’s Iron Man’s bull-headedness, or Captain’s caution, Thor’s pride, or Hulk’s lack of control, they were all vulnerable in the best way possible. Sure, we like to think that these heroes are perfect, but the small imperfections are what make them likable.
Speaking of the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo really stepped up in this movie. As the one person that had to step into someone elses shoes, his portrayal of Bruce was one of the best ones I’ve seen. The fact that I have a small crush on Mark has
a lot nothing to do with my adoration of the character.
One thing that I wasn’t expecting, was how much I enjoyed Tom Hiddleston’s performance of Loki. EW Magazine mentioned Tom’s performance in their review of The Avengers saying:
“The second smartest thing they did was to allow Tom Hiddleston to let it rip as Loki. He’s close to a generic villain, but Hiddleston invests his ravings and evil smile with a sleek mystery and power that suggests he may be an actor of the stature of Gary Oldman.”
I have to say that I completely agree. Tom’s performance almost made you feel bad for Loki. That is, if he wasn’t so crazy.
Tony Stark: Let’s do a head count here. Your brother, the demigod; the supersoldier, living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins and you, big fellow, you’ve managed to piss off every single one of them.
Loki: That was the plan.
Tony Stark: Not a great plan.
Thor: He’s my brother
Natasha Romanoff: He killed 80 people in 2 days
Thor: …He’s adopted
Have you seen The Avengers yet? What did you think?