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The Avengers Review

The Avengers Review

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WARNING: This Review may contain SPOILERS, if you have not yet seen it

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SUMMARY:  At a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility during an evacuation. Physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract, which has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. It activates a portal, allowing the Asgardian Loki to reach Earth. He takes the Tesseract and uses it to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway. Nick Fury reactivates the “Avengers Initiative”. Fury uses the death of an agent to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Loki uses the Tesseract to open a portal to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion. The Avengers rally in defense ofNew York City, but quickly realize they will be overwhelmed as wave after wave of Chitauri descend upon Earth. Barton, Rogers, Stark, and Thor evacuate civilians, while Banner transforms into the Hulk again and goes after Loki, eventually beating him into submission. Romanoff makes her way to the portal, where Selvig, freed of Loki’s control, reveals that Loki’s staff can be used to close the portal. In the aftermath, Thor returns Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard. Fury notes that the Avengers will return when they are needed.

The Avengers Review:

I’m going to start off by saying I’m proud to be and have been a Joss Whedon fan for so many years! Right off the bat, there is a purpose for each of the characters and the actions they had to take throughout the plot of the film. We see the Tesseract misbehaving and radiating a trace of gamma rays. This brings Bruce Banner in. The Interrogation of Loki calls for Romanov’s skill. The knowledge of Loki is brought in by Thor, who apprehends him. The retrograding of the missle to the portal and the knowledge of new technology and weaponry calls for Iron Man. Precision of aim and attack came in handy from Hawkeye. And of course Captain America came in #1 with his super soldier battle skills.

Not only does each character have a purpose, but they also have a well-established background that helps to push the importance to their purpose Such as, Black widow helping to save others in hope of redemption from having “red on her ledger”.  I think that the use of AgentCoulson’s death was properly utilized and did not seem rushed, or too sudden. Having a death under their watch, helped to unite the Avengers and have them work as a team.

Any other director would have had these heroes work together right out the bat. However, the genius that is Joss Whedon prevailed with an astonishing exhibition of all the characters. He noted that, these heroes would not be able to work together at first, because they are so different and unique in their own way, they each had a battle with their inner egos.

There was an undertone of comedic screenplay which did not derail the realness of the characters, or the movement in the plot.

The ending brought a glance at the story from the comic book- for all those real fans who know what I’m talking about… this is big. We saw Thanos, smiling at the thought of Death –which we know he has a love-affair with. This implies a predecessor to a major event in Marvel Comics history, and that was ‘The Infinity Gauntlet’. This ending is leading us all to believe that Avengers 2 is going to contain an epic battle. However, there are several smaller wars that Thanos brings upon Earth before the Infinity Gauntlet comes to play and we may see one of these smaller wars come into play before we see the epic-ness of the Infinity Gauntlet -so, hopefully that ending didn’t overhype the next film.

Overall, this movie will be listed on my top 3 movies!

For this reason, I give The Avengers 5 out of 5 hearts <3<3<3<3<3

FACTS ABOUT THE FILM:

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*Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance –did you see him?!

*Edward Norton was originally set to reprise his role from “The Incredible Hulk” but negotiations between him and Marvel Studios broke down. Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

*This was the first Marvel film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures: didn’t you notice the Disney trailers before the movie?

*Lou Ferrigno voices the Hulk in this film. He has played the Hulk in almost every live-action version since 1978: he played the Incredible Hulk and its seubsequent three TV specials, and he voiced the Hulk in bit-screen “The Incredible Hulk”, and he also voiced ‘the Hulk’ in various animated productions.

*Christ Hemsworth had to increase and expand his dietary/food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for ‘Thor’

*Director Joss Whedon had earlier been considered to direct “X-Men” in the 1990s. A big fan of the X-men, he even wrote a script, from which only two lines made it into the film.

*According to Joss Whedon, this film was strongly influenced by the 1960s Avengers comics, which he was a fan of while growing up: “In those comics, these people shouldn’t be in the same room let alone the same team- and that is the definition of family.”

*Chris Evans once sent at text message to Clark Gregg simply saying “Assemble”, which is the tagline of the movie. Gregg stated that this was his favorite text message ever sent to him.

*Thor spends most of this movie in his Asgardian armor but with bar arms- a nod to his early appearences in the comics.

[Facts Source: imdb.com]

Peace & Luv

~Virginia James