Aren't we going on now the third weekend that this has been out? So someone that wouldn't know any better would think that I just saw this today. Au contraire. I actually peeped a matinee of this opening day. Not the midnight showing that I wanted because I wanted to see it with my son who I wasn't going to have out that late despite how much he wanted to. So most of you probably have already seen this reviewed to death. That's all good..but you haven't seen MY review yet. Until now...
The plot is the same story as every other superhero movie that has come out. There's a madman trying to take over the world and the heroes have to save it. This flick's baddie is Thor's half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The heroes are an initiative that we've seen being hinted at as a super-group for the past several Marvel movies now. Something that I must say was rather impressive of Marvel to be able to assemble the original cast from all those films in order to make this happen. Except, of course, for the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo here) who is now on the third different actor to play him.
I had been apprehensive for a while about them trying to bring the Avengers to the big screen. Primarily because I was a huge X-Men fan growing up. The Avengers were just okay to me. The only two I really liked were Hawkeye and Vision and I already knew Vision wasn't going to even be in the film. But the one thing that gave me hope was the animated Avengers movies that came out in 2006 called "Ultimate Avengers". I figured if they could find a way to pull off a live version of that then there was a chance "Avengers" could be worth it's mettle. The technology was not there so the effects shouldn't be an issue. Then the trailers started providing me even more encouragement. All it had to do from that point was just live up to the hype.
Where the Avengers benefits is the fact that they didn't have to spend a lot of time on any backstories. That's what held up the first X-Men movie a little. Marvel thought ahead and already told all those stories in the "Thor", "Captain America" and "Iron Man" flicks. So all there was here was to actually bring them together. The manner in which that was done was handled brilliantly. Common sense would tell you that folks with those kind of super powers would have super egos that would not instantly mesh. Thank goodness because their initial in-fighting was some of the best parts of the film.
It looked for a minute there that Iron Man was going to steal the show. Downey Jr. probably had some of the best one-liners in this one so he had the comedy element down. However, it was the Hulk that really took over once the action started. The good thing was it wasn't as though he fully dominated those sequences. It was extremely well balanced in having all the heroes action just as spectacular as the others. Okay...except maybe fore Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson). But to be fair, her powers pale in comparison to her teammates. Plus, when you have Johannson in that role, she really doesn't need to do much. Just put thee camera on her and you're good.
I will admit that I also had some reservations about having Loki as the main villain. Is that even how it is in the comics? I just remember him being Thor's adversary but not the entire Avengers team. It didn't matter though. Hiddleston made that Loki character very entertaining to watch. Not an easy task given the fact that the writers gave us yet another tired storyline of bad guys trying to channel alien beings to our planet for an invasion. Seriously...can Hollywood please scrap that tired plot already? Anyway, Hiddleston's Loki was the perfect combination of insanely maniacal while still witty enough to be somewhat likable.
The bottomline is would the average person who doesn't like superhero movies like "The Avengers"? Well it's certainly no "Dark Knight" that has that type of appeal. However, I would venture to say that this was the best movie that Marvel has made to date. And given how much I liked "X2" as well as "Spider-Man 2", that is saying a lot.