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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!
Bravo Whedon! Really a perfect superhero movie in every aspect. Every single one. The only detraction from this movie is its pacing of action sequences. They last much longer than they need to, and if this movie were paced to keep its plot moving steady, it would be the best superhero movie ever made without question.
Yup, I've watched it again.......
Felt appropriate to do a Supes/Batman/Avengers comparison.
Avengers = fun
Supes = different and excellent reboot
Batman = solid film (with added reboot)
I enjoyed all three in different ways and even though this is my 6th or 7th rewatch, having seen the others, I'm more than happy for these 3 to live in the same 'top' list......
Look the bit on that ship/plane thingy bit bored the arse off me. If your upset that i gave it three stars l will give you a free hug.
Third viewing of this and after just watching Iron Man 2 this was the obvious choice for Sunday afternoon.
Whedon's world suits me just fine and with the idea of multiple superhero's in one film broke the mold on how to bring a film that catered for every fan-boy. Iron Man,Thor,The Hulk, Captain America,Hawkeye and for anyone in need of a lady in leather, Black Widow. We all have a favorite and with enough legend,wit and dynamite action to keep everyone interested this could well be the ultimate superhero film. Interested to see what The Avengers 2 has in store for us.
The Avengers ranks so highly for me because of a multitude of reasons, but the largest being it is seriously the dream come true of a guy who had been reading the comics since I was in elementary school. Marvel Studios had been building and building towards this for the past few years and the slightest misstep could've potentially ruined it. Instead, Marvel hired a co-writer/director who understood the material, understood how to deal with an ensemble, and most importantly gave a cast of big personalities each their time to shine while flawlessly playing off each other in the process. Call me a fanboy all you want for I do not care, The Avengers is comic book filmmaking perfection.
In Joss Whedon we trust. Possibly the greatest Marvel film to date. Great action sequences, smart dialogue, fantastic character interaction. My only complaint is putting Hawkeye on the back burner - he needs more story and interaction in the next one.
A supremely fun movie. As a long time comic book reader it was everything my ten year old self could have wanted and my thirty-five year old self as well. Whedon stepped up and made a crowd pleasing film that didn't make me feel guilty after watching it.
I admire Joss Whedon's attempts to construct a film that pays tribute to the spectacle of superheroes, but I do not admire the film that it is a part of.
The film lacks a cohesive and satisfying narrative to make this venture a worthwhile trip. Spectacle itself is not a bad thing, but Aristotle placed it low on his priorities for storytelling for a very reason: Spectacle alone is not satisfying.
What could be an interesting film is ultimately just a series of events that vaguely connect to each other as it smashes its way through to the end. It is essentially a Saturday morning cartoon blown up in proportion. If this is something you find satisfying, I will not…