The Avengers (3D) – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 27, 2012 | No Comments
DIRECTOR – Joss Whedon
WRITER – Zak Penn (Story), Joss Whedon (Screenplay) Based on ‘The Avengers’ comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
CAST – Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
MUSIC – Alan Silvestri
Things blow up, fly at you, quake, crack, break and explode as the much-loved superheroes Avengers congregate to save the world in a 3D action fest. A highly popular Marvel Comics series, ‘Avengers’ is the name of the team assembled in the film by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Johnson), Director of S.H.E.I.L.D. The team consists of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Not all of them are inadvertent conversions and not all of them are reliable. Inconsistency and un-dependability in super-heroes – that makes it even more interesting to watch them waging wars of galactic proportions.
The film invokes Loki, Thor’s adopted, constant thorn-in-the-side brother, the evil-doer to fight whom the Avengers originally assembled in the comic book version. In the film, this is their first assembly and it is to stop Loki from activating the Tessaract (a high-power energy resource) and destroying the Earth. Loki is on an aggrandised mission to rule as a tyrant and unleashes the alien forces of Chitauri as his army. Thor is compelled to intervene and fight with the Avengers even if all he wants is to take Loki back to where he belongs.
Tight, humorous and smart, the film at once combines snazzy action with witty dialogues and a plot that carefully integrates personality characteristics of its superheroes. So while it is fun watching Thor, the Norse god of thunder effortlessly battle invincible forces and Hulk bellowing his way to destruction, it is equally tickling to watch Iron Man and Captain America bicker as their wont to.
But there is space only for applause as the heroes take charge in a very smartly written screenplay that immensely humanises them. It’s a very hi-tech atmosphere they are a part of and we revel in the ostentatious gadgetry as much as good, old hand combat because it is done with equal parts finesse and imagination. After all, we are rooting for the super-heroes that we know are going to win anyways, but the film makes the war in-between immense fun to watch. And there the 3D adds the dimension that makes this inter-galactic war even larger than life.
Avengers clearly falls into that category of new-age super-hero films that rooted in story-telling in characterisation as much espousing advanced technology and effects to enamour its audience. Its audience is no longer children or teeny-boppers and that is clear from its decision to never rely on effects alone. It relies on its super heroes’ characters and what happens to them and by far, that becomes a parallel delight by itself. That is after one has regained the breath lost from the spectacular feats they perform.