Monday, 30 April 2012

Avengers Assemble 3D (12A)

*****
How do you pull together a group of disparate super-heroes and their super-heavy emotional baggage in one movie and make it watchable? It is the thought that intrigued me most about the new Marvel Avengers movies. How can you cram them all into 1hr. 42mins and still make a fast-paced action movie? Especially as some characters, notably Black Widow and Hawkeye are not well known to a mass audience.
Director Joss Whedon has managed the feat very well, giving each superhero just enough back-plot and cameo to flesh out a plot revolving around Tom Hiddleston's beautiful bad boy antihero Loki. The only sacrifice seems to be the pace, the first half of the movie slowly slots together like a jigsaw only to break up into a chaotic, super- fast CGI finale. This odd change of pace forces two effects. The back stories of the super-heroes who have to wait till the latter half of the film for their cameos get slightly lost (in particular Hawkeye played with ease by Jeremy Renner) and Loki and his evil master-plan become sidelined by the very impressive CGI action.
Slightly surprisingly, the Incredible Hulk steals the film away from his superhero buddies, with Mark Ruffalo playing both Banner and Hulk to great effect. His not-so-jolly green behemoth's rage is a great foil to the super-slick Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and squeaky-clean Captain America (Chris Evans). And then that still leaves several more superheroes to mention, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), as well Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury trying to inspire a bit of teamwork and keep their super-egos in check and whereas I've run out of time to discuss them, in the film they get a reasonably chunky bit of action and plot to themselves. And that is the genius of this movie, it's all your favourite super-heroes rolled into one big popcorntastic blockbuster of a movie. Go see it, it's what cinema and special effects were made for. It really won't be the same on a small screen.
That great big green belly laugh moment is still making smile, so a marvellous four out of five star rating.


Marvel Avengers website

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