Wednesday, May 2, 2012


One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2012 finally arrived and has caused a big wave of buzz in the metro. And this is for good reason. The Avengers stayed true to it being tagged as a blockbuster hit as it has blasted past Philippine box-office records the way Hulk is stomping its enemies. So how does the Avengers fare in terms of overall movie experience.

Bringing up an ensemble cast has always been a challenge in movie making much more if it is for a superhero flick. X-men has done it for some good measures. Fantastic Four did not really do extra well and DC's Justice League has always been shelved, cancelled or not green lighted. But as for the Avengers, a plan was set and that is to introduce some of the groups main stars in their own movies first before doing the entire group thingy. And it actually worked wonders.

The movie revolves on the actual formation of the group. Nick Fury, director of SHIELD was pressed to form a force that could possibly stop the wrath of beleaguered god of Asgard Loki, brother to Thor (or sort of as he's adopted). Loki unleashes his full force attack on earth to capture the one source of great power which is the Tesseract. He comes with ruthless power and blasted SHIELD's office causing alarm to Fury. He then calls on some of the mightiest heroes to join forces in finding the Tesseract.

What really appeals to me is how each character has their own share of introduction into the story which makes you know them for a bit enough for you to be engaged and carry on with the story. Each one from Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) have their own share of screen time. Their stories were carefully sewn into each other making it a seamless connection with all of them. Now the challenge of having eccentric and bipolar individuals was certainly a challenge for Fury and at the end they all did their fare share in fighting together and winning. Even Loki (Tom Hiddleston) did impress once again with his simple yet menacing take on Loki.

We can never ask for super deep storylines in superhero movies as the basic concept of them saving the world is always the basic premise. But "The Avengers" made it more real and with emotions. It did not dive solely on drama and action but induced the normal and occasional doses of comic moments which for me is relatable as if it is normal life they are portraying. The fight scenes, visuals, graphics and sound effects were superb and really gripping. So I would have to say, director Joss Whedon has done a good job. The film did not suffer from the star complex issue which we normally see for big ensemble movies.

This is definitely a 5 out of 5 popcorns. (Remember to stay on after the credits as there is a teaser on who would be the next enemy for the sequel)

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