Think of what you wanted from this film – picture it on-screen, actually happening! Now open your eyes and see it because everything I wanted this film to include and hoped to see actual actors perform on-screen is included! Everything!
This review is going to be so positive that I don’t actually know where to begin! A couple of months ago I posted an article that compared the three big superhero films this year and weighed up their pros and cons. Avengers had me worried because it was a film that brought together superheros that struggled to tell their own story’s in just one film. (Iron Man even had two!) I was worried that there was no way all the characters would be treated equally and that it would turn into Iron Man 3.
I’m an idiot! Marvel were genius with their plan here. At no point did they “retell” any of the origins of the characters for anyone that may not have seen the individual films. They trusted the audience. They threw us into each character with their own, single, amazing “introductory” scenes which laid the ground work and then quickly moved on to the important part of the film – the plot!
This was my second worry. There would be loads of cool moments held together by a thin, silly plot that would feel rushed and cheap considering the time we’d put into watching all these films. Again, I was so stupid to doubt what Marvel have done here. The story isn’t complicated but at the same time isn’t a rushed “excuse” to get all the heroes together. There is actually a story here and not just one that has the Avengers fighting an enemy in loads of set piece action moments but a story that develops their characters and gives most of the stars equal time and impact.
That isn’t to say this film doesn’t have loads of action sequences worthy of The Avengers because it has so many it’s ridiculous. Everything I wanted to see these characters do is here and more. Not just Avengers versus villains but, as if someone looked into my brain when writing this film, Avengers versus Avengers… a lot of Avengers versus Avengers! I won’t spoil any here but the fights they have are well worth the admission fee alone. They don’t feel rushed or pigeon-holed in either which is testament to how well this is written.
The writing of the film is something in itself. To be able to capture each character and how they’d interact with each other so perfectly is amazing. Tony Stark is his usual, cocky, arrogant but witty self and when put up against Thor’s “Shakespearian” like dialogue it makes for brilliant scenes. Captain America’s “fish out of water” also makes for great moments and every “in-joke” concerning Bruce Banner and his alter-ego seemed to get a laugh everytime.
The actors themselves are all effortless as their heroes. Robert Downey Jr is Tony Stark. Chris Hemsworth plays Thor as if its his fourth or fifth time of doing it and the biggest surprise for me is Chris Evans as Captain America. I always doubted he could pull it off, never really believing Chris Evans could be the morally-straight, authoritarian and leader of the Avengers. I wasn’t even that convinced after his own film but after seeing Avengers Assemble, I no longer have any doubts! The scenes where he stands up to and then leads the team show me that he is definitely much more Captain America than Jonny Storm.
The two new recruits to the Avengers hold their own and there is actually a very clever twist to help tell Hawkeye’s story and establish him as a character in the film. Black Widow gets enough to do to stop her feeling bolted on and included to stop this being too “male-heavy.” In fact she gets some of the coolest scenes in the film, particularly her first meeting with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner.
I have also given up on any doubts I had here too, Mark Ruffalo is Bruce Banner. He didn’t try to play it like Ed Norton did but in fact gave us a new, better version of Bruce Banner. I’d even go as far as saying that The Hulk is the probably given the best moments in this film and if they don’t look at giving Mark Ruffalo a film of his own, they really are missing out on a golden opportunity!
Comic book films work best when they are as close to the source material as possible and I don’t think you’ll get any closer to “watching a comic” than you will with The Avengers Assemble. I haven’t even had chance to mention how brilliant Samuel L Jackson is as Fury or that Tom Hiddleston gives a perfect performance as Loki again as well. My only worry would be how they follow what is the perfect comic book film!
Overall, I can’t speak highly enough of how good this film was. I must have gasped, laughed, almost leapt out of seat and been thrown back into it countless times throughout this film. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Everything I wanted from this film I got and more. My only questions are 1. How can they top how brilliant this was and 2. If Avengers Assemble is this good – how brilliant will Dark Knight Rises be?
Rating – 5!
(1 – Awful, 2 – Average, 3 – Good, 4 – Great, 5! – Must See)