The Avengers Assemble (12A)
Posted by Abz on Wed, 02 May 2012.
The big, hotly anticipated film of the year was… viewed late by myself and my unorganised cohort of friends to start off with, causing a mad dash to catch what I thought was the last bus home once it had finished only to find there was another bus half an hour later. So was it worth all that, the half hour queue to get in, slightly raised ticket prices and arguments over seats? Judging by the excitement to talk about it non stop the next day at school, and spoof Avengers names we've all given ourselves (it started out as a friend saying 'Loki' wrong and spiralled out of control from there) I'd have to say it was. Not to mention the humorous lines, the assurance that Hawkeye does indeed have 14 lines, fantastic graphics, cinematography and CGI.
Written by Joss Whedon and Zak Penn and directed by Whedon, The Avengers Assemble does admittedly take a while to get going as S.H.I.E.L.D and General Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) have to assemble the avengers, whilst keeping a bunch of secrets on the side, but when danger comes to S.H.I.E.L.D's flying boat the pace picks up and the whole film begins to pack the punch we've all been promised.
Though the film has been highly anticipated fans have been understandably nervous about all The Avengers getting together for a 'party' (Tony Stark's word not mine). Since when do films that bring a bunch of super-heroes together work? Since 26th April, duh. (That was the release date in case you hadn't guessed) There has been a massive run up to the film - Iron Man 1 & 2 (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans, not the radio DJ) films have all been made to see what the audience reception would be to the characters. The films also introduced characters off the other Avengers – The Black Widow a.k.a. Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson, Iron Man 2), and Hawkeye a.k.a Agent Clint Barton (Jeremey Renner, Thor). You may notice that so far The Hulk a.k.a Dr. Bruce Banner hasn't had a film of his own yet, but that's because previous 'Hulk' films have flopped making Mark Ruffalo a newbie to Marvel's franchise, but with the help of motion capture technology he fits right in with the rest of our super-heroes.
So why does The Avengers work? Action, amusing fight sequences, strong and often clashing personalities, humour which turns to hilarity on a few occasions and the strange ability to kind of like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the way we all begrudgingly like the guy who wants to end the world.
A super must see film so get out there, assemble your friends and get to the cinema!
Just make sure you wait the credits out for a few minutes to catch the teaser trailer, after credits trailer, secret ending thing. If you know your Marvel characters you'll be excited, if you don't… ask a friend that's what I did.