The Avengers

It’s taken me this long to watch what is now the 3rd most grossing movie of all time. Yes, I know. But since I do not go to theatres since 2005 the only way for me to get this was to wait a while until the dvds were released. But then, once the dvds were available here – I kinda lost interest as I had seen so many clips, read a lot about it and seen too many comments, review videos and images on it. You can get burnt out of a movie because of overexposure. So I waited this long to get it but I did enjoy every second of the film, I must say. So The Avengers, a 2012 Action/Superherp/Science Fiction movie, produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Joss Wheadon who also wrote the screenplay and rewrote the original story by Zak Penn, stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston,  Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

This movie doesn’t let you take a full breath, relentlessly bombarding with stunning visuals, action, spectacular special effects and some comedy. It is an amazing movie that does not disappoint and even leaves room for some character development. It is a deserving of all the money that it has made and shows off the rest of the world just what us fans of his knew all along – Joss Wheadon is an awesome director and he has made that jump into blockbuster movies really well. Ok so for some points on the movie:

  • So just like in 2011’s Thor, Loki is the main villain here and he gets to battle all the Avengers superheros while aided by a scary & powerful alien army.  Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri and in exchange for the energy source known as the Tesseract, he is promised a Chitauri army with which he can subjugate the Earth. Loki uses a portal to get to earth & takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway. Nick Fury & his agents Maria Hill & Phil attempt to get it back but fail, causing Fury to activate the Avengers.
  • Natasha Romanov is tasked to bring Dr Bruce Banner in from Calcutta (in another Hollywood depiction of India as just a colourful slum), while Phil visits Tony Stark and Fury himself goes to see Steve Rogers. Loki is caught in Stutgart after a brief fight when his brother Thor appears to take Loki back to Asgard. Iron Man & Captain America convince Thor to bto S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. There Loki is imprisoned while scientists Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract. It is clear however that the heroes are not a group yet and tension arises in disagreements and when it is revealed that SHIELD plan to create weapons against possible hostile aliens.
  • Barton and some of Loki’s men attack the Helicarrier and disable a couple of the engines and causing Banner to get angry and turn into the Hulk and go on a rampage, attacking both Romanov and Thor who fights it out with him. Loki escapes, killing Phil on the way, as Romanov knocks Barton out, releasing the mind control that Loki had on him, while Captain & Iron Man restarts the engines. Fury uses Coulson’s death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team.
  • As Loki begins his planned take over of earth, a huge portal opens above the skies, leading to a Chitauri invasion fleet. ogers, Stark, and Thor evacuate civilians with assistance from Barton, while Banner transforms back into the Hulk and goes after Loki, eventually beating him into submission. Meanwhile, Fury’s superiors attempt to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile at Manhattan. Stark intercepts the missile and takes it through the portal toward the Chitauri fleet. The missile detonates, destroying the invaders’ mothership and leaving their forces disabled on Earth. Stark’s suit runs out of power and he falls back through the portal, but the Hulk saves him from crashing to the ground. Romanoff deactivates the portal to prevent further invasion. In the aftermath, Thor returns Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard and the rest go their separate ways though Fury assures his superiors that they will return if needed.

There is a post credit scene in which The Other confers with his master about the invasion and the resistance from the Avengers and the mysterious alien grins evilly at the camera. This is surely the path that the sequel is to tread. I’m happy to see Jeremy Renner for the first time since 1995’s Senior Trip and a 2000 episode of Angel. The comedy in the movie is welcome and ofcourse the best is the Hulk, a scientist who beat up two gods in Loki & Thor. Infact I laughed so hard in the best scene of all – on being told that Loki is a god, Hulk picks him up by a leg and thrashes the crap outta him and says “Puny god”! Scarlett Johannsen, Tom Hiddelton, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smuthers, Robert Downey Jr were all great in the film. To be honest I though the weakest links were Chris Evans & Chris Helmsworth – they were good but the others were great!

Everything looks great in the film and it’s safe to say that it’s one for the ages. I give it a 9.5 outta 10!

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