If you were to take the story of The Dark Knight (2008) and make it less sophisticated and not nearly as complex you would have The Avengers. The reason behind this is Loki, despite his Shakespearian and Nordic roots, he may want to see the world burn; but on a different level than the Joker (Nolan, 2008).
One of the many reasons why The Avengers stands out in the crowd is its attention to the many characters it has in the film. Everyone here has his or her moment, and it’s true to character. For example when Iron man (Robert Downey Jr.) makes one of his many entrances in the film he is listening to AC/DC and provides us with a cocky one-liner.
Many critics have stated in their own reviews of the film that they don’t understand what Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) Is doing here as well as what superpowers she actually has. Truth be told she possesses none in the literal sense, but she holds the power of seduction and is therefore able to convince The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to join S.H.E.I.L.D. and save the world. However, those who have actually read comic books or had the common decency to research her character before seeing the film would know that our redheaded friend was indeed injected with the same serum that was used on Captain America (Chris Evans). It just had a different effect on her; it made her fertile and gave her superhuman strength.
This is not mentioned directly about her in the film, but there is a scene where Captain America and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) discuss what became of the magic serum and what S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to accomplish with it.
The Avengers unlike most comic book superhero movies actually lives up to it’s hype simply because, Marvel has been careful about how it’s films have not only been written, but whom also portrays it’s characters and whom directs their films i.e. Thor (2011). It just made sense that Kenneth Brannah would direct a movie with such deep ties to Shakespeare.
The dialogue in The Avengers is nothing special, but it’s important to make note about it here, because a lot it is very fun. Thor speaks in his normal Shakespearian manner where as Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) will spew techno babble back and fourth as if it’s a walk in the park. On the other hand Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner) represent your typical Joss Whedon (whom wrote the screenplay and also directs the film) western dialogue. It sounds like it came right out of Firefly in some scenes, but fortunately this only works towards the film’s advantage.
The plot is very simple in The Avengers as I mentioned above in many ways it is similar to The Dark Knight (2008). However, The way Whedon goes about it in the film it is very subtle, while at the same time it is very good, because you don’t readily recognize this until it is too late. Loki presents himself as a more than formidable enemy such as The Joker, but he simply isn’t as insane.
The one problem I had with The Avengers is that there is so much going on in the film you’ll miss the small stuff; for example I missed Black widow’s “line” and “bite” in the film the first two viewings of it. As well as what the other characters might have or do that is subtle, yet true to character.
The Avengers has a great cast and everyone involved not only acted their parts well, it felt like a genuine comic book movie. I just wish they were able to do this much sooner, rather than later. The Avengers is a movie that beckons not only a second viewing, but also a third or fourth while still playing in the theatre.
Please note: This film was not shot in IMAX nor did I have the opportunity to see it in IMAX. Instead I saw the film in 2D and 3D however, the 3D wasn’t bad in fact it was a step up from the normal movies that usually see 3D added in post. The 2D wasn’t horrible either; due to the fact that it was shot entirely on the new Arri Alexa and that the images do not look flat even on the 2D screen.
Nolan, C. (producer) Nolan, C. (Director). (2008) The Dark Knight USA: Legendary Pictures