Some assembly required.
When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!
The Avengers, or as I'd like to call it 'How to go from a 36 year old to a 12 year old in 2.5 hours', is this generation's Star Wars. Or Back to the future. Or Indiana Jones. It doesn't matter, pick one, it's iconic.
This will not be a rational review. It never could have been as I am a silly comic book geek. Whether good or bad, it would simply be impossible for me to approach this film rationally. I am so happy that at the centre of this film lies a big, thunderously thumping heart.
Technically this film is practically perfect. There are so many unbelievably impressive set pieces you get to see, it is simply stunning.…
When Marvel announced they were going to set up their own film studio, not only making individual superhero movies but also set them in the same universe and using the solo outings as a way to build interest in a mega-collaboration with four of the biggest heroes in comic books, it seemed like an ambitious folly that was doomed to fail. When most of the solo films turned out to be merely decent the ambition seemed to be misplaced, even if the films were financial successes. However, my reservations were thankfully unfounded as not only have they managed to cleverly assemble (if you pardon the pun) the disparate heroes into a cohesive and consistently exciting story but Marvel and Whedon…
Rise up with me, my friends!
I have been called an idiot for liking this.
I have been called a moron for liking this.
Apparently, liking this means you're a Whedon fanboy.
Apparently, you and I are not allowed to like this film at all.
Apparently, you and I don't give a fuck and this was my fifth viewing.
It's still brilliantly paced.
Still immensely entertaining.
Still a cocktail of characters that tastes delicious.
Black Widow is still scrumptious.
Loki still a fantastic villain.
Still has one of the best boss battles ever.
Still captures the Marvel Comic vibe perfectly.
Still makes me…
To kind of steal a line from The Rock... FINALLY! THE RON HAS SEEN THE AVENGERS!
This film was like when you get super excited as a kid to do something or go somewhere and it pays off. You have a blast, you drive your parents nuts talking about it, and you bounce off the walls with excitement until you eventually pass out from exhaustion!
My Letterboxd friends know I generally prefer the darker comic book films so I was interested to see what I made of this film. Well call me impressed! Joss Whedon did an excellent job giving us all the action you expect from a film like this, but also managed to deliver excellent snappy dialogue which…
Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's a candidate for the best comic book movie ever made.
High praise indeed, but to my mind utterly deserved. Whedon has done the near impossible here - bring to life the greatest superhero team in fiction while delivering excellent character…
Diary entry, 30th April 2012
I might go to see the Avengers tomorrow. Not that a cynical 30 year old man, like myself, will enjoy it.
Diary entry, 1st May 2012
OMG Avengers is so totally awesome!!!!!
There's this one bit with an aircraft carrier and then there's this bit in the woods and there's American man and the Thor man with a hammer and there's an Iron Man and a lady and a man with arrows and...
HULK SMASH! HULK SMASH!
I even went for ice cream after.
Best day ever!
Director Joss Whedon & co have managed to surpass all the lofty expectations and deliver not only one of the greatest superhero films ever made, but one of the best blockbusters in recent memory.
Full review here - blog.yinnyang.co.uk/2012/04/film-review-avengers-assemble-3d/
Loki: I have an army.
Tony Stark: We have a Hulk.
This was the film I'd been waiting for. The film I'd been wanting to cross off my list for ages. Tonight, at about 12.40am I can say that finally I've watched the Avengers.
The reason I'd put off watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe was due to the Iron Man films. I liked them but I didn't love them. But I loved Thor and engaged well with Captain America. As a consequence I was terrified that this film would disappoint and that it'd be a letdown. How wrong was I. It was literally sex on my TV and that was before Scarlett Johansson had entered.
Visually I was blown away.…
*With RiffTrax. Still not a big fan of The Avengers, it's entertaining but there is also a lot of stupidity throughout. I actually liked it less than the last time I watched it. Well I enjoyed it more with RiffTrax but I liked the movie less. The banter didn't seem as witty, the action is still a bit uneven and the ending battle sequence is exciting yet unwieldy. If I could just turn my brain off it would be a lot more fun. Even still, I'll likely be in the theater for most of the Phase 2 movies and The Avengers 2. Read my original full review Here.
Best week of biology class, EVER.
I just can't bring myself to like this movie, which is both pleasant and frustrating at the same time. Pleasant because, from my point of view, it's a pretty mediocre movie; a self-indulgent mess of someone who thinks he's doing an important movie when it's everything but. So the delusions of grandeur are even more notorious and annoying. Meh action, childish humor. Just boring.
Frustrating because it has been called the "greatest superhero movie of all time". And I don't get that. And the few times I have seen it I always say to myself: "Maybe I did something wrong the last time. Maybe I need to appreciate it from another corner." And, well, still doesn't work for me.
But since I'm in the minority, I'll just call it like it's not my cup of tea, and just leave it to the people who actually love it.
Probably the most entertaining movie I've seen in a cinema since...ever.
Funny and action-packed. For me it's probably the ultimate summer blockbuster movie.
#6 Marvel Phase One Film marathon: 01:30am
Finally, we have made it all the way to the film that the past five built up to for over four years and managed to contain it into a 14 hour film marathon. There were times when I thought some of us would throw in the towel - beds were calling, lives were calling louder. I would argue that this is the life.
Words cannot contain how much I love this film. And after an entire day of watching its predecessors - spotting all of the easter eggs that I had never noticed before; spotting just as many plot holes but still being too entertained to give a slightest fuck - excuse me…
A year later, I still have trouble completely embracing this film. I love the character moments and the final action scene is so much fun that you leave the movie feeling great. But I find the story very weak, and there's just a lot of silly stuff that I don't get. As much fun as the last fight is, the aliens they are fighting are some of the lamest opponents since the Star Wars prequels. I also just feel like not much happens in the movie. There's a lot of fun to be had, but it barely holds together as a whole.