The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)
  • Time: 141 min
  • Genre: Action
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans


When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!


  • “The Avengers” is a movie with comic book heroes, meant for those who like SciFi fantasy. A great combination of all the best super heroes and Marvel have done a great job. In fact it’s not really my favourite genre, but all in all, it’s very entertaining and well worth watching. I guess it’s better to watch it in 3D! The characters have depth and this is what separates “The Avengers” from most other movies in this genre. For SciFi-lovers this is a must-see!

  • You can sum up Avengers in one word…FUN. Some of the world’s greatest comic book characters all together in one movie, kicking ass to save us puny humans…who wouldn’t want to see that? And as great as it is to see the Avengers come together to save the world, some of the most fun is had when they butt heads and pound on each other just like in the comics. Iron Man vs. Thor, Thor vs. Hulk, Iron Man vs. Captain America….great stuff.

    Director Joss Whedon does a solid job showcasing all the Avengers without forcing too much story into one movie. Rounding out the individual superhero movies that have been leading up to this was no easy challenge. From Jon Favereau’s good Iron Man movies, to the marginal Captain America, and the abysmal Thor pic. Whedon molds the good and bad that he had to work with from the past stories and made an entertaining film.

    I’m not so sure I would crown The Avengers as the top comic book movie of all time (which is currently still The Dark Knight in my mind), but it was a blast seeing all the Marvel characters finally uniting in the same movie!

  • The Avengers comes with a weight of expectations so heavy that it takes a man with enough guts to take on material that has preceded him, and turn it into something fresh and enticing for both fans and non-fans alike.

    That man with the superhero guts is Joss Whedon, who co-wrote the sensational horror parody The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and who now has the opportunity to show the world that Christopher Nolan is not the only kid in Hollywood’s block who can make a blockbuster tick smartly.

    The Avengers is as much a Marvel showpiece as it is a Whedon picture. With the exception of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor (2011), which I enjoyed thoroughly, Marvel has produced popcorn movies that sometimes seem too eager to please.

    Whedon makes The Avengers his very own, an effort that combines large-scale action set pieces with a smart, witty script that elevates the film to a level seldom attained by other superhero genre offerings. In fact, what’s most impressive is not the action sequences, but the banter among the ensemble characters that dot the film.

    It’s a mammoth task to bring superheroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and superhumans like Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) together as a band of (misfit) brothers to counter Loki (Tom Hiddlestone), a nemesis hell bent in taking control of Earth with the aid of creatures of an alien race.

    Thus, it is highly admirable that Whedon is able to juggle effortlessly both individual character development and character-to-character relationships, devising a narrative that accommodates everyone without losing anyone.

    For non-fans, rest assured that The Avengers fulfills its promise to entertain like how a summer blockbuster should be. The climactic action set-piece may be prolonged, but it is well-paced, including a virtuoso sequence that sees the camera follow one superhero to another, and to another in a seamless take.

    But if there is any criticism, it is that the final act offers nothing new in terms of action. The attack on Manhattan by alien enemy forces feels like something we have seen before, a CG-orgy of destruction and devastation like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Yes, it is spectacular, but it does not take your breath away.

    For fans, The Avengers is more than just seeing Marvel superheroes joining forces to combat a global threat. It’s seeing them interacting with each other, which is why the best moments in the film are when the action pauses.

    That’s when Whedon takes pains to include as many one-to-one dialogue (or action-reaction) exchanges to whet the appetites of fangirls and geekboys. Iron Man and Loki? Check. Hulk and Thor? Check. Hulk and Loki? Check. And I’m only a tenth through the checklist…

    The Avengers comes very close to being the definitive superhero movie of the 21st century generation. It meets expectations, though it doesn’t surpass them. Still, it’s a feat of blockbuster screenwriting. “Shakespeare in the park?” says Iron Man. Gee, how Branagh must have dug that.

    Verdict: Whedon’s smart, witty script takes the superhero movie to a level seldom attained by other genre offerings.

    GRADE: A- (8.5/10)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *