Movie review – What a Marvel

2012-04-27 15:35

Film: The Avengers (Ster-Kinekor)
Director: Joss Whedon
Featuring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston
Rating: 8/10

If anyone could pull off this souped-up action and superhero mash-up it was going to be Joss Whedon. The creator of the iconic Buffy takes Marvel’s finest and moulds them into the ultimate special-forces unit – to save the Earth.

For nothing less could a director get this many A-listers on the same set.

Whedon’s great gift is being able to tell the individual stories of all these larger-than-life characters, which ensures that this film is a whole lot more than just a whizz-bang, boom-clang flick that dazzles with techno wizardry but hasn’t any emotional centre.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back from outer space with a world-ending plan and an alien army to implement it.

He steals back the tesseract, which Nick Fury’s Shield is trying to decode as the first step in his plan.

You’ll remember the tesseract as the Asgardian power source the Nazis were experimenting with in Captain America and which that superhero put at the bottom of the sea.

Having dredged it up only to have it stolen, Fury summons every freak he knows to get it back. Enter Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as backup with deadly intent.

Consider that all four of the would-be Avengers are alpha males with superior skills and each is used to being the most powerful guy in the room (with the exception of The Hulk, who is still the angriest and the strongest).

The trick is getting them to pull together as a team – one that Whedon pulls off easily off screen and Fury pulls off with manipulation on screen.

Full of throwaway lines – look out for the comic book creator, Stan Lee, in his cameo – as well as film and comic references for fanboys to pick up on throughout.

The Avengers lives up to all the hype and is worth the long wait. Considering the studio put out the first trailer in October last year (and 10 million people had downloaded it within 24 hours) – we here at the tip of Africa should consider ourselves privileged as we are seeing this film a full week before the Americans.

My guess is that this, the first Marvel Studios film to be put out by Disney, is going to fulfil all their box-office dreams and fill studio coffers as fans assemble in their thousands.

Remember to stay till the end to get a gander at the villain of the sequel, which you can bet your bottom dollar is already being ushered into preproduction.

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