Review: Avengers Assemble
Avengers Assemble has already made news by breaking the US Box Office Records smashing $200 million in its opening weekend. Let’s see what all the fuss is about. S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has no other option but to call together an ultimate elite fighting team when Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Asgardian reject conjures up an attack on Earth. Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) step up with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to foil Loki’s evil plan.
Buffy creator Joss Whedon had the task of taking these individual Marvel characters and bringing them together into one team – which was filled with heart, comedy and a big old chunk of action. There was a chance this film could have turned into Ironman 2.1, but Whedon definitely has a head on his shoulders to balance the story amongst the star studded cast. For those of you who haven’t seen any of the prior linked films such as Thor, Captain America and Iron Man, here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect from our main characters. Captain America is a disconnected hero in a world he doesn’t always understand, but when he does understand it – he definitely gets it. Iron Man is known not only for his hero capabilities but also for his distinctive dry wit and magnetism, which is a great way to cut up the script. This is Bruce Banner as we’ve never seen him before, bringing a niceness to the role, Ruffalo does a great job counteracting the big green rage machine that is the Hulk. Thor actually seems to find a way to fit in with the other Avengers even though he is still bursting with Asgardian swagger.
There is a great combination of drama and comedy in Avengers Assemble which is unsurprising from Whedon. The pleasant surprise lays in the ratio of action to non action scenes. With a cast as rich as what we see here, you’d expect some ego boosting with longer screen time getting across character sets. The great thing about that is with the previous linked films, we’ve already seen it all. I can imagine Whedon was keen to get stuck into the action that the Avengers brings, and it definitely shows.
With all these great characters, there is one character that sticks in your mind. Mainly because it wasn’t expected. Agent Phil Coulson is a superb scene stealer for many reasons, but with not wanting to reveal any spoilers we’ll leave it as that. Whedon did a great job with showing his love for strong and intelligent female characters through Black Widow, with a slightly more refined take on the character that we’ve not seen before.
The multiple plot lines fit together perfectly adding some real depth to S.H.I.E.L.D., not to mention letting us peek through the window of what potential there is in the future for the Marvel crew.
With such an epic assemble of heroes, they needed a decent villain to fight. Enter Loki. Although we saw him in Thor, we get to see a more devilish side and thankfully Hiddleston absolutely owns the role. He even has one of the biggest comedy moments in the film which includes a run in with The Hulk.
Unfortunately there is one minor bone to pick, and it is only small. The Alien army in which Loki is working with are tremendously bland with no real unique capabilities. This can be let go though due to the overall awesomeness of everything else.
The good thing is it isn’t just Marvel super fans who will enjoy Avengers Assemble, Whedon’s done a good job in making sure newcomers won’t feel out of their depth entering this unknown territory. Although yes, some minor details may be lost on them but they will in no means be lost.
After all the build up and expectations this long awaited Marvel mash-up brought, there was plenty of room for being left feeling disappointed. But luckily this isn’t the case. If Whedon himself doesn’t continue with the next installment, who ever does take up the task has a big challenge to step it up.
It’s definitely on the cards that Avengers Assemble could be a serious contender for Film of the Year.
Avengers Assemble is out in UK cinemas now.
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